Proudly called as the ‘Jewel of Rajasthan’, Jaisalmer is a hub for art lovers, culture enthusiasts and thrill seekers alike. Every year, the city comes alive with a mesmerising celebration of sights, food, culture and unique delights of the desert city. Thanks to the annual three-day ‘Jaisalmer Desert Festival’ that happens every year in the month of January or February. In 2019, the desert festival is being celebrated from February 17 to 19. Organised by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation, the festival beautifully showcases Rajasthan’s rich and colourful folk culture. The festival was started with the sole aim of exposing tourists to the gorgeous culture of Rajasthan. What to expect at the festival? Folk dance, music, puppeteers, camel races, acrobats, traditional processions and much more.
5 things to do in Jaisalmer
From the relaxing camel safari to the mesmerising sightseeing, and from parasailing to quad biking, Jaisalmer has a lot to offer. Here are five things to do in Jaisalmer.
Visit Jaisalmer Fort
Also known as the Golden Fort of Rajasthan, the Jaisalmer Fort was built in 1156 AD by Rajput ruler Raja Jaisal. The gorgeous fort stands tall and proud showcasing the amazing architecture. One-fourth of the city’s population resides within the fort. Jaisalmer Fort is also home to hotels, restaurants, temples, handicraft stores and a palatial palace.
A few minutes of walk from the fort leads you the ‘Patwon Ki Haveli’. The massive five-storied haveli was built by wealthy trader Guman Chand and his sons in the 19th century. The intricate stone and artwork are a highlight. Anyone can visit the haveli by paying an entry fee of a few hundred rupees. Salim Singh Haveli and Nathmal Haveli in the same area are also a must visit.
Go on a Camel Safari
When in Jaisalmer, a camel safari is a must. Riding through the rippling desert on camel and camping under the stars is an experience you can cherish for the entire life. The Sam Sand Dunes Desert Safari Camp is a hot tourist spot and is super crowded during the festival. Another popular location for a camel safari in Rajasthan is Bikaner.
Explore Local Heritage
Want to learn more about the local heritage? Jaisalmer is home to a number of small and privately-owned museums. One of the must-visit museums is the Thar Heritage Museum that displays coins, manuscripts, weapons, hunting items, royal memorabilia, and musical instruments.
Visit the War Museum
Popularly known as the JWM, Jaisalmer War Museum proudly displays war exhibits which include vehicles and equipment captured during the course of operations in 1965 and 1971. The museum is the brainchild of Lieutenant General Bobby Mathews, AVSM, VSM, General Officer Commanding, Konark Corps, with an aim to showcase India’s military history and wartime experiences. The museum is located on the Jaisalmer-Jodhpur Highway and is open on all days.