Around Jaisalmer

Around Jaisalmer

Venture into the desert and surrounds to find abandoned villages, an incredible temple, museums, and a royal cemetery.  We can plan a day tour for you with a personal driver to take you to the monuments.

Bada Bagh Cenotaphs – 8km from the hotel

Bada Bagh Cenotaphs means “Grand Garden” and perched on a desert hilltop is an incredible historic Royal Cemetery constructed by the Maharajas in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. They are beautiful sandstone turrets above staircases with amazingly intricate designs. Walking amongst them your imagination will run wild picturing an old majestic era. If you are looking to capture beautiful historic imagery this is a sight not to be missed.

Kuldhara Abandoned Village – 18km from the hotel

Once a thriving town, famous for being the last stop on the Silk Route in India, now stands in ruins and is believed to be haunted. The mysterious demise of this city has drawn treasure seekers from around the globe in search of the wealth that disappeared, as did its residents unexpectedly one night. Folk Law states that the King of Jaisalmer fell in love with a beautiful girl from Kuldhara and demanded that she be his. In response to the demands, Kuldhara is one of 84 towns that disappeared in a night taking nothing with them. What happened to the people remains unknown. Their amassed wealth of gold, silver, and jewels was left untouched and some are still believed to be buried amongst the ruins. It is now recognized as a world heritage site.

Jaisalmer War Museum – 10km from the hotel

The Jaisalmer War Museum hosts war exhibits from operations carried out by the Indian Army between 1965 and 1971.  There is an Audio-Visual room, two large display halls featuring vehicles and military equipment as well as a Hunter Aircraft from the Indian Air Force.  There is an Honour Wall engraved with the names of Param Vir Chakra and Maha Vir Chakra gallantry award winners.  This museum is a must for those interested in history or army artefacts.

The Jaisalmer War Museum is located on the Jaisalmer-Jodhpur Highway only 10 km outside Jaisalmer.

Tanot temple and Longewala War Museum – (Indian Tourists Only)128km from the hotel

Tanot Mata is an incarnation of the goddess Hinglai Mata.  This temple is perhaps most famous for its proximity to the Pakistan border, as tourists are unable to go beyond this point without the District and Military approval.  It is also close to the battle site of Longewala of the Indo-Pakistan War in 1971.  Modern folklore credits India’s success to this temple and the divine goddess Hinglai Mata.  Legend has it that during the battle hundreds of bombs were launched by the enemy and approximately 400 shells that fell near the temple failed to explode, thereby protecting the locals and soldiers. Many of the shells are displayed in the cabinet of the Longewala War Museum.

Longewala War Memorial is a small but great museum that gives credit to the historic battlefield where 120 Indian armed forces successfully held out against 3000 Pakistani soldiers with 40-50 tanks.  The Indian army managed to hold their position for over six hours while waiting for aerial support.  The museum contains weapons, models, ammunition, photographs, and uniforms.  However, the highlight is the documentary screened in a theatre within a bunker that recounts the battle as it unfolded.  A visit to this museum can’t help but instill pride in the efforts of the Indian Army.

Desert National Park – 65km from the hotel

This is one of India’s largest national parks, spanning 3162 km². The Desert National Park is an excellent example of the That Desert ecosystem. It is comprised of craggy rock terrain, compact salt lake bottoms, and sand dunes.  Despite the somewhat barren feel to this landscape, there is an abundance of birdlife in this area. Bird lovers would be hard-pressed to find a better place to spot the endangered great Indian bustard.  Other birds that may be sighted are eagles, harriers, falcons, buzzards, kestrel, and vultures. Aside from birdlife, the park also boasts a collection of plant and animal fossils over 180 million years old and some dinosaur fossils approximately 6 million years old. The best time to visit the park is between November and January.