Jaisalmer FAQs

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Area geography

Situated in the western part of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer is the largest district of Rajasthan and spans across an area of 5.1 square kilometres. A part of the Great Thar Desert, the city is primarily a desert region. An infertile land, Jaisalmer is popular for its sand dunes and slopes of different sizes and shapes. The climate is generally dry with summers being the hottest and winters (especially at night) being the coldest.

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Indian Rupee is the currency in any Indian state. There are several ATMs in Jaisalmer where you can withdraw money as and when needed.

Cellular service for tourists

You can buy a local SIM card for a cheaper calling rate from any of the local mobile shops in Jaisalmer. Most of the mobile services like BSNL, Airtel and others are operational in Jaisalmer.

Wifi internet

Being an important city in Rajasthan, Jaisalmer enjoys seamless Internet connectivity. Most of the mid-range to premium hotels offer Wi-Fi or broadband connectivity, and there are also several cyber cafes in the city where one can access the Internet on a chargeable basis (hourly). Internet is also available on mobile devices by all major carriers that have network coverage in Jaisalmer.

Drinking laws

25 years is the minimum age for consumption of alcohol in Jaisalmer

Tipping

10-15% of the billing amount is acceptable for tipping; although not necessary if you are already paying Service Tax.

Safety

The people of Jaisalmer are friendly in nature and it is safe to explore the city, either in a group or even if travelling alone. Nevertheless, one must keep their valuables safely and be wary of petty crimes like pickpocketing and minor tourist scams especially around tourist attractions and while using public transport.

General information

Languages spoken

Hindi, Marwari, English

Time zones

IST (UTC+5.30 hours)

Major religions

Hinduism and Islam are two major religions that are followed in Jaisalmer, and some Jain families also reside in the city. The mingled shrines of all three religions across the city are testimony to the fact that Jaisalmer is a secular city.

Domestic international calling codes

+91 2992

Electricity standards

220-240 Volts/60 Hertz
Plug Type: BS 546 5 A Plug

Common greetings

Hello/Good Morning/Good Evening – Khamma Ghani Sa, Ram Ram Sa

Goodbye – Padhaaro Sa

Thank you – Dhanyawaad Sa

Sorry – Maafi Sa

Do you speak English? – Angrezi samjho ho?

I don't understand – Manne samajh ko ni aave

No – Nai

Yes- Haan Sa

I don’t know – Manne Tha Koi Ni

How are you? – Kya Haal Sa?

What is your name? – Aapro naum kai hai?

My name is – Mhaaro naam

Where is the washroom? – Washroom katthe hai?

Is this vegetarian? ( point to a dish in a menu card) – Veg kai hai?

Where is this? (point to a monument, amenity on a paper/map) – Au katthe hai?

How much does this cost? – Kitte rau hai?

Too expensive! – Ghano mehengo hai!

A little cheaper – Thodo kam karo

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Emergency numbers

Rajasthan Tourist Reception Centre - 02922-252406, Maheshwari Hospital - +91 2992 250024


Police - 02992-252233/100