Nestled in the heart of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan, India, lies the mesmerizing city of Jaisalmer. Known as the “Golden City” due to the distinctive golden hue of its sandstone architecture, Jaisalmer is a place where history, culture, and natural beauty converge. To truly immerse yourself in the magic of this desert gem, embarking on a tour with a Tempo Traveller is an excellent choice. In this guide, we’ll take you on a journey through the top tourist places in Jaisalmer, ensuring you make the most of your visit.
Day 1: Arrival and Exploring the Fort
Your Jaisalmer adventure begins as you arrive in the city. Jaisalmer is well-connected by rail and road, and the nearest airport is Jodhpur Airport, about 285 kilometers away. Once you’re settled in, it’s time to kickstart your exploration.
1. Jaisalmer Fort (Sonar Qila):
Your first stop is the crown jewel of Jaisalmer, the magnificent Jaisalmer Fort. This UNESCO World Heritage Site stands proudly atop the Trikuta Hill and is a fine example of Rajput architecture. The intricate carvings, stunning havelis (mansions), and narrow winding streets within the fort will transport you back in time. Take a guided tour to learn about its history and architectural marvels.
2. Nathmal Ki Haveli:
After the fort, visit Nathmal Ki Haveli, a remarkable mansion known for its exquisite craftsmanship. This haveli boasts delicate carvings on yellow sandstone, showcasing the skill of the artisans who created it. The haveli is divided into two parts, and it’s fascinating to see the slight variations in design between them.
Day 2: Immersing in Culture and History
3. Patwon Ki Haveli:
On your second day, explore Patwon Ki Haveli, a cluster of five havelis that make for a striking sight. These havelis are adorned with intricate architecture and beautifully preserved frescoes. The detailing on the walls and balconies is truly mesmerizing, making it a photographer’s paradise.
4. Salim Singh Ki Haveli:
Next, visit Salim Singh Ki Haveli, another architectural masterpiece. What sets it apart is its distinctive peacock-shaped roof and the story of Salim Singh, a ruthless prime minister in the 18th century. The haveli’s unique design and history make it a must-visit.
5. Desert Culture Centre and Museum:
To delve deeper into the culture and heritage of Jaisalmer, make a stop at the Desert Culture Centre and Museum. It houses a rich collection of artifacts, showcasing the lifestyle, traditions, and history of the Thar Desert region. It’s an enlightening experience that adds depth to your Jaisalmer journey.
Day 3: Exploring the Sand Dunes
6. Sam Sand Dunes:
Jaisalmer’s allure extends beyond its historical sites. Head to the Sam Sand Dunes for an unforgettable desert experience. Located about 40 kilometers from the city, these dunes are best explored during the late afternoon to catch the magical sunset. You can enjoy camel rides, jeep safaris, and even try your hand at sandboarding. Spend the evening under the starry desert sky at a desert camp for an authentic Rajasthani cultural experience, complete with folk music and dance.
Day 4: Uncover Hidden Gems
7. Gadisar Lake:
Start your day with a visit to Gadisar Lake, a serene oasis in the midst of the desert. The lake is surrounded by artistically carved chattris (cenotaphs), temples, and ghats. You can hire a boat to peacefully glide across the lake while admiring the beauty of the architecture and the resident migratory birds.
Kuldhara is a ghost village that adds an element of mystery to your Jaisalmer trip. Abandoned centuries ago, the village is believed to be cursed, making it uninhabitable. Wander through its eerie, deserted streets and hear the local legends that shroud the village in mystique.
Day 5: Shopping and Farewell
9. Jaisalmer Shopping:
Before bidding adieu to Jaisalmer, indulge in some shopping therapy. The city is famous for its vibrant markets where you can purchase exquisite handicrafts, textiles, jewelry, and leather goods. Don’t forget to pick up some traditional Rajasthani attire, like turbans and colorful sarees, as souvenirs of your trip.
As your journey through Jaisalmer concludes, you’ll realize that this golden city isn’t just about its stunning architecture but also the warmth of its people and the rich tapestry of culture and history it weaves. A tour with a Tempo Traveller allows you the flexibility and comfort to explore these attractions at your own pace, making your Jaisalmer adventure truly unforgettable. So, pack your bags, embark on this mesmerizing journey, and let the sands of Jaisalmer leave their golden imprint on your heart.