Known as The City of Palaces, Jaisalmer, a historic Rajasthani
city founded by Rajput king Maharawal Jaisal Singh in 1156, is a
stunningly beautiful destination to stop off in when visiting north
India. From the city's finest hotels to its exquisite historical
landmarks and top-notch vantage points, we've selected top ten
things to do in Jaisalmer.
The Serai Desert Camp
For those looking to stay somewhere a touch more remote when
visiting Rajasthan, The Serai
luxury camp in the midst of the exotic, rolling sand dunes of the
Thar Desert is one of the most memorable hotels in all of India. At
night guests can cool off in candlelit, private plunge pools, while
the hotel hosts camelback day trips through the golden landscape of
A private plunge pool at The
Serai Desert Camp © The Serai
Jaisalmer in Jeopardy Tours
Those interested in the city's storied history and its many
incredible architectural wonders can connect with Mehra Dalton, a
Greaves guide and Chairman of the charity Jaisalmer in
Jeopardy. Her private viewings bring guests up close and
personal with parts of the city that are undergoing renovation.
Visitors can even meet the local architects behind the
Walking Tour of the Fort
No trip to Jaisalmer would be complete without a tour around its
fort, undoubtedly the city's most fascinating landmark. One of the
biggest forts in the world (almost one quarter of Jaisalmer's
populace lives within its walls), the incredible sandstone
structure dates back to the very founding of the city. Walking
tours show guests around its many fascinating corners, from temples
to artisan shops.
The golden-hued Jaisalmer Fort ©
Killa Bhawan Hotel
One of the best-kept secrets in Jaisalmer, the Killa Bhawan Hotel is a
petite boutique abode that's situated right within the fort's
ramparts. Within this unmatched location, the hotel offers richly
decorated rooms, done up with sumptuous fabrics and ornate details.
The sandstone structure's three terraces also provide beautiful
Barmer Embroidery House
Those looking to bring home an authentic memento from their time
in Jaisalmer should stop by the Barmer Embroidery House to pick up
an example of the extraordinary embroidery and textiles that the
area is known for. Filled to the brim with ornate bedspreads and
mirrored fabrics, it's a veritable treasure trove of beautiful
Colourful Rajasthani embroidery
Tea at the Hotel Surja
With some of the best views in Jaisalmer, Hotel Surja's rooftop
restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a cup of tea. Located
inside the Fort, the rooftop is simply one of the city's finest
places to take a pause and soak up the sights.
Rajasthan is home to a number of striking havelis, or historic
private mansions. In Jaisalmer, both the Salim Singh Ki Haveli,
built in 1815, and the Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli, dating back to the
late 19th century, display facades outfitted with
arches, carvings, and other finely detailed accents.
One of Jaisalmer's historic
havelis © iStock/Thinkstock
Kuldhara Abandoned Village
There are few things more fascinating than a ghost town, and the
Kuldhara Abandoned Village, located just outside of Jaisalmer, is
at once a beautiful and eerie monument to the past. Only
rediscovered in the 1990s, the ruins are infused with local
A garden complex on the outlying edge of Jaisalmer, Bada Bagh is
home to the cenotaphs of Jaisalmer's Maharajahs, who were
memorialised here beginning in the 18th century. The
rows of domed structures form a beautiful tableau against the
golden sand and brilliant blue skies of the region.
The cenotaph domes of Bada Bagh
Mihir Garh Hotel
On the road to Jodhpur, the lovely Mihir Garh Hotel is the
perfect place to spend the night after departing from Jaisalmer.
The boutique hotel, which hosts just nine suites, makes guests
comfortable with its private terraces, pools, and courtyards.
Jasialmer is included in our Ride
the Romantic Desert itinerary a luxury tour of
Rajasthan visiting the Thar Desert.