Jaisalmer Sightseeing

Jaisalmer Sightseeing

The “Golden City” Jaisalmer has an intricate sandstone streetscape with a beautiful maze of shops and restaurants.  It is a city steeped in history for breathtaking architectural design.

Here is a list of places to visit in Jaisalmer; however, the magic of this city is best captured through guided tours. If you like, we are more than happy to organize these for you.

Jaisalmer Fort, Rajasthan

Jaisalmer Fort – 1 km from the hotel

Jaisalmer Fort rises like a sandcastle out of the desert, standing 250ft (76m) above the city.  The impressive structure is the heart of Jaisalmer city. Interestingly, almost one-fourth of the old city’s population still resides within the fort, therefore, making it one of the few remaining “living forts” in the world. It once contained the King’s palace but now the city residents inhabit it.  There is a maze of winding streets within the walls like one rambling bizarre.  Moreover, there are wonderful lookout points offering a glimpse of old cannons that were once used to protect the fort.  From these vantage points, you can take in sweeping views of Jaisalmer city below and out beyond to the desert.

Jaisalmer Palace

Jaisalmer Palace – 1 km from the hotel

Situated inside the fort is the former residence of the Royal Family that has been converted into a museum showcasing royal artifacts that give a glimpse of the historical life of the Royals in this region.  The intricate carvings are impressive but the sweeping views from the rooftop are perhaps the highlight of the building.  Wandering through the palace you can’t help but imagine what life would have been like in the regal era.

Patwon ki Haveli in Jaisalmer

Patwa Ki Haveli - 1.8 km from the hotel

Standing tall amidst a narrow little lane, Patwa Haveli is ostentatious and the most magnificent of all Havelis in Jaisalmer. With creative mirror work, and stone carvings as intricate as honey-colored lace, Patwa Haveli is wonderfully evocative of 19th century Rajasthan. It was built between 1800 and 1860 by the Patwa brothers, who were brocade and jewelry merchants.

Salim Singh Ki Haveli Jaisalmer

Salim Singh Ki Haveli - 1.2 km from the hotel

Salim Singh Haveli was built in 1815 by then prime minister Salim Singh. It is a sight to behold with 38 intricately carved balconies and a roof that is arched in the shape of a peacock. At the entrance, you are greeted by two elephants carved from stone, and the walls are lined with imperial paintings.

Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli

Nathmal Ki Haveli - 1.6 km from the hotel

This Haveli was once the residence of Prime Minister of Jaisalmer, Diwan Mohata Nathmal. Built-in the late 19th century, this haveli is ornately decorated with stunning carvings. What makes this Haveli so interesting is that it was designed by architects Hathi and Lulu, who were brothers. Each brother designed a different wing, and while the works are similar, they are not identical and showcase the competitive craftsmanship of the two brothers.

Gadisar Lake, Jaisalmer

Gadisar Lake - 1.2 km from the hotel

Gadisar Lake is a scenic rainwater lake surrounded by ghats, shrines, and small temples on embankments. This artificial lake was excavated in 1367 by Rawal Gadsi Singh as a reservoir to be the primary water source of Jaisalmer. You can now hire paddle boats to explore the lake. It’s a favorite attraction for locals and tourists to watch the sunset over serene water, with gentle reflections of the impressive temples and shrines.

Tazia Tower and Badal Palace

Tazia Tower and Badal Palace - 1.4 km from the hotel

The Badal Palace has a cloud-like appearance and the Tazia Tower rises from it.  Each of the five stories of the tower has uniquely crafted balconies, reflecting the architectural styles of the time.  The design is magnificent and each floor contains elements representing the royal families who once inhabited it. This tower is quite different from the usual Rajputana architecture of Rajasthan and a favorite amongst local and international travelers keen on architecture, history, and design.