Jaisalmer is a popular tourist city located in the west of Rajasthan. It is often known as the “Golden City” of India due to the golden sands of the Thar Desert which encompasses the majority of the city and the yellowish sandstone which is used in almost all the architectures of the city, including the famous Jaisalmer Fort. It is also a World Heritage Site. The city was named after its founder, Maharawal Jaisal Singh, a Rajput king who founded the city and forstrss in 1156 A.D. Jaisalmer literally means “the Hill Fort of Jaisal”. The district of Jaisalmer is the largest in the state of Rajasthan and also one of the largest districts of its kind in the country. Tourism is the main source of economy for the inhabitants of this city along with its many cultural music and dance performers who are famous worldwide for their folk performances.
The best time to visit the city of Jaisalmer is during the Desert Festival which is celebrated all over the city with much galore and glamour over a period of three days in the month of January or February. Numerous cultural activities including folk dance and music performances, camel races, snake charmers, camel polo, turban-tying contests and the most famous Mr. Desert competition is held during this festival. Attendees from all over the country and worldwide attend this magnificent festival. Pre-book your accommodation arrangements during the carnival as prices tend to be higher than normal and the city is more crowded as well so showing up and finding a hotel could be a little problematic. However, if you prefer your vacations to be quieter, you can also visit the city in the month of January to March (except the Desert festival dates) and October to December.
Apart from the lifelike Desert Festival, Jaisalmer is also known for its various forts, palaces, and museums. Some of the most famous ones include:
There are also a few important tourist spots a few kilometers away from Jaisalmer such as the Gadsisar Lake, Bada Bag, and of course the sand dunes. It is almost impossible and insensible to leave the beautiful city of Jaisalmer without indulging into a splendid camel ride experience through the vast expanses of the Thar Desert while in taking in the mesmerizing view of the sunset. There are plenty of camel safari organizers and the competition is cut throat but some of the most popular and trusted companies include Trotters, Thar Desert Tours, and Sahara Travels.
Jaisalmer doesn't have its own airport and the nearest one is the Domestic airport of Jodhpur which ahs connecting flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur and Udaipur. You can take a connecting bus from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer. There are bus services from other nearby cities as well such as Delhi, Ajmer, Jaipur, Pushkar, Bikaner, and Udaipur. Jaisalmer is connected to some of the above-mentioned cities such as Bikaner, Delhi, Jaipur and Jodhpur via the railways as well.