Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort

One of the best Living forts in the world

This is one of the major attractions in Jaisalmer. It is one of the most awesome and mesmerizing places in Jaisalmer. It houses a lot of homes, shops, eateries and other attractions inside it. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it is architectural and craftsmanship marvel. This palace is also known as the Golden Palace because it gives off a golden hue in the day time. At night, its attraction is no less due to the awesome lighting.

It is located at about 50 km from Khuri Sand Dunes and can be reached using cabs, private cars or even open jeeps. It also has a lot of other attractions nearby like Gadisar Lake, Tanot Mata Mandir, a lot of temples, desert safari, camel safari, etc.

This fort is a bustling place of bazaars, houses, etc. So, you can buy locally made, handcrafted, traditional clothes and things. You should also not miss to enjoy the awesome traditional food at various food stalls and restaurants.

Gadisar Lake

The most serene place in Jaisalmer

Gadisar lake was built in 1156 AD by Raja Rawal Jaisal, the first ruler of Jaisalmer. The lake was later rebuilt in 1367 AD by Gadsi Singh. It was the source of water for the people of this town in ancient times. This lake has many holy shrines, chhatris, and temples surrounding this lake. It also has an intricately carved entrance made of yellow sandstone, adding to its beauty and charm.

About 2 km from Jaisalmer Fort and 50 km from Khuri Sand Dunes, this lake is a must-visit if you love to spend some quiet time by the side of the water. It also offers enchanting views at sunrise and sunset. You can also plan to visit other nearby attractions like Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon ki Haveli, Jaisalmer War Museum, etc.

Gadisar Lake
Kuldhara

Kuldhara

The abandoned village (a heritage site by ASI)

Famous as the mysterious and haunted village, Kuldhara attracts visitors from far and wide. This haunted place was abandoned by its inhabitants one night, and no one knows about the reason. The eeriness continues to interest a large number of tourists nonetheless. It also has the lore that no one is allowed to stay here after sunset. The village has ruins and intact structures, giving a peek into the craftsmanship of earlier times.

Located at about 25 km from Jaisalmer and about 30 km from Khuri Sand Dunes, this place is a must-visit if you are a thrill-seeker. You can also plan to visit nearby attractions like the Jaisalmer Fort, the Khaba Fort, Gadisar Lake, etc.

Tanot Mata Temple

Temple of the local deity Tanot aka Awad Mata

Tanot Mata Temple holds massive importance for the Indian Army as well as for the people living here. During the Indo-Pak war of 1965, over 3000 bombs got fired at this temple. Even a bomb fell on the temple, but fortunately, it did not blast. People believe that the holiness of the place saved them from all the possible damage during the war.

Even today, you can see the artilleries, weapons, and vehicles preserved in a museum here, maintained by the Indian Army. This ‘Jaisalmer War Museum’ is located in Jaisalmer city and about 50 km from Khuri Sand Dunes. This place is a must-visit if you want more information about the war and want to feel the holiness.

You can also visit the Longewala War Memorial, Indo-Pak border, and other nearby attractions while planning a trip to Tanot.

Tanot Mata Temple
Salim Singh Ki Haveli

Salim Singh Ki Haveli

A heritage site known for distinctive architecture

Known to invite the envy of the king during its time, this Haveli is said to have been inspired by a dancing peacock. It is famous for its intricate carvings, its multiple balconies, its beauty, and much more.

It is also famous because it has been built by connecting the rocks using strong iron rods instead of cement and mortar. According to one of the beliefs, the king had ordered the removal of the top 2 stories of the structure because they increased height more than the palace itself.

The haveli is about 1 km from Jaisalmer Fort and about 45 km from Khuri Sand Dunes. It also has numerous attractions nearby, making it a perfect choice for multiple site-visit in a single day. You can take a stroll in the bazaar to buy handcrafted articles and gifts, enjoy the local cuisines, and have a leisurely time.

Patwon ki Haveli

A heritage famous for exquisite and intricate artwork

A masterpiece of art form and carvings on yellow sandstone, this attraction is one of the must-visits in your Jaisalmer tour. It is a cluster of havelis, which is currently under the care of the Rajasthan Government. It is a fine example of exquisite furniture, carvings, and architectural style. It also houses a museum and the works of local artisans of the bygone era. The havelis are even more beautiful from the inside and make a perfect spot for royal and exquisite pictures.

Patwon ki haveli is about 50 km from Khuri Sand Dunes and less than a kilometer from the Jaisalmer Fort. The haveli is located in the main city area and has several tourist attractions nearby like Salim Singh ki Haveli, Jaisalmer Fort, Galdisar Lake, etc.

Patwon ki Haveli
Longewala War Memorial

Longewala War Memorial

A showcase of Indo-Pakistani War of 1971

Longewala War Memorial holds immense importance due to the decisive Indi-Pak War in 1971. The famous Bollywood film “Border” also got inspired by this war. Here, you can also visit the Longewala War Museum. You can learn about the strategic moves of the Indian Army and how they made India victorious.

The place even more of a must-visit due to the nearby temple of Tanot Rai Mata. During the war, over 3000 bombs got fired by the Pakistan Army. Even a live bomb fell in the temple too. But, none of them created any massive damage. So, a lot of people put their faith in this temple and the deity. Even the Indian Army had undertaken the repair work after the war. It also maintains a display of the artilleries here till date.

The place is about 125 km from Jaisalmer and about 145 km from Khuri Sand Dunes. If you plan to visit here, you can also visit the Tanot Rai Mata Temple, Indo-Pak Border, and other attractions nearby.

Indo-Pak Border

An international border between Pakistan and India

The border between India and Pakistan is very long. Here, Laungewala and Tanot are two of the major posts. But, to visit the border, one need special permission from the Army Headquarter at Jaisalmer.

If you loved the Bollywood film ‘Border’, you must visit the Indo-Pak border. Here, you can experience the environment charged with bravery, sacrifice, and the desire to protect the motherland. This is why a lot of visitors return with increased respect and awe for the Indian Army. It is located at about 100 km from Jaisalmer and Khuri Sand Dunes.

Indo-Pak Border
Jaisalmer War Museum

Jaisalmer War Museum

Exhibiting the Saga of Indian Army

Jaisalmer War Museum is a must-visit for a true patriot. The Desert Corps battalion of the Indian Army maintains this museum. The museum gives a glimpse of the bleeding history of this border city. It honors the valor and sacrifices of the Indian Army.

Here, you can see the various artifacts connected with the wars, watch films on the war in the audio-visual room, and buy gifts from the souvenir shop. Some of the weapons on display have played crucial roles in the wars. There is an Honor Wall engraved with the names of brave soldiers who have received gallantry awards.

The museum is about 13 km from Jaisalmer and about 50 km from Khuri Sand Dunes. The peaceful surroundings make it a perfect spot for a day’s excursion. The presence of other nearby attractions makes an elaborate trip also a good idea.

Khaba Fort

Famous for intricate latticework & mysterious pathways

Khaba Fort is located near the abandoned Kuldhara village. It is a testimony to the lost glory of this place in ancient times. The fort is partially in ruin, but a lot of its structure is still intact enough to attract and mesmerize visitors.

Built-in the 13th century, the fort gives a beautiful panoramic view of the surrounding desert area. It also has intricate latticework, mysterious pathways, and much more. The fort houses a museum where you can view the archaeological artifacts found in and around the fort.

The fort is located at a distance of about 30 km from Khuri Sand Dunes in Jaisalmer. It is famous among tourists, wishing to visit a serene and historical place. If you are looking for a tour full of serenity and culturally royal experience, Khaba Fort is a must-visit.

Khaba Fort
Desert National Park

Desert National Park

One of the largest desert national parks in India

It is one of the largest desert national parks in India. It houses many species of desert animals, reptiles, and birds. This place is a perfect tourist spot if you wish to view various migratory and resident birds. Desert fox, Russel’s viper, hedgehog, etc are some of the desert creatures you will get to see here.

This national park also has dinosaur fossils from around 60 million years ago. It also has plant and animal fossils from about 180 million years ago.  The site is just about 16 km from Jaisalmer and about 45 km from Khuri Sand Dunes. You can also plan to have a halt at Kuldhara on the way if you wish to. Other nearby attractions are the Jaisalmer Fort, Nathmal ki Haveli, Lodurva Jain Temples, Desert National Park, etc.

Bada Bagh

A house of cenotaphs of the royal family of Jaisalmer

As the name suggests, this place is a big garden complex, housing cenotaphs of the royal family of Jaisalmer till the 20th century. Each cenotaph has an inscribed stone slab, having details about the person buried inside. It also has beautiful carvings, a lake, and a mango grove inside it.

It is situated on a small hill’s top and offers mesmerizing views of the sunrise and sunset. The sunsets look amazing here because they make the cenotaphs glow and look golden in color. You can also visit the Jait Bandh (a dam) and Jait Sar Tank (a reservoir).

The place is around 7 km away from Jaisalmer and about 55 km from Khuri Sand Dunes. You can book an open jeep to enjoy the surrounding view and have a different kind of drive to the place.

Bada Bagh
Lodurva Jain Temples

Lodurva Jain Temples

Popular for craftsmanship and exquisite design

Located at about 19 km from Jaisalmer and about 55 km from Khuri Sand Dunes, these temples are of Lord Parshvanath, Sambhavnath Swami, Rishabhnath, Hinglaj Mata, Chamunda Mata, and Lord Shiva. The original structure got destroyed by Muhammad Ghori in 1178 AD. The existing temple is a restoration and addition made by Seth Taru Shah in 1615, 1675, and 1687.

Similar to the temples of Mount Abu, these Jain Temples are also built-in Dilwara style. The fine craftsmanship and exquisite design of the temple are a testimony of the glory of ancient times. It holds importance for Jain communities and other tourists as well. That is why it receives a large number of visitors. Other nearby attractions are Bada Bagh, the Jaisalmer Fort, Desert National Park, Amar Sagar Lake, etc.

Wood Fossil Park

Fossilized woods, trees, dinosaurs, and much more

Also known as Akal Wood Fossil Park, this place is a window to peek into the wonders of nature. This fossil park is a must-visit if you love historic geological happenings. This place has fossilized woods, trees, dinosaurs, and much more from as back as 180 million years ago.

This Fossil Park is located about 19 km from Jaisalmer and about 60 km from Khuri Sand Dunes. This place is easily reachable with private cars, cabs, and jeeps. You can also use your vehicle to travel here.

It also has other nearby attractions like the Jaisalmer Fort, Khaba Fort, Nathmal ki Haveli, Patwon ki Haveli, etc.

Wood Fossil Park
Jaisalmer Government Museum

Government Museum

A house of fossils, sculptures, and various artifacts

It is a unique museum because it houses a variety of artifacts. It has fossils, sculptures, and much more on display. You should visit this place if you wish to get a peek at the history, the culture and life of this region. The entry fee to the museum is also nominal.

It is located about 50 km from Khuri Sand Dunes and has a lot of other attractions nearby. You can plan to visit the Khaba Fort, Amar Sagar Lake, Gadisar Lake, Patwon ki Haveli, etc. All these attractions are easily reachable in a hired cab, jeep, or private vehicle.