City of Jaisalmer (Rajasthan)

The city of Jaisalmer is included to the state Rajasthan and to the division Jaisalmer

Presentation of the destination

Jaisalmer, a travel destination to advise

In the heart of Rajasthan lies the city of Jaisalmer. If you want to achieve it, you will not regret your trip to the end of the world because the disembarkation is guaranteed. Jaisalmer is all the charm of India in a city of the 12th century, home to the treasures of Indian heritage. Each year more touristy, the city will know how to seduce you by the beauty of its carved facades, its havelis, typical houses dating from the 18th century, its yellow temples, as well as its emblematic fortress. The discovery of the immense Maharaja palace will be the first step in your discovery of the cultural wonders of India. Finally, when you have walked all the typical streets of the city, go in the Thar desert, which stretches from the Aravalli range, in Rajasthan to Indus, Pakistan. Jaisalmer is the perfect starting point to embark on an expedition, of which you will keep memorable memories.

Points of interests / things to see

The treasures of Rajasthan

Jaisalmer is located in the heart of Rajasthan in northwestern India, a region known as "kings country" because of its feudal history. Nestled between the Thar Desert, the Ganges Basin and the Punjab Steppes, Rajasthan is a province of exacerbated romance but is also a land of the sacred. The castles and citadels evoke the country's feudalism, when the many ancient temples testify to the country's spirituality. The interest of Rajasthan is not only in its heritage wonders but also in its people. During your stay, you will meet the Rajput people and their women who are still wearing amazing costumes and beautiful silver and ivory jewels. To go to Rajasthan is to commit to radical de-radicalization. Land of dunes and jungle, you go to meet tigers and camel caravans. Your trip will be made of shimmering colors and you will be blown away by precious metal jewels.

Climate

Prepare your trip to Jaisalmer well. So, to go to Rajasthan, the best time is certainly the winter, the dry season, with dry and clear weather. Temperatures are, on average, around 15 to 20 ° C from October to March. At this time, however, the nights are cold. On the contrary, during the summer months of March to May, the heat is sweltering. Temperatures can reach 50 ° in Jaisalmer. From June until the end of September comes the time of the monsoon and these short and violent thunderstorms are everywhere in India. Avoid planning your trip at this time: torrential rains often lead to cancellation of plane flights and block the railways. In view of the long journey ahead of you to reach Jaisalmer, it is best to avoid complicating the task! Last detail to remember: you will need a valid passport and a visa for go to Jaisalmer.

Jaisalmer, an incomparable heritage

Jaisalmer is a very old Indian city, dating back to 1156. Its historical importance and the visible traces of extreme wealth can be explained by its caravaneous past on the road between India and Persia, as well as between Arabia and the West. Jaisalmer attracts many tourists for its heritage. It is certainly the breathtaking architecture of Jaisalmer that makes its beauty and gives this city its unique character. Despite the natural bursts and the sometimes turbulent history of the region, the city has remained intact. Let yourself go through the old alleyways from the lower town that will guide you to the most beautiful buildings in the city. The first wonders to discover in Jaisalmer are the havelis, superb and vast houses of masters that testify to the former commercial importance of the city. The interest of these houses resides very much in their facades of ocher-pink sandstone, which owes to the city its name of golden city. Your visit will allow you to imagine how to live Rajasthan Indians, to appreciate their decoration, the loggias and the patios of the houses, place of freshness and pleasure. The logical continuation of your visit is the citadel, where you can visit the Fort and an ancient Maharajah palace named Gaj Mahal. Then go to the ramparts where you will enjoy a beautiful view of the city and the surrounding area. Also in the citadel, visit the two Hindu temples and the yellow temples built in the 15th century. Leaving the city, follow the women and their jugs that will guide you to Gadhisar Tank, a small artificial lake, lined with temples and pavilions. Another splendor is the jaenna temple of Adinatha and its lake. Before leaving for new excursions, stop at the small museum of arts and popular traditions.

Venture out of the fortresses

Jaisalmer, a wonderful city, is only a first step towards other enchanting places. Located at the gateway to Thar's desert, the opportunity to visit this splendor is too beautiful to be missed. The possibilities of going on camel treks will be numerous and you can even extend the experience by bivouacing a few nights under the tent. The most famous are the dunes in Sam (40 km from Jaisalmer). In this part of Thar's "real" desert, you may be lucky enough to discover such rare wildlife as wildcats or foxes. The sunset over the dunes is a must. You can also visit in the surroundings the maharal walnut, as well as the oasis of Bara Bagh just 6 km from Jaisalmer where you can discover royal ceremonies on tombs dating from the XVI century in a beautiful garden. Then board a rikshaw and in 5 minutes, you arrived at the lake of Gadi Sagar a paradise place, true oasis in this desert region. This former reservoir ensured until 1950 the water supply of the city. It has now become a peaceful place for tourists who like to take refuge there to escape the heat. You will also be able to enjoy the spectacle of waterfowl for which this lake is a migration point. The curiosity of this place is the temple of "Gaje Rupechwa", dedicated to Shiva. If you have the opportunity to travel a few more kilometers, go to Bikaner, where you can discover the castle of Mahārāj which is inside an impressive citadel, the Junagarh Fort. You will not be disappointed with the trip!

Feast Rajasthan

The festival of desert in Jaisalmer is a must. Organized every year in winter in the sand dunes of Thar desert, it is not necessarily very authentic but has the merit of doing everything to make you spend an evening magical in the desert. You will inevitably find animations to your taste among the multitude of activities proposed. Snake charmers stare at puppeteers, acrobats, and acrobatic shows. You will especially miss the camel races and dances orchestrated by Gair dancers and local songs. The festival ends with a camel ride. End of February, all Rajasthan celebrates Holi, the feast of colors, in other words the festival of the quinox. On this occasion, you will be able to sprinkle powders of all the colors and to taste the culinary specialties. Between October and November, celebrate Diwali, a Hindu festival that celebrates light.

Do not miss

One of the activities you can indulge in and discover the traditions of Rajasthan is shopping. Indian handicraft is rich as is that of Rajasthan which offers several specialties. You will be able to throw on silk and cotton fabrics from the Jaipur region. The specialty of Barmer, which is located near Jaisalmer, is the embroidery. The typical souvenir gift of the region is unquestionably the sari, a feminine garment, which comes in as many colors as there are meanings. Finally you will have the choice between impressive quantities of bronze or silver jewelry, as well as precious stones. Other options: drapes, carpets, perfumes, incense and spices. You can buy these products in local markets, where it is possible to bargain on prices but also shopping centers where prices will remain fixed. Be careful, however, to take into account a few bans so as not to get in trouble Customs. Do not buy furs, snake skins, ivory objects and other antiques that are prohibited from importing into Europe.

Gastronomy in Rajasthan

The gastronomy is also a pleasure which you would be wrong to deprive you. Tea is the national drink. Another must, rice and spices. However Rajasthan offers specialties of its own. Among the dishes that you should not miss to taste, the dal bati chuma which is a dish of lentils and cereals, the typical dish of Rajasthan. Other meat recipes with almonds and cashews will delight you. Also try some sweet treats to accompany your tea: mishri mawa, ladoo or dil jani.

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Vacation rentals in Jaisalmer (Rajasthan)

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Jaisalmer Desert Experience
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Campus Desert Safari
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Killa Bhawan Lodge
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Saffron Guest House
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Jasmin Home
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Mud Mirror Guesthouse
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Hotel Suraj
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Hotel Royal Haveli
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Suraj Inn
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22 EUR / night
HOTEL SHREE MOHANI PALACE
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Ozaki Hostel Jaisalmer
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6 EUR / night
Wild Desert Guest House
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Guesthouse Toffu
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Luxury Swiss camp - Garh Rajputana camps #2
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Swan Hostel Jaisalmer - Adults Only
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Blissful Stay in Jaisalmer
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Sagar Guest House
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5 EUR / night
Gajanand Guest House
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Golden sunrise
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Hotel Apollo Jaisalmer
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HOTEL SARTAJ - Bedroom 7
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Weather in Jaisalmer

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Time in jaisalmer

Local time

Local time and timezone in jaisalmer

Jaisalmer time
Timezone
UTC +53:00 (Asia/Kolkata)
Summer time UTC +4.3:00
Winter time UTC +53:00

Figures

Country :
India
Locality :
Jaisalmer
Administrative area 1 :
Rajasthan
Administrative area 2 :
Jaisalmer
Postal code :
345001
Country code :
IN
Latitude :
26.9157487
Longitude :
70.9083443

Surrounding towns

  • Kishan Ghat ~1 km
  • Lodurva ~5 km
  • Hamira ~19 km
  • Bhojasar ~20 km
  • Jethwai ~7 km
  • Basanpeer South ~12 km
  • Baramsar With Baisakh ~14 km
  • Amar Sagar ~10 km
  • Kahla ~18 km
  • Kalyan Ghat ~8 km
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Getting to Jaisalmer

Getting to Jaisalmer is not easy. The trip is very long, enjoy your stay to visit India to the maximum. The first stage of your journey begins in Paris, where you will take a flight to reach New Delhi. A flight between Paris and Delhi lasts about 8 hours with a direct flight and around 11 hours with a stopover. You can opt for a classic company but there are also low cost flights. Once in Delhi, you will need to take a night train (train No. 4059 Delhi-Jaisalmer Express) to Jaisalmer. The train leaves Delhi at 18:07 and arrives the next day at Jaisalmer 11:45. On the spot you can choose to rent a car if you dare to face the local driving. The taxi is also a practical solution and not very expensive. To go to the places where the excursions are organized, tour operators put at your disposal buses. This is certainly the most widely used solution in the region where many safari is a very popular activity from Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer offers many hotels. Among them, Jawahar Niwas, a small palace dating back to 1145. The latter offers pleasant rooms with views of the fortress. There are many hotels that have views of the ramparts and the fortress. The more daring can also consider the hostel which, in terms of price, defies any competition.

Hotels in Jaisalmer (Rajasthan)

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Hotel Golden City

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Hotel Fifu

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Hotel Royal Haveli

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Mystic Jaisalmer

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Swan Hostel Jaisalmer - Adults Only

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Tokyo Palace Hotel

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Ganesh Guest House

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Smiling camel guest house

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Desert Haveli Guest House

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1st Gate Home- Fusion

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Hotel Temple view

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Sagar Guest House

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Mud Mirror Guesthouse

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Hotel Victoria

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Gorbandh Palace

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Killa Bhawan