Jaisalmer is a town located in Indian state
Rajsathan. The city is situated 575 km away from Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan.
Jaisalmer lies in the heart of Thar Desert and the place is currently one of the most
popular tourist destinations of India. The city is also popular as “Golden City”,
as it is surrounded by golden sand dunes and magnificent castles or havelis made of golden
sand stone. Here is a 3 days tour plan of this desert
On day-1 of your tour, after reaching Jaisalmer first go to visit Patwon Ki Haveli.
Patwon Ki Haveli is a famous tourist attraction in Jaisalmer. The haveli is a cluster of five
small havelis built by a rich Brocade Merchant in the 19th Century. The mansion is commonly
known as Kothari’s Patwa Haveli. The five havelis were built for the 5 sons of the merchant
and the entire complex is the largest mansion in the city. The building comes under the
Archaeological Survey of India and it is recognized as a renowned architectural as well as a historical
site. Entry fee here is Rs 20 per person for Indian
tourist and Rs 100 per person for foreigners. Camera charge is Rs 50 and video camera charge
is Rs 100. Next visit Salim Singh ki Haveli.
Salim Singh ki Haveli is a beautiful building located at the heart of Jaisalmer city. At
present, it is one of the main tourist attractions of the place. The mansion has a beautiful
arched roof which looks like a peacock. The haveli was built over the remains of an older
haveli in the late 19th century and was commissioned by Salim Singh, the then prime minister of
the Kingdom. Entry fee here is Rs10 per person for Indian
tourist and Rs15 per person for foreigners. Camera charge is Rs50 and video camera charge
is Rs100. The Haveli is open from 6am to 5Pm
Day-2 On Day-2 morning, first go to visit the famous
Jaisalmer fort. Nestled amidst the golden sands of Thar Desert, this is one of largest
forts in the World. As the fort is constructed with Yellow Sand stone, it is popularly known
as ‘Sonar Quila’ or “the Golden Fort”. This fort is like a mini town which houses
many beautiful temples, havelis, shops, and restaurants. The fort has been declared a
UNESCO world heritage site. The fort was built in the year 1156 by Bhati
Rajput ruler Rao Jaisal. It stands at a height of 250 ft. and is surrounded by a 30 ft. tall
walls. Due to this height you can get a beautiful panoramic view of the Jaisalmer city from
the fort walls. The entry fee to the fort is Rs50 per person
for Indian tourist and Rs250 per person for foreigners. Camera charge is Rs50 and video
camera charge is Rs100. Fort is open from 7 am to 6 Pm every day.
Next visit Jain Temple inside the fort. These are a group of Jain temples dating back 12th
and 15th centuries. The temples are dedicated to various Jain Tirthankars. The walls of
these temples are decorated with beautiful carvings which are of famous Dilwara style.
Enjoy a walk around the fort complex and feel its past glory. Meanwhile, you can also do
some shopping inside the fort. From Jaisalmer fort go to visit Gadisar Lake.
On the outskirts of Jaisalmer there lies the beautiful Gadisar Lake, which is like an oasis
in the heart of Thar Desert. Back in the middle ages, there were no canals or irrigation system
available here to bring water to this region. Keeping in mind the need, this reservoir was
built by Raja Rawal Jaisal for his people. Located close to the fort of Jaisalmer, the
lake is an easy escape from the hot and dry desert climate. Gadisar Lake offers picturesque
views of the lake and the adjacent fort. Gadisar Lake is open from 7am to 7Pm. The
charges here are Rs100 per person for 2 seater Pedal boat, Rs200 per person for 4 seater
Pedal boat, and Rs300 per person for 6 seater rowing boat.
From Gadisar Lake go to visit Bada Bagh. Literally meaning big garden, this is a garden complex
about 6 km north of Jaisalmer. Overlooking a mango grove, here you can see a set of royal cenotaphs,
or chhatris, of Maharajas of Jaisalmer state.
Bada Bag is open from 8am to 6pm. Entry fee here is Rs100 per person and camera charge
is Rs100. Day-3
On day-3 of your tour visit Sam Sand Dunes. Sam sand dunes is the best and one of the
most authentic desert dune sites in India. The 30-60 meter tall dunes attract numerous
travellers every year. It is located just 45km west of Jaisalmer city and here you can
find many desert camps built in 2-3 km radius of sand dunes where you can put up for the
night. Best time to visit here is from October to March.
Every year, in the month of February, Desert Festival is held here.
The best time to reach here is during evening at around 4 to 7 Pm or at early morning at
around 4-6 am. This is the best place to see sunrise or sunset. You can book either a camel
ride or a jeep safari to reach the sunset point. The booking facility is available at
the camp. In the evening you can enjoy cultural programs
and camp fire at the camp site. The charges depend on the number of activities
you are participating. Day-4
On day 4 of your tour head back to airport or railway station for departure.
How to Reach Jaisalmer can be reached by train, air or
road. There is an airport in Jaisalmer which is connected only to Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur,
and Ahmedabad. The nearest international airport of Jaisalmer is in Jodhpur.
Jaisalmer is well connected by train to Delhi, Jaipur and Jodhpur. Other than these, Jaisalmer
is connected to the rest of Rajasthan and other major Indian cities by Rajasthan State
transport corporation bus services. Luxury bus fare is around Rs 500 for this trip. Online
booking facility is also available for bus services.
Where to stay There are many beautiful Hotels available
in Jaisalmer of different budget range. You can book all these hotels from online booking
sites like booking.com, hotels.com or tripadvisor.in and many more.
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