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Jaisalmer
Travel Guide

Ride out into the desert on the back of a camel and go inside a working fort when you visit this captivating city in Rajasthan.

Jaisalmer lies in the vast Thar Desert. The carpet of sand that gives the town its yellowish tint has earned it the nickname of the Golden City. Come here for the monumental buildings and adventure across the sand dunes.

When you arrive at Jaisalmer, the first thing you will notice is Jaisalmer Fort, a massive 12th-century stone structure on top of a hill. The large fortification is a mini city where several thousand people live and work. Visit the vast complex for shops, houses, restaurants, temples and palaces, including Jain Temple, a collection of seven interconnected temples. These temples date from the 12th and 15th centuries and their walls feature lots of intricate carvings of animal and human figures.

After you’ve explored the fort, climb on a rickshaw for the short journey to Patwon Ki Havali. This is a collection of five distinct mansions, called havalis, that were built between 1805 and 1860. As you walk through and around the yellow sandstone structure, pay attention to the carved pillars, ornate balconies and large collection of paintings.

See more fascinating examples of architecture in the temples around Gadisar Lake. The rainwater lake on the outskirts of the city is one of the most popular attractions in Jaisalmer. Tour the religious shrines, go boating and stroll by the water’s edge. Visit during the winter to see large numbers of migratory birds.

Take advantage of Jaisalmer’s close proximity to the desert by going for a camel ride across the dunes. Many sandy safaris start out from the small village of Khuri, about 31 miles (50 kilometres) away. Trips are available from a few hours to several days.

Reach Jaisalmer by flying into Jodhpur Airport, at a distance of 170 miles (274 kilometers), then drive or take the train to complete your journey. Travel between the city's grand palaces and temples by bike, rental car or auto rickshaw.

Top Hotels in Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer Marriott Resort & Spa
Jaisalmer Marriott Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
Jaisalmer-Sam-Dhanana Road, Police Line, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
The price is $103 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15

This family-friendly Jaisalmer hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Nathmalji-ki-Haveli, Bhatia Market, and Patwon-ki-Haveli. Jaisalmer ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (64 reviews)

"service was worst, they do not know what is their duty and no proper instructions from the seniors"…"

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2020

Jaisalmer Marriott Resort & Spa
Hotel Rang Mahal
Hotel Rang Mahal
4 out of 5
5-6 Hotel Complex, Sam Road, P.B. No.50, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
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The price is $90 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Nathmalji-ki-Haveli and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Jaisalmer Fort. Bhatia Market and Patwon-ki-Haveli ...

4/5Very Good! (24 reviews)

"such an amazing experience. overall resort experience exceeded our expectations. The staff members went above and beyond to make sure all our needs were met. it's a very well maintained beautiful property. food was outstanding. Rooms have lot of space and very well organized. we highly recommend ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020

Hotel Rang Mahal
Kasam Desert Safari Camp
Kasam Desert Safari Camp
3 out of 5
Sam Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
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Situated in Jaisalmer, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Desert National Park and Sam Sand Dunes. Khaba Fort is 11 mi (17.7 km) away.

Kasam Desert Safari Camp
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Jaisalmer

Royal Desert Camps
Royal Desert Camps
3 out of 5
ROYAL DESERT SAFARIES PVT. LTD, Nachna Haveli, Gandhi Chowk, Jaisalmer, Jaisalmer
The price is $62 per night from Mar 6 to Mar 7

Situated in Jaisalmer, this cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Nathmalji-ki-Haveli and Jaisalmer Fort. Bhatia Market and Patwon-ki-Haveli are also within ...

4/5Very Good! (1 review)

"People are very cordial. Billing for addition guest was not justified. How you can bill same amount for extra persom equal to the room rent without extra facilities. Even the hotel management surprised to see the unreasonable billed amount for extra guest."…"

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2018

Royal Desert Camps
Kahla home
Kahla home
On fort Vyasa para, Jaisalmer, RJ

Situated in Jaisalmer, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bhatia Market and Jaisalmer Fort. Nathmalji-ki-Haveli and Patwon-ki-Haveli are also within 15 ...

Kahla home
The Chirag Desert Camp
The Chirag Desert Camp
2 out of 5
Near Parking Toll Gate, Sam Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Situated in Jaisalmer, this campground is within 1 mi (2 km) of Desert National Park and Sam Sand Dunes. Khaba Fort is 10.3 mi (16.6 km) away.

The Chirag Desert Camp
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Jan 15, 2020

We met lovely people. Great shopping. Excellent service. Very warm.

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Jan 1, 2019

Best and unique city in Rajasthan. Loved the real man safari. Camels are so cute. City is pretty. Golden city name is most appropriate

5/5 - Excellent

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Dec 24, 2018

This property is 45 minutes outside of Jaisalmer. It is not in Jaisalmer.

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