Jaisalmer lies in the vast Thar Desert. The carpet of sand that gives the town its yellowish tint has earned it the nickname of the Golden City. Come here for the monumental buildings and adventure across the sand dunes.

When you arrive at Jaisalmer, the first thing you will notice is Jaisalmer Fort, a massive 12th-century stone structure on top of a hill. The large fortification is a mini city where several thousand people live and work. Visit the vast complex for shops, houses, restaurants, temples and palaces, including Jain Temple, a collection of seven interconnected temples. These temples date from the 12th and 15th centuries and their walls feature lots of intricate carvings of animal and human figures.

After you’ve explored the fort, climb on a rickshaw for the short journey to Patwon Ki Havali. This is a collection of five distinct mansions, called havalis, that were built between 1805 and 1860. As you walk through and around the yellow sandstone structure, pay attention to the carved pillars, ornate balconies and large collection of paintings.

See more fascinating examples of architecture in the temples around Gadisar Lake. The rainwater lake on the outskirts of the city is one of the most popular attractions in Jaisalmer. Tour the religious shrines, go boating and stroll by the water’s edge. Visit during the winter to see large numbers of migratory birds.

Take advantage of Jaisalmer’s close proximity to the desert by going for a camel ride across the dunes. Many sandy safaris start out from the small village of Khuri, about 31 miles (50 kilometres) away. Trips are available from a few hours to several days.

Reach Jaisalmer by flying into Jodhpur Airport, at a distance of 170 miles (274 kilometers), then drive or take the train to complete your journey. Travel between the city's grand palaces and temples by bike, rental car or auto rickshaw.

Known for

desert, safari and temple

Top hotels in Jaisalmer

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Suryagarh
5 out of 5
Kahala Phata Sam Road, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
SG$131/night
17 Sep-18 Sep
4.8/5Exceptional! (65 reviews)

Situated in Jaisalmer, this luxury hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Kuldhara Abandoned Village Well, Jaisalmer Fort and Desert National Park. Nathmalji-ki-Haveli ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (65 reviews)

"I thought the property was amazing. But it was soooooo hot - it was unbearable. Also, we wanted to do archery but it was cancelled/not working."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jul,2019

Suryagarh
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Jaisalmer Marriott Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Jaisalmer-Sam-Dhanana Road, Police Line, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
SG$126/night
17 Sep-18 Sep
4.7/5Exceptional! (50 reviews)

This family-friendly Jaisalmer hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Nathmalji-ki-Haveli, Bhatia Market and Patwon-ki-Haveli. Jaisalmer ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (50 reviews)

"We had an awesome stay at Jaisalmer Marriott, all the hospitality and staff was very good. We would definitely visit there once again to experience luxury with such an awesome service."…"

Reviewed on 25 Jun,2019

Jaisalmer Marriott Resort & Spa
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Hotel Shahi Palace
3 out of 5
shiv road , behind HDFC bank, silawata para, Jaisalmer, Rajsthan
SG$8/night
17 Sep-18 Sep
4.2/5Very Good! (10 reviews)

Located in the heart of Jaisalmer, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bhatia Market and Jaisalmer Fort. Nathmalji-ki-Haveli and Patwon-ki-Haveli are also ...

4.2/5Very Good! (10 reviews)
Jaiselmer

"Athe staff were all really nice and helpful, they don't actually have parking although they say they do. There is room for a motorcycle outside the front door so not too bad."…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb,2019

Hotel Shahi Palace

Popular things to do in Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer Fort
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Jaisalmer Fort

Admire imposing bastions, lavish havelis and colorful temples, shop for handicrafts and sample delicious Rajasthani cuisine at this magnificent sandstone citadel.

Khuri Sand Dunes
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Khuri Sand Dunes

Watch spectacular sunsets, enjoy Rajasthani dance performances and ride a camel across sprawling sand dunes to experience the solitude of the Thar Desert.

Desert National Park
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Desert National Park

Join camel and four-wheel drive safaris to discover the spectacular landscapes, varied wildlife, rural settlements and Rajasthani culture of the magnificent Thar Desert.

Top activities in Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer Local tour
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Jaisalmer Local tour

SG$19

The Golden City of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan is simply unmatched. It was the part of the famous Silk Route during the days of yore. The splendid Jaisalmer Fort stands proudly on its land and narrates the stories of the valor and chivalry of the Rajput rulers.

Jaisalmer Street Food Tour
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Jaisalmer Street Food Tour

SG$27

Explore the rich food culture of Jaisalmer with this fun three-hour food tour of the city! Reach at hanuman chowk where your local guide will join you before you get taken to different parts of the city to sample various local dishes.

Jaisalmer Heritage Walk
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Jaisalmer Heritage Walk

SG$23

There’s no doubt that the best way to explore a city is on foot. This is especially true for a city that is rich with culture, tradition, and history. The Golden City of Jaisalmer within the heart of the Thar Desert is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India.

Jailsalmer Shopping Tour
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Jailsalmer Shopping Tour

SG$23

Explore the vibrant colourful markets of Jaisalmer with this fun three-hour tour of the city! Reach at Sadar Bazaar where your local guide will join you before you get taken to different Bazaars of the city.Through this walk, you will explore the many markets of jaisalmer.

Early Morning Jain Temples tour in Jaisalmer
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Early Morning Jain Temples tour in Jaisalmer

SG$29

Within the vicinity of The Jaisalmer fort lie 7 Jain temples which are an embodiment of beautiful structural designs. Right from ceilings to tombs to gateways, each and every part of this temple is decorated with mirrors, frescoes, carvings, etc.

Jaisalmer Camel Safari
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Jaisalmer Camel Safari

SG$33

Be picked up in mid-afternoon from your hotel in Jaisalmer, the airport, railway station or the bus station and proceed to the Sam Sand Dunes /Khuri Sand Dunes located 45km from the city. Then head out for the camel safari in Thar Desert.

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