I have a soft corner for the state of Rajasthan in my heart. The state, its culture, tradition, food always attracts me. My trip to Jaisalmer was decided when I was comparing Udaipur and Jaisalmer and found that I can do a lot of activities in Jaisalmer whereas the option of activities was less in Udaipur.
The Jaisalmer is a must to visit place to experience the Rajasthani Culture. We visited in April which was the offseason and that contributed a lot to our great experience. Being a student the trip was of pocket-friendly budget.
Rajasthan is a state that is highly rich in culture and tradition which will melt your heart for sure. The tourist cities of Rajasthan include Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaipur, Chittorgarh, Mount Abu, Bikaner, Pushkar, Ajmer mainly.
Best time to visit Jaisalmer:
It is from November to March but visiting in Off-Season can benefit you in many other ways.
I with my four other friends took the ‘Runicha Express’ at 17:35 from Old Delhi Railway Station and reached there at around 12:30 noon next day. This long train journey doesn’t feel that long with the never-ending game of Ludo, sharing haunted stories, asking local passengers about Jaisalmer and places to visit near it. Also, Don’t forget to click pictures at the Pokhran railway station where the train stops approx. for about half n hour.
How to reach Jaisalmer from Delhi:
By road: From Delhi, it is 826 Km. it is a good option for those who want to enjoy the road journey or visiting other places also along with Jaisalmer.
Train: There are direct trains from Delhi to Jaisalmer
Flight: For going from Flight you need to go via Udaipur/Jodhpur/Jaipur airport. From there either you can hire a cab or by any local bus.
We took the local taxi from outside the railway station for about 2000 INR which first took us to the Kuldhara Village. The village is famous for its curse. After the Kuldhara the driver took
us to our pre-booked OYO Desert Camp. Make sure that your camp or hotel is nearby Sam Sand Dunes. We took some rest after the exhausting journey and get ready to experience the adventure of The Golden City.
Jeep Safari and Camel Riding in Jaisalmer
We already had the package for Jeep Safari and Camel Riding in the Thar desert. You can also ask your hotel if they provide any packages for activities. The package includes pick and drop service from our camp, Jeep safari, Camel Riding, Cultural Program and dinner. The Jeep Safari gives us the adrenaline rush. It is a ‘not to miss’ factor of a trip to Jaisalmer.
Then we moved to another exciting experience of Camel Ride in the Thar desert. Exploring the thorns and bushes while watching the sunset was making the experience more beautiful. We ended our day by enjoying the cultural program of the city and feeding our tummy with the delicious Rajasthani dinner.
We begin our day 2 with the Sonar Quila ( Jaisalmer Fort). The Jaisalmer Fort is one of the few living monuments in the world and home to a fourth of the city’s population. We hired the guide because of course roaming around the fort without even getting into history is a waste of time. Also, don’t miss to click the pictures on the top of the fort wearing those Rajasthani pagdis.
Also, don’t miss Jain Temple inside the fort premises. You will be amazed by the architecture of the temple.
Don’t miss out buying Rajasthani Fridge Magnets, Badges, umbrellas and all from the shops near the fort. Don’t forget to bargain.
Patwon ki Haweli
There are two hawelis to be visited in Jaisalmer but due to lack of time, we only visited Patwon ki Haweli because that was highly recommended. You can take a rickshaw to reach there, it will hardly take 10-15 min to reach there from fort. It is the largest Haweli of Jaisalmer. It consists of 5 small hawelis.
Lastly, we went to Gadisar Lake. It is one of the major tourist attractions of Jaisalmer. The bank of the Gadisar lake is surrounded by neatly decorated Chatteris, Temples, Shrines, and Ghats. This lake was the only option for water supply in Jaisalmer during the past years.
Boat Rides: Rowboat- Rs 10/-, Paddle Boat- Rs 50/-, Shikara- Rs 100 for 30 mins
Boating Time: 8 am to 8 pm
There is a local vendor outside the Gadisar Lake that sells Badam milk, and I would highly recommend it. There are also some jewellery shops out there.
For the food, you can try a restaurant near to the lake.
It is always a treat for the eyes to visit destinations which are so rich in culture and tradition and that one destination is Rajasthan.
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