My favourite state in all of India is Rajasthan, and I like to think that I now have a good sense of where everything is. I have come to the realization that Rajasthan’s tourist industry is dominated by Jaisalmer. Due to its abundant golden sand dunes and castles made of golden honey sandstone, this Indian State’s northwest region is known as the “golden city.” Even though I’ve made multiple trips to Jaipur, Pushkar, Jodhpur, and Udaipur, none of them come close to Jaisalmer’s golden city.
The city is dotted by a plethora of lakes, ornate Jain temples, and opulent Havelis. But let me tell you, this is only one side of the story, Jaisalmer is also renowned for offering an unconventional desert safari. The city offers comfortable accommodations in the midst of the enormous Thar Desert as well as a variety of adventurous pursuits to ensure that your stay is entirely unforgettable.
As soon as I came into Jaisalmer, my heart stopped because I was stunned. I felt the illusion that I had gone back in time several centuries. The fantasy of the desert and the potential for adventure in the sandcastle fort made this seem like something from a fairy tale. When visiting Jaisalmer, many tourists lament that it is “too touristic,” but that is not an issue if you are travelling with thrillophilia.
It is undoubtedly something you cannot miss when visiting India, and this guide will ensure that you take in all the must-see attractions as well as some of the city’s best-kept secrets.
Begin the journey at Jaisalmer Fort.
Simply exploring this magnificent fort was my favourite activity in Jaisalmer out of all I did. The Jaisalmer fort, also known as Sonar Quilla or Sone ka Quilla (golden fort), is one of the biggest forts in the world and is situated in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. This fort includes everything, including the city palace, temples, cafés, and market booths. I read several thrillophilia reviews before visiting and learned that it is totally free to enter and that it is a live fort. I felt that the fort was like a small hamlet with everything you need inside. You genuinely feel as though you have travelled back in time to a distant, old world as you approach the fortress gates.
Take in the panoramic view of the golden city.
The majority of the cafés and restaurants in Jaisalmer Fort are designed with sunset viewing areas in mind. Almost every sign will either say “sunset view” or “city view.” If dining or drinking in the fort weren’t your things, you should certainly check out the large cannon sites. These offer the finest chances for photos without a doubt.
Get lost amid the medieval market streets.
When you’re strolling about the Jaisalmer fort, it might sometimes feel like a maze, but don’t worry—you’ll discover magic around every turn. These well-known street markets take you through the Golden City’s charming rustic side while letting shopaholics savor the spirit of the Rajasthani culture, which draws tourists from across the world to this vibrant paradise.
There are marketplaces where you may buy everything you want, including clothes, shoes, rugs, antiques, and more. I headed directly to Pansari Bazaar since I was looking for some incredible home décor goods, as advised by the thrillophilia reviews. I learned that it is the Jaisalmer Fort’s comfortable 4-minute stroll from the market, which is the city’s oldest.
Admire Patwa Haveli’s carving work.
These Havelis are breathtaking from the outside and include some of the best Jaisal carvings. Inside, you may see what affluent living was like in bygone Rajasthani times.
Even though there are three Havelis altogether, only the Kothari’s Patwa Haveli Museum is actually worth seeing. Since it is privately sponsored, it is kept better than the other two government museums, which are currently home to nothing but dirt and rats.
Discover Bada Bagh
It’s a photographer’s dream, as thrillophilia reviews told me, and it certainly was. To obtain the finest lighting, it is recommended to come here during dawn or sunset. Since it is around 5 kilometres outside of the city, it is recommended to hire a tuk-tuk to get you there. If your alarm clock goes off at 5.30 am, it is even more important to get one in advance! It cost me around 300 rupees to get here and return with an entrance fee of 300 rupees per visitor.
Select private dunes instead of Sam Sand Dunes.
The closest and most well-known are Sam Sand Dunes, which receive more than 400 visitors each day. For me, experiencing more isolated dunes was necessary because I wanted to shoot amazing photos and, more importantly, spend time there by myself without any other visitors around. On my trip across the sand dunes, I actually didn’t come across any other people. Aside from the fluffy dog who belonged to the camel owner and followed us around, leaving his paw prints over pristine sand dunes, hehe!
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It was the ideal location for the sun to set, and it ranks among my favourite Indian travel memories.