Explore the paradise of desert and its magnificent architectural marvels in the Golden City of Jaisalmer
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Jaisalmer Tourism Guide
In the proud desert city, Jaisalmer tourism provides visitors with a glimpse into the past glories of the region. A Jaisalmer city trip is a unique experience and definitely something one has to undertake when traveling in India. A well-planned Jaisalmer tourism package is sure to get one closer to the attractions there. With its forts, temples and geographical location, the golden city Jaisalmer is one of the crown jewels of Rajasthan. Situated in the heart of the Thar Desert, it is an ideal destination to witness the natural beauty of the desert, and one of India’s only locations to experience the dune bashing. Whether it is with family, friends or solo, Jaisalmer has something special to offer to everyone such as Fort Rajwada, Sam Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer Fort and so on. Confirm the Jaisalmer Fort timings before going. From long, winding tales of the valor and sacrifice of the Rajput kings, to the adventure activities in the desert, Jaisalmer tourism offers a wide spectrum of experiences to travelers.
The sheer number of Jaisalmer tourist places dictates that travelers spend at least 3 days in this majestic city. There are also several places to visit in Jaisalmer in 2 days, as well as several places to visit in Jaisalmer in night. This includes Ghadsisar lake, Jaisalmer Fort, the Jain temples, the Havelis, and the Sam sand dunes just on the outskirts of the city. Located in the heart of the desert, Jaisalmer experiences extreme temperatures year round, but winters can be brisk and pleasant. Planning a Jaisalmer desert safari is also a good idea, for the winters. Considering all these things, it is important to note that a Jaisalmer tour provides much more as well. Various eateries serving local delicacies, readily available alcohol, and bhang and various luxury options to stay in, make your Jaisalmer holiday a more wholesome and complete experience. Make sure to find out the best time to visit Jaisalmer before booking a package.
Extending many millennia through history, a trip to Jaisalmer can take travelers on a journey through time. The Aakal or Wood Fossil Park just outside the city is a site where the geological evidence of events that happened millions of years earlier can be observed. A Jaisalmer city tour takes you through the age of the proud Rajputs and the establishment of a faith like Jainism. Local delicacies to experience the taste of Rajasthan like kachoris and samosas are found commonly but there are also a surprising number of good, continental restaurants. In this city of royalty, royal luxuries are not hard to find either. Luxury stays including a luxury desert camp are available throughout the place for tourists. Ideally, Jaisalmer can be explored over the course of a week, including the sights and activities on offer. However, 3-4 days are usually enough to see the main attractions and get an idea of the beautiful city and its environs. It is a good idea to know what your objectives for the trip are according to your interests. With such a wide variety of experiences available, this is an enviable but tough task. A handy Jaisalmer travel guide such as this can be a huge help in achieving this.<readmore> Yet it is next to impossible to go wrong while planning a Jaisalmer tour thanks to all the aforementioned factors. So if you are looking for any experience in Rajasthan that relates to sand dunes, camels, and royalty, then a holiday in Jaisalmer is absolutely ideal for you.
Ideally, Jaisalmer can be explored over the course of a week, including the sights and activities on offer. However, 3-4 days are usually enough to see the main attractions and get an idea of the beautiful city and its environs. It is a good idea to know what your objectives for the trip are according to your interests. With such a wide variety of experiences available, this is an enviable but tough task. A handy Jaisalmer travel guide such as this can be a huge help in achieving this.<readmore> Yet it is next to impossible to go wrong while planning a Jaisalmer tour thanks to all the aforementioned factors. So if you are looking for any experience in Rajasthan that relates to sand dunes, camels, and royalty, then a holiday in Jaisalmer is absolutely ideal for you.
How To Reach Jaisalmer
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Wondering how to reach Jaisalmer by air? The Golden City currently does not have an airport that civilian flights land at and therefore is not directly accessible by air. The nearest airport is Jodhpur Airport, which is well connected to the other major airports in the country. Reaching Jaisalmer directly from Jodhpur airport involves getting a cab from the airport itself. Travelers can either get a private or prepaid cab. They are available but are fairly expensive as it’s a 5-6 hour journey by road.<readmore> The nearest international airport is Delhi which is connected to most of the countries in the world. Flights from important Indian cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Chennai to Jodhpur are quite frequent as well.
Jaisalmer is well connected to most of the cities by train and there are multiple options for travelers traveling from anywhere in India. There are direct trains going to Jaisalmer or passing through Jaisalmer from cities like Jodhpur, Jaipur, Delhi, Mumbai, and even Kolkata among many others. There are three trains that travel daily between Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, for those looking to travel within Rajasthan. There are also 4 trains that travel from Delhi straight to Jaisalmer, with two leaving every day and one being a superfast train.<readmore> In terms of trains, there is also the luxury Palace on Wheels experience that begins in Delhi before going through the important cities of Rajasthan, including Jaisalmer.
There are two options when going to Jaisalmer by road, one is by bus and the other is to drive yourself. Bus services to Jaisalmer are available from all major cities in Rajasthan like Jodhpur and Jaipur. There are no direct buses from Delhi but you can switch buses in Jaipur and continue your journey from there to reach Jaisalmer from Delhi. The distance from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer by road can be covered in 6 to 7 hours. It may take up to 15 hours to travel from Delhi to Jaisalmer via cab.
The other option is to drive to Jaisalmer and it’s probably a good idea to stop at Jaipur or Ajmer on the way. The distances from some of the cities to Jaisalmer are Jodhpur - 235 kilometers, Jaipur - 559 kilometers, Delhi - 768 kilometers, Mumbai - 1065 kilometers. Driving from Jaipur and Jodhpur is fine but coming all the way from Delhi and Mumbai is only recommended for seasoned drivers or riders as this is a long road.
Being the shorter trip of the two, while coming from Delhi, it is a good idea to take a halt in either Ajmer or Jodhpur as these lie somewhere in the middle of the route.<readmore> While coming from Mumbai, there are two routes available. Both routes are the same till Vadodara, then the more common, the shorter route goes by Gandhinagar and straight through Palanpur and Barmer. The slightly longer route is going via Jodhpur which is ideal if travelers want to pass through and spend some time in another of Rajasthan’s wonderful cities.
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FAQ's of Jaisalmer
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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