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Places to visit in Jaisalmer in 3 days

Jaisalmer once stood at the crossroads of ancient trade routes, and flourished as a prosperous city in medieval times. Vintage charm and ethnic beauty are all that remains of those days, and can still be seen in many tourist spots in and near Jaisalmer. It’s not only royalty of those times that’s on display in Jaisalmer, but there is the untamed wilderness of the Thar Desert, and the rustic charm of its hamlets and its tribal folk. Let’s see which places we can see in Jaisalmer in 3 days.

And today in this post, we want to share a list if sites that one must visit if they are planning to book a Jaisalmer tour package and planned a 3 days trip to the Sun city of Rajasthan India.

Day 1

Havelis of Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer haveli

The havelis are vintage beauties, which give a glimpse into the rich mercantile history of Jaisalmer. Patwon ki haveli has amazing architecture and gorgeous paintings on its walls. Its jharokhas, arched gateways, and balconies have intricate carvings. Delicate lattice or jaali designs can be seen on the windows. Salim Singh ki haveli and Nathmal ki haveli are famous for their architectural styles and intricate carvings. Mandir Palace is a heritage structure and royal residence, noted for the artistic style of its lattice screens, and balconies with spectacular stonework.

Lake of Jaisalmer

Evenings is the best time to visit Gadisar Lake. The lake is perfect for boating and soaking in the soft rays of the setting sun. The shrines and temples around the lake are the perfect backdrop to take selfies. You can feed the catfish in the lake or even spot migratory birds flying across the sky.

There is a cultural museum close by, run by Mr. N.K. Sharma. A local of Jaisalmer, Mr. Sharma has a priceless collection of costumes, coins, postcards, and other artifacts. The star attraction is the puppet show performed by Mr. Sharma. It is an entertaining way to keep alive the dying local crafts of Rajasthan.

Day 2

The sand dunes of Sam and Khuri, near Jaisalmer, have endless stretches of golden sands. Here you can enjoy camel or jeep safaris, and sit lazily on the soft sands, gazing at magical sunrises and sunsets. A Jaisalmer desert safari cost for two comes to Rs 1000 for camel ride and Rs 1500 for jeep dune bashing. You will find many travel firms in Jaisalmer offers these safari tours at Sam and Khuri sand dunes.

Stay overnight in desert camps, and enjoy a cultural show of folk dances and music, performed by gypsies and tribal artists. Afterwards, visit the memorials at Bada Bagh and Vyas Chhatri. These memorials are made of yellow sandstone, and have umbrella-like domes, or chhatris. Close to Amar Sagar Lake, there is a Jain temple with superb stone carvings and elegant architecture.

Day 3

Spend your last day with a visit to Jaisalmer War Museum. The museum exhibits military vehicles, war trophies, guns and other memorabilia associated with the Indian Army. Its best attraction is the Hunter Aircraft that destroyed many enemy tanks.

You can also tour the famous Tanot Mata temple and Longewala Post. The temple deity, with her miraculous powers, is said to have prevented many bombs from exploding, and saved the lives of many Indian soldiers. The Longewala Post is the place where the actual war took place between Indian and Pakistani soldiers. After this visit, you can shop around the traditional bazaars of Jaisalmer.

And for our friends who are planning a Jaisalmer trip from Ahmedabad, we would suggest to visit Jaisalmer in November & October as these months are best in terms of weather. But be ready to pay extra on hotel booking, camp booking and safari tours.

Approaching a complex journey, and deciding how to share it…

From Old Author

There is no right or wrong when it comes to embarking on a project like this. For ten years adventures (and the stories generated by them) starting out as a hobby (or an urge) and slowly they became my living, my lifestyle and a core part of my being.

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But until now I haven’t travelled anywhere so complex. Softly tackling controversial issues like gun control in the States always attracted me especially when travelling in the South, but compared to this area of the Middle East gun control in the States is a black and white issue.

Here, there is grey everywhere. Or, if you’re in the West Bank, Zones A, B and C.

Leon and I agreed from the off that this was a chance to show a different side to the Middle East. A human story, unravelling as we walked. A chance for individuals and families to tell their stories far removed from the news headlines and stereotypes often pushed by global media and a chance for us to perhaps gain a little understanding of what happens (and is felt) on the ground.

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The Beginning

From Old Author

We wake at 5.15am. We only went to sleep at 1. There’s very little light in our room, which is fine by me – I’d happily stay asleep in the darkness forever. I have to remind myself: that’s an unhelpful attitude. This should be exciting! I bang my head on the low bathroom door of the hotel room and swear loudly. It’s day one of my journey on the masar, and my first word is an expletive. Continue reading “The Beginning”