Jaisalmer is a beautiful border city lying on the western end of the country offering plenty of things to do and places to visit for tourists across the world. When looking for activities to do in Jaisalmer, you will find something to do for every one. If you like the wilderness, then a camel safari in the Thar desert is for you. If you are more interested in the history of the region, a trip to the ruins of Kuldhara is a must. Camping at Sam Sand Dunes, Camel Safari, Visit Jaisalmer Fort, Boating at Gadisar Lake, Visit Kuldhara, Pray at Tanot Mata Mandir, Visit the Famous Bhang Lassi Shop, Visit the Salim Singh ki Haveli, Explore the Patwon ki Haveli, Visit Khaba Fort, Visit Tazia Tower and many more.
Amongst all the places to see in Jaisalmer, the Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest forts around the world. Located on the Tirukuta Hill, this fort was built by Rao Jaisal, one of the mightiest rulers of Jaislamer. Due to its location at the golden stretches of the Thar Desert, this fort is also known as the ‘Sonar Quila’ or the ‘Golden Fort’.
Fringed with several temples and shrines, the lake also serves as an ideal place for the birdwatchers. During the winters, it is flocked by different species of exotic and migratory birds. Shallow ghats, intricately carved cenotaphs and delightful gardens around this reservoir add to its splendid beauty, and are also one of the main reasons;
Patwon Ki Haveli
An architectural marvel in the streets of the city and marked by intricate carving and murals. Built in the 19th century, this Patwon ki Haveli is a combination of 5 different havelis in one single premise. It consists of a museum having rare artifacts, furniture work, miniatures, etc., used to be a hotspot for travelers all around the world.
Salim Singh-ki Haveli
Salim Singh-ki Haveli is built on an older structure. Having a unique architectural identity, the haveli’s roof is based on the peacock’s physical form and it lies within the vicinity of the Jaisalmer fort.Even though the tuskers are made of sandstone, the perfection of their size, shape and carving can make you believe them to be real!
Sam Sand Dunes
Sam sand dunes are indeed one of the most authentic desert dune sites in whole India and truly deserves to be on your list of things to do in Jaisalmer. Sam is 45 kilometres west of Jaisalmer city where you can reach by hiring a vehicle. You can book a camel or jeep well in advance or on the spot as they are also available at desert camps.
Desert National park
The terrain of this forest is multifaceted with craggy rock surfaces interspersed between the vegetation. The animals you can see here are the wolf, chinkara, blackbuck and desert cat. During the mornings, you can witness the abundant activity of early birds such as the grey partridge for instance.