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Top Five Things To Do In Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

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Known as the “Golden City”, Jaisalmer has recently become more accessible to tourists with the opening of the airport and multiple internal flights arriving and departing daily from throughout India. Located in the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer’s hill station is UNESCO Heritage Listed and is known for its rocky and barren landscape alongside it’s incredible sand dunes which act as the base for the numerous camel safari options that help visitors explore the desert region. But exploring the desert is not the only highlight of the region. Read on for my top five things to do in Jaisalmer:

Fort Palace Museum

Towering over the fort’s main square, and partly built on top of the Hawa Pol (the fourth fort gate), is the former rulers’ elegant seven-storey palace. Highlights of the tour include the mirrored and painted Rang Mahal (the bedroom of the 18th-century ruler Mulraj II), a gallery of finely wrought 15th-century sculptures donated to the rulers by the builders of the fort’s temples, and the spectacular 360-degree views from the rooftop.

Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer’s fort is a living urban centre, with about 3000 people residing within its walls. It is honeycombed with narrow winding lanes, lined with houses and temples – along with a large number of handicraft shops, guesthouses and restaurants. You enter the fort from the east, near Gopa Chowk, and pass through four massive gates on the zigzagging route to the upper section. The final gate opens into the square that forms the fort’s centre, Dashera Chowk.

Patwa-ki-Haveli

The biggest fish in the haveli (traditional, ornately decorated residence) pond is Patwa-ki-Haveli, which towers over a narrow lane, its intricate stonework like honey-coloured lace. Divided into five sections, it was built between 1800 and 1860 by five Jain brothers who made their fortunes in brocade and jewellery. It’s all very impressive from the outside; however, the first of the five sections, the privately owned Kothari’s Patwa-ki-Haveli Museum, richly evokes 19th-century life and is the only one worth paying entry for.

Jain Temples

Within the fort walls is a maze-like, interconnecting treasure trove of seven beautiful yellow sandstone Jain temples, dating from the 15th and 16th centuries. Opening times have a habit of changing, so check with the caretakers. The intricate carving rivals that of the marble Jain temples in Ranakpur and Mt Abu, and has an extraordinary quality because of the soft, warm stone. Shoes and all leather items must be removed before entering the temples.

Sam Sand Dunes

The silky Sam dunes, 41km west of Jaisalmer along a good sealed road, are one of the most popular excursions from the city. About 2km long, the dunes are undeniably among the most picturesque in the region. Some camel safaris camp here, but many more people just roll in for sunset, to be chased across the sands by tenacious camel owners offering short rides. Plenty more people stay overnight in one of the several tent resorts near the dunes.

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23 comments

  1. All of these sound wonderful, but I'm most drawn to the sand dunes! I've never traveled/ seen any before.

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  2. India is definitely on my bucket list and will have to revisit this if we get lucky enough to plan a trip! xx rebecca // www.rebeccapiersol.me

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  3. Up until reading this article, I had never heard of Jaisalmer, and now I'm incredibly interested in traveling there. The palace museum alone sounds incredible, and the temples as well. I absolutely love the photos you captured. It looks like such a beautiful, vibrant place!

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  4. So many beautiful things...what a treat for the senses, thank you for sharing! xoxo, Sarah

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  5. India is such a beautiful county. My Mom was supposed to visit with her company but ended up ill and could not go. What an amazing post!

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  6. This looks like a dream! I've never heard of this place but I'm definitely putting it on my list. Saving this for the future <3

    Lizzie
    www.lizzieinlace.com

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  7. Jaisalmer sounds like such a magical place to visit and I can't wait to add it to my travel bucket list, along with all of these activities!

    Rachel
    www.hello-her.com

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  8. Wow your photos are great. Jaisalmer looks wonderful. A family friend travels to this part the world and he has a collection of puppets similar to the ones in the photo. He has about 30-40 of them they are beautiful.

    Allie of
    www.allienyc.com

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  9. This place looks so amazing! I would love to visit here!!

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  10. This all sounds amazing!! Would love to see those sand dunes in real life! Can only imagine how beautiful it is!

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  11. India is a country, in my opinion, beautiful, but full of contradictions. I love their religion and myths, but at the same time I hate the condition of women in this country and their caste system. In the same way it has incredible scenarios, but it is one of the largest polluting countries in the world, the place where Greta Thumberg should go to protest for real ...

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  12. Well this is awesome! Everything looks so beautiful! My husband and I will have to add this to our travel bucket list. Xo

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  13. Wow I would love to visit this place. I love experiencing different cultures and religions and traditions and this place feels like it is full of it.

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  14. My goodness what a beautiful place..the colors and architecture is something out of a book or movie. Thank you for sharing!

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  15. Stunning photos and love your post on Jaisalmer. I have put Rajastan on my places to travel in India and hope to visit it one day

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  16. Jaisalmer looks so fascinating! There is so much to see and learn, I would love to visit some day!

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  17. India is definitely on my list of places I want to visit soon! The culture amazes me. I absolutely love the food also. I've always felt like it's such a colorful, magical place.

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  18. Such a vibrant city and I love how there are so many activities to do there. Sand Dunes sound so interesting and thrill, should be a great experience.

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  19. Wow, this architecture is beautiful. I would love to visit the Dunes and learn more about the history and native food.

    -xo, Azanique | https://www.lotsofsass.com

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  20. You took some truly stunning shots, I love all the vibrant colors and ornate details.
    Chic on the Cheap

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  21. Oh my gosh your photos are simply stunning! I love the beautiful colors!

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  22. Looks like a great place with a lot of great history and architecture!

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  23. I've always dreamed of visiting India! Your photos are stunning too. <3

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