Must visit places in Jaisalmer –
Suggested itinerary for 2N/3D-
After checking in at the hotel and having a full lunch, leave in the evening for sightseeing at the Patwon ki haweli. An architectural wonder of the bygone era, Patwon Ki Haveli is one of the main attractions that one can look for in the city of Jaisalmer. The Patwon Ki Haveli is a cluster of five small Havelis, the exteriors of which are dipped in an enchanting shade of gold. These are made of yellow sandstone with exquisite architecture and mirror work on the walls inside. The entry fees to the haveli is Rs.100 per person and extra if you want to hire a guide. Nearby there is another haveli known as Nathmal ki haveli which also has similar architecture and heritage appeal associated with it.
Later, enjoy a calm shikara ride (for around Rs.300) along with a beautiful sunset at Gadisar lake. The place is quite picturesque. Then there is Desert Cultural Museum nearby where one can see the puppet show (show timings 6.30pm and 7.30pm). Whether with friends or family, a candlelight dinner at a rooftop restaurant is must in Jaisalmer if one is visiting during colder months.
Two of my favourite rooftop restaurants that I enjoyed dining at were Pleasant Haveli and The Trio, both located near Gandhi Chowk. I stayed at Hotel Pleasant Haveli and was really impressed by the cleanliness and hospitality of the hotel staff. Also the hotel has a great location with most of the sightseeing places at a walking distance.
Start the day by visiting the majestic Jaisalmer Fort. There are many tourist guides available at the fort entrance asking for Rs.100 – Rs.150 for their service. It is good to know the history of the place and roam around the narrow streets inside the fort. Yes, the fort is huge! It is believed to be one of the very few (perhaps the only) “living forts” in the world, as nearly one fourth of the old city’s population still resides within the fort. It is honeycombed with narrow winding lanes, lined with houses and temples – along with a large number of handicraft shops, guesthouses and gourmet rooftop restaurants. The fort’s massive yellow sandstone walls are a tawny lion colour during the day, fading to honey-gold as the sun sets, thereby camouflaging the fort in the yellow desert. For this reason it is also known as the Sonar Quila or Golden Fort. The Jain temples are located right inside the Jaisalmer fort and are another piece of must see marvelous architecture.
How to reach Jaisalmer from Delhi?
Dli Jsm Express (14659) is the best train that runs everyday from Delhi to Jaisalmer via Jaipur and Jodhpur.
SpiceJet has a direct flight from Delhi to Jaisalmer airport.
Best time to visit?
Winters lasts from November to March and is the best season to visit the otherwise hot Jaisalmer. Weather is pleasant during the day in winters. However it is advisable to carry a jacket for the cooler evenings past sunset.
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