Museum, Military Museum
The Jaisalmer War Museum covers the history and journey of the Indian Army and its contribution in the 1965 Indo-Pak War and the 1971 Longewala battle.
The museum pays homage to those who lost their lives defending the country and has a memorial made from the murals of these soldiers. The memorial also has an audio-visual theatre where a movie on the battle of Longewala is showcased.
Highlights include: Army weapons including the 106 mm Recoilless Gun (main anti tank weapon) used in the Indo-Pak war.
Jaisalmer War Museum
View Point, Historical Site, Architecture , Fort
The Jaisalmer fort was the former Maharajas Palace and till today maintains its royal ambience and architecture. The Whole palace is carved out in Sandstone and even though much of the palace is going through restoration work, you can still see the bedroom, the silver coronation throne, the royal bed, local stamps and banknotes, sculptures and weapons kept in the museum. Dont forget to see the city from the gorgeous Balconies that adorn the fort
Religious Site, Temple, Architecture
Goddess Tanot (to whom the temple is dedicated), is believed to be the reincarnation of Goddess Hinglaz. The temple itself was constructed in 847 AD and has a very unique story.
During the Indo-Pak war, the whole area was subjected to bombings from Pakistan. However, the bombs that fell in the vicinity of the temple did not explode and many of the Indian soldiers that took shelter here were unharmed
Shri Tanot Mata Temple
Religious Site, Temple
Dating back to the 12th and the 15th century, the Amar Sagar temples are dedicated to Rikhabdevji and Shambhavdev Ji The famous Jain Tirthankars (Hermits). The beautiful temples are carved in yellow sandstone in Dilwara style (derived from Dilwara Temple on Mount Abu) and you can see the signature layout to maximize natural air-ventilation while still maintaining it elaborate beauty
Amar Sagar Jain Temple
Historical Site, Palace, Architecture , Heritage Building
Patwon Ki Haveli is another example of the royal splendor of Jaisalmer. The Haveli isnt just the one Haveli thought. There are five different Havelis in one giant complex that makes it an undoubtedly extra-ordinary experience.
The Buildings are incredibly intricately decorated inside and out. The metallic carvings, stone sculpture and the detailed lattice work are sure to leave you absolutely enthralled for hours together. It is undoubtedly an architectural marvel and tourist will love to see its rustic, regal beauty in all its glory
Patwon Ki Haveli
View Point, Historical Site, Palace, Architecture
The Badal Mahal is an interesting place to see within the city of Jaisalmer. If you are fascinated with the richness of Rajasthani Architecture however, this place is a definite must see.
You will be able to see the arched balconies in several places in Rajasthan but nowhere else will you find this mammoth 5 tiered mammoth of a building where each level has its intricate carvings and arched balconies.
Outdoors, Waterfront, View Point, Lake
This Lake is another iconic attraction in Jaisalmer. The lake, constructed into the hot arid desert is one of the most refreshing sight you will get to see. A boat ride in the famous GadiSar lake is a must do experience for any Jaisalmer tourist.
It isnt just the lake that is tranquil and calm that is the real attraction. Several enclosures have been built in the water by the maharajas. These make for stunning sights amidst the green waters of the lake.
Village, Historical Site, Adventure
If you are the adventurous kind, this place is sure to suit you. But beware, you will need a lions mighty heart to visit this place. Legend says that this secluded abandoned village near Jaisalmer is cursed by the ghost of an ancient priest.
Whether you believe that or not, the place certainly has a desolate and eerie look to it that might be exciting for some and yet terrifying for others. Either way, the ruins of the old village settlements are certainly worth the visit. The typical old houses of the villages with the tiny steps and handmade brick walls have a rustic charm that cannot be denied.
Kuldhara Abandoned Village
08:00 am - 07:00 pm
Built in remembrance of the heroic war fought by the Indian Army and the Air force to protect the nation from an attack from Pakistan in 1971, the Laungewala War Memorial is akin to touching a part of Indian Defence history.
On 4th and 5th of December in 1971, the Indian army, under the guidance of Major Chandpuri combined forces with the Indian Air-force led by Wing Commander MS Bawa to take over the unexpected attack of Pakistan and destroyed 37 tanks to successfully defend the country. Two of tanks are still kept here near the memorial. Visit the place to pay your respects to the brave soldiers of 23 Punjab, 20 Lancers and the BSF who fought one of the toughest invasions in India.
Longewala- The Battlefield
National Park, Nature, Bird Watching
Located 60 kilometres from Jaisalmer city, the Desert Nation Park is one of the largest national parks in India. The park covers an area of 3162 square kilometres and eventhough the temperatures are not ideal, you can see a variety of flora and fauna here.
The park is the only place where you can see Great Indian Bustard, and spot the Khejri tree and Rohida trees. The fossils found here date back to the Jurassic period and signify a densely forested area that has transformed to the present day desert.
Desert National Park
Outdoors, Camp, View Point, Safari
About 40 Kilometers from the main town, the Sam Sand Dunes are an absolutely stunning natural phenomenon that is a definite must see. When you think of Rajasthan the lovely Thar Desert and this place epitomizes the amazing ethereal beauty that the desert has.
The Sam Sand Dunes are probably best explored on foot as the sand is soft and beautiful but this will get extremely tiring. You can hire a jeep or SUV or take a camel back ride around the area. It is certainly worth the while to view the lovely dunes in the vast and wonderful desert.
Sam Sand Dunes
Ancient Ruin, Historical Site, Architecture
The BadaBagh is just 6 kilometers from the main city centre and a gorgeous place to see in Jaisalmer. This sprawling area has some of the most beautiful old Rajasthani buildings you will get to see. Although some of them are merely ruins, most of them have endured years and years of wear and tear, that make them exceptionally lovely treats for the history lover and the architecture enthusiast.
Art And Culture, Museum, Entertainment, Performance
If you want to experience all the arts, crafts dances and music of Rajasthan all in one place, the Desert Cultural Center is the best place to do it. The place does an amazing job of bringing that old and rustic charm to life.
The place is frequent host to performances that illustrate the lively traditions of Rajasthan. This lovely area also has the fascinating puppet shows that Rajasthan is so famous for. They also have a museum where you will be able to see an astonishing number of artefacts coins, manuscripts and the like that are sure to enthrall anyone.
Desert Cultural Center Jaisalmer
Waterfront, View Point, Walking Area, Lake
Located near the 17th century Amar Singh Palace, the Amar Sagar Lake adds a rather striking scenery to the barren desert.
The calm waters of the lake form a picturesque backdrop to the magnificent castle and offers paddle-boating for visitors. The shore is lovely to walk around while the whole view of the surrounding Mahal and the Jain temple, provide the picture perfect moment.
The place is ideal to beat the heat when in Jaisalmer.
Museum, Specialty Museum
The Thar Heritage Museum has a rare collection of ancient coins, photographs, manuscripts, weapons, ethnic clothes, colourful toys, historical settings including various tools of the trade, artefacts and musical instruments that represent Rajasthani culture and history.
The entertaining puppet show arranged here every evening is a highlight and is when you can see locals visit with their children
The Thar Heritage Museum
Historical Site, Architecture
This stunning marvel of royal Rajasthani architecture is certainly worth a visit. Salim Singh must have been a lucky man to have this gorgeous piece of architecture to his name. In truth, it was commissioned by this Prime minister in the Jaisalmer province.
The amazing architecture is perhaps the most stunning of the era. The arched balconies, the intricate carving and embellishment, the lovely steps and the piece the resistance, the peacock shaped roof structure make this place a must visit in Jaisalmer. Seeing such beauty is undoubtedly a once in a life time experience and you shouldnt miss it for the world.
Salim Singh Ki Haveli
Historical Site, Architecture
The Vyas Chattri is a lovely place a bit far from the city much loved by photography enthusiasts and highly recommended by the tourists. The place is quite stunning and the monuments or the chatris are an exceptional piece of Rajasthani Architecture.
Entertainment, Market, Street Market, Streets
Gandhi Chowk Street buzzes by heritage homes that house small shops and are connected by narrow streets. The whole street is loved for its shopping experience and you can buy some rather interesting items like Antiques, Silver Jewellery, Art and Leather goods for a good bargain.
The place itself is adorned by intricately carved houses that add to its beauty and gives you ample of shade from the hot sun!
Gandhi Chowk Street
Hotel, Leisure, Architecture
The Mandir Palace used to be the residence of the rulers of Jaisalmer for more than two hundred years. Today the palace is converted to a luxury hotel and is one of the best examples of architectural and interior craftsmanship.
The Badal Vilas structure that can be seen prominently standing out in the citys landscape, is the highlight and is the tallest structure on the hill!
Art And Culture, View Point, Historical Site, Palace
Nathmalji Ki Haveli is yet another lovely feat of architecture in Jaisalmer. The place is simply stunning and takes to back to the glorious era when Rajasthan saw royalty like no other place has before.
One word that describes this place is its extravagance but that doesnt mean that the building is in anyway gaudy. Detailed work and extremely richly crafter arches make it a breath-taking sight unlike any other in the country. The windows, the exterior and the pictures engraved on the walls make this place an absolute treat for the eyes.
Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli
Historical Site, Performance, Architecture , Photo Gallery
Pokhran fort lies in the village of Pokhran not far from Jaisalmer. If you are looking for a days outing from the city, this would be your best bet. Interestingly, the fort still belongs to the royal family but its gates have been opened for tourists to see and experience.
Being under the care of the royal family, the place is one of the best preserved of all the forts you will see. There are a large number of artifacts and paintings on display. The rich history and architecture of the Pokhran fort makes it a paradise for the lovers of History and culture.
The Surya Gate is one of the gates that lead to the famous Jaisalmer Fort made in the 12th century. The beautiful gate is the second in a series of 4 gates and is a rather narrow gate (to monitor and prevent entry of enemies by large numbers) with beautiful stone carvings that adorn its walls.