Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer City DescriptionsJaisalmer - Deep in the heart of the Thar Desert is Jaisalmer, one of the last princely bastions in the region. Founded on what was the crossroad of lucrative trade routes, this remote settlement came to be celebrated for the valour of its rulers, and for the aesthetic sense represented by their palaces and havelis. The rich merchants engaged stone-craftsmen who worked with greate diligence on the sandstone mansions they built, filling up facades with sculptural filigree, screen windows, delicate pavilions and beautiful balconies. These veritable art-museums are still inhabited, and their colourful celebrations and festivals have placed Jaisalmer firmly on the world tourism map. It's unique location in the midst of miles of sand dunes makes it India's most popular destination for camel safaris. Places to see in and around Jaisalmer include the many Havelis, located in the bylanes of the old city, the imposing Jaisalmer Fort, which is known as the World’s largest living Fort, the many Hindu and Jain temples inside the Fort etc. Also worth visiting, are the Sam Sand Dunes, located just outside Jaisalmer, that offer unbelievable desert vistas, stretching for miles and miles.

Getting to Jaisalmer

  • By Air – Jaisalmer is currently not connected by air. The Jodhpur airport (290 kms) is the nearest and most convenient gateway for Jaisalmer.
  • By Rail - Jaisalmer is connected to Jodhpur by day as well as overnight trains. There is also an overnight service from Jaipur, suitable for budget travellers only.
  • By Road - It is well connected by good roads to Jodhpur (290 kms) and Bikaner (330 kms).

Best Places to Stay in Jaisalmer


Heritage Inn, Jaisalmer Hotels Bookingsmake a booking

A good value for money option in the desert city of Jaisalmer, the Heritage Inn has 40 air conditioned cottages & 15 air conditioned spacious rooms, a multi cuisine restaurant, a well stocked bar and an outdoor swimming pool. 

Taj Gateway, Jaisalmer Hotels Bookingsmake a booking

Overlooking the town of Jaisalmer, the Taj Gateway is the perfect combination of modern comfort and fairytale medieval charm. Perched above the town and seemingly rising out of the rocks, the hotel offers postcard-perfect views of the 12th century Jaisalmer Fort as well as the setting sun. Inspired by the havelis of yore, the hotel's design offers a palette of local colors, materials, and fabrics

Fort Rajwada, Jaisalmer Hotels Bookingsmake a booking

Located just outside the city, and with wonderful views of the towering Jaisalmer fort , the Fort Rajwada is undoubtedly Jaisalmer's finest hotel . Built to resemble an old Rajasthani building, with intricate carvings and old style balconies, rooms are comfortable and well equipped and complemented by good food, an inviting pool and a stylish marble bar.

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