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Essential Information About Jaisalmer

Explore the paradise of desert and its magnificent architectural marvels in the Golden City of Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer Tourism

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Essential Information About Jaisalmer

Tourists visiting the city need some essential information on Jaisalmer before embarking upon their journey through this beautiful place. As a tourist attraction, it has much to offer and the same is true of the city itself. From what food to eat and where, to the common modes of transport within, here are a few essential facts about Jaisalmer to guide you.

Food in Jaisalmer:

From the streets to the restaurants, Jaisalmer has a wide variety of food to offer visitors. Mixed in with the local favorites are some of the new restaurants that offer traditional cuisines as well. However, some of the dishes that one cannot leave Jaisalmer without trying are kadhi pakoda, pyaz ki kachori, gate ki sabzi, laal maas, ker sangri, and of course, dal bati choorma. For those with a sweet tooth, lassi, bhang, and panchdhari laddoos from Dhanraj Ranmal Bhatia Sweets which is one of Jaisalmer’s famous sweets shops are not to be missed.  

Weather in Jaisalmer:

The weather in Jaisalmer usually depends on the season that is going on at that time. During summer the temperature can go from anywhere between 24-degree Celsius to 45-degree Celsius. Temperatures in the summer can even go up to 50-degree Celsius. In winter, this spectrum changes and the temperature is between 5-degree Celsius to 26-degree Celsius. It is usually dry in Jaisalmer except in the brief monsoon when it can get humid for a little while just after the rains.

Local Customs in Jaisalmer:

The local language of Jaisalmer is the local Rajasthani language. However, mostly everyone speaks Hindi as well and due to the large number of tourists, English is understood in the most frequented tourist spots as well. One of the other important aspects of local culture is the Jaisalmer festival that takes place every year. Known as the Desert festival, it lasts for 3 days and many local aspects of Rajasthani culture, like the local art forms, turban tying and camel racing are showcased and explored.

Shopping in Jaisalmer:

There are a number of things that tourists can pick up in Jaisalmer. This includes mirror work embroidered garments and carpets, blankets, oil lamps, colorful fabrics, wooden artifacts, silk textiles, and silver jewelry. Basically, it is an ideal place to shop for typical Rajasthani products. One of the main marketplaces in Jaisalmer to pick up souvenirs and trinkets is Bhatia Bazaar, where tourists can shop to their heart’s content. Haggling is advised as prices quoted to tourists can get fairly ridiculous.<readmore>

Traveling within Jaisalmer:

While travelling within the city, auto rickshaws are one of the primary modes of available transport. During tourist season, it can be tricky to deal with auto drivers as the rates they charge are decided by them and a little bit of haggling is advisable. It is also a good idea to have a tourist map of Jaisalmer so as to make sure that tourists do not get taken for a ride. The other options for travelling within the city include both cycling and walking. Cabs are also available on rent and hire, however these tend to be fairly expensive.

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What is the best way to get to Jaisalmer?

The best way to reach Jaisalmer is by train, as the train station is connected to most major cities in the country. The airport in Jaisalmer is a military airport and thus only accepts chartered flights. If coming by air, the closest airport is in Jodhpur from where you can take a cab. If driving from Delhi, taking a stop in Jaipur or Ajmer is recommended.

What are options for luxury in Jaisalmer?

Jaisalmer has a number of luxury options to offer tourists looking to have a really special experience. There a fw 5 star hotels and resorts in and around Jaisalmer. There is also The Serai Luxury Desert Camp among the dunes with all the luxuries that one can imagine. The Palace on Wheels Rajasthan tour also spends a day in Jaisalmer.

Are there any religious or holy places near Jaisalmer?

 Jaisalmer has an abundance of temples that are fairly ancient and known fo their carvings and sculptures. It is home to the very big Jain temples constructed in the 12th century. Also famous is the Tanot Mata temple, some 2 hours away, which is unique as it is said that during the 1965 war with Pakistan, enemy troops dropped a number of bombs on the temple yet all of them missed the target.

What should the budget for a trip to Jaisalmer be while backpacking?

Backpacking budgets are usually not that large as convenience gives way to luxury. Jaisalmer has a number of hostels available with beds on rent for people to stay starting as low as Rs. 300 a night. The cost of the sightseeing and relatively cheap food combined, a backpacker can see everything that Jaisalmer has to offer in roughly Rs. 2000- Rs. 2500.

Are there any festivals in Jaisalmer across the year?

The Desert Festival takes place in Jaisalmer's sand dunes every year in the month of February 3 days before the full moon. It is celebrated in remembrance of a prophecy having come true with the establishment of the kingdom of Rawal Jaiswal in the 12th Century. It is a festival full of color with a lot of different camel related activities like camel polo and camel races taking place among other activities. It lasts for three days.