Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

Amid the great Indian Thar Desert and dotted with stunning architectural marvels, Jaisalmer never fails to entice people or tourists. The city is also dubbed as “Golden City” which was founded by Rawal Jaisal and today is adorned with many historic jewels. There are many tourist attractions in and around the city, from calm Gadisar Lake to grand Jaisalmer Fort. The city in the Thar draws tourists from all across the globe, especially during the winter season.  What’s better than Jeep safaris or camel safaris in the desert to elevate your excitement? Being a major tourist place to visit in Rajasthan, Jaisalmer is widely famous for enjoying desert adventures.

If you are planning a winter holiday or New Year Rajasthan Tour Package, then pack your bags for a trip to Jaisalmer. Chalk out your itinerary with the following 30 best places to visit in Jaisalmer.

Top 30 Tourist Attractions in Jaisalmer for Visit

1. Jaisalmer Fort “Sonar Quila”

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Jaisalmer Fort

Hovering on the Trikuta Hill, Jaisalmer Fort is the epitome of Rajasthani architecture and resembles a huge sandcastle. The largest living fort of India, Jaisalmer Fort houses around 5000 people and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is a grand golden fort accessible from different gates such as Suraj Pol, Hawa Pol, Bhoot Pol, and Ganesh Pol. Inside the fortress, there’s a Laxminath Tempe, Jain Temples, Cannon Point, five-level sculpted Maharwal Palace, and a fort Museum to see.

  • Best time to visit: November to March
  • Best thing to do: Worship the temples & other structures

2. Salim Singh ki Haveli

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Salim Singh ki Haveli

Featuring 38 balconies with intricate carvings and a peacock-shaped arched roof, Salim Singh ki Haveli is the finest architectural marvel. The mansion also boasts outstanding art and sculpture with paintings on the interior walls. The ancient mansion is famously known as Jahaz Mahal as the front part of it looks like a ship stern. Travelers can explore this beautiful haveli in the Jaisalmer Tour Guide.

  • Best time to visit: October to March
  • Best thing to do: Admire the fine architecture

3. Patwa ki Haveli

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Patwa ki Haveli

An excellent cluster of five mini-mansion in one premise, Patwon ki Haveli is a must-see place in Jaisalmer. The impressive intricate carvings on the windows and balconies with wall paintings and mirror work lift up its grandeur. A huge mansion has an airy courtyard and 60 balconies, each adorned with distinctive carvings that look more appealing. Visitors can see a rare collection of stonework and artifacts related to the Patwa Family.

  • Best time to visit: Anytime
  • Best thing to do: Haveli’s Museum Visit

4. Jain Temple

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Jain Temple Jaisalmer

A series of 7 interconnected temples inside Jaisalmer Fort, Jain Temples are known for great archaeological value. These temples resemble the popular Dilwara Style of architecture with intricate carvings of human and animal figures. Jain Temples are also a significant pilgrimage spot with strong spiritual vibes and a major attraction among history buffs. Those interested in the history of these temples should visit Gyan Bhandar Library here for old texts and rare manuscripts.

  • Best time to visit: October to March
  • Best thing to do: Worship the temple

5. Gadisar Lake

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Gadisar Lake Jaisalmer

On the outskirts of the city, the beautiful Gadisar Lake is perfect for those seeking peace and reconnecting with nature. Back in the 14th century, it was a major source of water for the entire city. Today, Gadisar Lake has become the most favorite tourist place in Jaisalmer Sightseeing where you can go boating. Enjoy the scenic views of the fortress and ancient temples on its bank. During the winter season, one can observe many beautiful migratory birds around the lake.

  • Best time to visit –October to march
  • Best thing to do –Boating in the lake

6. Vyas Chhatri

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Vyas Chhatri Jaisalmer

Inside Bada Bagh, Vyas Chhatri is among the most famous tourist places in Jaisalmer. It boasts an array of golden-hued sandstone chhatris with elegant Rajasthani architecture and intricate carvings. The structures of chhatri are a sight to behold. Besides admiring the architecture of chhatris, you can witness the beautiful views of Jaisalmer Fort and dunes.

  • Best time to visit: October to March
  • Best thing to do: Photography

7. Bada Bagh

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Bada Bagh Jaisalmer

A lush garden complex with a series of tombstones of the royal families, Bada Bagh is a significant place of attraction in Jaisalmer Tourism. It is located on a small hillock with the entrance to the cenotaphs or tombstones at the bottom of the hill. The lush garden has a spectacular setting with multiple chhatris, the domes of which are square, circular, or pyramid-shaped.

  • Best time to visit: October to February
  • Best thing to do: Photography

8. Sam Sand Dunes

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Sam Sand Dunes Jaisalmer

One of the most authentic desert sites in India, Sam Sand Dunes offers serene and mesmerizing views of sunrise and sunset. You can also go on a desert safari in Jaisalmer or enjoy a camel ride. With many campsites, the desert also offers luxury or deluxe tents to stay overnight. Every evening after sunset, folk dance performances, musical nights, authentic Rajasthani Cuisines, and other interesting activities take place.

9. Desert National Park

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Desert National Park Jaisalmer

Desert National Park is a paradise for wildlife lovers and is one of the largest national parks in India. Spread over 3162 sq. km, the national park houses cacti and other desert plants. It is a home for many animals and birds that can survive in a hot and dry climate. Wildlife species like falcons, blackbuck, chinkara, Bengal fox, and desert cat.

  • Best time to visit: November to February
  • Best thing to do: Wildlife tour of Desert National Park

10. Tanot Mata Temple

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Tanot Mata Temple

A miraculous temple located near the Indo-Pak War Site of Longewala is a must-visit place in Jaisalmer. As per the soldiers posted nearby, the temple remained unharmed even after a heavy bombing and shelling by Pakistan. This helped a lot to protect soldiers and locals. Take a drive to Tanot Mata Temple through the rugged landscapes and embark on a holy visit.

  • Best time to visit: November to March
  • Best thing to do: Religious visit

11. Gadisar Lake

An artificial lake constructed in 1400 AD, Gadisar Lake was built by Maharwal Gadsi Singh. It was originally built as a conservation reservoir for rainwater harvesting in ancient times. It happens to be the major water source for the entire city. It was named after the maharaja and is a great idyllic getaway to seek peace and tranquilness of mind, body, and soul.

12. Kuldhara Village

Around 18 kilometers away from Jaisalmer, Kuldhara village is well known as the haunted place in Rajasthan. Remain abandoned for the past few centuries, the village has no signs of human life and is also one of the most famous haunted places to visit in Rajasthan. The village was once inhabited by the Paliwal Brahmins due to some negative happenings, the native evacuated the village within a night and since then it has left cursed.

13. Jaisalmer War Museum

The Indian army has set up a historical war museum in Jaisalmer which is the only one on the western front. It traces the evolution of the Indian Army and covers in detail its inspiring contribution mainly the 1965 Indo-Pak War and 1971 Longewala battle including all combat operations. The museum boasts a 106 mm Recoilless Gun and many other armories.

14. Khuri Sand Dunes

On the outskirts of Jaisalmer in Khuri Sand Dunes which is a popular visiting place near Jaisalmer. The Khuri Village is one of the best places to explore on the Jaisalmer Tour by car. One can see the mud and straw houses at Khuri showing impressive exterior decorations. Travellers on a visit to Khuri can enjoy camel riding, dune bashing, jeep safari, and overnight camping.

15. Nathmal ki Haveli

The grand heritage haveli has emanated its origin from the late 19th century and has an extraordinary exterior, dripping with carvings. The first floor of the haveli has some stunning paintings. The most amazing fact about this mansion is that its left and right wings were created by two brothers Hathi and Lulu. Their competitive spirit apparently produced this virtuoso work.

16. Khaba Fort

Located within the vicinity of the Kuldhara Village, Khaba Fort is an abandoned structure in the city. The historical fortress holds great possibility for photographers and is one of the best places to visit in Jaisalmer. The fort was inhabited by the Paliwal Brahmins, and the reason behind its abundance is still not known.

17. Tazia Tower

Tazia Tower in Jaisalmer can certainly be considered one of the most important tourist attractions in the city. If you are fond of the Rajputana style of architecture, then a visit to Tazia Tower by Taxi rental in Jaisalmer is a must. It is located in the “Badal Palace” complex located near Amar Sagar Gate which was once the home of the former royal family.

18. Mandir Palace

A conspicuous historic point in this staggering legacy city is Mandir Palace having an arrangement of the leaders of Jaisalmer for over two centuries. Mandir Palace is a beautifully cut combinative wonder of coverings, galleries, and carefully cut screens. The most notable element of Mandir Palace is its tower called Badal Vilas.

19. Jain Temple

The most interesting fact about Jaisalmer Fort is also known as the Sonar Qila and is not just the only place of attraction on the Jaisalmer Sightseeing Tour. A famous UNESCO World Heritage Site is a huge settlement housing temples, havelis, shops, houses, etc. The group of Jain Temples in Jaisalmer was created back in the 12th century and is of great archaeological value.

20. Maharaja’s Palace

A five-storied structure in the main chowk of Jaisalmer Fort is famously known as the Maharaja’s Palace. The palace has meticulously carved stone balconies and window arches as some of its alluring features of it. It displays the paintings of Maharaja in different periods and the walls of the palace recite the tales of royal legacy.

21. Chandraprabhu Temple

The curved facades, bizarre geometrical patterns, and the red stone carvings of Chandraprabhu temple are heavily influenced by the Rajput style of architecture. It is essentially a Jain Temple located inside the Jaisalmer Fort and dates back to the year 1509. The temple is dedicated to the Jain prophet Chandraprabhu Ji of the 8th Jain Tirthankara. It is considered to be one of the seven crucial Jain temples in Rajasthan.

22. Dussehra Chowk

The charming Dussehra Chowk lies within the famous Golden Fort (Sonar Qila) of Jaisalmer. It is sprawling over a large courtyard that is turned into a riot of colors and lights during the festival of Dussehra. From here, one can witness the edifices and edges of the beautiful Jaisalmer Fort or can simply get to the Hawai Mahal and explore the fortress. The main highlight of this place is the marble throne of the king.

23. Pokaran Fort

Also known as Balagarh, Pokhran Fort in the 14th-century bastion sits right in the middle of the Thar Desert. It serves as an important and royal landmark in Jaisalmer and as the head post of the Chief of Mighty Champawats (the family of Rathores) that are highly honored in the city. It has earned its place to be one of the best places to visit near Jaisalmer.

24. Manak Chowk

If you’re more into shopping than sightseeing, then Manek Chowk is your pilgrimage attraction on the Jaisalmer city tour. Located right outside the stunning Jaisalmer Fort, this splendid marketplace is the best to witness the commendable craftsmanship of Rajasthani artists. Everything from ethnic silver jewelry to intricately crafted ornaments, you can enjoy shopping at Manek chowk.

25. Bhatia Bazaar

If Manek Chowk isn’t enough to satiate your lust and love for royal and colorful Rajasthani goods, then you can head over to Bhatia Bazaar next. It is another popular shopping destination in Jaisalmer that never fails to allure shopaholics, especially women looking for traditional jewelry, attires, and home decor items. It is amongst the most celebrated shopping places to visit in Jaisalmer.

26. Indo-Pak Border

Another interesting place to visit in Jaisalmer is the Indo-Pak border where you can embark on a visit. Experience the feeling of being a proud Indian by visiting the iconic locations in Jaisalmer. To visit the border, you are required to take permission to glance at BP 609 which is a border pillar.

27. Jaisalmer Wind Park

One of the best places to visit in Jaisalmer is India’s second-largest wind farm, referred to as the Jaisalmer Wind Park. Tourists flock here to explore the unique spot to get acquainted with the process of creating electricity with the help of a Windmill. This is an excellent place to explore in Jaisalmer Family Tour where kids can enjoy a great time.

28. Jaisalmer Government Museum

The most popular museum in Jaisalmer is the Government Museum where you can brush up on your knowledge about the history of Rajasthan. This museum should be on your wishlist if you are a history lover. Jaisalmer Government Museum is home to sculptures from the 12th century, where you can find various ancient paintings, inscriptions, handicraft items, and old embroidered dresses on display.

29. Lodurva

A small village located 15 kilometers away from the city center, Lodurva or Lodrawa was once the capital of Bhatti rulers till 1156 AD. It is mainly famous for its Jain Temples showcasing fine delicate and detailed craftsmanship on yellowish stone. The ruins of the great Jain Temple and Kalpataru, a legendary tree of wish fulfillment are largely revered by Jain followers.

30. Longewala War Memorial

Another memorial site in Jaisalmer is the Longewala War Memorial built to commemorate the brave Indian soldiers of the 1971 Longewala War. The memorial site has been located on the war spot and maintained by the Indian Army. Partake in the audiovisual show, weapons, and jeeps, and witness the real battle tanks.

All these are the best places to visit in Jaisalmer Tour Package that you must not miss traveling on Rajasthan Tour. Whenever you plan a holiday in Jaisalmer next, explore these popular tourist places and enjoy your leisure.

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