Jaisalmer Wanderer

Havelis, Camping Under The Stars, Desert Safaris - 8 Things You Cannot Leave Jaisalmer W/O Doing

Wondering how to spend your weekend? From hunting for witches to camping out in the desert, there’s so much to do in Jaisalmer! Here are the 8 things you absolutely have to experience in the Golden City.

1. Embrace The Wild Side With A Desert Safari

Jaisalmer is known for its proximity to the Thar Desert and going on a desert safari is one of the most quintessential experiences of this city! Whether you enjoy a leisurely ride on the back of a camel or feel the wind whip your face in a jeep, the safari is bound to be memorable. The vast stretches of golden sand dunes make for some excellent photography. For thrill seekers, adventure sports like off roading or dune bashing are also available here.

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2. Experience A High

The large red letters of the “Government Authorized Bhang Shop” at Khejer Para are impossible to ignore! The small shop sells Bhang Lassi, Cakes and Cookies with varying levels of bhang. Dr. Bhang, the owner, is always happy to tell you about the effects of bhang and what you should try. Proceed with caution and head on over!

Where | Bhang Shop, Khejer Para, Fort Road

3. Admire The Golden Fort!

Built by Maharawal Jaisal in the 12th century, the Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest and best preserved fortifications in India. The huge yellow sandstone structure is constructed on top of the Trikuta Hill and is truly a testament to the historical significance of Jaisalmer. This is one of the last ‘living forts’ in India where generations of families continue to live in havelis and shops!

Where | Fort Road

4. Boo-Yah! Head Out On The Chudail Trail

From cursed villages to restless spirits or chudails, you can hear the whispers of many terrifying stories in Jaisalmer. For those who are excited by the possibility of the paranormal, Jaisalmer provides the opportunity of some ghostly encounters! If you dare to go on the Chudail Trail you can visit the eeriest spots in the desert yourself like an old shamshan ghat, a haunted well and the abandoned village of Kuldhara. 

Where | Suryagarh Hotel, Kahala Phata, Sam Road
Know More Here | http://www.suryagarh.com/chudail-trail-2/

5. Spend Time At The Desert National Park

Spot the endangered Great Indian Bustard and appreciate the fragile ecosystem of the desert! Located about 40 kms from Jaisalmer, the Desert National Park happens to be one of the coolest protected sanctuaries in India. Waterbirds like the Sand Grouse can be observed near one of the three lakes in the park. Deers like Chinkara and Blackbuck as well as carnivores like Wolves and Desert Foxes can also be seen. You might even encounter a Viper! A treat for all nature lovers and photography enthusiasts, the Desert National Park is definitely worth a visit. 

Where | Myajlar Road

6. Explore Salim Singh’s Haveli

Salim Singh Ki Haveli is one of the old havelis of Jaisalmer that’s known for its amazing architecture. Built during the 19th century, this three storied structure is named after Salim Singh Mahto, the infamous Prime Minister of princely Jaisalmer. Check out the 38 distinct balconies and peacock shaped brackets under the roof. Some of the descendents of the original family continue to live here. You can even get a private tour of the haveli for a fee. 

Where | Amar Singh Pol 

7. Camp Out Under The Stars

The desert is stunning during the day but it has an altogether different charm at night! Camping is, understandably, one of the top activities to do in Jaisalmer and the sand dunes near the city are full of various desert camps. Watch the glorious sunset and count the stars as they come out. Bonfires, folk performances and delicious Indian meals are a guarantee in most desert camps near Jaisalmer. Lounge around or dance with your squad, knock back a drink or two and make memories of a lifetime!

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8. Feast At Pleasant Haveli

You can’t say you know a city till you’ve really tasted it. Pleasant Haveli is the epitome of Jaisalmer style eateries with some amazing Rajasthani food, haveli architecture and rooftop views of the city! Gorge on tender Mutton Jaisana or Laal Maas with buttery naans. Vegetarians need not worry, the Baigan Bhaji and Rajasthani Thali are just as mouthwatering. The restaurant also serves Continental and Chinese favourites. 

Where | Chainpura Street, Gandhi Chowk
Know More Here | http://www.pleasanthaveli.com/

Go check out these places and create some awesome memories!