Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer

Day 1

Morning

Transfer from railway station to Sam sand dunes, exploring Kuldhara village, Jain temple

  • Explore Kuldhara village, Jain temple on the way and head to Sam sand dunes camp.
  • Some have late check ins, so make sure to sync your arrival time with them. If they agree for good price you can have lunch from there or on the way.
Jain Temple, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Jain Temple
Interior of Jain Temple, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Interior
 Kuldhara village, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Remains of Kuldhara village, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Afternoon :

Check-in to desert camp in Sam sand dunes, Jaisalmer

  • Here are some good camping options right in front of sam sand dunes
    • Rojani, Choki Dhani, KF resort, Oasis etc are good options located opposite to sam sand dunes.
    • For budget option : Anantara. For Rs 3100, they provide food,jeep safari, dance activities etc.
Anantara desert camp, Sam sand dunes, Jaisalmer
Anantara desert camp, Jaisalmer
Anantara desert camp, Sam sand dunes, Jaisalmer
AC cottage room
Anantara desert camp, Sam sand dunes, Jaisalmer
Tent room with fan
Anantara desert camp, Sam sand dunes, Jaisalmer
Package details. Anantara desert camp, Sam sand dunes, Jaisalmer

Evening

Have Evening tea and head to

Sun set camel safari

  • Sand dunes are around 200 meters from the road. Usually free camel safari offered by hotel guys include this 15-20 mins safari to the sunset point.
  • If you you would like more you need to pay the camel boy accordingly. 200,300,500 etc. You can bargain as per need. But wait, you can do this next day in better sand dunes.
sam sand dunes, Jaisalamer
sam sand dunes, Jaisalamer
Sunset Camel safari, sam sand dunes, Jaisalamer
Expect it to be crowded during season. Feb 2nd half crowd was competitively less and it felt good

After 15 mins, we started getting bit pain in lower back so we happily enjoyed the dunes and sun set.

Sunset Camel safari, sam sand dunes, Jaisalamer
Sunset Camel safari, sam sand dunes, Jaisalamer
Sunset Camel safari, sam sand dunes, Jaisalamer

Night

Enjoy Kalbelia dance, Dinner and Camp Fire in the camp

Kalbelia dance, Sam sand dunes, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Kalbelia dance

Transport between Jaisalmer town and back would be around 1500-2000

Some camps include this. Discuss with the camps and bargain as possible.

Day 2

Morning

Sun rise jeep safari

Sun rise jeep safari, Sam sand dunes, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Sun rise jeep safari
  • Early morning around 6 am go for Sunrise jeep safari. Its Rs 1500 for jeep I think. Anantara includes this in the package.
  • Must experience to enjoy sand dunes. Jeep ride of around 15-20 minutes to the inner sand dunes.
  • Enjoy beautiful sun rise
Sun rise jeep safari, Sam sand dunes, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Sun rise jeep safari, Sam sand dunes, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
  • Here also you have camel safaris available
  • 250/ small round, 450/ big round around 15-20 mins. Good desert surrounding 360 degree. So if you wish for a longer camel ride, this is the best place.
Sun rise camel safari, Sam sand dunes, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Sun rise camel safari, Sam sand dunes, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Sun rise camel safari, Sam sand dunes, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Sun rise camel safari, Sam sand dunes, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Sun rise camel & jeep safari, Sam sand dunes, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Sun rise camel & jeep safari, Sam sand dunes, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Transfer to hotel in Jaisalmer town.

  • After breakfast, get transferred to hotel in Jaisalmer town.

Afternoon

Jaisalmer city sight seeing

Jaisalmer fort

Jaisalmer Fort is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan, built in 1156 AD by the Rajput Rawal (ruler) Jaisal from whom it derives its name,and stood at the crossroads of important trade routes (including the ancient Silk road).

 Jaisalmer fort, Rajasthan
Jaisalmer fort
 Front gate, Jaisalmer fort, Rajasthan
Front Gate

The fort’s massive yellow sandstone walls are a tawny lion color during the day, fading to honey-gold as the sun sets, thereby camouflaging the fort in the yellow desert. For this reason it is also known as the Sonar Quila or Golden Fort.

 Jaisalmer fort, Rajasthan
 Jaisalmer fort, Rajasthan
Royal chairs

The fort stands amidst the sandy expanse of the great Thar Desert on Trikuta Hill

 Jaisalmer fort, Rajasthan

It is believed to be one of the very few “living forts” in the world (such as Carcassonne, France), as nearly one fourth of the old city’s population still resides within the fort

Model of Jaisalmer fort, Rajasthan
Model of Jaisalmer fort, Rajasthan

In 2013, at the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Jaisalmer Fort, along with 5 other forts of Rajasthan, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the group Hill Forts of Rajasthan.

 Cannon Point And City View, Jaisalmer fort, Rajasthan
Cannon Point And City View
Patwon ki Haveli
  • The Patwon Ji ki Haveli is an interesting piece of Architecture and is the most important among the havelis in Jaisalmer.
  • This is precisely because of two things, first that it was the first haveli erected in Jaisalmer and second, that it is not a single haveli but a cluster of 5 small havelis.
Patwon ki Haveli, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Patwon ki Haveli
Bada Bagh
  • garden complex
  • situated on a small hill
  • The first row has a few cenotaphs. There are many more cenotaphs, which are accessible by climbing the hills. The cenotaphs are of different sizes and carved of sandstone.
  • There are cenotaphs for rulers, queens, princes and other royal family members.
Bada Bagh, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Bada Bagh
Gadisar lake
  • Man-made water reservoir, the Gadisar Lake was once the only source of water in Jaisalmer.
  • Constructed by the first ruler of Jaisalmer, Raja Rawal Jaisal, it is surrounded by temples and ghats (banks).
  • One can spend some peaceful time in the serene surroundings of the lake or choose to go boating as well. 
Gadisar lake, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Mandir Palace

Entry charges : 160/person for a museum and palace . Was ok ok. Can skip if you don’t have time.

Mandir palace, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
If you have time, you can consider visiting Jaisalmer War Museum.

You can discuss with hotel and get auto. Auto charges were around Rs : 500 for half day city places. For including bada bagh, Jaisalmer War Museum it would be extra as they are bit out of town

Enjoy an amazing Sunset & candle light dinner at hotel

Enjoy awesome dinner at the roof top restaurant Turban. its in the same building of hotel Swan Haveli

View of jaisalmer fort from Turban Rooftop restaurant, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
View of jaisalmer fort from Turban Rooftop restaurant

Best hotel to stay in Jaisalmer city

  • We stayed in Swan Haveli and it was nice. The view of fort in night from roof top restaurant was amazing
Swan Haveli, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Swan Haveli, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
  • For budget option : Hotel Fotiya. They can arrange Kf resort for 4000/day including transport. After booking you can contact via booking.com as needed.

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