Jaisalmer is referred as The Golden City and is located 575 Km west to the of Jaipur. It is also known as the world heritage city and it stands on the ridge of the yellowish sand stone, which is crowned by a fort. Jaisalmer lies in the heart of the Thar Desert and is the administrative headquarters of Jaisalmer District. It got its name from Maharawal Jaisal Singh who is renowned Rajput king and was responsible for founding the city in the year 1156 AD. Jaisalmer refers to the “Hill fort for Jaisal”. Tourism is considered as one of the major industries over here. It is also well known due to its leather messenger bags which are made up of the wild camels which are native to this location. It is one of the preferred location for different event happening.
How to reach Jaisalmer?
Once up on a time it was considered as the sleepy desert city but now it has transformed itself into one of the happening cities and a preferred location for tourist destinations. It is dominated due to the Jaisalmer fort which is also known as Sonar Qila (Golden fort).
- Via Air
A military airstrip has been opened for limited civilian flights where as a new dedicated airport has been planned in the year 2011. Still if you plan to land by plane then you could land up at Jodhpur Airport which is just 300Km from Jaisalmer.
- Via Train
It is having daily connectivity with almost all the happening places like Lalgarh, Bikaner,Jodhpur, Delhi, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Muradabad, Ramnagar, Kashipur, Kathgodam, Ajmer, Alwar,Pali, Rewari etc. The weekly trains are available from Varanasi, Gaya, Lucknow, Kolkata, Vadodra, Mumbai and Surat. It is also one of the station in the Journey from the India’s most luxurious trains named as “Palace on Wheels”.
- Via Road /Car
It lies on the NH 15 and is having marvellous connectivity of Mercedes Volvo buses connectivity with Delhi and Ahmedabad. Many of the buses of RSRTC and also lots of private buses are operating from Jaipur, Udaipur, Mumbai, Pune, and some of the other cities.
Top 10 places to visit in Jaisalmer
- Gadisar Lake
- Jaisalmer fort
- Jain Temple
- Renovated houses and streets
- Sahara Travel
- Real Desert Man camel safari
- Sunset point
- Trotters camel safari
Where to Eat and Stay?
There are lots of local eateries which are offering sumptuous dinners and lunches. Some of the restaurants are directed towards Western tourists, so genuine Rajasthani food could sometimes be difficult to find or could be surprising. Some of the known locations for having the ample food are- Anchal Sweet shop, Free Tibet Restaurant, German Bakery, Jaisal Itlay,Royal Rasoi, Trio etc. You could find the delectable bhang lassi at the Government authorized shop which is just opposite to the entrance of the fort. For takeaway purpose also you could get packs of bhang which are infused with chocolates and cookies and could be savoured on the trips into desert. There is the recommendation that you should not take ample of bhang in succession, as it could take some time to get high after having it.
Stay has never been a problem with respect to tourists, but still in the peak season it is recommended that they should get their booking done in advance. Some of the locations which are preferred are-Artist Hotel, Garh Jaisal Haveli, Hotel Fort View, Hotel Moonlight, Mandir palace etc.