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15 best things to do in Jaisalmer for a unique experience

By Rajoo - June 23, 2020
Jaisalmer Fort - The "Sonar Quila "

Jaisalmer, named after Maharaja Jaisal Singh, is one of the most popular historical places in Rajasthan. Located amid the Thar desert, the city is known for its rich heritage, traditions, and culture. Especially its adventure sports, fascinating safaris, and camping add to the rich experiences in Jaisalmer.

15 best things to do in Jaisalmer

The best time to visit Jaisalmer is from November to March offering comfortable weather. Lot of tourists get attracted to the vibrant desert festivals that happen in February. Here is an interesting list of the best things to do in Jaisalmer on your next Rajasthan vacation.

  • Sightseeing
  • Jaisalmer city tour
  • Boating
  • Shopping
  • Parasailing
  • Paramotoring
  • Quad biking
  • Dune bashing
  • Desert safari & camping
  • Indo-Park border
  • Admire the wildlife
  • Puppet show
  • Rajasthan cuisine
  • Desert jeep safari
  • Camel safari

1. Sightseeing

Jaisalmer fort
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Jaisalmer is known for the grand fort that pulls a lot of tourists and is one of the mainstream tourist attractions in Jaisalmer. Forts namely inter alia, Jaisalmer Fort, Gadisar Lake, Patwon Ki Haveli, Sadar Bazar, and Desert National Park make up this list. Taking a city sightseeing tour is one of the most preferable things to do in Jaisalmer along with Desert Museum and Heritage Museum if you have time in hand.

2. Jaisalmer City Tour

Jaisalmer city
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Take a guided photography tour, to capture the best glimpses of the royal Jaisalmer and its favourite attractions. This tour will take you through the lanes, Havelis, temples, & forts, you can also try a few cafes in Jaisalmer while you are touring the city.

3. Boating

Gadisar Lake Jaisalmer
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One of the most popular Jaisalmer attractions is the Gadisar Lake. This man-made reservoir was built and named after Maharawal Gadsi Singh in 1367. Boating here is one of the refreshing activities that you can take as it is one of the best things to do in Jaisalmer with families and friends.

4. Shopping

Jaisalmer shopping
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Shopping is one of the best things to do in Jaisalmer as shopaholics have vibrant options for shopping in Rajasthan. Shopping in the fort city is definitely among the best things to do in Jaisalmer as it offers multiple options and varieties of handmade products including clothes, jewellery, accessories, bags, footwear, etc. You can shop for things like Rajasthani textiles, local handicrafts and camel leather items. One of the suggested places to shop in Sadar Bazaar, Bhatia Bazaar, Manak Chowk, and government-owned Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan in Seema Gram.

5. Parasailing

Flying high above the desert and enjoying a spectacular bird’s eye view is one of the must-do things when you are in Jaisalmer calming your mind and soul. This thrilling parasailing activity is quite common in the desert areas and one of the offbeat things to do in Jaisalmer. Most of the desert camps organize this activity.

6. Paramotoring

For those who wish to make the Jaisalmer trip daring and adventurous, Paramotoring is among the must-try adventure activities in Jaisalmer. This motor-powered parasailing makes you fly high above the sky witnessing views of the golden sand dunes, you can also click pictures and crazy selfies. This adventure sport is extremely safe and secured as the pilot will be with you to control the vehicle.

7. Quad Biking

One of the most thrilling things to do in Jaisalmer is Quad Biking due to its perfect sandy terrain and space. Riding in an enclosed circuit in a quad-bike, is one of the best things to do in Jaisalmer when it comes to adventure activities. The dusty whirlpool created by the ATV’s motion adds to the thrill factor.

8. Dune Bashing

The sand dunes of the Thar Desert are perfect for bashing and off-roading activities.  A large sports utility vehicle, such as the Toyota Land Cruiser or the Fortuner 4X4, is used in this adventure sport. This is done under strict professional supervision as dune bashing and off-roading may include sharp overturn and competent manoeuvring skills.

9. Desert Safari And Camping

One of the popular things to do in Jaisalmer at night is taking a desert safari and staying overnight in a desert camp. Travellers can take evening safaris enjoying Rajasthani folk music & dance performances, followed by a sumptuous local cuisine buffet dinner, along with spectacular dunes and watch the sun setting behind the dunes. The desert camps are other major tourist attractions in Jaisalmer and offer all modern facilities needed for the stay. Popular desert camps are The Serai, Royal Desert Camp, and Prince Desert Camp.

Also read: Best Camping Sites in Jaisalmer – The Golden City

10. Indo-Pak Border

One of the most popular things to do at Jaisalmer is visiting the Indo-Pak border. Located near the Tanot Mata Temple, the Indo-Pak border is among the most sought-after tourist attractions in Jaisalmer. Travellers can visit the Indo-Pak border with prior permission and permit passes from the Indian Military.

11. Admire the Wildlife

Chinkara Desert
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One of the other top things to do in Jaisalmer city is admiring the wildlife. Desert National Park is located in the western part of Rajasthan, sprawled in an area of 3162 square kilometres of rocky surfaces, sand dunes and salt lake bottoms. You can find different animals here like Indian Fox, Desert Cat, Chinkara, and the state bird of Rajasthan, the Great Indian Bustard.

12. Puppet Show

Watch a puppet show in the Desert Culture Centre and Museum, When in Jaisalmer. It is a 40 minutes show that lets you take a sneak peek into the traditions and culture of Jaisalmer. You must include puppet shows in your list as it is one of the top things to do in Jaisalmer.

13. Rajasthan Cuisine 

If you haven’t tried spicy dishes from Rajasthani cuisine, a trip to Jaisalmer is incomplete. You cannot miss out on Mirchi, Bada, Pyaaz Kachori, Lauki Ke Kofte, Kicha ki Sabji and the famous Dal Bati Churma. To end your meal, you can gorge on Ghotua Ladoo to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Suggested Read: Best Restaurants in Jaipur – The Authentic Delicacies of Rajasthan!

14. Desert Jeep Safari

The Desert Jeep Safari in Jaisalmer takes one through deserts and villages of Rajasthan. One can drive through the golden Thar desert and get insight into the daily village life. There are various tours that one can opt. You can take a day out for a desert jeep safari tour and have a great time driving through the golden dunes.

15. Camel Safari

Thar Desert- Jaisalmer
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Jaisalmer, the desert city is known for the camel safari. Camel safari is one of the must-do things in Jaisalmer. Thar desert, an endless stretch of golden sand is a beauty to witness during the safari that happens to be one of the must-experience activities in Jaisalmer. There are multiple operators offering desert safari in Jaisalmer and you can choose any from amongst them.

The list of things to do in Jaisalmer looks quite fascinating. Be sure to choose your pick before you plan a holiday in Jaisalmer. Check some of the best holiday packages and book your getaway now with Pickyourtrail to experience the maximum possible things to do in this Golden City of Rajasthan. You can also have a look at more information on tourist attractions in India and plan your vacation!