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How to Spend 3 Days in Jaisalmer

How to Spend 3 Days in Jaisalmer

With three days in Jaisalmer, you'll be able to explore the city's historic fort and mansions, overnight in the Thar Desert, and try out local food, and you’ll still have time left over to explore the historic Jain Temples in Osian. Here's how.

Day 1: Jaisalmer Fort and the Sam Sand Dunes

Start your Jaisalmer trip with a visit to the desert city's most important attraction: Jaisalmer Fort. Also known as the Golden Fort (Sonar Quila), this 12th-century fortress is a popular stop on most city tours, and a guide can help navigate its narrow lanes. Inside, you’ll find Hindu and Jain temples and historic homes, some of which have been converted into hotels or guesthouses. Later, make your way out to the Sam Sand Dunes in the Thar Desert for an overnight excursion; some tours stop at local villages along the way. Take a sunset camel ride followed by dinner and a live folk dance performances before calling it a night.

Day 2: Havelis and Food

Enjoy breakfast followed by a camel ride through the desert dunes before heading back to Jaisalmer and its Patwon Ki Haveli, the largest of a cluster of five old city mansions, or havelis, located near the Gopa Chowk entrance of Jaisalmer Fort. Dating to the 19th century, these intricate homes feature carved columns, arches, and balconies, along with frescoed murals and mirrorwork. Depending on how much time you spend at the havelis, you may want to head to nearby Gadi Sagar, a picturesque reservoir and a popular place for pedal boating to watch the sunset. When night falls, head back into town for a food-focused walking tour of the city, and fill up on local snacks before turning in for the night.

Day 3: Onwards to Osian and Beyond

On your last day, get up extra early and head to the town of Osian, a desert settlement about a 4-hour drive from Jaisalmer. Osian is famous for its ancient Hindu and Jain temples, most of which date from around the 8th to 11th century, including the Sachiya Mata goddess temple. While Osian can be done as a day trip from Jaisalmer, many visitors come here on their way to other Rajasthan cities, particularly Udaipur or Jodhpur. Some tour operators offer transfers from point A to point B between Jaisalmer and other cities, with guided visits to Osian along the way—an economical option given the long distances involved.

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Private Transfer From Jaisalmer To Jodhpur Via Osian Temple

Private Transfer From Jaisalmer To Jodhpur Via Osian Temple

Travel from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur with a stop at the Jain Temple of Osian along the way with this excursion. You'll be picked up from your hotel in Jaisalmer and transferred to the Blue City of Jodhpur, with a long break in Osian to visit the city's famous Jain Temple, dating back to medieval times. You’ll the continue to Jodhpur to be dropped off at the hotel of your choice.
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  • 7 hours
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$42.67
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1 Night Camel Safari Tour In Jaisalmer

1 Night Camel Safari Tour In Jaisalmer

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Travel out into the Sam Sand Dunes and the Khuri Desert like a nomad, on a camel, during this overnight camel safari from Jaisalmer. Along the route, you'll listen to commentary from your guide and stop by charming desert villages. Stay overnight in a Swiss tent, waking up under the desert dawn. Meals and entertainment are provided.
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  • 2 days
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$60.00
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Private Full-Day City Tour of Jaisalmer visit Fort, Havelis and Camel Ride

Private Full-Day City Tour of Jaisalmer visit Fort, Havelis and Camel Ride

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Explore the highlights of Jaisalmer on a private full-day tour that concludes with a camel ride in the desert at sunset. Visit the honey-colored Jaisalmer Fort, picturesque havelis like Salim Singh-Ki-Haveli and Patwon-Ki-Haveli, and Gadisar Lake. Top it off with a trip to the desert to experience the sand dunes by camel. Includes a buffet lunch, private guide and vehicle, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 10 hours
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$52.00
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Jain Temple Full Day Tour From Jaisalmer To Udaipur

Jain Temple Full Day Tour From Jaisalmer To Udaipur

Avoid having to backtrack on this full-day private transfer from Jaisalmer to Udaipur, which includes a tour of Ranakpur’s stunning 15th-century Jain Temple. Get important background on the unique South Asian faith and the once powerful kings of Mewar. You’ll get a chance to see the temple’s five pillars, each holding a different idol of different Tirthankaras, or enlightened leaders.
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$85.34
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Private Excursion: Half Day Safari Route Jaisalmer - Camel-safari - Jaisalmer

Private Excursion: Half Day Safari Route Jaisalmer - Camel-safari - Jaisalmer

Explore the “Golden City” of Rajasthan on a private camel safari to Jaisalmer. Visit local Dhani villages and learn about the culture as you make your way over yellow sand dunes to the medieval trading center. For those who choose the evening session, admire the sun set below the dunes while watching a traditional folk dance.
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  • 6 hours
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One Day Jaisalmer Tour

One Day Jaisalmer Tour

Jaisalmer known as the Golden city was a popular trading center as it used to fall on the silk route In the medieval time. This city based amid the sprawling Thar Desert is renowned for the beautiful Havelies and the camel safari in the Sam sand dunes. In this tour product we pick you in the morning from hotel/bus stand/ Railway station and then drive for local city tour in which you visit the Jaisalmer Fort, Bazaar and old mansion Heritage Havelies, Gadisar Lake and in the evening drop back to hotel/railway station/bus stand
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  • 10 hours
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$90.00
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Cultural Show in Great Thar Desert

Cultural Show in Great Thar Desert

Dine under the stars of the Thar Desert while you watch a traditional Rajasthani song and dance performance with this tour out into the desert. You'll head out from Jaisalmer in the afternoon, stopping to explore the ghost town of Kuldhara along the way. You'll then head out to a desert camp where you'll have the option of going on a camel safari before sitting down to a buffet dinner next to a roaring fire while you watch local performances.
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  • 10 hours
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Walk and Talk By The Jaisalmer Fort

Walk and Talk By The Jaisalmer Fort

Dating back over 800 years, Jaisalmer Fort counts among the city’s top attractions—but visiting independently means missing its ancient secrets. On this tour, begin with pickup at your Jaisalmer hotel and explore the fort with your guide. Learn of its role on the medieval silk route, visit the Jain temple, and gain insight into the fort’s colorful past. Afterward, mingle with the locals in the bustling bazaars.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Custom Tour: Jaisalmer Sightseeing with Guide

Private Custom Tour: Jaisalmer Sightseeing with Guide

Jaisalmer is also known as the "Golden city of India". Situated in the heart of the Thar desert, Jaisalmer used to be a medieval trading center. It is a former princely state and is distinguished by its yellow sandstone architecture. It has vast cultural and structural heritage-- passed on from various generations of great rulers. Explore this royal heritage filled with the great palatial abodes of kings, museums and other breathtaking architectural marvels.
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  • 7 hours
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$81.07
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$81.07
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