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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What can be a suitable itinerary for Jaisalmer?

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Don't want to miss out on the best of what Jaisalmer has to offer? Read on and find out how to make sure your time in this exotic city gets utilised in the best possible way!

  • Day 1

    Start your day in the Golden City by heading out to the Jaisalmer Fort early morning. Not only does coming here early morning cut you the crowds and the heat, it also gives you a chance to meet and interact with the locals. If you are an avid photographer, this is a good time to get some candid shots of the place. Stroll down the fort till you reach the Dussehra Chowk, where you can move on to viewing the Jain Temples. You are advised to start with the Parsvanath Temple and then proceed to see the constellation of these seven temples. Hiring a guide helps as he will give you important insights on the architecture of the temple and help you make your way to the Havelis later.

    Make sure you see these mesmerising temples in the morning itself as they are only open for general public between 8am and noon. Once you are done with the temples, make your way to
    Salim Singh ki Haveli and later Patwon ki Haveli which are both located at a short walk from the Jaisalmer Fort.

    Return to hotel as the sun is at its peak between noon and 3pm. Proceed to
    Sam Sand Dunes early evening and enjoy a stroll down Bada Bagh enroute if time permits. Enjoy  desert safari, camel rides, cultural programmes and overnight desert camping once there. Close the day early and have a peaceful night’s sleep.
  • Day 2

    You will be returning back to Jaisalmer on your second day and it is advised you check out
    Kuldhara Village and Mool Sagar on your way back. It will be mid day by the time you reach the main city.

    Head to
    Gandhi Chowk and check out the awe inspiring Tazia Towers and dig in to yummilicious food at Trio or Saffron, the city’s most popular restaurants. You can also stop over at Rajasthali which is located close by for some quick shopping for souvenirs, gifts and other memorabilia. Feel like snoozing after a heavy meal? Catch up on some zzzs at your hotel room!

    Walk down the quiet streets of Jaisalmer to the
    Gadisar Lake in the evening and enjoy a soothing boat ride on the tranquil waters as the sun sets. Once the ride is over, cross the road and find yourself at the Desert Cultural Centre and Museum, just in time for a puppet show! Stroll through the buzzing markets that encircle the Fort in the evening or simply return to your hotel and enjoy a relaxing dip in the pool before you head back the next day. Have a safe journey home!

If you have plenty of time at hand or just want to extend your holiday lured by the cultural design and flavours of Rajasthan, head out to Bikaner (350 km), Jodhpur (265 km) or Osian (215 km). Enjoy your vacations to the fullest!

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