About Jaisalmer

Situated close to the Pakistan Border, Jaisalmer is a major tourist spot located in the northwestern state of Rajasthan in India. It is called the 'golden city' due to its bounteous golden dunes flowing in the Thar Desert. Jaisalmer is adorned with lakes, ornate Jain temples, havelis and castles clad in golden yellowish sandstone. Climb on to the camel saddle and make your way through this desert or camp under the night sky in this golden land for an unforgettable experience. The Jaisalmer Fort stands as a crown atop the city and provides a beautiful contrast to the landscape. It also has a lake and many magnificent temples, all made of sandstone. The narrow alleys surrounding the fort are inhabited by people residing there for generations. Jaisalmer is a sublime amalgam of exotic Indian desert culture, heritage and adventure.

Place to must visit in Jaisalmer


Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

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Experience Time: 3-4 hours

Distance: 1 kms

Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort, nestled amid the golden sands of Thar Desert and steeped with rich past and heritage, is not just a fort but a mini-town with houses, temples, shops, and restaurants. Showcasing brilliant craftsmanship, it is one of the most renowned forts in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Built in 1156, Jaisalmer Fort gets its name from the former Bhati Rajput ruler Rao Jaisal. More than three thousand people live within the fort walls with multiple entrance gates on the path up top, the last of which directs you to the popular public square named Dashera Chowk. Standing tall with an impressive height of 450 meters, the Fort offers a stunning panoramic view of Jaisalmer city dripped in yellow where most of the houses and complexes are built of yellow sandstone. One of the largest forts in the world, Jaisalmer Fort is located on the southern edge of the city. Popularly known as 'Sonar Qila' or 'Golden Fort', it is a massive structure exhibiting its aesthetic beauty. The Golden fort crowns the Trikuta Hill standing at an altitude of 30 meters over the Jaisalmer city. It is bounded by massive battlements with several entrances. The walk through the intricate labyrinth of lanes is an experience worth having. Jaisalmer Fort presents a breathtaking sight during sunset with sand reflecting a golden hue to this mysterious age-old architectural grandeur. A detective novel was written based on Jaisalmer Fort by a famous Indian director Satyajit Ray, which was later on converted into a movie called Sonar Kella. It was initially named 'Trikut Garh' since it was triangular in shape and also built over the Trikuta Hills. 'Sonar Kela'(Golden Fort) as it is locally referred houses almost quarter of Jaisalmer's population inside the complex. The roadside shops sell all kind of things, a volcano stone which can change the milk to solid curd being the most curious one.

Experience Time: 4-5 hrs

Distance: 37 kms

Desert Safari

Jaisalmer is a frequently visited place by tourists. Out of the total number of visitors, almost 95% out of them go for tours of the desert safari. These tours are conducted either in the early morning or during the evening to avoid the scorching heat. Also, after one gets over with the safari tour, they can enjoy a delicious meal alongside gipsy musical dance program which is present at the desert camps at Sam. If anyone visits Jaisalmer, it is like a compulsion to go for desert safari and make the trip, even more, fun and memorable. Jaisalmer with its soft golden sand appears all the more beautiful. It is also known as the 'golden city of Rajasthan' and houses one of the most famous & ancient Jaisalmer Fort. There are two types of Safari offered at the place namely Camel Safari and Jeep Safari in Sam. In camel safari, a camel rider is needed for the safari tour of 90 min. The same can be hired for a ride from a local tour operator. In jeep safari, one needs to travel for 45 km to Sam. The only mode of transportation provided is a private cab.

Experience Time: 1-2 hrs

Distance: 2 kms

Gadisar Lake

On the outskirts of Jaisalmer in the arid state of Rajasthan lies the filled to the brim Gadisar Lake like an oasis in the heart of a desert. Back in the middle ages, there were no canals or irrigation system or other scientific methods to bring water to the arid regions of Rajasthan. This reservoir was built by Raja Rawal Jaisal keeping in mind the need of his people. Located pretty close to the fort of Jaisalmer, the lake is frequently visited by travellers from all around India as well as foreigners. Gadisar Lake offers scenic views from all sides of the lake, especially when the eastern sky is blood red and the sun rises, striking its rays on the top floors of Jaisalmer Fort. Whether you like to spend some quiet time by yourself or have fun with your family, Gadisar Lake has a handful of experiences to offer. You can hire a boat and float around the lake, or you can walk around the embankment visiting the temples and feeding the tiny fish in the lake, or you can quietly sit, taking in the rustic appeal of the surroundings, clicking an occasional picture. If winter is your time of visit, you might just be lucky enough to see beautiful exotic migratory birds flocking in and around the lake from the nearby bird sanctuary of Bharatpur.

Experience Time: 1-2 hours

Distance: 1 kms

Jain Temples

Situated in the Jaisalmer Fort, Jain Temples are a must-visit in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. The temples, though ancient, have a high religious and ancient knowledge attached to them. Built in the Dilwara style that is famous all over the world for its architecture, these temples are dedicated to Rikhabdevji and Shambhavdev Ji, the famous Jain hermits known as 'Tirthankaras'. Being a significant pilgrimage spot, the Jain Temples are truly a treasure of the Jaisalmer city and a fun place to be at for all those tourists who are interested in history and religion. All the seven temples are connected to each other and are built using the same golden-yellow Jaisalmeri stone. Each temple appears as a riddle to the visitors having its own tale to narrate. These temples dedicated to Rishabhdev, Sambhavnath, Chandraprabhu, and Parsvanath have the most exquisite carvings imprinted on them. One can enjoy the stunning sculptures around the walls which are protected by glass cupboards and pillars carved with Gods and celestial women. If anyone is especially interested in finding the ancient remains and history of these temples, there is a place present just for that- the Gyan Bhandar. As the name suggests, the Gyan Bhandar is a very tiny and attractive library present underground which was founded in 1500 present amongst the temples. Priceless old texts and manuscripts are present in the library. Jain Temples are a beautiful representation of the past and should be visited by the tourists who are planning a trip to Jaisalmer.

Experience Time: 15 to 30 minutes

Distance: 1 kms

Tazia Tower and Badal Palace

Situated at the beautiful Badal Palace complex, the five storey Tazia Tower has its significance in Jaisalmer. Tazia tower is a replica of the mausoleum of various Muslim imams with intricate carvings on the walls of the tombstone that reflects rich ancient art made of thermocol, wood and coloured papers. The Badal Palace near the Amar Sagar Gate has a cloud-like appearance and has the Tazia Tower emerging from it. This tower is entirely different from the usual Rajputana architecture of Rajasthan. These were homes to the royal families of Rajasthan built by the Muslim Craftsmen who gave it a shape of Tazia as a symbol of their religion. It's a tower of 5 storeys, and each storey tells a different story. Each floor has a balcony famous for its design, and the entire structure has Islamic touch to it with each of its models carved intricately. Tazia in Urdu means float that's taken during the procession of Muharram. The Muslim craftsmen built the balcony structure in the shape of a Tazia and gifted it to the Royal Patrons of the Badal Palace. The Badal Palace, on the other hand, is a cluster of structures with characterised carvings over walls. It is the present house of the Royals. The structure is a beautiful amalgamation of architectural splendour and the rich tapestry of Muslim artisans that serves as a paradigm of ancient Muslim architectural style.

Experience Time: 2-3 hrs

Distance: 13 kms

Kuldhara Village

Kuldhara Village, located within 20 kilometres from the Golden City Jaisalmer is not always a known name among the tourists, but a little research will show how this is one of the most interesting and intriguing attraction sites that you should absolutely include in your itinerary. The village, rich with its fair share of legends and myths, is said to be a spooky and haunted village. The abandoned and eerily beautiful appearance of it, standing solitary amidst the vast stretches of desert, lives up to its reputation. There have been stories of ghostly and paranormal activities in and around the village, but like always no one could provide any solid proof of it. Nevertheless, Kuldhara village is an exciting place to visit just for its architectural beauty and the vibe of history. Once you visit the place, the sheer blankness of the village so massive, yet so eerily silent and abandoned with just the houses standing like skeletal corpses of the past engulfs you entirely. Adds to that the legend how the residents of the entire area left the place overnight altogether to save their honour and lives from the hands of the tyrannical minister who ruled over the place, and you have got the perfect setting for a bestselling horror story. There is nothing to do as such, but the experience itself makes up for all of it. The government with the help of some private construction companies are setting up cafes, restaurants and even lodges for the night stay to turn the place into a full-fledged tourist place. The constructions are undergoing as of December 2017 and once finished, Rajasthan hopes to attract more people to visit and experience the great beauty amidst the barrenness.

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Havelis

The city of Jaisalmer is famous for its rich heritage and culture and havelis are a major part of it. The Patwon-ki-Haveli is a famous Haveli situated about 10km from the Jaisalmer Fort. This haveli is famous primarily for two things one being the fact that it is the first ever haveli built in Jaisalmer, and other is the fact that this is not just one haveli, but a cluster of five structures. The wall paintings and the mirror work on the walls is the biggest attraction. The haveli is currently used by the government for various purposes. Other famous Havelis are Salim Ji ki haveli which is famous for its unique architecture based on the Peacock and Nathmal Ji ki Haveli must be visited to witness the continuity in design.

Experience Time: 1-2 hrs

Distance: 5 kms

Bada Bagh

Bada Bagh in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan is primarily a cenotaph adjoining a garden, located about 6 kms north of Jaisalmer, on the way to Ramgarh. Bada Bagh, translated literally as 'Big Garden', is a garden complex nestled between Jaisalmer and Lodhruva in Rajasthan. This is a popular site because it is a garden that has the cenotaphs of all the Maharajas and other prestigious family members of Jaisalmer; all royal Rajputs kings of 6 centuries! The single brown desert provides a picturesque landscape for this attraction. In the desolate desert, the peace is like having taken a fistful of tranquillisers- a crypt-quiet atmosphere allowing you to soak in the faintest whirr of the wind as it rumbles the sand. Witnessing the sunset from Bada Bagh is a memory one holds forever. The setting of Bada Bagh is dramatically stunning, since the chhatris are the same colour as the landscape around them, a dull brown of the sand, and hence, appear like a mirage in the desert. The towering windmills in the distance only add up to the beauty this site has to offer. The bases of the various chhatris at Bada Bagh are square or hexagonal. The domes, however, could be found in a variety of shapes, ranging from a simple circular, to squarish to a slightly pyramidal shape. These are free from any kind of artwork, and only depict some information about the Raja they depict in particular. The sharp shriek of the hawks flying above the Bada Bagh can be heard for miles and the camels moving from a distance, almost as if it's a scene picked out right from a movie! Interestingly, the wedding scene in the Salman Khan-Aishwarya Rai starrer Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam was actually shot at Bada Bagh.

Experience Time: 2-3 hrs

Distance: 40 kms

Desert National Park

Situated near the town of Jaisalmer, Desert national park is one of the largest of its kind in the country, encompassing an area of 3162 sq kms. The park seems endless and covers a huge area extending from Jaisalmer/Barmer all the way to the India-Pakistan border. The intriguing landmark offers everything one can expect from a desert ecosystem, craggy rocks and compact salt lake bottoms, intermedial areas and fixed dunes. The dunes consist of about 20% of the park. The entire area is covered with thorny bushes, cacti and a few desert plants. If you want to explore the majestic wildlife at the Desert National Park, then the best way to do so is by going for an adventure-filled jeep safari which will be an entirely new exciting experience. It is located close to the mighty Thar desert and defies all stereotypical notions of the non-existence of flora and fauna in the deserts. As, even though the ecosystem is harsh and fragile, it houses an abundance of birdlife and is a haven for variety of migratory and resident desert birds. Some of the rarest birds, reptiles and animals can be found in the park. One can witness the endangered great Indian bustard roaming around in its natural environment. Apart from that various eagles, harriers, falcons, buzzards, kestrel, vultures, Short-toed eagles, tawny eagles, spotted eagles, laggar falcons and kestrel can also be seen here. One can see the life forms continuously fighting with the harsh environment to survive and prevailing to create yet another marvel of nature. Apart from the magnificent birds, the nation park also has a collection of fossils of animals and birds, some of which are 180 million years old. Some 6 million year old fossils of dinosaurs have also been found in the area. Visiting the desert national park to witness the mighty birds soaring in the sky while marveling the changing landscape of the desert is definitely one of the best ways to spend holidays.

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Distance: 6 kms

Windmill Park

India's largest operational onshore wind mill farm, Jaisalmer Wind Mill Park is located in Rajasthan near the Yamuna River between the Vindyha Mountains and the Himalayas. Tourists often like to visit this park to witness these massive windmills and know more about them, this huge windmill project attracts people as a lot has been spread and heard about them.

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Distance: 38 kms

Khuri

Khuri, also known as Tilo Ki Dhani, is a natural hamlet in Thar Desert close to Jaisalmer. Renowned for sand dunes and vast stretch of sandbank, Khuri is an ideal place for camel safari. Considered as one of the less explored hamlets in Thar Desert, the sand dunes the village offers the majestic views of mesmerizing sunrise and sunset and the ripples created by the flying sands in the winds makes the tourist fall in love with the golden sand.

Experience Time: 2 days

Distance: 137 kms

Barmer

Filled with vibrant colours, rich heritage, and warm hospitality, Barmer is India's fifth largest district representing the true reflection of Rajasthan. The historic town of the 13th century has earned itself the name of 'miniature Rajasthan'. Rooted in its flamboyant culture, Barmer is a perfect place to visit with your family. The lovely grounds of the town serve as a home to the majestic Barmer Fort and the ancient temples. A visit to Barmer gets more enjoyable than ever if you get to be a part of the Barmer festival which takes place during the month of March. The small mud houses having their walls adorned with folk motifs and colourfully dressed people all together on the sandy lands give you some pleasurable feels of a perfect holiday. Nestled right at the beginning of the great Indian Thar Desert, Barmer is a beautiful charming town that owns its fair share of rich historical past. Embellished with several historical sites such as lofty forts and palaces other than temples, you can always witness the rustic environment all around. Adding charm to the raw beauty of the town are the camels trudging along the barren terrain, artisans busy in showing their rich crafts such as pottery, weaving, woodcarving, dance and music. Despite the harsh weather conditions and barren land, the place has attracted tourists from all around the globe displaying their brilliant craftsmanship especially in handicrafts, embroidery work and other traditional art forms.

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Distance: 1 kms

Desert Culture Centre and Museum

Knowledge bank of rich cultural heritage, craftsmanship and artistic talents of Jaisalmer, the museum displays varied collections of traditional instruments, rich collections of ancient and medieval coins, any kinds of utensils and other artifacts and admirable textiles. This well-maintained museum is a favorite attraction among the scholars and researchers.

Experience Time: 3-4 hrs

Distance: 37 kms

Sam Sand Dunes

Sam Sand Dunes are an offbeat natural tourist destination in Rajasthan amidst all the historical forts and colourful markets. Lying around 40-42 kilometres from the golden city of Jaisalmer, the Sam Sand Dunes are visited by those who seek solace away from the conventional site hopping and want to spend some time under the open sky. Here you can experience the real wilderness of the desert and the vibrancy of authentic Rajasthani culture. The dunes are a wavy stretch of golden yellow sand stretching for around 2 kilometres along the borders of the Jaisalmer Desert National Park and offer a very picturesque and unobstructed view of the true expanse of the Great Thar desert. Travellers come here to witness the sunrise and sunset and the brilliant scenery they create over the fast stretches of barren land. If you are going for a single day trip to the dunes, make sure to avail the jeep safari or camel ride across the dunes to catch the real feeling of travelling in a desert. However, in case you have more days in hand and plan to stay overnight, check into one of the mud huts and Swiss tents offered by the locals. You will be met with warm hospitality and delicious meals of the rich and elaborate Rajasthani cuisine; along with performances of local folk music and dance. These campsites allow you to spend the night stargazing under the open sky, clear and perfectly visible due to the purity of air and almost non-existent pollution. There is a tradition of crackling up a bonfire with your fellow tourists and enjoy the festivities the evening brings in the campsites. In short, a visit to the Sam Sand Dunes is a lifetime of an experience, with its uncovered and unadorned natural beauty and the true culture of the state in its unabridged authenticity.

Experience Time: 2-3 hrs

Distance: 1 kms

Jaisalmer Government Museum

Established by the Department of Archeology in the year 1984, the Government Museum is a prime tourist attraction of Jaisalmer. It was built to highlight the multifaceted traditional and cultural heritage of the Great Thar Desert. Prominent crowd pleasers of the museum are its paintings, inscriptions, coins, statues of stone, embroidered dresses and handicraft items. A distinctive attribute of the museum is its rich collection of marine and wood fossils, limestone and sandstone that gives insight into the geological era. It also features some rarest sculptures from the 12th century Kiradu and Lodurva townships. The fossil records highlights various hard-shelled invertebrates and vertebrate animals, and even a collection of soft-bodied creatures like sea anemones and young insects. A beautiful glass case holds the state bird of Rajasthan - the Great Indian Bustard. Apart from these, tourists from all around the world visit the museum to set eyes on the rare collection of items of Rajasthani tradition. 72 stone sculptures, 13 paintings, 65 coins, eight inscriptions and 179 embroidered dresses and handicrafts are its repertoire.

Experience Time: 2-3 Hrs

Distance: 0 kms

Nathmal Ki Haveli

Nathmal ki Haveli is an ornate architecture in the heart of the city Jaisalmer which is otherwise known as the land of the Golden Fort. It was commissioned to serve as the residence of the then prime minister Diwan Mohata Nathmal. The extraordinary exteriors dripping with carvings and the virtuoso work of the Haveli (similar on either side but not identical) with two elephants made of limestone guarding the entrance is the sight that every visitor is privileged to see. As the name suggests, the architecture and carvings that adorn the fort of Jaisalmer are mostly built out of yellow sandstone. Thus when the sun rays fall on these structures, they radiate like gold. Apart from the extraordinary paintings using 1.5kg of gold leaf and carvings on walls, this confluence of the Islamic and Rajput style of architecture has an exciting story. It is said that the two architects, Hathi and Lulu started building two different facets of the building. Since there were no instruments those days to keep track of the continuity, the building came up in an irregular shape. Surprisingly, the paintings on the interior are depictions of modern amenities like cars and fans which the two architects had painted from the descriptions given to them by people who have seen it despite having never seen it themselves in real life. Interesting? Well, see it for yourself.

Experience Time: 1-2 hrs

Distance: 1 kms

Salim Singh ki Haveli

Salim Singh ki Haveli is a beautiful edifice at the heart of the city Jaisalmer. It is one of the major tourist attractions built over the remains of an older haveli in the late 19th century and commissioned by Salim Singh, the then prime minister of the Kingdom. It also holds another beautiful name - Jahaz Mahal as the front facet of the Haveli resembles a ship stern. Created with strong iron rods unlike the ones made of cement and mortar; the mansion is famous for its architectural elegance. The Haveli is almost 300 years old adorning a beautiful arched roof in the shape of a peacock. Famous for its distinctive architecture, the mansion has 38 gracefully carved balconies surmounted with pale-blue cupolas, and all have distinct designs for themselves. The gateway is guarded by two stone carved elephants with the interior walls covered in imperial paintings. Salim Singh ki Haveli is constructed on the remains of the old Haveli which was built in the late 17th century. The Haveli also houses a beautiful Moti Mahal where dances were held to entertain the aristocrats and royal courtiers. This piece of sheer elegance was later occupied by the most influential Mehta family of Jaisalmer.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hrs

Distance: 1 kms

Patwon ki haveli

Dipped in an enchanting shade of yellow, Patwon ki Haveli grabs the attention of every visitor. It is an impressive monument of Jaisalmer as it is the first one to have been erupted. It is also a cluster of 5 Haveli which was believed to be built by Patwa, a wealthy trader who constructed the stories for each of his five sons. The five houses were completed within a span of 60 years in the 19th century. The intricacy of this architecture lies in its exquisite wall paintings, balconies that open to a panoramic view, gateways, arches and most importantly the mirror works on the wall. As Patwa was a brocades trader, the Haveli is also known as the "Mansion of the Brocade Merchant." The local stories of Patwon ki Haveli include the golden thread dealers and opium traders who made their money through smuggling. In one of the sections of the Haveli, the Mural work is designed uniquely, and each portion separates from one another depicting specific style. Apart from this, the Haveli represents the rich culture of its bygone era. The paintings and artefacts display the lifestyle of its residents. With over 60 balconies, the pillars and ceilings of this golden architecture are carved in intricate designs and miniature works. At present, the archaeological survey of India has its office located within the complex.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hrs

Distance: 0 kms

Mandir Palace

The Mandir Palace a two-century-old architecture is the most elegant heritage hotels in the city of Jaisalmer. The hotel offers an ambience of medieval charm with a glimpse of modern amenities. It is adorned with exquisite stone carvings, ornate balconies, canopies that represent the craftsmanship in its purest form. The rooms and interiors are refurbished keeping intact the ancient ambience yet newly furnished. The Badal Vilas is a significant attraction of this palace. It is the tallest tower-like structure below the hilltop city fort. Mandir Palace of Jaisalmer was built by the Maharaja Jawahir Singh boasting a huge collection of finely carved stones, yellow stone interiors and, grandiose pillars and overlooking balcony. The palace provides an unrivalled view of the entire city and its surrounding structures. Apart from this, the hotel has a list of facilities and recreational activities such as air-conditioned rooms, suites, old silver furniture, organized safaris, internet access, swimming pool, badminton court, laundry service, house museum and so on. Mandir Palace Heritage hotel also houses one of the finest restaurants with exquisite Rajasthani cuisine.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hrs

Distance: 1 kms

Tanot Mata Temple

Situated 122 km from the city of Jaisalmer, Tanot Mahal is a historical temple at the Longewala border in Rajasthan. The temple is enveloped with numerous legends that instil curiosity in every visitor. Although it is located very close to the India-Pakistan border, it remained untouched during the war in 1971. The road to Tanot Mahal is surrounded by miles of dunes, and the temperature goes up to 49 degrees. The Indian army has their share of stories about Tanot Mahal. The local deity Tanot aka Awad Mata helped the Indian soldiers who were at the edge of annihilation. Despite the shelling of 3000 bombs from the Pakistan border, not one exploded in the vicinity of the temple. The unexploded bombs are till date treasured in the Tanot Museum within the temple premises. After the war, the temple was handed over to the Border Security Force of India who continues to manage the Temple. Indian army built a Vijay Sthamba within the temple premises, and every year on December 16 a celebration takes place to commemorate the victory of India over Pakistan.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hrs

Distance: 101 kms

Ramdevra Temple

Ramdevra Temple is a sacred temple to the folk deity of Rajasthan - Baba Ramdevji. It is situated 12 kms from Pokhran on Jodhpur to Jaisalmer road. It is believed that Baba Ramdevji took samadhi (conscious exit from the mortal body) at Ramdevra in 1459 AD. After this, the Maharaja Ganga Singh of Bikaner constructed the temple around his Samadhi. The temple is the eternal resting place of Baba Ramdevji, a saint of the 14th century. It is believed that the saint is the incarnation of Lord Krishna by Hindus and Ramshah Pir by the Muslims who had miraculous powers and devoted his life to the upliftment of downtrodden people of the society. His worshipers are spread across Rajasthan, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Gujarat that cut across caste barriers among Hindus and Muslims. A main attraction near the temple premises is the tank built by Baba Ramdev known as the Ramsagar Talab. Apart from this, during August and September, people from different places make a visit to the temple for the Ramdevra Fair. It is attended by a large crowd of devotees and visitors from various locations across the globe. The fair is carried on a night long with bhajans and kirtans paying homage to Baba Ramdev.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hrs

Distance: 12 Kms

Jaisalmer War Museum

Jaisalmer War Museum, also known as Laungewala War Memorial was established in the military station designed with the view of honouring the war heroes. It embraces the bravery and sacrifices of the Indian Army. On 24 August 2015, the museum was inaugurated and declared to the Nation. It took place on the day of Golden Jubilee commemoration of the India-Pakistan war in 1965. The museum popularly known as JWM, houses two information display halls, an audio-visual room and a souvenir shop. It also has an Honour wall that has engraved the names of gallantry award winners of the Param Vir Chakra and Maha Vir Chakra. Along with tanks, guns and military vehicles, the display has a repertoire of trophies and vintage equipment. The primary structure was presented a Hunter Aircraft by the Indian Air Force that destroyed the enemy tank columns during the Battle of Laungewala. The place also includes Murals of soldiers who lost their lives during the war and the weapons used for the same. The audio-visual room screens the movie about the battle in which Major Kuldip Singh Chandpuri, a recipient of Maha Vir Chakra gives a detailed account of the soldiers who fought the war. Located 2 hours away from Jaisalmer, on the Jaisalmer-Jodhpur highway, the memorial is a salute to Indian Army.

Experience Time: 2-3 Hrs

Distance: 17 kms

Akal Wood Fossil Park

The Akal Wood Fossil park is the destination of the prehistoric era. It is located on the Barmer road 17 km away from Jaisalmer city. Akal Wood Fossil Park is the pride of Jaisalmer city; it is the National Geological Monument of India. Spread over 21 hectares of land, the park lies in the region of the potential geological park in Jaisalmer fossil belt. The barren and rocky terrain has about a dozen of fossilized wood logs and exposed tree trunks protected by iron grilled cages and tin sheet roofing. The park houses 25 petrified tree trunks, with about a dozen of fossilised wood logs. It has fossils of over 180 million years and petrophyllum, equisetitis a ptyllophyllum species of the early Jurassic period. The nearby Thaiyat area is a renowned place where the fossils and footprints of Pterosaurs were found. There are also remnants of non-flowering trees such as Redwood, Deodar and Chir. The existing fossils of gastropod shells imply that the region was a sea once upon a time. It is believed that fossils are lying deep within the soil. Hence excavation processes are ongoing. It was declared the National Geological Monument by the Geological Survey of India in the year 1972, who maintained the park till 1985 after which it was handed over to the Forest Department of the Government of Rajasthan.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hrs

Distance: 1 kms

Vyaas Chhatri

Vyas Chhatri is the assemblage of golden sandstone, an edifice of Rajasthani architecture. It was dedicated to sage Vyaas, the writer of the 300,000 long epic Mahabharata whose cenotaph is situated on the north of the fort. It is popularly known as the city of sunset point that gives a birds-eye view of Jaisalmer. It is situated on the northwestern edge town within a Brahmin Cemetery; the burial grounds of kings which is managed by the Royal family of Jaisalmer. The carvings and the elevated dome-shaped pavilions are a sight to behold. This elegant architecture of golden-hued sandstone over which the meticulously done intricate carvings is an awe-inspiring picturesque of the city. Vyaas Chhatri is a scenic spot for visitors who'd love to catch a sunset in a desert among the golden sandstone structures.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hrs

Distance: 4 kms

Amar Sagar Lake

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. There are a series of steps and a pavilion beside the palace that leads to the lake. At the far end of the lake, there is an aesthetically carved Jain temple that boasts its fine structure made of Jaisalmer stones. An exciting part of the lake is the stone carved figureheads which are believed to protect the royal family.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hrs

Distance: 26 kms

Khaba Fort

A ruined citadel situated amidst the scorching Thar Desert is the Khaba Fort. The history of this barren, eerie, mystic village, dates back to the 13th century. The architecture once belonged to the Paliwal Brahmins of the Kuldhara village who fled the town in the 19th century leaving behind a ghost town. The stairs at the fort entrance lead to the focal point of the entire village and the surrounding countryside. A walk through the ramparts and the quiet streets of Kuldhara that stretches from the base of the fort is a spooky experience. The turreted towers, intricate latticeworks, and the beautiful windows add elegance to the structure. Its charm is enhanced by a muster of peacocks. It also houses a small museum with ancient artifacts and various kinds of rock fossils. The Shiva temple, mud huts are the other remnants of the place. The staircases that lead to the underground is home to 80 deserted sandstone abodes. Here is something uncanny- before anyone leaves the fort, its former residents cast a spell to prevent anyone from settling in the village ever again. Till date, the fort is nothing but ruins of what was left behind 200 years ago.

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Desert Festival

The desert festival is the most awaited colourful event in the land of dunes and camels. It was initiated with an intention to give a glance of the imperial Rajasthani culture to the tourists. The festival organises various activities like camel races, turban tying competitions and also Mr Desert contest. The Desert festival showcases Rajasthani folklore. A three-day long music and dance festival which displays the rich culture of Jaisalmer. It attracts numerous tourists who wait to witness the famous Kalbelia dance. Apart from this, the festival is known for the famous fire dance. It is celebrated every year in February.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hrs

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Thar Heritage Museum

Founded by L Narayan Khatri, the Thar Heritage Museum is a historical reservoir. L Narayan was an eminent scholar of the Jaisalmer folklore. The museum not just tells you the times of Jaisalmer but also showcases the rich culture, heritage, folk art and architectural style of Rajasthan. It has a fascinating assortment of Jaisalmer artifacts, fossils, instruments, displays of types of kitchen equipment, turbans, birth & death customs and a lot more. Apart from this, the museum houses a unique sea fossil collection, documents, postcards, coins, ornaments of the desert horses, ships, manuscripts, and weapons. Collections of sea fossils will tell us how the land once a sea eventually became the Thar Desert. The museum also engages its visitors with the snakes and ladder game and an amiable puppet show narrated by Shri L.N Khatri, who is also the curator of the museum, presents the spirit of the Rajasthani culture. It is a unique amalgamation of the history and heritage of Thar. The nearby attractions where one can pay a visit after the Thar Heritage Museum are Jaisalmer folklore museum, Jaisalmer fortress, and the Silkroute art gallery

Experience Time: 2-3 Hrs

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Lodhruva

16 km north-west of Jaisalmer is Lodhruva the ancient capital city of Bhatti dynasty of the 12th century. The old capital of Bhatti Rajput was once a flourishing city until Rawal Jaisal shifted the capital to Jaisalmer city. Although Muslim invaders ransacked the town, the prominent attraction of the city is its architectural ruins. There numerous peacocks around Lodhruva. The mesmerizing peacock dance adds beauty to the ruins. Through the ruins, its cosmopolitan splendor is visible. It is dedicated to the 23rd Jain Tirthankara, Lord Parsvanath who pictures adorn the walls. The yellow sandstone structure is a Jain temple. The edifice is a marvel with the arching balconies, jaali works and Dilwara style of architecture. The history of Lodhruva dates back to the 9th century when Deoraj, the prince of Bhati Rajput clan captured Lodhruva and made it his capital. The city was a part of an ancient trade route, often vulnerable to attacks through the Thar desert. Another story attached to the place was the love story of Princess Mumal and Mahendra which is often recounted in local folklore. The fortress is a popular tourist destination in Jaisalmer, with Rishabhanatha Temple and Sambhavanatha Temple at close quarters. The temples were rebuilt in the late 20th century which is still a reminder of the city's former glory. Other attractions in Lodhurva are the Hinglaj Mata temple and Chamunda Mata temple.

Experience Time: 1-2 hrs

Distance: 70 kms

Surya Gate

The Surya Gate is one of the four entry gates to the 12th century, Jaisalmer Fort. The fort on the Trikuta hill has four successive gates Akai, Surya, Ganesh and Hawa through which the visitors need to pass through. A vital feature of the gate is that it is constructed on a bend, the reason behind building barriers in such a manner is said to stem from military strategies. As elephants were war horses in the ancient era, it took mighty power to break down walls, but with gates situated on a curve, it takes a greater ability to break through. The Surya Gate is the second in the series, a beautiful narrow gate built to prevent entry of enemies in large numbers. The area between the first and the second gate is lined with small shops that sell various Rajasthani items. The concept of the curved and narrow entrances to prohibit the enemies' ability to use a battering ram is awe-inspiring to the visitors. It is adorned with stone carvings which depict historical art. It holds immense significance to the 850+-year-old fort.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hrs

Distance: 1 kms

Shantinath Temple

The Shantinath Temple is one among the cluster of seven Jain Temples built in the Jaisalmer fort. It is made in the Dilwara Style with exquisite carvings. The 16th-century temple holds the beautiful idol of the Jain Saint Shri Shanthinath. The grandeur style reflects its spectacular architecture of the medieval period. Thousands of devotees drop into the temple every year. Closely located to the Golden Fort of Jaisalmer, the temple is a retreat for those who wish to meditate and a place of interests for travelers who wish to sink into the ancient history The ambiance of the temple adds beauty to the Jaisalmer Fort. While tourists mark their visit to the fort, they stop by to pray and meditate at the temple. It is believed that the saint grants the wishes of those who fervently pray. The temple feasts Jain visitors in bulk every year. Apart from the Fort, the temple is also surrounded by local textiles and other types of handlooms which are sold at a reasonable price.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hrs

Distance: 1 kms

Chandraprabhu Temple

Chandraprabhu Temple is an exemplary Jain temple built in the 16th century. It is one among the seven temples that were constructed for the 8th Tirthankara Jain Prophet Chandraprabhu Ji. Located inside the Golden Fort, it is a symbol of an ancient Rajput style of architecture. The Jain shrine made of red stone is carved in intricate designs with beautiful corridors and curved facades. The interiors form a series of toranas featuring finely sculpted pillars. The real specimen of the temple is its complex designs constructed in mortars and stones. All the temples are connected by walkways forming a cluster. Its complexity is a significant aspect of the Fort.

Experience Time: 1-2 hrs

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Tazia Tower

Situated at the beautiful Badal Palace complex, the five storey Tazia Tower has its significance in Jaisalmer. Tazia tower is a replica of the mausoleum of various Muslim imams with intricate carvings on the walls of the tombstone that reflects rich ancient art made of thermocol, wood and coloured papers. The Badal Palace near the Amar Sagar Gate has a cloud-like appearance and has the Tazia Tower emerging from it. This tower is entirely different from the usual Rajputana architecture of Rajasthan. These were homes to the royal families of Rajasthan built by the Muslim Craftsmen who gave it a shape of Tazia as a symbol of their religion. It's a tower of 5 storeys, and each storey tells a different story. Each floor has a balcony famous for its design, and the entire structure has Islamic touch to it with each of its models carved intricately. Tazia in Urdu means float that's taken during the procession of Muharram. The Muslim craftsmen built the balcony structure in the shape of a Tazia and gifted it to the Royal Patrons of the Badal Palace. The Badal Palace, on the other hand, is a cluster of structures with characterised carvings over walls. It is the present house of the Royals. The structure is a beautiful amalgamation of architectural splendour and the rich tapestry of Muslim artisans that serves as a paradigm of ancient Muslim architectural style.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hrs

Distance: 100 kms

Pokhran Fort

Balagarh fort was built by the Marwar Thakur, Rao Maldeo in the 14th Century, it is otherwise known as the Pokhran Fort. Pokhran means the place of five mirages enclosed by sandy, rocky, salt ranges. Although a small temple made of red sandstone, the fort is dedicated to Goddess Durga. It is situated in a remote region of the Thar desert which also served as a test site for India's first underground nuclear weapon detonations. The majestic fort has a huge door with sinister spikes jutting out to stop elephant stampede. It houses a museum displaying armoury, pottery, miniature paintings and costumes worn by the maharajas of the bygone era. Surrounding the fort is the village of Pokhran that welcomes every traveller with a warm heart. The local weavers and potters working at the market, safari over the sand dunes, a community that feeds the migratory birds are all the beauty of Pokhran.

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Distance: 29 kms

Camping & Cultural Evening

The golden fort, sand dunes, and the enchanting palaces make Jaisalmer an ideal destination for Camping and Cultural evening. A camping tour is a must on the bucket list of anyone who wishes to dig deeper the real essence of Rajasthan. Many tour providers offer camping along with safaris, parasailing, para motor gliding and so on. Riding a desert camel along the arid landscape is another exciting activity. The evenings are mostly to enjoy the Rajasthani culture with music and dance reflecting the rich cultural heritage. Jaisalmer is best to visit between November and march to enjoy the outdoor activities as the weather is moderate.

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