The town of Jaisalmer stands on a ridge of serene yellow sandstone and is shrouded by the beautiful Jaisalmer Fort. It was in 1156 that Rawal Jaisal built the very first fort, named it ‘Jaisalmer’ from his own name and declared it the capital of his kingdom. It is recognized as a famous World Heritage, and this fort city consists of a majestic royal palace and several ancient Jain temples.
Many houses and temples of both the fort and of the surrounding town, are built of well-sculpted sandstone. The city lies right amidst the vast expanse of the Great Indian Desert, the Thar Desert. It is the administrative headquarters of Jaisalmer District, which belongs to the culturally gregarious and world-renowned state of Rajasthan in India.
It is a widely visited tourist site, offers the best of ancient Indian culture and cuisine and is rampant with moving stories of Rajasthani bravery, courage, and industrial potential. In your one day Jaisalmer local sightseeing tour, you will get a glimpse of all tourist spots it has to offer, from the magnanimous forts like the Jaisalmer tour to cultural hotspots like the Patwon ki Haveli.
Package Glimpse of One Day Jaisalmer Local Sightseeing Tour
The best time to visit Jaisalmer is between October to March as the weather is pleasant, making it a pleasure to visit the various sightseeing spots. Jaisalmer is not a very large town, but public transport and the crowded roads can be a hassle; hence, our private cabs offer you the best option for exploring this gorgeous town. All of our cars are luxurious and our drivers are professional and experienced locals, who will add more value to your journey.
In the One Day Jaisalmer Private Tour, you will be visiting Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon-Ki-Haveli, Maharaja’s Palace, Vyas Chhatri, Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli and the Kuldhara Abandoned Village. This vacation is a brilliant option for history enthusiasts, solo travelers and even families looking for a culturally and historically diverse holiday.
In your one day Jaisalmer tour, you must begin by visiting the most famous site of Jaisalmer, that is, Jaisalmer Fort. This breathtaking fort is a sight to admire with a massive sandcastle rising from the sand like an oasis in the desert. It is charming, owing to the mystery of the desert and was covered with several pillars that are menacing yet beautiful.
Ninety-nine bastions circumference the fort’s still and inhabitant roads and lanes. Inside are shops swamped with bright embroideries, a gigantic palace from India’s gregarious Rajput past and several indigenous businesses.
Despite the rampant exhibition of commercial art, it is hard to miss the compelling presence of the desert citadel. Beneath the ramparts, near the north, the twisted lanes of this old civilization conceal magnificent havelis and gharanas, all sculpted from the same golden sandstone just like the fort – hence Jaisalmer’s familiar beloved name as the Golden City.
A trip to this exciting part of Rajasthan will take you back in time and will give you the memories of a lifetime. There is no better place to explore the heritage and the maxim of human potential.
- Must See / Things to Do: The handicrafts available here are brilliant in quality and perfection, so definitely grab some.
The Patwon ki Haveli is among the most famous architectural creations of Rajasthan; this is so because of two reasons. First being that it was the first ever haveli built in Jaisalmer and secondly, it does not stand alone but is an elegant complex of five different beautiful havelis.
Guman Chand Patwa commissioned the building of these Havelis in the early nineteenth century. He could afford the extravagance and thus instructed the construction of five more stories for his five sons, which took him around fifty years to build.
Overall, the havelis were constructed across the expanse of the last sixty years of the nineteenth century. This Royal family dealt in strands of gold and silver used in embroidering dresses, jewelry, and fabric. Besides, there are several stories and theories by historians that indicate the possibility of opium smuggling and money laundering as an occupation of the rulers in the area.
It is among the largest Havelis in Jaisalmer and currently occupied by the government of India. The Archaeological Survey of India and the state’s Art and Craft Department is situated within the premises. The Haveli is a spectacle to behold, and thus one must not miss the chance to visit it.
- Must See / Things to Do: The light and shadow play of sunlight is enchanting here so don’t leave without taking some time to capture photographs.
Next up on your Jaisalmer local sightseeing tour shall be another peek into Rajasthani royalty, the Maharaja Palace. Head to Maharaja’s Palace to see a part of one of the world’s largest fort complexes and a World Heritage Site. Built-in 1156 CE, it is right at the center of the city of Jaisalmer, rising out of the sands of the enormous Thar Desert.
The palace’s yellow sandstone facade turns from tawny to golden as the sun sets. Tour the inside of the massive construction to see ancient furniture, clothing, weapons, and more. Situated within the above mentioned Jaisalmer Fort, the Maharaja’s Palace is smaller, yet offers a lot of fascinating things for the onlooker to see and explore. The intricate details of the architectural magnificence of this palace are highly regarded.
You can also explore the marble throne of the Rajasthani Maharaja, other artifacts like the silver coronation throne, the royal bed, local stamps, banknotes, and sculptures that are being displayed for the enthusiast. , and thus one must make time to visit this palace early on.
- Must See / Things to Do: The best part of this five-storeyed structure is the rooftop which offers a gorgeous view of Jaisalmer and the desert.
For the adventurous and the enthusiast, Rajasthan also offers exciting places for your same day Jaisalmer tour like Kuldhara. Kuldhara is an abandoned village in the Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan, India. It was established in the nineteenth century, and many suggest that the settlements had to disperse and evacuate because of disturbances like floods and earthquakes. Such theories and the paranoia of the local people have made it one of the most famous haunted sites in India.
Over the years, the spot has developed the reputation of a haunted location and it was only recently that the government decided to revamp it as a tourist spot. Take time to visit the famous and explored places and spend some quality time with your loved ones or even alone, debunking the ancient myths of a city as old as Jaisalmer.
- Must See / Things to Do: Hire a guide as you tour the village as they will be able to reveal to you some other exciting myths and beliefs.
On your Jaisalmer sightseeing package, you can’t afford to miss the famous architecture and grandeur of Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli. As per the history of the place, the construction of this mansion started from two points at the same time to cover maximum space in quick intervals.
One can visit and explore the elephant carvings on yellow stones of the Golden’s city’s past, and intricately carved exteriors and interiors. A massive statue of an elephant made of yellow sandstones welcomes every visitor, making sure they take back the yellow glimmer of this beautiful city.
- Must See / Things to Do: Explore the houses nearby as they offer traditional Rajasthani handlooms.
6. Vyas Chhatri
Lastly, on your same day, Jaisalmer sightseeing package should be a visit to the Vyas Chhatri, another name off the city’s ancient structures. A mesmerizing example of Rajasthani construction and architecture, it belongs to the heritage dedicated to the famous sage Vyasa, the writer, and character from the epic Mahabharata. This original version of a cenotaph is made up of intricate carvings that are a sight to behold.
The arid, desert landscape around Jaisalmer is punctuated by pagodas, built from the local golden sandstone, on the cremation sites of the wealthy and powerful. The region’s traditional Rajput leaders have built cenotaphs in memory of their leaders. Vyas Chhatri is among the most visited spots and an excellent place to be during the comfortable months of October and November.
- Must See / Things to Do: With vast, clear skies offering a backdrop to the beautiful structures, it is a great opportunity to take your camera out and get some lovely photographs.
Thus, the yellow and gold covered embrace of the ancient city of Jaisalmer is one that we must all enjoy at least once in our lifetimes to be able to explore Rajputana heritage. The city not only has ancient monuments revered worldwide but also boasts of great hospitality. The city is resplendent with ample delicious and authentic food options that one can enjoy and devour. It also makes for a good road trip and is thus a must see part of our package.