Arising out of an enormous sandy waste, the "Golden City" of Jaisalmer, swathed in golden sands and dotted with old forts, huge havelis and extravagant temples, tots up as a perfect destination for the globe trekkers. Situated in the westernmost frontier, Jaisalmer is surrounded by Bikaner on the west and Jodhpur on the southeast. A visit to this fascinating city would leave you wonder-struck. The sight of yellow sandstone fort arising out of shimmering sands gives the amber tinted city its legendary 'golden' status. Just like the rest of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer too boasts of splendid tourist's attractions like the Jaisalmer Fort, Rajmahal, Nathmal-ki-Haveli, Gadsisar Lake and more. Once the treasure chest for the Rajputs and an important merchandise center, Jaisalmer still holds name for being the most important trade hubs in the country. The best way to explore the city is by camel rides. However, if you are looking for ways to reach the city, then traveling by rail, road or air could take you to Jaisalmer in great ease.
Traveling To Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer has an airport of its own, which is located just 5 km away from the city. This airstrip connects the city to other major cities of Jaipur, Jodhpur and New Delhi. However, this airport is under the supervision of the Indian Air Force and functions seasonally during the months of September and March. Therefore, if you wish to travel to Jaisalmer by air, then boarding a flight to Jodhpur and then taking a cab or a bus to Jaisalmer would be a more convenient way to reach the city. Jodhpur airport is situated at a distance of 285 kms away from Jaisalmer and is the next closest airfield to the city.
Jaisalmer is connected to Jodhpur by a broad gauge. Many express trains make a regular stopover at the city's station and connect you to other major cities of Agra, Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur and many more places. If you are not in a rush and don't mind spending time travelling in a leisure pace to enjoy the rustic views of India's country side, then you should definitely book a train ticket to Jaisalmer. However, if you want to experience a hi-end luxury travel, then boarding the 'Palace on the Wheels', which makes a customary stopover in Jaisalmer, would take you on a royal ride around the city.
Jaisalmer boasts of excellent roadways that connects the 'golden city' to nearby destinations of Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaipur, Barmer, Bikaner and even links the conurbation to the cities of Bhuj and Ahmedabad. You can book private buses and even opt for express or deluxe rides to ensure that you reach Jaisalmer in great comfort.
Whether you wish to travel around the city's alleyways or explore the town, opting for unmetered auto-rickshaws would take you anywhere in the city in reasonable rates. However, if you are a die-hard adventurer and love to explore the city on your own, then you can hire bikes or jeeps and check out the desertscape on your own. What's more, you can also avail camel safaris to explore the beautiful desert dunes in Jaisalmer.