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Jaisalmer

An epitome of everything Rajasthani, from every postcard you've probably ever seen, the spectacular sandstone royal desert town of Jaisalmer is charming and mysterious all at the same time. Self-explanatory as a 'golden city', Jaisalmer's fort is perched on a yellow sandstone ridge, keeping a watchfuleye over the ever-spreading town beyond its walls. Step into the fort for a vision of medieval prosperity that meets the 21st century in the thriving bustling township within. Havelis, Jain temples, curio shops, hotels and restaurants lie beside each other on cobbled narrow alleyways. Get your taste of the local brew at one of the government-approved 'bhaang' (hemp) shops outside the fort gates, but be prepared to get in line with a group of locals waiting in queue for a glass. Head over to the pristine sand dunes for a camel tour through the barren Thar outside the city. If you're lucky enough to be untravelling in January/February every year, join in the Desert Festival revelry with dancing, folk music, camel racing and the odd turban-tying contest as well

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Things to do

Jain Temple and Kuldhar -Jaisalmer and its surrounding towns are a major pilgrimage centre for the Jain community. While a few of them are inside the Jaisalmer fort, a majority of them lie at the Lodurva town. Begin this all- day tour with a visit to the Jain temples at Lodurva and some historic abandoned villages nearby.

Parasaling at Damodara Village -Apart from all the history, culture and the beautiful landscape, Jaisalmer also offers some fun adventure activities. A 29-kilometredrive from the fort area would take you to Damodar village. The barren landscape here makes the ideal spot for parasailing.

Village Safari by Jeep -When in doubt, take the jeep. Drive through the fascinating desert landscape of Jaisalmer in a 4X4. Head over to Jaisalmer's sand dunes where you get onto a 4X4 vehicle and begin the fun ride to small hamlets around the region. Get to know more about village life in the Thar as you interact with locals.

Camel Safari in the Desert -What better way to get to know the Thar than on a Lawrence of Arabia-esque escapade at the outskirts of Jaisalmer. The padded soles of the camel's feet make a mockery of otherwise tough-to-walk on dunes. Get off the camel and explore villages as you speak to locals and find out more about their lifestyle.

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Best time to visit November to March

These months constitute the winter season in Jaisalmer. It is also an ideal time to visit Jaisalmer. Sightseeing and other outdoor activities like camel ride, desert safari are more enjoyable during this time as the maximum temperature does not go beyond 24 degree Celsius.

How to reach

Air

  • Jaisalmer airport is located 5km from the city and is well connected by air with New Delhi, Jaipur, and Jodhpur. However, it is managed by the Indian Air Force and is functional only from September to March. So Jodhpur airport at a distance of about 285 km is the better option to reach Jaisalmer.

Rail

  • Jaisalmer railway station is 2km east of the city. The city is well connected by rail with all major cities of India.

Road

  • Bus services are available to and from Jaisalmer by Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation on daily basis. Jaisalmer is well-connected to cities of Gujarat and Rajasthan. The two main bus stands in Jaisalmer are Golden Bus Terminal and Roadways. The bus and taxi services are frequent for the visitors.

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