In & Around Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer City

The city is preferably explored on foot. It is best to start early and cover the Fort in the morning hours. The entrance to the fort is less than a kilometer from the hotel and is a leisurely 15 min walk through the streets lined by shops. Once at the fort the places worth visiting inside it are Dusshera chowk, Palace museum, Jain temples, cannon point, narrow by-lanes lines by shops and house entrances. Views of the city are breathtaking, so is the changing colors of yellow sandstone as the sun moves across the sky.

After a quick lunch break it is advisable to cover the nearby ‘havelis’ and local markets which lie in close proximity to the fort entrance. The havelis include the Patwo ki haveli, Salam singh ki haveli, Nathmal ki haveli and Mandir palace while the local markets worth visiting are the Manak chowk, Pansari Bazaar, Sunaro ka Baas, Bhatia bazaar and Sadar bazaar and offer traditional clothing, silk fabrics, home décor artefacts, leather items and silver jewellery. All havelis and bazaars are within a kilometer radius of the fort entrance.

Other attractions which are worth a visit in the city are the Gadisar lake (2 km), War museum (12 km) and Government Archeological museum (450 m); all distances from the hotel.

Excursions from the City

A visit to the dunes is a must. There are 2 options, Sam (45 km.) and Khuri (50 km). Camel ride, dune bashing, para-gliding, hi-tea and dinner at the dunes with sunset views are worth a try. Kuldhara village, located 18 km from Jaisalmer on the Sam road, is an abandoned village with intact houses giving an eerie feel.

Desert National Park is situated 38 km from Jaisalmer on Khuri road. It is an example of a fragile ecosystem and is a bird watchers paradise where one gets to see the bustards (Great Indian, Macqueen & Houbara), eagles, falcons, grouse, partridge & quail; White-browed Bushchat, Cream colored courser and Plain leaf wabler are some of the other exotic birds of the park.

Wood Fossil Park is a paleontologist’s delight consisting of fossilized wood logs from 180 million year old forests. It is situated in the village Akal, 18 km from the hotel. Longewala is a border village that has the 1971 war memorial and a museum dedicated to the famous Battle of Longewala. Within a short distance from the village lies the international border post and Tanot mata mandir. Longewala is about 100 km from the hotel.


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