Jaisalmer : Your Desert Holiday Destination

Jaisalmer was once among the largest state in British India . Now it is the largest district in the state of Rajasthan in India. This entire region  is made of Thar Desert . Jaisalmer was established by Maharaja Jaiswal during the twelfth Century. Jaisalmer was once the getaway of trade between South Asia and the Arab and Persian region , now it is famous for its tourism. Jaisalmer is full of forts and other royal buildings which were built by Rajputs and other subsequently the Britishers . This district is also known as the “Golden City ” due to the abundance of golden sand which is famous worldwide. Temperature here is around 25 to 40 degrees during day and minimum of 7 degree Celsius during night .It is famous among group travelers , Bikers ,Car rallying and Couples

How to reach Jaisalmer from Delhi?

Jaisalmer is almost 800 kilometers away from Delhi. Jaisalmer does not have any airport , but is connected to Delhi via roads and rail network via Jodhpur .[adrotate group=”1″]

  • By Air

This holiday destination doesn’t have an airport , the nearest one is in Jodhpur which has at-least one daily flight from Delhi.However Jodhpur is around 250 kilometers away from Jaisalmer and it takes around another 4 hours to reach you vacation spot.So I don’t suggest this route.

  • By Bus

Only Rajasthan State buses ply directly between Jaisalmer and Delhi and the bus takes 14- 20 hours to complete its journey depending on the road traffic . However I don’t suggest to take these ancient buses.

  • By Cab/Private Vehicle

Private cars or taxis take around 12 -14 hours to reach Jaisalmer , taxis charge rupees 8000 to rupees 15000 depending on the type of vehicle .Your car or taxi can also be used to travel around as most of the tourist spots are in far-flung areas.

  • By Train

Two trans are available between Delhi and Jaisalmer :- Delhi Jaisalmer Express and Jaisalmer Howrah Exp , taking 13 and 18 hours respectively to reach the destination from Delhi.

 Best Way to reach Jaisalmer from Delhi:-

Either travel by private vehicle/taxi or the rail route . Other options are not feasible in the heat of desert and  also economically.

What are some of the Best Tourist Attractions in Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer is famour for heritage , mini forts , museums and other places of historic importance .Below is a small list of some of the must view attractions.

  • Religious Tourist destinations 
    1. Jain Temples
    2. Shantinath temple
    3. Shri Ramdev Temple
    4. Chandraprabhu temple
    5. Shitalnath temple
  • Historical Tourist destinations 
    1. First Fort Gate
    2. Gopa Chowk
    3. Jaisalmer Fort (Sonar Kila) The must visit spot
    4. Rajmahal
    5. Tazia Tower
  • Other Destinations

Following are few other monuments and Haveli’s which are famous and showcase the ancient architecture styles.I am also listing a few modern structures and museums which will make your trip to Jaisalmer a once in a lifetime experience .

    1. Patwon-ki-Haveli
    2. Manak Chowk and Havelis
    3. Government Museum
    4. Folklore Museum
    5. Haveli Shreenath
  • Sightseeing Activities around Jaisalmer 

Sitting in the middle of desert , this holiday vacation spot offers what no other  destination in India can offer :- The desert extending towards horizon on all sides. Following spots offer great Sightseeing oppurtunites

    1. Bada Bagh
    2. Mool Sagar
    3. Amar Sagar Lake
    4. Gadsisar Lake
    5. Akal Wood Fossil Park

Apart from these if you are looking for pure desert experience with camel rides and open jeep rides , head over to Khuri Sand Dunes and Sam Sand Dunes .

What is the Best Time to visit Jaisalmer ?

You should visit Jaisalmer during the period of October to March( not march to october 😛 ) . As temperatures can even touch 50 degrees during Summer .

If you are looking for some more options in Rajasthan for a vacation check list of Vacation Spots in Rajasthan .

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