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“Jaisalmer- The Desert Town” 5 of 5 stars
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“Jaisalmer- The Desert Town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2010

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.

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“Jaisalmer- Golden Desert of India”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2010

We traveled to Jaisalmer in late October driving from Jodhpur. We were welcomed with a cool shower as we entered the city past noon. The Golden Fort surrounded by Golden sandstone buildings give the place a unique look. The place is dotted with old highly ornamental havelis. We stayed at 'Mandir Palace' built by the king outside the Golden Fort to encourage people to start living outside the fort. The palace is a work of art by itself with a section converted to hotel and run by welcomheritage. The food was good and after a nice lunch we stepped out to explore the desert in a village called Khuri about 10 km from Jaisalmer. By now the rain storm had caused water current partially submerging the only road from Jaisalmer to Khuri. We decided to return back to Jaisalmer least the roads get completely washed away and we cannot return back. I later learnt that it was one of the rare occasions when it rains so heavily in Jaisalmer.

We returned to the city and went to the Golden Fort. By then the fort had already closed for tourist by 4pm. We returned to the hotel but enroute visited a nice shop in Hanuman Chowk which stocks Khadi and other items promoted by the Mahatma Gandhi. The Kurtas were very cheap and I picked up a nice Kurta. We later retired to the hotel for rest of the evening.

Next day we made our second attempt for Khuri in the morning. By now the sky had cleared up and the ride was very pleasant as the landscape became more and more dry, sparse and arid with occasional shrubs and shepherds tending their sheeps. As we approached khuri we saw beautiful tents that can be booked for Rs 4000 a night which comes with meal and folk dance entertainment at night. One can also take a ride on a Camel through the sand dunes.

After some fun and photography amidst the desert landscape we made our way back to Jodhpur.
A single night stay is enough for Jaisalmer and it is one of a kind of unique experience in India.

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“Jaisalmer - desert town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2010

Jaislamer itself is rather a small town (especially by Indian standards), but still quite dirty, with plenty of trash lying all over the city, cows strolling here and there. The most important tourist site is definitely the Jaislamer Fortress. It is not an easy thing to get to the Jaisalmer (journey takes about 18 hours by train form Delhi), but it is definitely worth it.

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“Seeped in tradition. Lives upto its name - the Golden City”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2010

Best way to reach Jaisalmer is via Jodhpur. Fly in our come by train to Jodhpur and from there it is 286kms. The road is good and hardly any traffic - we reached the distance in 4 hours - which is dream on most Indian roads. When in Jaisalmer, you get what you expect and more !! The city is miniscule compared to other indian cities - population of just around 78,000. You drive for 5 minutes and you are out of the city. But what strikes you is the Golden hue the city has. All buildings, including the Jaisalgarh fort, are made of sandstone. Sam Dunes are just 45 kms away. Camel Safari was great but the best was to see the sunset from the Sand Dunes. After that, have tasty Indian food at any of the tent resorts near Sam Dunes. Visit JaisalGarh Fort perched atop a hill. It is around 850 years old Fort and still inhabitated - making it one of the oldest such forts. Must visit the Jain Temple inside the fort. The fort is made of stones which are interlocked. Lots of shops selling artifacts and precious stones. Also visit the Haveli's in Jaisalmer.

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“Great place Jaisalmer”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2010

Jaisalmer was the last place I visited in my 3-month trip to India, and I'm glad I saved it to the last becauyse it was probably the most exotic place I'v ever been to, and hence the most memorable. The fort is amazing! Everything was warm and golden - the sun, the people, the streets, the landscape, and the sand. I felt like I was in the Arabian nights or something - yet it was also 100% India! I recommend staying at the Hotel Royale Boutique, run by the nicest and most sincere person I met in India, Mr. Naresh Vasu. He'll make sure you have a wonderful stay in his hometown, Jaisalmer, which he knows well and loves dearly.

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