The term Jaisalmer conjures up images of complete enchantment and desert vigour. It looks like something out of an Arabian Nights story. Despite the warmth and color of the people, the inhospitable terrain is absolutely overwhelming. The imposing 12th-century Jaisalmer Fort is one of the key attractions. Jaisalmer’s exquisite havelis, which were built by wealthy merchants, are another fascinating feature of the desert city. On a camel safari, you may let your eyes caress the sloping sand dunes as you ramble across them. In the Thar Desert, the desert citadel is a golden fantasy. Rawal Jaisal, a Bhati Rajput monarch who founded Jaisalmer in 1156 AD, is the city’s name.
HOW TO REACH:
Air: Jaisalmer Domestic Airport is in Jaisalmer city & Jodhpur International Airport is the closest airport (300 km)
Train: Jaisalmer is connected to Jodhpur and Delhi by train, which in turn is connected to India’s major cities and towns.
Road: Motorable highways connect Jaisalmer to Ajmer (513 km), Barmer (153 km), Bikaner (330 km), Delhi (897 km), Jaipur (638 km), Jodhpur (290 km), Mount Abu (572 km) via Jodhpur and 440 km via Barmer, and Udaipur (563 km).
SHOPPING & AROUND:
If you don’t buy some traditional Jaisalmer mementos for your loved ones, your trip to Jaisalmer will be completed. In Jaisalmer, you may buy a variety of authentic Rajasthani handicrafts. Embroidery, Rajasthani mirror work, rugs, blankets, antiques, and old masonry are all popular in Jaisalmer. There are many shops to choose from, but try to go to ones that are owned and operated by the government. This will save you money that would otherwise have gone into the wallets of guides as commission. If you want to buy tie-dye and other fabrics, go to the Khadi Gramuddyog Bhavan, which is run by the government.
Bhatia Bazaar: Bhatia Market is a prominent bazaar in Jaisalmer where you can get a wide variety of unique things. The bazaar is known for bringing out Jaisalmer’s antique charm. Wallets, tapestries, cotton textiles, silk textiles, table cloths, oil lamps, belts, and many other products can be found in the Bhatia Bazaar. Tourists should know how to bargain when purchasing in Bhatia Bazaar. Bhatia Bazaar has attracted a considerable number of tourists throughout the years due to the variety of things available.
Sadar Bazaar: Sadar Bazaar is regarded not just for being a popular shopping destination, but also for capturing the essence of Rajasthan. The tourists recognize Jaisalmer’s Sadar Bazaar for being a place where both traditional and contemporary things are sold. Blankets, antiques, embroidery, puppets, tapestry, rugs, and other popular items may be found in the bazaar, which spans a large area. Shopkeepers, like those in other Jaisalmer retail districts, are notorious for charging exorbitant prices for their wares. Tourists who know how to haggle, on the other hand, can get the best deal.
Manak Chowk, Sonaron ka Bass, Gandhi Darshan, Pansari Bazar, Seema Gram, Khadi Gramudyog Emporium, and Rajasthani Government Shop are some additional notable shopping places in Jaisalmer.
Jaisalmer has a diverse cultural background, and as a result, it has a diverse cuisine. The western section of India has its own distinct food culture that is distinct from the rest of India’s cuisines. Try murgh-e-subz if you’re tired of the fatty, sticky foods served in Delhi. The murgh-e-subz, which consists of delicious, boneless chicken strips stir-fried with shredded veggies, is a must-try. Non-vegetarians have other options as well. Alternatively, try the ker sangri (desert beans with capers), a dish that is peculiar to a region that is traditionally vegetarian. If you find your stomach to be very sensitive then it’s better you try kadi pakora; flour dumplings cooked in yogurt sauce, or bhanon aloo, potatoes stuffed with mint paste and simmered in gravy. All of it washed down with the coldest beers and beverages available in the state.
In terms of fast-food restaurants, Jaisalmer boasts a plethora. Nirula’s, a well-known Indian fast-food brand, has already established itself in the city. Other prominent fast-food chains, like Pizza Hut, Pizza Corner, and McDonald’s, have also opened locations in the city.
Trio Restaurant: Located on a rooftop adjacent to the famed royal palace Mandir Palace, this is a great spot to try some delectable multi-cuisine cuisine. The stunning view of the Jaisalmer Fort, all lit up at night, from here is an extra bonus.
Recommended DishesTandoori thali Chicken kebabs. Location: Gandhi Chowk, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.
Chokhi Dhani in Jaisalmer: If you want to have a taste of traditional Rajasthani cuisine, go to Chokhi Dhani. It’s a great site to experience some of the most delectable Rajasthani dishes. The entire establishment has a Rajasthani village vibe to it, and you can partake in a variety of leisure activities before the elaborate supper is served, such as magic shows, folk dances, and camel and elephant rides.
Recommended Dishes Sangri Gatte ki sabziBajre ki rotiLehsun chutney. Location: Kanoj Village, Near Sand Dune, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.