Everything You Need to Know About Jaisalmer “The Queen of The Thar”

Written by Shirshendu Sarkar

Jaisalmer, also known as the ‘Queen of the Thar’ is inarguably the best travel destination in Rajasthan in western India. If you are planning your next vacation to Rajasthan, then don’t forget to visit the Golden City of Jaisalmer once. We assure you an unparallel holiday experience among the perfect mixture of art, culture, architecture, history, nature, and adventure.

And of course, not to forget the exquisite cuisines of Rajasthan.

Let’s see what is the best part of Jaisalmer:

Jaisalmer is not a city that is only about forts, Havelis, and deserts, but the harmony in which all of these coexist. The major tourist attraction spot in Jaisalmer is the Golden Fort or better known as Sonar Quila.

Sonar Quila is a living fort with hundreds of people living within its expensive wall which carries many stories, pieces of evidence, and secrets of history.

Jaisalmer is heaven for those who like shopping and you can explore the markets full of exclusive Rajasthani handcrafts like mirror work, stonework, and embroidered fabrics. This place is also famous for silver jewelry, wooden souvenirs, and lots more.

Shifting your focus to the desert adventure, jeep safari, camel safari, dunes dashing, and camping will surely give you some beautiful memories to relish lifelong.

Let’s help you sort out the tourist attractions and places that you can’t miss during your  Queen of the Thar visit.
Golden Fort

  • Golden Fort, as already mentioned made of yellow sandstone giving it the name Sonar Quila. It is said to be the home for almost ¼ th of the population of Jaisalmer. You can take a tour of the King’s palace, Queen’s palace.  Museum, and Jain temple while visiting there. If you are a lover of Satyajit Ray’s film ‘Sonar Kella’, then the fort will surely take you on a nostalgic ride exploring the shooting spots there.



  • Gadisar Lake, where the laser water show takes place and is one of the first and largest Lasers Water Shows has water screen projection of the history of the foundation of Jaisalmer, the building of its forts, the attack of invaders, and the sacrifice of the Rajputs to save their land.

Meuseum and Architechs:

  • Jaisalmer Government Museum, displays traditional household items, rock-cut crockery, jewelry, and the main attraction – the statue of Rajasthan’s State Bird ‘Godawan’( the great Indian bustard) that can be as old as the 7th to 9th century AD.
  • Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli is a beautiful architectural palace made by two brothers in the 19th century. They started to build them from both sides simultaneously resulting in beautiful symmetrical construction curved. Out of yellow sandstone having beautiful miniature-style paintings.
  • Salim Singh Ki Haveli is also another masterpiece showcasing the architectural talents of the people there. Also, the architectural excellence of the engineers can be seen in Kothari’s Patwaon Ki Haveli.

Temple to visit:

Tanot Mata Temple which requires permission from BSF to visit is very near the Indo-Pak border. The Jain Temple showcases the arts and culture of Rajasthan.

  • Longewala War Memorial depicts the sacrifice of Indian soldiers during the Indo-Pak war of 1971.
  • Desert Safari and Camel Safari are a must while you visit Jaisalmer or your tour will be incomplete.
  • The desert awaits with all its aura to give you mesmerizing experience.
  • Bara Bagh, Desert National Park, Kuldhara Village is famous for its spooky and spine-chilling mystery. Akal Wood Fossil Park for preserving age-old fossils of Rajasthan. Extending may be from prehistoric times and should also be on your visiting list.

Best time to visit Jaisalmer:

A tour through Jaisalmer is best between October to March. You should avoid the summer as visiting the desert in summer can be a bit hectic for its tourists.

Reaching Jaisalmer is also easy as it is well connected by rail air and roads to all parts of Rajasthan and India as well. The nearest Railway station is Jaisalmer Railway station, and the nearest Airport is Jodhpur Airport which is 275 km away from Jaisalmer.

Hearing about the glory of the “Golden City” we are sure that you won’t be able to stop yourself for long from visiting Jaisalmer. So make sure to visit Jaisalmer as soon as you get a vacation.


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