Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

Situated in the midst of the desert state of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer is the major tourist attraction in Rajasthan as well as in India. Being called as the “Golden City” for the magnanimous golden sand dunes, forts and havelis, is made of the golden sand stone. This magnificent city of Jaisalmer is surrounded with lakes, decorated temples and shrines, forts and havelis. Beyond the dazzling royal cities of Rajstan, this golden city is the “Gateway of the Thar desert”. This city was built by Maharaja Rawal Jaisal in the mid 12th century and depicts the historical importance by its artistic structure and sculpture, monuments of local historical significance and other ornate palaces.

Best time to visit

To visit this splendid city, the winter season in between the months of October to March is the perfect time for its pleasant atmosphere and the cool breeze. However, in the monsoon, you can also visit this place to witness the rain-soaked cool climate of this city. But in the summer, due to its position near the desert, the summer time is to be avoided because of the scorching heat.

How to Reach?

Jaisalmer is well connected with railways and roads and expressways with all major cities of Rajasthan as well as India. The nearest airport is the Jodhpur Airport, situated about 300km. The Famous Palace on Wheels is also available for the tourists to enjoy the journey to this place for sightseeing.

Some of the magnificent places to visit in Jaisalmer are-

Jaisalmer Fort

Nested in the golden sands of the Thar Desert, this fort is built by Maharaja Rao Jaisal in the 1156 AD. This hill fort has been listed in the UNESCO World Heritage site. Built with the golden yellow sandstones, this fort is indeed called the “Sonar Quilla”. This fort offers the humongous structure filled with aesthetic beauty and is in itself a small town filled with resident places, markets and shops. The tourists enjoy the walk through the labyrinthine alleyways of this place and experience the beautiful architecture of the bygone era.

Timings: Fort Palace Museum: 8 AM – 6 PM (April – October), 9 AM – 6 PM (November – March) | Jain Temples: 8 AM – 12 PM (Chandraprabhu, Rikhabdev, Gyan Bhandar), 11 AM – 12 PM (other temples)
Entry Fee: Fort Palace Museum: INR 100 for Indians, INR 500 for Foreigners (audio guide included) | Jain Temples: INR 50 for Indians, INR 200 for Foreigners

Kuldhara Village

Located around 20km from the Jaisalmer city, this abandoned village depicts the numerous tales, legends and myths of the old times. The eerily yet magnificent appearance of this solitary destination in the vast stretches of desert, makes this place to live up to its reputation. By the legends, this place was abandoned by its residents to save themselves from the tyrannical rulers of that time.

Timings:8 AM – 6 PM
Entry Fee: INR 10

Jaisalmer Jain Temple

Situated in the Jaisalmer fort, this place is a must-visit tourist place to visit in Jaisalmer. Having the ancient historical and religious significance of this place, this place represents the highest architectural magnificence. Built in the Dilwara temple style, this temple is constructed under the patronage of Rajputana ruler by the golden yellow sandstones and this temple is dedicated to Rikhabdevji and Shambhavdevji, the famous Jain hermits. This temple is truly a treasure in the map of tourism of Jaisalmer.

Timings: 8 AM – 12 PM (Chandraprabhu, Rikhabdev, Gyan Bhandar), 11 AM – 12 PM (other temples)
Entry Fee: INR 50 for Indians, INR 200 for Foreigners

Gadisar Lake

Situated in the outskirts if the desert city, this lake is like an oasis in the middle of this arid desert. This artificial lake was built by Raja Rawal Jaisal for the supply of drinking water of the locality. Despite of the scorching heat during the daytime all over the year, this lake presents the scenic view and picturesque beauty of the golden sky, especially during the sunset time. Tourists come to this place to witness the natural beauty as well as wandering on the banks of this lake. This place is like as haven for photography lovers.

Timings: 8 AM – 9 PM
Entry Fee: Free

Sam Sand Dunes

Jaisalmer tourist attractions include Sam Sand dunes, which is situated at the 42km distance from the fort city of Jaisalmer. The insensate surrounding of this destination filled with numerous sand sweeping dunes, camel safari along the breath-taking crests and troughs and the golden-crimson sunset at the horizon makes this place the most enthralling destination in the Jaisalmer tour. You can enjoy the dune bashing in the jeep safari during the day time and in the night can enjoy time spending under the starry skies of this desert camping here. This is indeed a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Timings: Throughout the day/night
Entry Fee: Free

Tanot Mata Temple

Located at 150km from the Jaisalmer city, the travel is nearly incomplete without visiting the Tanot Mata Temple. The specialty of this temple is that this temple is operated by the Border Security Force during the 1971 war. Dedicated to the Hinglaj Mata goddess, there are several legends and mystical tales of this temple which increases the importance of this temple. On the premises of this temple, Indian army has built a Vijaya Stambha which commemorates the victory of India’s over Pakistan in the 1971 war.

Timings: 6 AM - 8 PM
Entry Fee: Free

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