Jaisalmer is about as far west of India. It’s incredibly dry, hot, and isolated. So what is it that brings people to a city a stone’s throw away from the Pakistan border?
The ‘ Golden City’ as it has come to be known as a majestic place.
Situated right in the heart of Thar desert, it gets the name Golden City due to its bounteous sand dunes, sandstone buildings, camel rides, and royal Havelis.
Jaisalmer is nothing short of a scene straight out of Arabian Nights.
So let’s have a look at the 5 best things to do in Jaisalmer
1. Jaisalmer Fort
It is nestled and famous for the golden sands of the Thar Desert, which is not just a fort but a mini-town with houses and dhabas serving delicious daal baati.
The yellow sand dunes surrounding the fort, create a perfect ambiance for a camel safari or a jeep safari. The cascading sand of the desert makes sand surfing very exciting. You could find some shops for your souvenir shopping too.
Ever wondered how life would be like in those medieval times where people stayed inside the fort while the King’s men protected the borders?
This being one of the live Forts of the country, half the population still resides inside and you can get a chance to experience the same.
2. Sam Dunes
It is surely one of the most popular excursions in the city. The dunes are undeniably among the most picturesque in the region.
Some people like to camp here, and some just roll in for sunset, to be chased across the sands by camel owners offering short rides.
At night you could sit on the charpai and gauge stars with your friends at some of the most luxurious camping in the desert.
3. Kuldhara- The Haunted Village
It is one of the most interesting and intriguing attraction sites that you should absolutely include in your list.
The village is rich with its fair share of legends and myths, is said to be one of the most spooky and haunted villages in India.
There have been stories of ghostly and paranormal activities in and around the village.
Must visit if you wish to be surrounded by an air of mystery.
Through paranormal investigators, it is far by called as one of the most haunted places in India. (Bhangarh no longer comes in the list of one of the most haunted places in India)
4. Tanot Temple
There are places that hold so much of elegance but are rarely visited because of the locations they are put up in. Tanot temple is one such hidden gem.
Located in close proximity to the international border with Pakistan and around 120 km. from Jaisalmer, the Tanot Mataji Temple is also a must-visit place in the Jaisalmer circuit.
Fun Fact: The Tanot temple is known for a miraculous coincidence that took place during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. Despite the shelling of 3000 bombs from the Pakistan border, not one exploded in the vicinity of the temple. The unexploded bombs are to date treasured there.
Club your visit to the temple with the Longewala War Museum and you can save yourself a lot of time. The roads lead to both Longewala and Tanot temple is very isolated.
Ramgarh is the last recognized town on this route where you can find some semblance of decent eating options. Considering the long drive, keep yourself stocked with water and some light food for the journey.
5. Longewala Border
You must witness the battleground where the Indian army not only valiantly protected its post but also managed to inflict heavy losses on the Pakistani army. By the end of the war, the Pakistanis had lost nearly 200 soldiers, loss of 30+ tanks and 500 additional vehicles.
One could see endless sand dunes with hardly any vegetation. Once you get closer to the border area (civilians cannot go beyond the Longewala check post) you can see a couple of tanks, and other war vehicles that were used in the war.