Situated close to the Pakistan Border, Jaisalmer, the Golden City is a major tourist spot owing to its proximity to the Thar Desert and the Sonar Quila.
The city is known for Desert Safari and its Jaisalmer Fort, which is a living fort and is also known as the Golden Fort. Inside the fort area, one can find hotels, shops and old and majestic havelis. Jaisalmer attracts a lot of tourists for its desert camel safari. There are a lot of sand dunes in the Jaisalmer and Khuri village, located around 45km from Jaisalmer is famous for such dunes. There are a lot of hotels near such dunes which provides various cultural activities including music and dancing as part of the camel safari package. Ragasthan, a music festival, typically held in the 2nd week of February is also hosted near the Khuri sand dunes. If you are also looking to do camel safari, it is advisable to book or contact a local tour operator in advance.
Jaisalmer Desert Festival
Amazing sand dunes. Beautiful heritage monuments. Culturally rich. Grand palaces and Jain temples.
Summers can be harsh. Expensive accommodation and commute. Slightly difficult to reach.
Jaisalmer is for everyone who loves cultural events and a trip through rich heritage. It is a beautiful city and is a spectacle of visiting during the Desert Festival.
Add just a tiny hint of rich non-vegetarian food in a typical Rajasthani cuisine and subtle influences of North India, and the rich and mouth watering menu that you will get will be Jaisalmer's cuisine. Murgh-e-subz is a chicken delicacy that you must not miss while in Jaisalmer. Along with this are other non-vegetarian preparations such as Tikkas and kebabs. Other than these Ker Sangri, Banon Aloo and Kadi Pakora are popular and almost define the food here.
Here, you will find all kinds of accommodation facilities. Lavish places as well as those that will suit your budget.
Autos and tongas are the most widely used mode of transport within the city. Rickshaw pullers might not be as friendly as you would expect them to be, but it's the best way to beat the bottle necks in the city. Bikes are available on rent too.
Day 1- Exploring the streets of Jaisalmer Fort, enjoy Palace museum, Visit local markets. Day 2- Desert safari, camel rides, overnight camp at the Thar desert. Day 3- Visit local bazaars and handicraft stores, enjoy local dishes and Rajasthani cuisine. Day 4- Visit different havelis and Jain temples and later enjoy by the Amar Sagar Lake.
Jaisalmer is a desert town covered in golden sand and having camels in abundance. The Jaisalmer Fort stands as a crown atop the city and provides a beautiful contrast to the landscape. It also has a lake and many beautiful temples, all made of sandstone. Jaisalmer is the most important tourist attraction in Rajasthan.
The Jaisalmer Desert Festival is an event organized by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation each February. It celebrated in the Thar Desert and the locals dress up in traditional and colorful attires. There is a lot of singing and dancing, gymnastic acts, camel races, tug of war, turban tying and a march from the Fort to the desert.
Keep you sunscreen and sunglasses handy. The Deser Safari would obviously be quite dusty, so go prepared for that. Evening and nights might be very cool.
By Rohit Shroff
I am planning to visit Jaisalmer around New Years. Would it be very crowded at that time? Also, are there cafes to just sit and chill?