Jaisalmer is a city in the Indian state of Rajasthan, located near the Pakistan border and the Thar Desert. It is also known as the Golden City because its yellow sandstone architecture and the golden hues of the sand dunes give it a golden appearance. Jaisalmer is a popular tourist destination that offers a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage and the natural beauty of Rajasthan. Here are some of the highlights of Jaisalmer that you should not miss.

Jaisalmer Fort

Rawal Jaisal, the founder of the city, built Jaisalmer Fort in 1156. The fort stands on a hill overlooking the city and has a 5 km long wall around it. Several palaces, temples, havelis (mansions), and museums that showcase the history and art of Jaisalmer are inside the fort. The fort is also a living monument, as thousands of people reside within its premises. You can explore the fort by taking a guided tour or by wandering around on your own. Don’t forget to catch the spectacular view of the city and the desert from the fort’s ramparts.

Sam Sand Dunes

Sam Sand Dunes are about 40 km from Jaisalmer and are one of the most popular attractions for desert lovers. The dunes are a part of the Thar Desert and offer a stunning landscape of golden sand, camel rides, and sunset views. You can also enjoy cultural programs, folk music, and dance performances at the desert camps that are set up near the dunes. If you want to experience the thrill of camping under the stars, you can book an overnight stay at one of these camps and enjoy a bonfire, dinner, and breakfast.

Bada Bagh

Bada Bagh, which means Big Garden, is a historical site that contains a series of royal cenotaphs or chhatris (domed-shaped pavilions) of the former rulers of Jaisalmer. Maharawal Jait Singh built the site in the 16th century and his successors later expanded it. The cenotaphs are arranged in rows on a hill and have intricate carvings and sculptures. The site also has a large dam, a water tank, and a garden that provide a contrast to the arid surroundings. Bada Bagh is a serene and scenic place to visit, especially during sunrise or sunset.

Desert National Park

Desert National Park is one of the largest national parks in India, covering an area of about 3162 sq km. Various desert wildlife species, such as the endangered great Indian bustard, blackbuck, chinkara, desert fox, desert cat, and many birds and reptiles live in the park. The park also has some fossils of plants and animals that date back to 180 million years ago. You can visit the park by taking a jeep safari or a camel safari and spot the wildlife in their natural environment. You can also visit the Sudashri Forest Post, which is a good place to observe birds and animals.

Jain Temples

A group of seven temples that are dedicated to various Jain Tirthankaras (spiritual leaders) are inside the Jaisalmer Fort. The temples are built in the Dilwara style of architecture using yellow sandstone. They have intricate carvings, sculptures, pillars, domes, and ceilings. They are also adorned with paintings, frescoes, and mirrors that reflect the light. The temples are open for visitors from 8 am to 12 pm every day. You need to remove your shoes and leather items before entering the temples.


Havelis are traditional mansions that wealthy merchants and nobles built in Jaisalmer. The havelis are known for their elaborate design, ornate facades, and intricate interiors. Some of the famous havelis in Jaisalmer are Patwon Ki Haveli, Salim Singh Ki Haveli, Nathmal Ki Haveli, and Mandir Palace. These havelis have been converted into museums, hotels, or shops that display the art and culture of Jaisalmer. You can admire the architecture and craftsmanship of these havelis by taking a walk around them or by visiting their interiors.

Jaisalmer is a city that will enchant you with its golden charm and its desert allure. It is a city that will make you feel like you have stepped into a fairy tale or a movie set. It is a city that will give you memories that will last a lifetime.

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