Jaisalmer is one of those cities that contrast with the rest of cities in India. The architecture and the sand color that bathes it reminds more of the Middle East than of Hindustan.
This golden sand color has earned him the nickname of “Golden City”. Jaisalmer is very close to the border with Pakistan, and with this country it shares the Thar desert , where tourist tours are made on camels.
Its main attractions are the fort that dominates the entire city from above, the nearby Thar desert, and its golden colored streets and its havelis facades .
Streets of Jaisalmer Although it is a bit far from the main tourist cities of Rajasthan, if you have time, it is worth the effort to get here and continue marveling at the contrasts offered by India.
How to Get to Jaisalmer
Reach Jaisalmer by train
If you are on a route through Rajasthan, you will surely arrive by train from Bikaner, Jaipur or Jodhpur , it all depends on the direction of your route.
From Bikaner to Jaisalmer there is a daily train the 12468 that leaves at 23:15 and arrives at 04:50
From Jaipur to Jaisalmer there are three daily trains. The most interesting is the night 14659 that leaves at 11:45 and arrives at 11: 40h.
From Jodhpur to Jaisalmer there are three daily trains. The most interesting are the 14659 that leaves at 05: 20h and arrives at 11: 40h. And the night 14810 that leaves at 11pm and arrives at 06: 00h.
You can also take a luxury train like Maharajas’ Express for Jaisalmer and make your trip more luxurious.
Arrive in Jaisalmer by plane
Jaisalmer has an airport so you can arrive from anywhere in the country. In India there are many low cost companies, so it will not be too expensive to fly if you look at it in advance.
How to get around Jaisalmer
The core of Jaisalmer is small so you will always move on foot. This also influences the price of tuk tuk.
From the train station to the most remote hotel area (Kalarnaka Colony) there are about 10 minutes. For this journey that should cost 30 rupees you will be asked 100 without scruples. Bargain until you get to 60 or 70 rupees, hardly lower more.
What to see and do in Jaisalmer
The emblematic construction of the city is its forte. Admission is free and it is a delight to get lost in the streets, enjoy the decoration, the architecture, the people, etc.
If you want, you can enter the Fort Palace (300 rupees + 100 rupees for the camera), or the Jain temple (200 rupees). Next to the temple there are many restaurants with a terrace from which you can see it. Know more about the Maharajas Express train price and make your seat reserve.
Many locals will be offered to guide you through the fort for 100 rupees.
Excursion to the Thar desert
One of the reasons why the travelers decide to go to Jaisalmer , is to visit the desert.
Indicative prices for the excursion to the Thar desert
Practically all the hotels offer this exit and hundreds of agencies only dedicated to selling this excursion. You have three options:
Camel excursion 1h 1/2 with night in the desert (outdoors). The price is usually around 1700 rupees per person including dinner and breakfast, very sparse.
Camel excursion 1h 1/2, watch the sunset, dine and drive back to Jaisalmer. The price is around 1300-1400 rupees per person. Know more about the Maharajas Express train schedule before planning your trip.
Excursion by car to the desert, camel ride option, watch sunset and return to Jaisalmer. Consult there because the prices vary.