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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are places to see around Jaisalmer?

Shikha Gautam DEC 10 2012
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When the roadie in you wants to embark on longer trails, trust the roads of Rajasthan to spread a smile on your face! With one of the best road networks in the country, Jaisalmer is connected to its surrounding beauties with enjoyable drives! Head out and learn why I say so for yourself!

  • Bikaner
    Located at 255 km from Jaisalmer, Bikaner is a famous city in Rajasthan, well known for its vibrancy, rich culture and not to forget, sweets and snacks. A drive of about four hours from Jaisalmer, this princely state has almost everything to attract the wandering tourist.

    The royal city of Bikaner was founded by an audacious Rathore prince Rao Bikaji in 1486. Retaining the glory of the olden times all across the amplitude, Bikaner portrays a royal lifestyle with magnificent palaces and forts like the Junagarh Fort and Lalgarh Palace. The city settles towards the northern Rajasthan and it features sand dunes in the vast golden desert. With the largest Camel Research and Breeding farms in the world the city offers the best camel rides. The camels are beautifully adorned with local handicrafts. Alongside these general tourist attractions the vibrant markets in Bikaner are a must visit.

    You can take your pick from travel options when visiting Bikaner as the two places are well connected by train, bus and taxi. When in the city, you can stay at Lallgarh Palace (Luxury), Hotel Sagar (Mid Budget) and Hotel Jaswant Bhawan (Budget).
  • Barmer
    Situated at a short two hour ride from Jaisalmer, Barmer makes for an exciting day excursion from the city. A small and not-so-populated town located in Rajasthan, this place is famous for its magnificent forts, splendid wood carvings and beautiful temples which have interesting tales attached to them. Some of the major attractions in Barmer are the Barmer Fort, Vishnu Temple and Kiradu Temple. You can also enjoy the Barmer Thar Festival and Cattle Fair that are held during the months of March and April.

    A lot of government run buses make regular rounds to Barmer during the day, consult your hotel staff or travel desk for the exact timings. You can also take a taxi from Jaisalmer at around INR 9 per km for this stretch of 155 km. You may want to keep Barmer as a day excursion only, as being a remote area it has very few lodging options available.
  • Osian
    Nicknamed as the ‘Khajuraho of Rajasthan’, this ancient town is located at 240 km from Jaisalmer and translates into a three hour drive. Historically this town served as an important religious site for the Marwar Kingdom during the time of the Gurjara-Pratihara dynasty. It has a cluster of ancient Hindu and Jain temples from the 8th to 11th century, the most famous one being the Mahavira Temple and the Osian mata Temple. The Sachiya Mata temple and the Sun temple are especially known for their architectural beauty. Apart from religious temples, Osian is also famous for its camel safaris and desert activities like sand dune camping, village and wildlife safaris, desert picnics, desert jeep safaris, campfires with live folk performances etc.

    You will love the drive down these roads as they are smooth and provide exotic views of barren lands. You can take a taxi as well, and the fare will boil down to about INR 2500 for 4 people. It is recommendable to make this excursion an overnighter, as a one day journey can be tiring and unfulfilling.

While Jaisalmer itself is a huge treat for the traveller, if the wanderer in you still craves for more, step out for a rendezvous with these inviting places! Need help with planning an excursion? Rely on the Tourism Office at Station Road or the Travel Desk at your very own hotel to do it the best way possible!

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