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How to Spend 1 Day in Jaisalmer

How to Spend 1 Day in Jaisalmer

Deep in the desert state of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer is a magical spot, with an imposing old fort that resembles a sandcastle and beautiful city mansions, all against the backdrop of the golden Thar Desert. Jaisalmer is also a compact city, making it possible to experience the best it has to offer in just one day. Here’s how. 

Morning: Jaisalmer Fort

Start your morning off with a visit to Jaisalmer's star attraction: Jaisalmer Fort (also known as Sonar Qila, or Golden Fort). This towering sandstone structure is the second-oldest fort in the state of Rajasthan, dating to the middle of the 12th century, and it's been inhabited for centuries, with numerous Hindu and Jain temples, homes, and even a few guesthouses within its ramparts. The Jaisalmer Fort Palace Museum is a must-visit. Most Jaisalmer tours stop here, and visiting with a guide will make finding your way around much easier.  

Afternoon: HistoricHavelis

Stick around the fort for lunch before making your way out to the Patwon Ki Haveli, the largest in a group of fivehavelis (old city mansions) situated near the fort’s Gopa Chowk entrance; most full-day tours of the city head straight here after visiting the fort. The havelis were constructed in the 19th century by a family of wealthy Jain merchants, and each is built in its own original style. Inside, you’ll find intricately carved columns, arches, and balconies paired with lots of mirror work and intricate frescoes. 

Night: Sunset and Dinner in the Desert

While many visitors to Jaisalmer opt to stay in the desert overnight, you can still get a taste of the Thar with only one day in the city. The best way to do this is by joining an evening excursion out to Sam Sand Dunes, about an hour's drive out of town. It's an incredible spot to watch the sun set over the expansive desert, and most visitors opt to take in the scenery from atop a camel. Most evening excursions include a traditional Rajasthani dinner right in the desert, complete with a performance of folk dancing and music. 

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Private Full-Day City Tour of Jaisalmer visit Fort, Havelis and Camel Ride

Private Full-Day City Tour of Jaisalmer visit Fort, Havelis and Camel Ride

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Explore the highlights of Jaisalmer on a private full-day tour that concludes with a camel ride in the desert at sunset. Visit the honey-colored Jaisalmer Fort, picturesque havelis like Salim Singh-Ki-Haveli and Patwon-Ki-Haveli, and Gadisar Lake. Top it off with a trip to the desert to experience the sand dunes by camel. Includes a buffet lunch, private guide and vehicle, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Excursion: Half Day Safari Route Jaisalmer - Camel-safari - Jaisalmer

Private Excursion: Half Day Safari Route Jaisalmer - Camel-safari - Jaisalmer

Explore the “Golden City” of Rajasthan on a private camel safari to Jaisalmer. Visit local Dhani villages and learn about the culture as you make your way over yellow sand dunes to the medieval trading center. For those who choose the evening session, admire the sun set below the dunes while watching a traditional folk dance.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Custom Tour: Jaisalmer Sightseeing with Guide

Private Custom Tour: Jaisalmer Sightseeing with Guide

Jaisalmer is also known as the "Golden city of India". Situated in the heart of the Thar desert, Jaisalmer used to be a medieval trading center. It is a former princely state and is distinguished by its yellow sandstone architecture. It has vast cultural and structural heritage-- passed on from various generations of great rulers. Explore this royal heritage filled with the great palatial abodes of kings, museums and other breathtaking architectural marvels.
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  • 7 hours
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$77.95
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Cultural Show in Great Thar Desert

Cultural Show in Great Thar Desert

Dine under the stars of the Thar Desert while you watch a traditional Rajasthani song and dance performance with this tour out into the desert. You'll head out from Jaisalmer in the afternoon, stopping to explore the ghost town of Kuldhara along the way. You'll then head out to a desert camp where you'll have the option of going on a camel safari before sitting down to a buffet dinner next to a roaring fire while you watch local performances.
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  • 10 hours
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