In our previous travel blogs, we explored the most visited places from different cities of Rajasthan India. Similarly, we are going to explore the golden city of Rajasthan – “Jaisalmer“. If you are new to stoptoexplore travel blogs please visit the link A Tour to Mount Abu! and A Tour to Jodhpur – The Blue City of Rajasthan. And be a part of our short journey to explore the beautiful cities of Rajasthan India.
The journey from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer
The exploration of Rajasthan India continues, Oct 4th, 2019 our next destination The Golden City of Rajasthan – Jaisalmer. The estimated travel time is 5hr:07 min (291 km) from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer via train. In our previous blog, A Tour to Jodhpur – The Blue City of Rajasthan the hotel booked in jodhpur was near the railway station in order to ease our further travel. To make sure we not only enjoy our travel time with ease but also make it enjoyable in Jaisalmer.
The Golden City of Rajasthan
Our train left from jodhpur Stn around 11:30 pm and we reached Jaisalmer around 6:30 am early in the morning. At this time we continued the trend of traveling to our further destination during night time. As a result, we were able to spend most of our daytime visiting beautiful cities in Rajasthan. Above all, if you are traveling for the first time I would recommend you to book hotels which provides you with a complete package that Includes – Tour of the city, Desert Safari ( My personal favorite) and If you are kind of person who enjoys long road trip with your friends, family or loved ones then don’t miss out on A Road trip to Longewala Town.
Why golden City?
The city is known as The golden city in the Indian state of Rajasthan because the town is majorly built with the yellowish sandstone and is crowned by one of the largest forts India The Jaisalmer Fort. (The below images gives you the glimpse of the Golden city).
Places to visit
- Jaisalmer Fort
- Patwon Ki Haveli
- Sam Sand Dunes
- Desert Safari
- Camel Safari
First the Jaisalmer Fort
The Jaisalmer Fort built by The great ruler Rawal Jaisal, a Bhati Rajput, is one of the most visited places in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan India. Most importantly it is one of the largest forts of its kind. One of the interesting things about this fort is that you get a stunning view of the entire Golden city, which rests in the heart of the Thar Desert (the Great Indian Desert). When you enter the fort you will be able to find various shops, restaurants, hotels, museums, and much more interesting things that eventually you will end up spending maximum time inside the fort. ( Check the images for references)
Local Foods – Don’t forget to try the street foods around the Jaisalmer fort, especially the most famous breakfast Daal Pakwan, and also the well-known sweet Ghotua Laddoos which are served in the famous Dhanraj Rawal Bhatia sweet shop.
Once you are done with the tour of Jaisalmer fort, the second most visited place is the Patwon ki Haveli. The word Haveli is a commonly used name for the old Mansions in different regions of Rajasthan India. Just as the other haveli’s or mansions this is another masterpiece of ancient architectural work and most importantly it’s a combination of 5 Havelis. To visit this place you need to pay standard entry fees similarly like other historical places and forts in Rajasthan. For this one the fees are as follows – Indian tourist – Rs.100, Foreigners – Rs.250, and students – Rs.70. Apart from its impressive architectural work, don’t miss out to get yourself clicked in the traditional Rajasthani outfit. There is a small studio just outside the haveli and they provide with both hard and soft copies of the pictures clicked within in no time.
After a complete tour of the 5 Havelis, clicking pictures and a little bit of shopping obviously we got tired and decided to move to our next destination. As per the bookings done at the start, the driver picked us from the Jaisalmer Fort and we enjoyed our small road trip of approx 40kms from the town to most awaited destination.
Sam Sand Dunes
Road trips have always been my favorite part of my life, because, for me traveling is not only about going to new places but also experiencing the feeling of being a part of that place. There is no better feeling in the world which can be compared to this experience. Traveling through unknown places, the never-ending roads, and the magnificent view. The expected travel time from Jaisalmer town to dunes is approximately 2 hours (42 – 45 Km).
Finally, we reached our camping point where we had our bookings done for the Desert safari – which included 2 days and one night stay in the desert area near sam sand dunes and Camel safari.
Firstly the camp owner assisted with us by allocating our respective tents. As soon as we entered the tent, I got visuals from the Harry Potter movie of the magical tent. Equipped with all the necessary amenities which usually don’t get to see in such sort of camping point. Our day started with activities like Jeep safari – which was like being in some sort crazy amusements park rides. The safari riders were so professional that they not only drifted in the place full sand but also made us experience one of the adventurous jeep rides in the desert
Last but not the least, we started with the camel safari, which is approximately 30 to 40 mins tour of the desert area. After the desert and camel safari, we stopped at the sunset point. Indeed it was the splendid sunset I have ever seen. We spent some quiet time over there, with our thoughts and captured a stunning view of the sunset and the beautiful evening. Although it took some time for me to accept the fact that tomorrow we will be leaving this magnificent place.
Finally, we were escorted back to the camp area after the sunset view. The camp owner informed us about the final schedule for the day which included – to begin with traditional folk music concert, food, beverages, and games. We attended the traditional folk music show and trust me it was more interesting rather than listening to the regular songs. Most importantly the artist who was performing, he engaged all the visitors with small fun activities. Such as following the beats of the music, dancing, and some interesting contest.
To summarize, it was the best time I have ever spent in any sort of camp so far. Altogether an unforgettable journey with lots of good memories. Do let us know about your experience of traveling to Jaisalmer. Don’t forget to mention which place you liked the most in the comment section below.
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