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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the various means to reach Jaisalmer?

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While zeroing in on a destination for your next holiday is a huge task, deciding your mode of transport is another mammoth task in itself! If the top thing in your bucket list is a trip to Jaisalmer, let me help you decide what is the best way to reach this place! Ain’t I the best?

  • Air

    As of today, there is no airport except for the army base in Jaisalmer. However, construction of a civil airport is on full swing and soon people from metropolitan cities will be able to fly to Jaisalmer for sightseeing and lunch and return to the warm comforts of their home for dinner! Excited? Hang in there, we will keep you posted!

    If you still want to fly, you can take a flight to
     Jodhpur, from where you can take a cab, bus or train to Jaisalmer. One way trip should cost you between INR 5000 and INR 9000 per person, depending on where you board the flight from.
  • Rail

    Being a tourist favourite, Jaisalmer is fairly well connected to the rest of the country, even though it lies in the heart of the Thar Desert. You can take a train to the Golden City from Kolkata, Delhi, Jaipur and Jodhpur. If you don't find your city among these names, don't worry! Simply take a chuk chuk gaadi (train!) to Jodhpur, from where you can easily take a connecting train to your destination.

    Make sure you don't have a lot of gap between the connecting trains to reach Jaisalmer quickly! But then again, a long gap is a good reason to extend your vacation and explore
    Jodhpur as well. When in the train or on the station, keep an eye on your luggage, a sanitiser handy and only drink packaged water!
  • Road

    If you like to drive and don't mind long journeys in the company of crunchy snacks and good music, you will love the drive to the Golden City. Endlessly stretching golden sands dotted with Keekar trees and thorny bushes, a camel or two lazily grazing about or a lone nomad traversing endless ways to mystical places are common sights that will greet you on the ride.

    Jaisalmer is well connected by bus, with a number of government run and private buses scurrying between it and major cities.
    Delhi, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Udaipur, Ajmer and Jaipur see a lot of buses to Jaisalmer. If you don't mind shelling out a little more money, taking a luxury bus to Jaisalmer is recommended to beat the heat and the dust.

Isn’t it amazing to know how easy it is to reach Jaisalmer today, which was once accessible only with the help of camels once? Thank God for technology (and us for helping you decide!).  

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