Visit the Golden City of Rajasthan
Jaisalmer, also known as The Golden City, is a city in the state of Rajasthan. The city has been declared as a World Heritage Site. The city is on a ridge of yellow sandstone. The main attraction of the city is the Jaisalmer Fort. It is a small city that has a population of 65,471. The term Jaisalmer means the Hill Fort of Jaisal, as it was built by Rawal Jaiswal in 1156 AD. The temperature in Jaisalmer varies greatly from day to night with extremely hot temperatures in the morning followed by low temperatures in the night as it is an arid desert region. One of the main sources of livelihood for people in Jaisalmer is tourism. People of Jaisalmer celebrate the Desert Festival where they organize camel races, turban-tying and Mr. Desert competitions. The city is located close to the Pakistan border. There are several hotels that are designed exactly in Rajasthani architecture and gives a feel of the culture and heritage of Rajasthan. There are several museums that are also present at Jaisalmer like Desert Culture Centre and Museum, Jaisalmer Folklore Museum, Government Museum, Jaisalmer War Museum, Akal Fossil Park Museum, Tanot Museum etc. Anyone who comes to Jaisalmer cannot miss the jeep and camel safari during sunset or sunrise with the locals playing the Rajasthani folklore. Most of the resorts are desert camps that organize ghoomar, the traditional dance of Rajasthan, performances by the locals. People who come to Rajasthan cannot afford to miss out on Jaisalmer as it holds on to the true essence of the state.
Jaisalmer is famous for the Rajasthani cuisine. Mutton Saag, Murg-e-subz, Makhani Lassi, Pyaaz ki Kachori are the popular dishes of the place. The city consists of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes which are generally very spicy. Dal Bati Churma and Gatte Ki Sabji, in the vegetarian dish, and Lal Maas and Mohan Maas, in non-vegetarian dish, are the most famous delicacies of the entire state of Rajasthan. Gajar Halwa is famous as a desert. The delicious street food like Bajra Kachori, Mawa Kachori etc are also famous in the city. The place is also famous for its Thali, a vegetarian dish which consists of around 10 dishes along with sweets, rice and other delicacies.
Top things do in Jaisalmer
How to reach
Jaisalmer does not have an airport of its own but has a railway station. There are roads that help to connect the city to other nearby cities.
How to Reach by Flight
Jaisalmer does not have an airport of its own. The nearest airport is Jodhpur Airport, which is located at a distance of 225 km from Jaisalmer. People can take a taxi from Jodhpur airport to Jaisalmer or they can also take a direct train to Jaisalmer station.
How to Reach by Train
Jaisalmer has a railway station of its own that is well connected with nearby cities like Delhi, Jaipur and Jodhpur. There are certain major trains like Delhi Jaisalmer Express, Jodhpur Jaisalmer Express and Howrah Jaisalmer Express. People can take a taxi or rickshaw to reach the main city from the railway station.
How to Reach by Bus
There are several state-run buses as well as those owned by private agencies that help to connect cities of Rajasthan like Jaipur and Jodhpur with Jaisalmer.
How to Reach by Road
Jaisalmer is well connected with the other cities via road. The roads are well maintained and thus make the journey easier. People can also reach Jaisalmer via ‘Palace on Wheels’.
How to travel within
Autos, tongas, rickshaw pullers are options of moving from one place of the city to the other. People can also hire bicycles or a cab to move from one place to the other.
The people of Jaisalmer celebrate Desert Festival, in the month of February for three days, Teej, the festival of married women. On this day all the married women wear colourful clothes and worship Goddess Parvati and pray for the long lives of their husbands. Jaisalmer also celebrates Deepavali, Holi, Gangaur,the most important festiva of the State where the unmarried women of the society worship Gauri to be blessed with good husbands.
Rajasthan is a paradise for all the shopaholics. The entire state has beautiful clothes, shoes, dupatta, spices, home decor etc. The places at Jaisalmer where people can go for shopping are Manak Chowk, there are clothes, handicrafts, leather items, attractive bags and other items. Pansari Bazaar is also a well known bazaar where people can get traditional clothes, beautifully dressed puppets etc. Sonaron Ka Baas, Bhatia Bazaar and Sadar Bazaar are the other few bazaars that are well known and popular with the tourists.
Day 1- After reaching the Jodhpur airport, leave for jaisalmer. After reaching, visit Desert Culture centre and Museum and Desert National Park.
Day 2- After breakfast leave for Barmer and then visit the Bada Bagh, Gadisar Lake and the Jaisalmer Fort and end the day with Desert safari.
Day 3- After breakfast leave for Kuldhara Village, Khuri and then visit the Havelis. Then go for shopping.
Day 4- After breakfast leave for morning desert safari and then come back to the hotel for breakfast and then leave for Sam Sand Dunes, Tazia Tower and Badal Palace and then visit the Jain Temples.