Jaisalmer, the Golden City, gets its name from the magical sand castle that sits on Trikuta Hill. The moniker suits this city perfectly because, from a distance, Jaisalmer look like a gold leaf painting shimmering in the desert air. The vantage points around the main fort offer such breath-taking views of Jaisalmer, easily making it one of the prettiest cities in all of Rajasthan.
Desert splendour and ancient trade routes are synonymous with Jaisalmer’s history. Sonar Quila (Jaisalmer Fort) is a formidable citadel that one cannot escape while exploring the city. The descendants of the maharaja’s workers still live within the fort walls, and the yellow sandstone bastions and palaces are a sight to behold. The Old Quarter is sprinkled with intricately designed sandstone havelis, soft sand dunes, Thar hamlets and wind turbines.
One of the main reasons why people land up in Jaisalmer is to experience life in a desert camp. Jaisalmer is the go-to destination for camel safaris, desert camping and adventure sports. The Sam Sand Dunes and Khuri are popular destinations if you want to live the life of a nomad for a few days.
Because of the city’s popularity, how to reach Jaisalmer is not a big issue, at all. If you’re travelling in the winter months, make sure you book your tickets in advance to avoid the tourist rush.