Top things to do in Jaisalmer
- Explore the Sand Dunes
Sand dunes are a unique geographic feature that is exclusive only to this part of the country and cannot be found anywhere else. The Sam Sand Dunes are a part of the Desert National Park and are one of the only dune complex accessible by road and by roads we mean good roads.
The beauty of the Sam Sand Dunes can only be felt by being there and taking a camel safari into the setting sun. There are various activities one can do which can be booked through Oasis India Camps with quality and service with 20 years of experience in Camping at Sam Sand Dunes.
The jeep safaris are not allowed at Sam Sand Dunes since it is a part of the Desert National Park and will take you to another dune complex 7-8 kms away called Lakhmana dunes where all adventure activities take place like parasailing, quad biking.
Jeep Safaris can be booked for ₹ 1,500 per jeep which seats up to 6 persons and the duration of the Jeep safari is 40-50 minutes.
Choose your jeep safari from an authorised and reputable tour conductor as there are many cases where guests book a low-cost jeep safari and are left stranded at the dunes by the driver who tries to extort more money from them.
- Jaisalmer Fort
The Jaisalmer Fort looks like a giant sandcastle emerging out of the desert and exudes beauty. The 12th-century fort is made from sandstone which, on a bright sunny day, gives it the ethereal image of appearing as if made from gold and hence the nickname “Sonar Quila” or the golden fort.
It’s thought to be one of the world’s few “living forts” (like Carcassonne, France), as nearly a quarter of the old city’s population still lives within the fort and it is just like any other neighbourhood, except that it is enclosed by an epic, historic fort. Therefore, there are no guards or closing or opening times, and a relaxed ambiance prevails. Inside it is unlike any other fort in India with rustic handicraft shops, restaurants, cafes and guesthouses with epic views of sunsets, overlooking the entire city
- Gadisar Lake
Gadisar lake is a man-made lake built around the same time as Jaisalmer fort and was the only source of water at that time. With “chhatris” sitting out of the water made in memory of royalties and other important people. With beautiful views of sunrises and sunsets it is surely a must-visit place while in Jaisalmer.
Timings are 8am to 8pm on all days
There is no entry fees for visiting the lake and you can take boat rides by paying ₹ 50 – 100
- Patwaon ki Haveli
Jaisalmer’s second most popular spot after the Jaisalmer Fort is Patwon Ki Haveli, which is not just a single building, but a combination of five different Havelis, each with a distinct quality of its own. Patwon Ki Haveli, a Jaisalmer landmark, is renowned for its magnificent sculpture and design. Because of its striking carvings and architecture, the yellow sandstone structure stands out among the majority of Jaisalmer’s structures. The Havelis Museum, a part of the museum complex, spans artefacts, paintings, art, and craft from the past, illustrating the rich quality of life the inhabitants of the havelis once had. It is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. everyday. Entrance fees are ₹ 100 per person. The India-Pakistan border near Jaisalmer is exceptional in comparison to other international borders because of its lack of pomp and show found at Wagah – Attari border.
- Border Visit
The India – Pakistan border near Jaisalmer is unique and unlike any of the other borders around without the pomp and show of the Wagah – Attari border. Its one which gives a feeling of the vast expanse of the desert and how the remote border posts are being manned and guarded by our brave BSF soldiers.
In order to visit the border one must seek permission from the BSF at the BSF office at Tanot temple located 50 kms ahead of Longewala. The BSF does not charge for the visit but only Indian nationals are allowed at the post so carry valid government issued photo-IDs.
- Jaisalmer War Memorial
Located at Longewala (~140 kms from Jaisalmer) is the Jaisalmer war memorial to commemorate the great battle of Longewala where the bravery of just 200 Indian soldiers against a brigade of Pakistani infantry and armoured columns became legend as shown in the Bollywood move – Border
At the museum is also an audio and visual show very 30 minutes about the battle of Longewala.
- Bharat Mala Drive to Tanot
The newly constructed 4-lane expressway in the middle of nowhere with nothing but emptiness on either sides is another experience not to miss.This highway is part of the “Bhartamala” project launched by the government to connect the border areas of India with super fast expressways.
Although the speed-limit is 100 Kmph, its hard to maintain it as the roads are excellent and straight for most of the part with the scenic vastness of the Thar desert accompanying you on both sides.