Best Things To Do In Jaisalmer, India: Have Your Own Desert Story

things to do in jaisalmer india

Jaisalmer, located in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, is a city where visitors can see beautiful forts and landscapes. It bears the traces of geologic tragedies that occurred in the Thar Desert 180 million years ago and it acts as the natural guard for western Rajasthan and India’s frontier. This city has come back from the dead in the past half-century. Although it is one among the deserts of Rajasthan, it is very easy to reach since there is a direct train service connection for Jaisalmer and Delhi. Read more to find out more about all you can do and see in Jaisalmer.

1. Jaisalmer Fort

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The Jaisalmer Fort is also known as the Golden Fort. It looks like a massive sandcastle rising from the sandy plains like a mirage. It was constructed in a royal style by local craftsman, which makes it one of the must-visit places in Jaisalmer. Watching the sunset from the fort is even more magical.

Jaisalmer Fort

Address: Fort Rd, Khejer Para, Manak Chowk, Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001

Website: Jaisalmer Fort

2. Jaisalmer Government Museum

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The Jaisalmer Government Museum was established by the Department of Archaeology and Museums. It is a prime attraction among tourists with its striking displays. The museum’s trophy exhibit is a stuffed model of the state bird, Godawan. The remnants of this city’s rich culture are displayed here in the Government Museum so don’t miss the chance of visiting.

Jaisalmer Government Museum

Address: Police Line Road, Near Moomal Hotel, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India

Website: Jaisalmer Government Museum

3. Mandir Palace

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Mandir Palace is a five storey building that excites all the visitors by its enchantment. Each storey has intricately carved balconies and canopies. The entire castle was constructed by Muslim craftsmen over 2 centuries ago. Mandir Palace is also known as the cloud castle since it looks like it is located high up in the sky. The palace is now converted into an exclusive heritage hotel so if you know how it feels to live in a palace, don’t miss the chance of spending a night here.

Mandir Palace

Address: Gandhi Chowk Rd, Sadar Bazar, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001

Website: Mandir Palace

4. Jain temples

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There are a cluster of Jain temples in Jaisalmer dating back to 12th and 15th century. They are built of yellow sandstone with walls that have detailed carvings and even ancient manuscripts are preserved here. These temples are a popular pilgrimage spot and are a peaceful place to sit, pray, and enjoy the divine presence.

Jain Temples

Address: Fort Rd, Khejer Para, Manak Chowk, Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001

Website: Jain Temples

5. Gadisar Lake

Gadsisar lake, Jaisalmer (retouched)
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Gadisar Lake was constructed in the 14th century to provide water to Jaisalmer’s dry lands. After learning of its importance, many temples were built around it. Now this lake has become a pilgrimage destination. There is a tradition for visitors to visit the lake before entering the temples.

Gadisar Lake

Address: Gadisar Lake, Postal Colony, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001

Website: Gadisar Lake

6. Bada Bagh

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Bada Bagh is known as the Big Garden and is located 4.8 km (3 miles) north of Jaisalmer. This garden complex houses royal people of the city and the location of the garden is perfect. Visitors often find this the ideal spot to enjoy views of the sun rise and sunset.

Bada Bagh

Address: Bada Baugh Chhatris Rd, Rajasthan 345001

Website: Bada Baugh

7. Desert National Park

Chinkara Desert NP Jaisalmer
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The Desert National Park provides visitors with a glimpse of the best of Thar’s eco system. The desert park, located 40 km away from Jaisalmer, is made up of sand dunes, dense salt, and rocks. It has a variety of wildlife that keeps visitors fascinated. Even rare species such as the black buck and desert fox can be found here. During winter, migratory eagles and vultures are said to take refuge in this park.

Desert National Park

Address: Myajlar Road, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001

Website: Desert National Park

8. Kuldhara

Kuldhara Village
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Kuldhara is known as the ghost village of Rajasthan. It is known to be haunted and holds a sad story of how the king wanted to marry a woman from a poor community that lived in this village and threatened that he’d burn down the village if they didn’t approve his wish. The people cursed and left the village overnight. It has been abandoned ever since but it still makes for an interesting experience.


Address: Kuldhar, Rajasthan 345001

9. Desert Festival

Desert Festival
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The Desert Festival is organized by the Rajasthan Tourism Department. It usually takes place around January and February of every year. The Desert Festival is said to be very colorful and full of fun. It is definitely a great way to experience some of the local traditions and products. Its high points are camel races, acrobats, and folk dances.

Desert Festival

Address: Sam Sand Dunes 42 K.M. from Jaisalmer

Website: Desert Festival

10. Camel Safari

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Ditch walking and see Rajasthan from the best view possible by riding on camels, which are known as ships of the desert. There are plenty of reliable safari tour operators scattered all over Rajasthan and many packages are also available to choose from. Choose one and go out to experience the deserted scalding landscape around Jaisalmer.

Camel Safari

Website: Camel Safari

Jaisalmer is known as the Golden City for a reason

Away from the urban chaos and at the heart of the sprawling Thar Desert, experience the true essence of Jaisalmer. Feel the warm sand under your feet and get ready to explore celestial wonders of Rajasthan. Jaisalmer is truly a one-of-a-kind place that you shouldn’t miss.

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