Jaisalmer, known as Golden City is located in the heart of the Thar desert. The city is 575 km west to the state’s captial Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. This city is more of golden sandstone, castles, Jain temples, forts and lot more making it super fun to travel around. You can try to camp under the sky in the nights to make the experience worth a lifetime.
It is suggestible to avoid visiting the city in the mid summers especially if you can’t deal with the heat and sunburn. The best time to visit this city is between November to March as the desert safari gets easier during this time of the year. The city, famous for its history and heritages offers its tourists plenty of things to experience and cherish for long.
Here are 7 things you should do in Jaisalmer:
- Jaisalmer Fort
- Jain temples
- Bada Bargh
- Desert Safari
- Local Markets
Things to do in Jaisalmer: (Must visit places based on popularity)
1. Visit the Jaisalmer fort
The first thing you should never miss out in the city is the Jaisalmer fort. It is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan. It is located on a hill. Should I mention how wonderful the views can be from the top of it? You won’t wonder it’s got the name Golden city. There are multiple ways or gates you can enter the fort through.
There are many reasons for which the fort is unique and splendid. Unlike, many other forts in India, it’s free of cost to enter the fort. You can find various shops, hotels and even houses inside the fort. You can go all around the fort and treat your soul all day long as there are no entry or exit timings for the fort. Doesn’t it sound fantastic?
2. Check in the Jain temples
Jaisalmer has some stunning Jain temples that blow your mind with their architecture and peace. Wait! Just so you know, you don’t have to be religious to enjoy the visit to these magnificent temples. I’m sure none can stop admiring them, not even Atheists. You can enjoy the vibe of the 15th and 16th centuries here. So, do not forget to check in!
3. Say hello to Havelis
Havelis are huge spectacular mansons of Ministers and merchants. They are must visit places in Jaisalmer. These are uniquely built and splendidly craved and definitely give you a sight to remember. Few popular ones are : Patwon ki Haveli, Salim Singh ki Haveli and Nathmal ki Haveli. The ceilings, the architecture, the balconies and every little detail about the Havelis is just as fascinating and captivating as the city is!
4. Explore Bada Bargh
Bada Bargh which means ” Big Garden” is a garden area located few km from Jaisalmer. It has many royal cenotaphs of the ancient Kings of the city. The place is underestimated and many do not visit. But I believe you totally should. You will find rediscover architecture and can enjoy less crowd but more fun. If you are into photography, you can check in during sun set for mindblowing clicks.
5. Desert Safari
How can you go to Rajasthan and not do desert safari? You shouldn’t as it is more fun than you actually imagine. Start off your journey on foot or on the camels or even the Jeep rides. It is fun no matter what. You can enjoy the warmth of the desert and you will start to love the place more than ever. The best time for desert safari is during the Jaisalmer desert festival. It is celebrated in the end of January or the beginning of february. You get to see the display of the culture and traditions of the place through camel races, regional dances and lot more. Do not miss out on that!
6. Shop in the local markets
Shopping is never enough. When you go to a beautiful place like Jaisalmer it is obvious that you now have an excuse to shop. Moreover, if you have the habit of gifting things or keeping stuff as memories this is the best place for you. You can explore the local markets buy gorgeous art stuff, Rajasthani jewelry and outfits. You cannot resist yourself here and will surely reach home with super classic pieces of arts and crafts.
7. Camping under the stars
Imagine how beautiful and satisfying it is to lie under the stars with a canopy, some lovely beats and bonfire surrounding you. Amazing right? Camping is something you shouldn’t miss after desert safari. Camping at night in Jaisalmer is not just off-beat and lofty but it also makes you fall in love with the city. Once you’ve done this you can’t stop yourself from planning to revisit the city sooner. You will find yourself in utmost peace and harmony with your soul. Do you really think you can afford missing this?
Hoping the post was of great help to you. Have a dope trip!
Love and light to you all!