Camel at sand dunes in Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer Sunset point at Bada Bagh

Jaisalmer – The Golden City of Rajasthan

Jaisalmer is a magical land in the heart of the Thar Desert.


Popularly known as the Golden City, Jaisalmer is not lesser than any paradise for travelers. It is known as the golden city because of the golden sand dunes and sandstones. Jaisalmer is famous for the amazing desert safari. Despite being in the middle of the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer has a variety of spectacular natural views to offer. Jaisalmer is a dwelling for culturally rich and lovely people. The famous Jaisalmer Fort is the main attraction of this city. There are several other forts, palaces, temples, and museums in the city which attract tourists throughout the year. You will find many ancient Havelis and also luxury hotels in Jaisalmer.


If you want to visit the Golden City of Rajasthan, here is a detailed guide for you. Let’s see except the majestic Jaisalmer Fort, what other crowns does Jaisalmer hold.

Golden History of this golden city

This royal city was established by Rawal Jaisal Singh of the Bhati clan. Jaisalmer was named after him and it means the Hill Fort of Jaisal. Rawal Jaisal Singh made Jaisalmer Fort his capital. Once Jaisalmer Fort was destroyed by the army of Alauddin Khilji and then by Sultan Ferozshah. Jaisalmer was ruled by several rulers of different clans. During the reign of Shah Jahan, Jaisalmer prospered rapidly. Later a ruler of Jaisalmer formed an alliance with the British to save the Jaisalmer state. Now the Jaisalmer city lies under the Indian Government. Jaisalmer is one of those cities which were situated on the trade routes between India and Central Asia.

How to reach Jaisalmer

People all around the world visit Jaisalmer to experience the rich culture and life in the golden desert. Whether it’s a camel safari or adventurous activities, Jaisalmer is second to none in Rajasthan. Reaching Jaisalmer is not only easier but also filled with a thrilling experiences. Here is the list of ways by which you can reach Jaisalmer easily.

  • Reach Jaisalmer by Air – Jaisalmer has an airport with limited flight connectivity. One can get direct flights from Delhi & Jaipur. Other nearby airports are Jodhpur and Jaipur Airport. If you are traveling from outside India then Jaipur Airport is your best option. You can plan a road trip from Jaipur, Jodhpur & Jaisalmer.
  • Reach Jaisalmer by Train – Jaisalmer has a well-established railway station called Jaisalmer Railway Station. There are several trains connecting this golden city to other major cities. There is also an option of the Royal Palace on Wheels.
  • Reach Jaisalmer by Road – Road trip to Jaisalmer has its own thrilling experience. A lot of people prefer road trips to Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer Bus Stand is on Gadisar Road. Several bus services are available from Jaisalmer to other major cities.

As the city is well-connected to other cities and there are also several options for you to reach there, visiting Jaisalmer is quite an easy task.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer is popular for its rich cultural and traditional heritage. The golden city of Jaisalmer is decorated with the lavish havelis and beautiful monuments. You will experience the spirit of joy in the colourful markets of Jaisalmer. The golden colour it gets from sandstones and desert, makes Jaisalmer more attractive. Spending holidays in Jaisalmer and enjoying the long list of adventurous activities is what every traveller is looking for. Here is the list of most popular tourist destinations in Jaisalmer.

Jaisalmer Fort (Golden Fort or Sonar Killa)

Jaisalmer Fort is the main attraction of the city. It is also known as Sonar Quila as it represents the golden hues of Jaisalmer. This royal fort was constructed by talented local craftsmen.

Salim Singh Ki Haveli

This beautiful haveli was built by Salim Singh. It is basically a mansion famous for its unique architecture. This majestic haveli is one of the most charming Havelis of Rajasthan.

Gadisar Lake

If you want to experience the pleasure of bird watching and the essence of the desert then Gadisar Lake is the best place. You will find beautiful temples and sandstones on the bank of Gadisar Lake.

Patwon ki Haveli

This beautiful complex of five magnificent palaces is located near the Patwa Valley. There is a museum inside the mansion and the architecture of Patwon ki Haveli is the reason tourists love to visit here.

Jain Temples

Jaisalmer has several uniquely designed Jain temples. These temples are decorated with beautiful stones, mirrors, frescoes, and some intricate carvings. You can experience the rich Jainism culture by visiting these temples.

Other Popular Places

  • Tazia Tower Jaisalmer
  • Nathmalji ki Haveli
  • Government Museum
  • Bada BaghKuldhara
  • Desert Cultural Museum
  • Loudherva Jain temple
  • Camel Safaris in Sam and Khuri village Sand Dunes.
  • Jeep Safaris in Desert National Park.

Things to do in Jaisalmer

The golden city of Jaisalmer offers you a variety of things to indulge into. Visiting Jaisalmer is not only about sightseeing, there are several other fun and exciting activities too. From the camel safari in the golden desert to a visit to the ruins of Kulhara, Jaisalmer is the place where travelers find their heaven. Here is the list of things you must try out in Jaisalmer.

  • Camel Safari in Jaisalmer
  • Boating at Gadisar Lake
  • Camping at sand dunes
  • Jeep Safari in Jaisalmer
  • Jaisalmer City Walk
  • Dune Bashing
  • Visit beautiful Jain Temples
  • Visit the abandoned village of Kuldhara
  • Enjoy the puppet shows
  • Participate in Jaisalmer Desert Festival
  • Try some delicious cuisines of Jaisalmer

Detailed Guide to Shopping in Jaisalmer

Whether you are a history lover or an art lover, the colorful markets of Jaisalmer will leave you in awe. Visiting the bazaars of the Jaisalmer is a wonderful experience. You will see some unique and amazing articles in the golden city of Rajasthan. Here are the names of some popular bazaars of Jaisalmer and the things which you should buy from here.

Popular Bazaars of Jaisalmer

  • Manak Chowk
  • Sonaron ka Baas
  • Sadar Bazar
  • Seema Gram
  • Pansari Bazar
  • Bhatia Bazar

Things to buy from Jaisalmer

  • Beautiful antique silver jewelry
  • Mirror work embroideries and textiles
  • Khadi shawls and carpets
  • Antiques and paintings
  • Traditional home decor items
  • Puppets

Best time to visit Jaisalmer

Due to its extreme climatic conditions in summer, Jaisalmer is mostly visited during winter. September to March is the best time to visit Jaisalmer. People start visiting Jaisalmer in October. You will get an opportunity to witness the pleasant atmosphere of Jaisalmer and the amazing experience of camel safari. The summer temperature in Jaisalmer may rise above 40°C and thus making it unbearable to travel. Jaisalmer is best visited between September and March.

Walking across the streets of Jaisalmer and experiencing the rich culture of Rajasthan, is the best thing one could ever add to his/her tour package to Rajasthan.