Jaisalmer, popularly referred as the "the Jewel of the Desert," is one of the most fascinating cities of Rajasthan, India. Also known as "the Golden City of India," Jaisalmer is famous for its magnificent forts, bewitching palaces, havelis (mansions) and centuries old houses. Jaisalmer is also known for its exotic sand dunes and electrifying camel safaris. Jaisalmer has a number of exciting tourist attractions showcasing the royal splendor of the bygone era.

The major tourist fascinations in Jaisalmer include the Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon-ki-haveli, Nathmalji-ki-haveli, Salim-Singh- ki-haveli, Tazia tower, Bar Bagh and the beautiful Gadsisar Lake. Its exquisite handicrafts and colorful festivals are other major tourist attractions. Jaisalmer is also known for its exotic sand dunes, offering exciting and unforgettable camel safaris. The vivid and colorful festivals of Jaisalmer are other major attractions for tourists visiting the city.

Major Tourist Spots

Jaisalmer Fort:

Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort is one of the most intimidating forts in Rajasthan, India built in the 12th century. Perched on Trikuta hill, Jaisalmer Fort is a 250 ft tall and massive fort surrounded by a 30 ft high sandstone wall with 99 bastions, offering a spectacular sight to visitors. A spectacular Jain Temple is also situated in the fort.


Jaisalmer Haveli

Built by the wealthy merchants , the havelis (mansions) of Jaisalmer are illustrious for their exclusive cutwork, yellow and red stone treatment and the bracket-shaped decoration of peacocks. The ostentatioushavelis like the Patwon-ki-Haveli, Salim-Singh-ki-Haveli and Nathmaljikihaveli are major tourist attractions in Jaisalmer.

Desert National Park:

An excellent ecosystem that covers a total area of about 3160 square km and was notified a National park in the year 1980. The National park is rich in diverse varieties of fauna, which include Chinkara, Desert Hare, Blackbuck, Desert Snake, fox and vultures.

Gadsisar Lake

Gadsisar Lake

A rain water lake, located near “Tillon Ki Gate”, adorned with an arched gateway is a major tourist attraction in Jaisalmer. Many small shrines and temples are festooned a11 around the lake. It is a water conservation tank made in the 15th Century AD. One can see a large number of birds, most of which migrate from the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary located nearby. Today, it is an ideal picnic spot, famous for boating.

Other tourist attractions

  • The Tazia Tower
  • Jain temples
  • The Akal Wood Fossil Park
  • Amar Sagar Lake
  • BadaBagh
  • Sam Sand Dunes
  • MoolSagar
  • Camel Safari

Travelling to Jaisalmer

The nearest airport is at Jodhpur at a distance of 285 km. Jodhpur is associated to Delhi and Jaipur by air. The other nearest airport which is an international airport is at Delhi, well connected with all main cities in India and important international cities. You can travel to Jaisalmer by bus from these airports.

Jaisalmer Railway Station is the chief railway station in the western railway zone. It is connected to Jodhpur and other cities in India. It is also well connected by train to Lalgarh, Bikaner, Delhi and Jodhpur.

Jaisalmer is connected by buses from Jaipur, Bikaner and Ajmer.

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