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  • Jaisalmer Fort

    Jaisalmer Fort

    The most famous landmark in the city, Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest forts in the world. Built in 1156 AD, the fort is also popularly known as Sonar Qila. Unlike other forts in the country, Jaisalmer Fort is a massive fort with a museum, shops, hotels, houses and ...

    Monument Museum Landmark
  • Patwon Ki Haveli

    Patwon Ki Haveli

    One of the largest havelis in Rajasthan, Patwon ki Haveli is a cluster of five small havelis. Started by Guman Chand Patwa, a wealthy banker, Patwon ki Haveli took almost 55 years to be built and was completed by his sons.

    The haveli is dipped in ...

    Monument Landmark
  • Salim Singh ki Haveli

    Salim Singh ki Haveli

    Salim Singh ki Haveli was built by Salim Singh, who was the formidable prime minister of Jaisalmer when it was the capital of the princely state. Almost 300 years old, the haveli adorns a beautiful, arched roof in the shape of a peacock. A part of the haveli is still ...

    Monument
  • Nath Mal ki Haveli

    Nath Mal ki Haveli

    Once the residence of Diwan Mohata Nathmal, who was the Prime Minister of Jaisalmer, this grand haveli has an interesting story behind it. It is said that the construction of this structure began from two sides at the same time. With huge life-size elephants carved out of yellow stone ...

    Monument
  • Sam Sand Dunes

    Sam Sand Dunes

    The most exciting excursion that you can plan around Jaisalmer would have to be to Sam sand dunes. A vast area covered with rolling mounds of fine sand, Sam is barely 42 kilometres away from the city and is very popular for day trips as well as overnight camp excursions. ...

    Places To See Around Nature
  • Bada Bagh

    Bada Bagh

    Located approximately 6 kilometres off Jaisalmer, Bada Bagh is a popular attraction that is frequented by tourists who come to visit the various chattris or royal cenotaphs which exist here. The Jait Sar Tank and the Jait Bandh are also popular attractions to check out while visiting Bada Bagh. ...

    Monument Movie Connection
  • Jain Temples

    Jain Temples

    The Jain temples are the most important religious attractions in Jaisalmer. Constructed in the 12th century, the temples are situated within the Jaisalmer Fort campus.

    The Jain temples are famous for their intricate carvings and architecture and bear striking similarity to the Dilwara Temples near Mount ...

    Religious Monument
  • Gadisar Lake

    Gadisar Lake

    A man-made water reservoir, the Gadisar Lake was once the only source of water in Jaisalmer. Constructed by the first ruler of Jaisalmer, Raja Rawal Jaisal, it is surrounded by temples and ghats (banks). One can spend some peaceful time in the serene surroundings of the lake or ...

    Lake/Waterfall
  • Khuri Dunes

    Khuri Dunes

    Situated on the outskirts of Jaisalmer about 40 kilometers away, Khuri Dunes is an offbeat tourist attraction. The vast desert is ideal for those who want to experience solitude and peace in the desert. Visitors can also enjoy camel safaris at Khuri Dunes. There is a small village with houses ...

    Place To See Around Nature
  • Desert Culture Centre and Museum

    Desert Culture Centre and Museum

    Located close to the Jaisalmer city centre, Desert Culture Centre and Museum houses a large collection of traditional ancient scriptures, artefacts and instruments in addition to a vast collection of weapons, jewellery and handicrafts. The museum is maintained by the tourism department and is a must-visit for history buffs. ...

    Museum Cultural
  • Jaisalmer Fort Palace Museum and Heritage Centre

    Jaisalmer Fort Palace Museum and Heritage Centre

    Situated inside the majestic Jaisalmer Fort, the Jaisalmer Fort Palace Museum and Heritage Centre was an erstwhile royal residence, which was later converted into a heritage centre and museum. The museum houses a great collection of artefacts depicting the rich culture and heritage of Jaisalmer.

    It ...

    Monument Museum
  • Desert National Park

    Desert National Park

    One of the largest national parks in India, Desert National Park, situated near Jaisalmer extends over an area of 3,162 square kilometres and is home to a variety of flora and fauna including migratory birds such as kestrels, laager falcons, buzzards, vultures and more.

    The main ...

    Places To See Around Park/Garden
  • Jaisalmer Desert Festival

    Jaisalmer Desert Festival

    Celebrated in the month of February every year, this three-day festival depicts the rich heritage and culture of what Rajasthan symbolises. Watch folk singers and dancers performing on the lyrical Rajasthani songs. Some of the other activities to watch out for during this festival are the traditional acrobatics by locals ...

    Cultural
  • Gangaur Festival

    Gangaur Festival

    Gangaur is widely celebrated in the entire state of Rajasthan and Jaisalmer too celebrates the festival with huge fervour. Watch women dressed in the most vibrant colours and singing traditional songs during this 18-day festival.

    Longing for a husband like Lord Shiva, unmarried women worship Lord Shiva and ...

    Cultural
  • Khaba Fort

    Khaba Fort

    Yet another fascinating and slightly spooky fort in Jaisalmer, Khaba Fort, was once inhabited by the Paliwal Brahmins. It was then suddenly deserted for mysterious reasons. The fort still has the ruins of the homes of some 80 families that used to live here more than 200 years ago. ...

    Monument Museum
  • Kuldhara (Abandoned Village)

    Kuldhara (Abandoned Village)

    Another one of Jaisalmer’s ancient and abandoned villages, Kuldhara once had Paliwal Brahmins as its residents. The curious thing about these Brahmins was that unlike their usual occupation, these Brahmins were actually traders and farmers. The settlement, which had some 84 villages, was abandoned almost overnight as the villagers ...

    Places To See Around
  • Akal Wood Fossil Park

    Akal Wood Fossil Park

    A natural wonder, this fascinating fossil park is believed to have fossilized wood from 180-million-year old forest.

    Spread across 21 hectare of land, the park has fossils lying deep inside and still has excavation activities going on here. The region is protected and preserved because of ...

    Park/Garden Places To See Around
  • Surya Gate

    Surya Gate

    A 12th century gate, the Surya Gate is found at the famous Jaisamler Fort popularly known as 'Golden Fort'.

    Located on top of Trikuta Hill, the fort has four gates that you have to cross before you get to the palace. These are – Akhai Gate, ...

    Landmark
  • Tanot Mata Temple

    Tanot Mata Temple

    Tanot Mata Temple is located close to the Indian border with Pakistan in Jaisalmer District. The temple has an interesting history as it is believed that during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965, the Pakistani Army dropped many bombs at the temple but none of them met the target and many ...

    Religious Places To See Around Movie Connection
  • Vyas Chhatri

    Vyas Chhatri

    A beautiful example of Rajasthani architecture, Vyas Chhatri as the name suggests, is dedicated to sage Vyaas, the writer of the epic Mahabharata. This local version of a cenotaph, is made up of delicate carvings that are a sight to behold.

    This is also one of the ...

    Monument
  • Ramdev Temple

    Ramdev Temple

    A popular Hindu folk deity of Rajasthan, Ramdevji has a temple dedicated to him at Ramdevra. He was a Rajput who dedicated his life towards the upliftment of the oppressed classes. He has a large following in Rajasthan.

    The temple structure is supposed to have been built ...

    Religious Places To See Around
  • Shantinath Temple

    Shantinath Temple

    The Shantinath Temple is one of the seven important Jain temples located inside the Golden fort. This 16th century temple is dedicated to the Jain thirtankar , Shri Shantinath.

    Founded in 1536 AD, the temple displays a beautifully crafted image of the Jain saint. The temple is ...

    Religious
  • Rishabhadeva Temple

    Rishabhadeva Temple

    Another one of the famous Jain temples in the Mool Sagar is the Rishabhadeva Temple. The temple takes its name from the presiding deity in the temple – Rishabh Dev or Adinatha. He is believed to be the first of 24 Jain Tirthankaras. It is believed that the temple’s importance ...

    Religious
  • Desert National Park

    Desert National Park

    An brilliant example of the ecosystem of the Thar Desert, the Desert National Park in Jaisalmer is one of the largest national parks in the area with an area of about 3162 square kilometres.

    The landform primarily comprises rocks and compact salt lake bottoms. Sand dunes ...

    Nature Park/Garden
  • Amar Sagar Lake

    Amar Sagar Lake

    Amar Sagar Lake is a lake retreat situated next to the 17th century citadel- the Amar Singh Palace. The palace was constructed by Maharawal Akhai Singh in honour of his predecessor Amar Singh.

    You will see pavilions with stairs next to the palace that will lead you ...

    Lake/Waterfall
  • The Thar Heritage Museum

    The Thar Heritage Museum

    This is a great place for history enthusiasts who will love the artefacts preserved here. The museum displays ancient coins, manuscripts, photographs, weapons and musical instruments.

    The owner of the museum is a history buff himself and you can ask him for a tour of the museum and ...

    Museum Cultural
  • Maharaja's Palace

    Maharaja's Palace

    Situated within the Jaisalmer Fort, the Maharaja’s Palace is a small yet fascinating structure with plenty to see.

    The intricate details and architectural grandeur of the palace is very impressive. The best part of this five-storeyed structure is the rooftop which offers the most gorgeous view ...

    Monument
  • Tazia Tower

    Tazia Tower

    Tazia in Urdu refers to a float taken during the procession of Muharram. The old Muslim craftsmen of the time gave this structure the shape of a Tazia as a symbol of their religion. The architects of the tower gifted the palace to the Royal patrons of Badal Palace.
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    Monument
  • Government Museum

    Government Museum

    Established in 1984, the Government Museum in Jaisalmer is a small one but it displays the various cultural artefacts and rich heritage of the Thar Desert.

    Some of the highlights of the museum include 72 stone sculptures, 8 inscriptions, 65 coins, 13 paintings, 179 embroidered dresses, ...

    Museum
  • Chandraprabhu Temple

    Chandraprabhu Temple

    This is one of the seven temples constructed around 15th and 16th century dedicated to the eighth Tirthankara, Jain Prophet Chandraprabhuji.

    Located inside the Golden fort, constructed in red sandstone, the Chandraprabhu Temple is a beautiful symbol of ancient Rajput architectural style. The intricate carvings, beautiful corridors ...

    Relgious
  • Dussehra Chowk

    Dussehra Chowk

    Dussehra Chowk is a huge courtyard inside the famous Golden Fort or Sonar Kila of Jaisalmer. It is known to be the perfect place to marvel at the architecture and craftsmanship of the palace.

    Dussehra Chowk can be reached through Hawa pol, the last of the ...

    Monument Landmark
  • Kunthanath Temple

    Kunthanath Temple

    One of the popular Jain temples in Jaisalmer, Kunthanath Temple is dedicated to Lord Kunthanath, a Jain Tirthankar. This temple is much like the Hastinapur Temple, which is also dedicated to Lord Kunthanath. Hastinapur was the birthplace of Lord Kunthanath.

    The temple has impressive architecture and ...

    Religious