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Jaisalmer
Travel Guide

Jaisalmer Fort which includes a city

Ride out into the desert on the back of a camel and go inside a working fort when you visit this captivating city in Rajasthan.

Jaisalmer lies in the vast Thar Desert. The carpet of sand that gives the town its yellowish tint has earned it the nickname of the Golden City. Come here for the monumental buildings and adventure across the sand dunes.

When you arrive at Jaisalmer, the first thing you will notice is Jaisalmer Fort, a massive 12th-century stone structure on top of a hill. The large fortification is a mini city where several thousand people live and work. Visit the vast complex for shops, houses, restaurants, temples and palaces, including Jain Temple, a collection of seven interconnected temples. These temples date from the 12th and 15th centuries and their walls feature lots of intricate carvings of animal and human figures.

After you’ve explored the fort, climb on a rickshaw for the short journey to Patwon Ki Havali. This is a collection of five distinct mansions, called havalis, that were built between 1805 and 1860. As you walk through and around the yellow sandstone structure, pay attention to the carved pillars, ornate balconies and large collection of paintings.

See more fascinating examples of architecture in the temples around Gadisar Lake. The rainwater lake on the outskirts of the city is one of the most popular attractions in Jaisalmer. Tour the religious shrines, go boating and stroll by the water’s edge. Visit during the winter to see large numbers of migratory birds.

Take advantage of Jaisalmer’s close proximity to the desert by going for a camel ride across the dunes. Many sandy safaris start out from the small village of Khuri, about 31 miles (50 kilometres) away. Trips are available from a few hours to several days.

Reach Jaisalmer by flying into Jodhpur Airport, at a distance of 170 miles (274 kilometers), then drive or take the train to complete your journey. Travel between the city's grand palaces and temples by bike, rental car or auto rickshaw.

Hotel Rang Mahal
Hotel Rang Mahal
4 out of 5
5-6 Hotel Complex, Sam Road, P.B. No.50, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £44 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Nathmalji-ki-Haveli and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Jaisalmer Fort. Bhatia Market and Patwon-ki-Haveli ...
4/5Very Good! (26 reviews)
"Hospitality is not good."

Reviewed on 4 Jan 2021

Hotel Rang Mahal
Suryagarh
Suryagarh
4.5 out of 5
Kahala Phata Sam Road, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Situated in Jaisalmer, this luxury hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Kuldhara Abandoned Village Well, Jaisalmer Fort and Nathmalji-ki-Haveli. Bhatia Market ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (79 reviews)
Well crafted n very well maintained property
"Amazing property, excellent staff n delicious delicacies."

Reviewed on 7 Jan 2021

Suryagarh
Hotel Jaisalkot
Hotel Jaisalkot
4.5 out of 5
Kuldhara Turn, Off Sam Road, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
The price is £1,155 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
Situated in Jaisalmer, this luxury hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Kuldhara Abandoned Village Well, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Nathmalji-ki-Haveli and Patwon-ki-Haveli. ...
4.2/5Very Good! (25 reviews)
"Dinner dates are a kind of big deal for me because it’s a great time to meet up with friends. I had been eyeing Jaisalkot for a while now and we decided to go there. As always, I made a good decision! The staff are beyond supportive and meal was sumptuous. We will definitely visit again for a vacation ..."

Reviewed on 12 Mar 2021

Hotel Jaisalkot
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Jaisalmer Khodiyar Resort
Jaisalmer Khodiyar Resort
3 out of 5
Sunset point,near parking area, sam jaisalmer rajasthan 345001, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Situated in Jaisalmer, this campsite is within 1 mi (2 km) of Patwon-ki-Haveli and Jaisalmer Fort. Nathmalji-ki-Haveli and Bhatia Market are also within 1 mile ...
Jaisalmer Khodiyar Resort
Royal Jaisalmer Resort with Swimming  Pool
Royal Jaisalmer Resort with Swimming Pool
3 out of 5
Sam Sand Dunes, Sam Road, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Situated in a national park, this campsite is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Nathmalji-ki-Haveli and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Jaisalmer Fort. Bhatia Market and Patwon-ki-Haveli ...
Royal Jaisalmer Resort with Swimming Pool
The Kafila Desert Camp
The Kafila Desert Camp
3 out of 5
Khasra No 123/1699, Sam Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Situated in the mountains, this campsite is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Sam Sand Dunes and within 12 miles (20 km) of Desert National Park and Khaba Fort. Jaisalmer ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (11 reviews)
"The tent set up is very wonderful with all facilities available, the staff is super nice and willing to help at every step. The entertainment programme very good too. Over all, i enjoyed my stay at this camp. Would defiantly recommended."

Reviewed on 7 Sep 2020

The Kafila Desert Camp
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