The golden city of Jaisalmer, situated in the westernmost part of Rajasthan amid the scenic Thar Desert, is one of the most sought after tourist destinations because of the dunes of sand, yellow-stone fortress, and wood-and stone-carved mansions and buildings. Despite the typical desert climate tourists throng this city just to have a taste of typical desert life and witness the vivacious and colourful folk culture of the region.


The best time to visit this desert city is during winter – November to February – when the weather is comparatively pleasant.


By bus Jaisalmir can be reached in seven hours from Bikaner. Buses also run from Ajmer towards Jaisalmir.

A number of trains head for Jaisalmir from different other cities of Rajasthan. 4059 Delhi–Jaisalmir Express passes through Jodhpur at 6:35 a.m. and reaches Jaisalmir at 1:00 p.m.
4810 Jodhpur–Jaisalmir Express leaves Jodhpur at 11:00 p.m. and reaches Jaisalmir at 5:00 a.m. next day.


Government Accommodation

Hotel Mumal
Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation
Tel: (02992) 252392
Rent: Double-bedroom costs Rs. 750–1,500/-.

Tel: (02992)252392
Rent: Double-bedroom costs Rs. 1,500/-.

Private Accommodation

Tel: (02992)252442
Rent: Double-bedroom costs Rs. 900–1,200/-.

Hotel Prince
Tel: (02992) 252279
Rent: Double-bedroom costs Rs. 400–95/-.

Hotel Mangalam
Tel: (02992)252160
Rent: Double-bedroom costs Rs. 650–1,200/-.

Hotel Panihari
Tel: (02992)252836
Rent: Double-bedroom costs Rs. 600–800/-.

Hotel Khooshbu
Tel: (02992) 252243
Rent: Double-bedroom costs Rs. 600–750/-.

Hotel Suraj
Tel: (02992)252558
Rent: Double-bedroom costs Rs. 800–1,200/-.

Tel: (02992) 252755
Rent: Double-bedroom costs Rs. 1,800–2,000/-.

Paradise Heritage
Tel: (02992) 252674
Rent: Double-bedroom costs Rs. 650–850/-.

Tel: (02992)251515
Rent: Double-bedroom costs Rs. 500¬¬–600/-.


Jaisalmir Fort

The famous golden fort of Jaisalmir can be spotted much before entering the city. Built at the top of an 80 meter high mountain the fort is enclosed within a 30 feet high boundary wall with 99 domes. It is the second most ancient forts of Rajasthan. The throbbing markets, squares inside the fort displaying a variety of hand-made items and typical Rajasthani handicraft, are places to get acquainted with the traditional Rajasthan. Made of yellow stone the fort looks illuminated and resplendent in the scorching summer sun and assumes the hue of honey at the sunset.

Passing through the four gates – Ganesh pole, Suraj pole, Bhoot pole and Hawa pole – the general assembly (Dewan-e-Aam) of the king known as Dehsera Chawk is reached. The seven-storey-palace is right in front of the Dewan-e-Aam and is divided into different mahals like akhaimahal, gajamahal, rangmahal and motimahal etc. From the rooftop the panoramic view of the city is mesmerizing.

The City Palace museum is open from 10:00 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. Entry fee is Rs. 30/- and camera fee is Rs. 50/-.

Jain Temple

In one of the alleys inside the fortress stands the Jain Temple. There are seven such temples of which only in two non-Jains are allowed inside. Temple remains open from 7:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. Entry fee is Rs. 10/-.

Mansons or Hawelis

Jisalmir is a city of huge old palatial edifices or hawellis. Walking along the city-lanes these beautiful mansions take us back to the era of Rajput reign. Some significant hawelis are: Patoa-ki-hawelli, the most lavishly decorated hawelli, is open from 10:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. Entry fee is Rs. 20/-.

Nathmalji-ki-hawelli is famous for marble elephants.

Salimji-ki-hawelli, a 300 year old mansion made by Salimji, the prime minister of Jaisalmir. The mansion is open for tourists from 8:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. Entry fee is Rs. 15/-.

Gadsisar Lake

To facilitate the water supply in the desert city Maharaja Gaddisingh constructed a water reservoir in the fourteenth century. Boating facilities are available in this rainwater-fed reservoir.

Folklore Museum

The museum is open from 9:00 a.m. till 7:00 p.m.

Tajia Tower

Inside the fort premise the greatest attraction is the Tajia Tower.

In the vicinity

• Amarsagar
• Mulsagar
• Ramkund
• Lodhurba
• Barabag

TRAVEL TIPS • Adequate protection is needed to save oneself from the scorching heat of Rajasthan. Caps and umbrellas are most convenient shields.
• While exploring the mysteries of the forts don’t forget to carry enough quantity of water.