If you are traveling to India take 2 days out specially for Jaisalmer Rajasthan. Ideal time is Jan 31 to Feb 2, when the Desert Festival is organised by the tourism deptt of Rajasthan state. The place has an ancient fort, 800 years old tobe specific, many heritage mansions (Havelis as they are called here) all built in golden sand stone which is the locally found. The fort is magnificient with 4000 families still staying inside it many of whom run hotels, restaurants, cyber cafes and handcraft items, souvenier shops, exotic indian spices shops. The Havelis are very interesting to see, magnificiantly built with beutyfull stone carvings, windows (zarokhas). The main haveli complex known as Patwa havelis have 5 havelis each built over a period of 12 years. Some of these are maintained by a private trust and by govt. Other havelis known as Nathmalji's and Salim Singh's are in very pathetic state not well maintained by the owners. It is very sad to see the present generation of one time ministers and aristocrate families strugling to live by running petty shops and collecting meagre entrance fees from the tourists. The desert festival is though a complete feast with many cultural programs full of performances by genuine and authentic folk artists. Rajasthan is a very colorfull place with lot of music and dance in the ives of people something I guess they required to balance the otherwise tough and monotonus desert life. The programs are however organised ina an open stadium and is very dusty and cold. Do not forget to carry dust-masks to wear around the nose and mounth and drinking water bottels and some warm clothes. For children it could be rather irritating due to noise and dust. There are many small and mid budget hotels with friendly and hospitable staff. Rajasthani people are very affectionate to their guests,infact their famous punchline "Padharo Mharo Des" means welcome to my country .Food is very cheap and full of variety. Try the local vegetables 'Ker Sangri' and 'Gatte ka sag'. While you stay here on one of the days you may travel to the actual desert area -Sam or Khudi villages at 40 KMs from the Jaisalmer town. Wath the sunset and take a camle ride if it amuses you. The first time you travel here will give you an impression of having time-travelled to a 500 years old place and you may still like to linger here for few more days or plan a future visit with quite and longer stay later.