If you want to experience desert in India, this is the place to be. The town is around 400 miles off Udaipur and 200 miles off Jodhpur. Jaish is reachable by car/ train/ bus. There are no direct flights to Jaish though the town has a military airport.
You get a very different experience @ Jaish. I have been to other places in Rajasthan such as Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaipur and Mount Abu. But Jaish is one of its kind.
First the Fort. This is perhaps the only fort wherein you will see close to 4000 people staying within the fort. A host of hotels are located within the fort. Its a unique experience living within the fort. Then there are attractions such as Gadisar. Lake and few others. You can go on shopping for dress materials etc. You can experience the folk songs of Rajasthan. They have many a unique musical instruments. Desert and sand dunes are also a different experience. You can get to stay in desert for a nominal sum and the facilities in the desert are real cool. The tent is kind of a 5-star one :-)
Now the cost factor. We boarded a bus from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer. There are buses between these two cities every 1 hour. The bus takes close to 5 hours and the cost is pretty nominal ( about 200/per head). There are two trains plying between Jaisalmer and Jodhpur as well. I donot know the ticket price though.
Staying in Jaisalmer. There are a host of hotels in Jaisalmer. The peak season is December when they charge some 30% extra mostly. We stayed in a fort hotel that cost us around Rs. 3000/- per night for 2 of us. This included breakfast and dinner as well. The rooms were clean and good.
The hotel guy itself arranged for a stay @ desert. Desert and sand dunes are about 30 miles off Jaisalmer Town. They had arranged a SUV to take us to the desert tent. There are few temples are some other sites to see on the way to the desert. After reaching the tent, we went for camel ride to the sand dunes. In the evening, the hotel had arranged for a rajastani folk song/ dance etc. which was very good.
The trip to desert including the SUV, tent, food etc. cost us Rs. 7000/- ( for 2 of us). So all in all the stay @ hotel and desert together came at a coool Rs. 10000/-
Well worth the trip. If any one plans to visit Rajasthan, do not given Jaish a miss. This is the place to see in Rajasthan. All the others, you can see any where else in India.