Rising from the sands in the middle of Thar desert is the city of Jaisalmer, a city thumping with life. One of the most sought after tourist destinations in India, Jaisalmer has ceaselessly captured the minds of travellers from around the world and within India. It’s easy to say why. With its magnificent forts, colourful fairs and festivals and beautiful people, Jaisalmer casts an unbreakable charm on the tourists. Now, if are planning a holiday in Rajasthan, then it goes without saying that Jaisalmer has got to be a part of your itinerary. This blog will tell you all you need to know about places to visit in Jaisalmer in 2 days.
Planning a perfect holiday in Rajasthan can be difficult especially if you haven’t been there before. You will find yourself spending hours finding answers to questions like how many days are enough to visit Jaisalmer? What are the best places to visit in Jaisalmer and Jodhpur? And so on. Our short Jaisalmer travel guide will help you plan a perfect holiday in Rajasthan. Happy reading and happy holiday!
How many days are enough to visit Jaisalmer?
It is said that 2 to 3 days are sufficient to cover best of everything Jaisalmer has to offer. Let’s get started with the top places to see in Jaisalmer in 2 days.
What is the best time to visit Jaisalmer?
Owing to its desert climate best time to visit Jaisalmer is during the winters. From November to March Jaisalmer sees its peak tourist season. Taking Camel safaris and visiting the desert national park during this season is especially fun, thanks to the cool climate. The summers start from April and go on till August. These are extremely hot months and it can become very difficult for you to enjoy the numerous things you can do in Jaisalmer. September to October are the monsoon months when Jaisalmer witnesses slight showers. During this time, the climate becomes very humid making it not the best time to visit Jaisalmer. So when you are planning your holiday in Jaisalmer, the best time to visit will be between the months of November to march.
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What are the Top Tourist Attractions in Jaisalmer?
A trip to Jaisalmer is incomplete without a visit to this spectacular fort. Dominating the city with its grandiose, the sandstone fort will probably be the first thing you’ll notice in the city. Built in the mid 12th century, Jaisalmer Fort is one of the very few living forts in the world. Alive with colourful stalls, hotels, restaurants, a museum, a palace and so on, a visit to the Jaisalmer fort will be the most fun part of your trip. A few main tourist attractions within Jaisalmer fort include the Jain temples, The Royal Palace and Laxminath temple.
Time needed: 1:30 Hrs
Opening timing: 9 AM to 5 PM
Situated by the banks of Gadsisar Lake, at a distance of 1 km from Jaisalmer Fort is the Jaisalmer Folklore Museum. A small private museum, this might not seem like a popular tourist attraction in Jaisalmer, but it makes for a great pit stop during your Jaisalmer city tour.
Time needed: 30 Mins
Opening timing: 8 AM to 6 PM
Built in the 15th century to serve as a water conservation tank, the Gadisar lake today offers one of the most serene views you’ll come across. This place is especially recommended to nature lovers and bird watchers. One of the most striking part of the lake is the yellow sandstone gateway “Tilon-ki-pol”. Situated just 2 Km from the Jaisalmer fort make it possible to visit it on your Day 1 in Jaisalmer.
Time needed: 1 Hr
Opening timing: 8 AM to 7 PM
Break for lunch, visit the rooftop restaurants for a memorable lunch in the golden city. Resume with the city tour.
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Patwon ki Haveli
Rajasthan havelis have are effortlessly grand. One such example can be seen in Jaisalmer. The Patwon ki Haveli is said to be the first haveli to be built in Jaisalmer in the 19th century. With its elaborate design and awe-inspiring architecture, Patwon ki Haveli makes for another amazing place to visit in Jaisalmer. There is no dearth of havelis that you can visit in Jaisalmer. Some of the other havelis that you can visit are Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli and Salim Singh Ki Haveli.
Time needed: 1 Hr
Opening timing: 9 AM to 5 PM
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Bada Bagh which means “Big Garden” is yet another amazing tourist place that takes you deeper into Rajasthan’s culture. Spread across an area of 5 Km the garden houses numerous cenotaphs erected in honour of the royals of Jaisalmer. Each cenotaph is adorned by a beautiful ceiling and the whole setting is best witnessed during sunsets.
Time needed: 1 Hr
Opening timing: 24 Hrs
Jaisalmer War Museum
Situated about 14 Km away from the Jaisalmer Fort, the War Museum is one of the must-visit places in Jaisalmer, especially for history buffs. The museum perfectly captures the bravery of the Indian Army during the Indo-Pak War. Through trophies tanks and a short film, the museum takes you back in time.
Time needed: 1 Hr
Opening timing: 9 AM to 6 PM
Desert National Park
One of the biggest national parks in India, Desert national park Jaisalmer offers a unique insight into life in a desert. With its characteristic sand dunes, salt lakes bottoms and craggy rocks, the national park perfectly showcases the ecosystem of the Thar. Nature lovers should make it a point to have Dessert national park in their Rajasthan holiday Itinerary as the national park is home a plethora of wildlife animals like the Black Buck, the Great Indian Bustard and so on. This is also amongst the few regions in India where dinosaur fossils have been found.
Time needed: Depends on the activities you take up
Opening timing: 9 AM to 7 PM
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Sam Sand Dunes
Sam Sand Dunes lies at the edge of the Jaisalmer Desert National Park and is considered to one of the top things to do Jaisalmer. Here you can attend cultural programmes organized by the locals and watch the sunset on the sand dunes. You could also camp here at night and go on camel safaris in the morning. Sam dunes is definitely one of the best places to visit in Jaisalmer at night.
So if you have to 2 days to spend in Jaisalmer spend the first day visiting the Jaisalmer fort and nearby areas. At night go to Sam Sand dunes and attend the cultural events and camp at the night. Next day you can head back to the city and visit the rest of the top tourist attractions in Jaisalmer.
Places to visit near Jaisalmer
Barmer (150 km from Jaisalmer)
If there is one place to visit near Jaisalmer it’s Barmer. A town located about 137 Km from the city, Barmer attracts tourists with its vibrance and warmth. One of the most culturally rich places in Rajasthan, Balmer is home to tiny villages with mud homes and colourfully dressed folks. One of the top things to do in Balmer is to visit the Balmer fort.
Lodruva (56 Km from Jaisalmer)
A village in the Jaisalmer district, Lodurva is a city that is best known for its sand dunes and Jain temples. Much older than Jaisalmer itself, Lodruva used to serve as the capital of Bhatti Dynasty. Having been invaded by Mughal rulers multiple times left the place in ruins which can be seen even today. Today, Lodurva is considered one of the best places to visit near Jaisalmer.
Khuri (50 Km From Jaisalmer)
It is a desert village that is popular among tourists for its sand dunes and for showcasing life in the desert. It not only offers a magical view of the sun setting on the sand dunes, here you can go on camel rides and stay in traditional mud and straw houses. Kuhri is one of the best places to visit near Jaisalmer if you wish to experience desert life.
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Kuldhara (35 km from Jaisalmer)
“The Ghost village of Rajasthan”, Kuldhara is yet another amazing place you can visit near Jaisalmer. Considered to be one of the most haunted places in India, Kuldhara was abandoned by its residents overnight as they tried to escape the misery caused by the Diwan of the time. It is said that the distraught residents cursed that nobody will be able to live in the place.