Places To See In Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer-Destination

Places To See In Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer-Destination

  • Spoken Language
    English / Hindi
  • Founded by
    Rawal Jaisal
  • Build In
    1156
  • Area in km²
    5.1 Km²

Jaisalmer, Golden City

Jaisalmer is a former medieval trading center and a princely state in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, in the heart of the Thar Desert. Known as the "Golden City," it's distinguished by its yellow sandstone architecture.

Sam Dunes and Desert National Park

Hordes of people head to the famous and picturesque Sam Sand Dunes, around 50 minutes west of Jaisalmer, at sunset. Cultural performances and camel rides create a carnival atmosphere. It's possible to stay at a desert camp in the area. The majority are located close to the Sam Dunes. However, there are other options that provide unique, non-touristy experiences. Check out these top Jaisalmer desert camps for glamping. On the way to the Sam Dunes, Kuldhara Abandoned Village is an interesting place to visit.

If you'd prefer a more peaceful desert sojourn, the dunes around Khuri village in Desert National Park an hour southwest of Jaisalmer are more suitable. Accommodations are available in traditional-style huts (Badal House is recommended for an authentic local experience) and small resorts. You can go on a camel safari there as well.

Amar Sagar village

The Amar Sagar lake is an oasis near the palace of Amar Singh. It is adjacent to the 17th-century citadel which was constructed by Maharawal Akhai Singh and is located on the outskirts of Jaisalmer city. Built in the pattern of apartments, the palace complex comprises of number wells and ponds along with chhatris. It is believed that these wells were constructed by prostitutes. Amar Singh was believed to be an ardent follower of Lord Shiva. Hence, an ancient Shiva temple made of marble was constructed in the 18th century. Although it is built in a pattern of apartments, the five-storey haveli is famous for its intricate murals.

Places To See In Jaisalmer
Havelis

Jaisalmer is also known for the fairy-tale architecture of its magnificent historic havelis (mansions), located both inside and out of the fort. Many can be found in the narrow lanes about 10 minutes walk north of the fort. In this area, the 19th century Patwa Haveli is the city's biggest and most important one. It's actually a cluster of five mansions built by a wealthy Jain trader and his sons. Kothari’s Patwa Haveli is particularly impressive, with its breathtaking intricate stonework and artwork, and has been converted to a museum. The entry fee is 250 rupees for foreigners and 100 rupees for Indians. In the same area, the distinctively shaped Salim Singh Haveli and extraordinary Nathmal Haveli are worth visiting as well. Inside Nathmal Haveli, the beautiful gold paintings are a highlight.

Jain Temples

One of the main attractions inside the fort is a stunning series of seven interconnected Jain temples that date back to the 15th and 16th centuries. Carved out of sandstone, the detail on them rivals that of the marble Jain temple complex at Ranakpur. You'll need to remove your shoes and all leather items before entering. The temples are open daily from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., although foreigners may only enter all the sections after 11 a.m. Timings are prone to changing, so do check first. Tickets cost 300 rupees for foreigners. Indians don't have to pay but there is a camera charge.

Places To See In Jaisalmer