10 must visit places in Jaisalmer

10 must visit places in Jaisalmer

Posted On : 2022-01-25

10 Best Places To Visit In Jaisalmer

If you are fond of history and architecture, then Jaisalmer is the city for you. Also called the Golden City, most of the monuments in the city are built of yellow or golden sandstones. The Jaisalmer city is close to the Pakistan border and in close proximity to the Thar desert. The city has various beautiful temples, lavish havelis and ancient museums. The city also offers desert safari and various adventure activities to tourists.

It is really worth visiting this city which is packed with beautiful architecture, delicious Rajasthani delicacies, cultural and folk shows. Jaisalmer is one of the most sought-after tourist attractions and has many significant hotspots.

Jaisalmer Fort - is Famous in Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest forts in India. It was built in 1156 by Rawal Jaiswal and is a 250 foot tall fort supported by huge walls. It is also the famous landmark in the Jaisalmer city. The fort is also known as 'Sonar Quila' or the 'Golden Fort' because the fort shines in golden when the rays of the sun spreads its magic on it ,during sunset and sunrise. It is a must watch view to get the unique experience and best nature photography.

The fort depicts the royalty of Rajput and Islamic culture and is one of the famous UNESCO World Heritage sites. The popular movie Sonar Kella (by Satyajit Ray) was shot here. The fort comprises of museums, shops, hotels, restaurants, etc. It is the only 'living fort' which is the house for many people. There are four gateways to reach the fort namely:

  • Akshaya Pol
  • Suraj Pol
  • Hawa Pol
  • Ganesh Pol

Bada Bagh - Jaisalmer Best to see

As the name suggests, Bada Bagh means the big garden. When the place was constructed, it had a beautiful lush-green garden. However, the area now has series of cenotaphs of royal Maharajas. Cenotaphs are tomb shaped monuments (with beautiful ceilings) which are also called as Chhatris. Each cenotaph is made in the memory of a royal king or queen. The first cenotaph was constructed in the memory of Maharaja Jai Singh II. It is interesting to know that all cenotaphs differ in sizes and heights depending on the power quotient of the ruler. The more powerful the ruler was, the more taller his/her cenotaph is. Also, at the top of each Cenotaph, the names and dates of the rulers are inscribed on the stones to whom they are honored to.

Bada Bagh is a great place for history seekers and architecture lovers. The tourists can witness the beautiful sunset view from this place. While visiting Bada Bagh, tourists should also explore the Jait Bandh dam nearby. It is the highlight of the area and great spot for fun and photography.

Best Time To Visit: The best time to visit Bada Bagh is between October-March. It is suggested that evenings are the most preferred time to visit as the weather is pleasant and you can escape from the scorching heat.

Timings: Bada Bagh is open from 9 a.m to 6 p.m.

Patwon Ki Haweli

Patwon ki haveli is the oldest and largest haveli in Jaisalmer. The haveli was constructed in 1805 by the renowned and wealthy trader Guman Chand Patwa. The haveli is actually a series of 5 small havelis . Each haveli was dedicated to Patwa's 5 sons. It took approximately 50 years to build this haveli.

The haveli is also known as Mansion Of Brocade Merchants, because the Patwa family were rich merchants of gold and silver threads, which is used in dress' embroideries. The haveli has spectacular architecture and intricate carvings built in traditional style. The walls of the mansion have beautiful paintings and mirror-work. There are jali carvings to let the sunlight and air brighten the mansion. Each arch is built in unique and different style and theme.

Currently, the haveli is occupied by the Government and The Archaeological Survey Of India. It is one of the most well preserved heritages in India. The haveli also has a museum where the tourists can gain the knowledge on the culture and life of people of Rajasthan. Also, tourists can enjoy the beautiful sunset view from the haveli in evenings.

Best Time To Visit: The best time to visit is between September-February. It is suggested that evenings are the most preferred time to visit as the weather is pleasant and you can escape from the scorching heat.

Timings: Patwon ki haveli is open from 8 a.m to 7 p.m.

Sam Sand Dunes

San Sand Dunes is one of the 10 best tourist places to visit in Jaisalmer. It is the desert area in Jaisalmer where you will see 30 to 60 meters tall sand dunes. It is one of the largest sand dunes in India. Many tourists enjoy desert safari here on camel or jeep and stay in desert camps next to sand dunes. Tourists can enjoy local cultural music and dance programs in night and relish the delicious Rajasthani food served in camps.

The best time to visit sam sand dunes is either during sunset time(4 p.m to 7p.m) or early morning (4 a.m to 6 a.m).

Best Time To Visit: Although, October to March is the ideal time to visit Sand Dunes when the weather is pleasant. However, the best time is in the months of February and March when the entire area becomes the cultural hub showcasing the folk dance, puppet shows, and camel races to celebrate the yearly desert festival.

Gadisar Lake

Gadisar is a man made lake constructed by the first ruler of Jaisalmer, Raja Rawal Jaiswal. During that time, it was the only source of water for the town of Jaisalmer. From the time it was built till now, the lake has changed a lot. The lake is surrounded by many temples and ghats. Tourists can have a peaceful and relaxing time in calm and serene environment.

Gadisar lake is a perfect holiday destination for travellers who are seeking relaxation as well as adventures. The views of sunrise and sunset around the lake are worth watching. One can take a stroll around the lake to appreciate its beauty and watch some migratory birds flying around.You can also take a boat ride and click few photos. There are some good restaurants near the lake where you can relish the authentic local delicacies and savour the view of the lake.

Timings: Gadisar lake is open from 8 a.m to 8 p.m

Nathmal Ki Haveli

This magnificent haveli is known for its spectacular architecture and artistic carvings. It was once a home to then Prime Minister Diwan Mohata Nathmal. The haveli is built with yellow sandstone. Thus, it gets beautifully illuminated  like gold when the sun rays reflect on it. Hence, it is also called the Golden Fort.

The haveli is guarded by two yellow sandstone elephants and its interior is filled with miniature paintings. The haveli has huge and spacious balconies and courtyards and long, sturdy pillars to hold the roof. The pillars have paintings of cars and fans depicting the modern era and advancement in technology.

Jain Temple

Jain temple is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Jaisalmer. There are 7 Jain temples in the vicinity of Jaisalmer Fort. These temples are known for their incredible architecture and artwork. Every part of the temple, from roofs to pillars to gateways, have mirrors and aesthetic artwork. The temple also has a library (also called Gyan Bhandar) which has nearly 1000 year old manuscripts. This place is worth visiting and you will be amazed by the intricate artwork of that time.

Timings: The temples are open from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. It is best to visit the temples during early morning hours as it is refreshing and you will have enough time to explore all seven temples.

Salim Singh Ki Haveli

This 300 year old haveli is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Jaisalmer. This haveli was built by the Prime Minister of that time, Salim Singh. The magnificent architecture and structural design of the haveli mesmerizes the tourists every time. Instead of stones and cements, the haveli is built with iron rods. The haveli has 38 large balconies and each balcony is different in shape.

Salim Singh Ki Haveli is also known as Jahaz Mahal, as its front side resembles a lot like ship stern. The roof of the haveli is built in the shape of peacock. The haveli had a separate corner (called Moti Mahal) which possessed royal coutiers. It is one of the best places in Jaisalmer. Surely, you will be amazed by the architecture and design of this haveli once you visit there.

The Thar Heritage Museum

The heritage museum is the a reservoir of history and a great place for history lovers. It was founded by the renowned scholar of Jaisalmer, L Narayan Khatri. The museum showcases the rich culture, heritage, and lifestyle of Rajasthan. The museum preserves the ancient photographs, coins, instruments, artefacts, and weapons.

The highlight of the museum is the puppet show which is organised there every evening. The show showcases the customs, culture and traditions of Jaisalmer. Another highlight of the museum is the Snakes and Ladder show. This show is about the principles and teachings of Hinduism. Also, there is a section in the museum that displays the ancient products like coins, paintings, stamps, utensils, etc. Tourists can buy few products as their memory souvenirs.


Kuldhara village is approximately 20 kms away from the Jaisalmer city. It is one of the most popular places in Jaisalmer. It was once a prosperous village and home to Paliwal Brahmins. The village is said to be haunted and was abandoned by its inhabitants. According to the legends, the village was cursed by the ghost of old priest.

The village has small old huts and cottages made with handmade walls which are now broken and ruined. The area is quite peaceful and looks amazing amidst the desert. The village is now managed by the Archaeological Survey Of India and is open to tourists. Tourists must visit this place to have a glimpse of the ancient village and gain extraordinary experience.


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