Named after Maharaja Jaisal Singh, Jaisalmer is one of the most popular historical places in Rajasthan which is famous among tourists. Located amid the expansive Thar desert, Jaisalmer is known for its rich heritage, ancient traditions, culture, and the exhilarating adventure sports, breathtaking fascinating safaris, and comfortable camping are only a few of the many things to do in Jaisalmer that add to the rich experience here.
Top 20 Things To Do In Jaisalmer
November to March is considered as the best time to visit Jaisalmer. These months offer comfortable and pleasant weather to go for desert safari. The vibrant desert festival in February pulls tourists from all over the world every year. Check out the below interesting best things to do in Jaisalmer and indulge in all of these on your next Jaisalmer vacation:
1. Jaisalmer Fort – Sightseeing
The city is well-known for the grand fort that fences the city and other tourist attractions in Jaisalmer. These include, inter alia, Jaisalmer Fort, Gadisar Lake, Patwon Ki Haveli, Sadar Bazar, Salim Singh ki haveli and Desert National Park. Taking a Jaisalmer sightseeing tour is one of the most desired things to do in Jaisalmer.
2. Visit Bada Bagh
Bada Bagh means a big garden, features a series of chhatris of Jaisalmer Maharajas. The first cenotaph was built for Jai Singh II by his son, Lunkaran. All the cenotaphs here have a beautifully carved ceiling and elegant equestrian statues of the ancient rulers. The location of the garden is such that it offers incredible sunset views to tourists.
3. Explore Kuldhara – the ghost village
Ghost towns and villages hold a charm mostly because they give us a chance to peep right into the lives of the people who once inhabited there. Being a desert region, Rajasthan has no dearth of ghost villages or town but few of them have got huge attention as Bhangarh and Kuldhara, perhaps due to the legends associated with both the place. While we were in Jaisalmer, it was quite natural for us to desire a visit to Kuldhara, and so we did.
Lying 17km west of Jaisalmer, Kuldhara has a story. Some 300 years ago, it used to be a prosperous village of Paliwal Brahmins under the state of Jaisalmer. According to the legend, the evil eyes of Salim Singh, the powerful and debauched prime minister of the state, fell on the daughter of the village head and he desired to marry her by force. He threatened the village with grave consequences if they did not adhere to his wish. Instead of submitting to the order of the tyrant, all the Paliwals held a council and people of 85 villages left their ancestral homes and vanished.
But this was not all; before leaving, they put a curse on Kuldhara that no one will ever be able to settle in their village thereafter. To this date, the village remains barren; left almost the same as its inhabitants had left it centuries ago. It is also said that people who have tried to stay there at night have been chased away by the strange paranormal phenomena.
4. Jaisalmer City Tour
To capture the best glimpses of the golden city, take a guided photography tour of the favorite Jaisalmer attractions. You can go through the lanes, Havelis, temples, & forts and different views of the dunes and sand from never seen before perspective. Carry the best camera & wide-angle lenses that you have for the incredible shots.
5. Gadisar Lake
Gadisar Lake is the most popular Jaisalmer attractions. This man-made reservoir was built in 1367 by Maharawal Gadsi Singh, after whom it is named. Boating here is one of the refreshing things to do in Jaisalmer. This place holds a different charm in the evening. Relish the spectacular surroundings or enjoy fun-filled boating in this sparkling lake with your loved ones.
6. Jaisalmer Local Shopping
There are many vibrant options for shopping in Jaisalmer. And shopping in the fort city is definitely among the best things to do in Jaisalmer for the shopaholics and art lovers. With so many options and varieties of handmade products including clothes, jewelry, accessories, bags, footwear, etc, shopping is one of the best things to do in Jaisalmer.
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7. Kanoi Parasailing
Fly high above the beautiful desert and enjoy an exhilarating bird’s eye view is a lavish treat to the mind and soul. This thrilling and brave heart parasailing adventure activity is quite common in the desert areas and one of the offbeat things to do in Jaisalmer.
Paramotoring is among the must-try adventure activities in Jaisalmer for all adventure seekers who wish to make the Jaisalmer trip daring and adventurous. This motor parasailing makes you view the golden sand dunes from high above the sky. The pilot will be with you to control the vehicle so that the adventure sport is extremely safe and secured.
9. Quad Biking in Sand Dunes
Quad Biking is also among the most thrilling things to do in Jaisalmer. Explore the sand dune topography or ride in an enclosed circuit in a quad-bike. Perfect sandy terrain and space make quad biking one of the best things to do in Jaisalmer when it comes to adventure activities.
10. Thar Desert Dune Bashing
Exploring the Thar desert in an SUV is one of the most pulsating things to do in Jaisalmer, India. A large sports utility vehicle, such as the Toyota Land Cruiser or the Fortuner 4X4, is used in this adventure sport. This is done under strict professional supervision as dune bashing and off-roading may include sharp overturn and competent maneuvering skills.
11. Desert Safari And Camping
Taking a desert safari and staying overnight in a desert camp are other popular things to do in Jaisalmer at night. Travelers can take evening safaris to explore the spectacular desert dunes and watch the sun setting behind the dunes. Travelers can also enjoy Rajasthani folk music & traditional dance performances, followed by a sumptuous local cuisine buffet dinner.
12. Tanot Mata Temple at Indo-Pak Border
Visiting the Tanot Mata Temple is one of the most popular things to do at Jaisalmer Indo-Pak border. Travelers can extend their desert safari and visit the Indo-Pak border area with prior permission and permit passes from the Indian Military.
13. Desert National Park
Admiring wildlife is one of the other top things to do in Jaisalmer. Desert National Park is sprawled in an area of 3162 km². They are made of rocky surfaces, sand dunes, and salt lake bottoms. It is a commendable example of the Thar Desert and one can find different animals here like Indian Fox, Desert Cat, Chinkara, and many more.
14. Puppet Show in Desert Culture Centre & Museum
When in Jaisalmer, you must watch a puppet show in the Desert Culture Centre and Museum. It is an incredible show that lets you take a sneak peek in the traditional times and know more about the culture of Jaisalmer.
15. Rajasthani Cuisine
Your trip to Jaisalmer is incomplete if you haven’t tried traditional dishes from the Rajasthan cuisine. Ditch fast food and try out something new to treat the epicurean in you. You cannot miss out on Mirchi, Bada, Pyaaj Kachori, and the famous Dal Bati Churma. And to end your meal properly, Jaisalmer has Ghotua Laddoo which will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth.
16. Camel Safari
Enjoying a camel safari is one of the top things to do in Jaisalmer Rajasthan. An endless stretch of golden sand, the Thar desert is a beauty to witness. Enjoy the beautiful desert views during the safari.
17. Salim Singh Ki Haveli
Salim Singh ki Haveli is a mansion outside the fort in Jaisalmer, famous for its architecture. The structure is an 18th-century building that has around 38 beautifully carved balconies. The balconies and the roof are the prime focus of this building where the roof is inspired by a peacock. We have seen for the first time that the mansion is actually made without the use of water in the construction as it was always water scarcity at this place. Head to this amazing place on your trip to Jaisalmer.
18. Jain Temple Tour
Jain Temples is another set of architecturally beautiful structures in Jaisalmer. These temples aren’t just places of worship, but of beauty too. The intricate designs on the temple walls are the distinct features of the Jain temples in Jaisalmer. Marveling at the architecture is one of the top things to do in Jaisalmer.
19. Nathmal Ki Haveli
The beautiful design of Nathmal ki Haveli includes carvings of elephants on the yellow-colored stone and other intricate designs on both the interior and exterior walls of the Haveli. Do add this to your list of places to visit so that you do not miss out on the beautiful architecture of this golden city.
20. Patwa Haveli
Jaisalmer`s second most popular spot after the fort is Patwon ki haveli which is not just one building but a combination of five different Havelis. It is famous for its unique design. A part of the Havelis complex consists of a museum that displays artefacts, painting, art, and lifestyle of the residents of Haveli in ancient times.
How To Reach Jaisalmer
By Air: Jaisalmer airport is 5 km from the city and is well connected with major cities like Delhi, Jaipur, and Jodhpur.
By Train: Jaisalmer railway station is 2 km from the city. The Palace On Wheels is one of the luxury trains in India that can take you to Jaisalmer.
By Road: Inter-state buses run from Jaipur to Jaisalmer frequently. There are no direct buses from Delhi to Jaisalmer. Delhi to Jaisalmer via Jaipur is close to 800 km.
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