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.