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About Jaisalmer

The Desert State; The Golden City: rising up out of the Thar’s arid sands like a mirage in the distance. There is something magical about Jaisalmer. A former stop-off along a well-traversed trade route west it has witnessed a cast of colourful characters, worthy of the ‘1001 Nights’ tales. Our pick of the best places to stay in Jaisalmer all reflect the living history and exoticism of this unique city.

To pass through its ancient ramparts is to enter a world of winding alleyways littered with people, animals, cycle rickshaws and street hawkers. Look skywards and you will see intricately carved spires and turrets pointing toward the firmaments. With its Labyrinthine Fort, consisting of ninety-nine bastions surrounding its still inhabited twisting lanes it is a conglomerate of temples, havelis, shops and dhabas.

What not to miss

  • This is camel country. Camel trains can be seen toing and froing from the city; heading out for an overnight stay in the desert. Something of a tourist trap, but they do provide a truly immersive stay. Ask your hotel to recommend or book you a trip with a reputable camel safari company to avoid disappointment. Sleep by the fire under a blanket of stars.
  • Synonymous with the town of Jaisalmer, is its fort. It is a living monument with 3000 inhabitants still residing within its walls. Founded in 1156 this ancient structure is today a World Heritage Site and a visit to Jaisalmer is impossible without exploring this masterpiece.
  • To truly appreciate Jaisalmer’s majesty and its sheer isolation walk around its walls. Surrounded by shimmering sands, relentlessly baked by the Rajasthan sun you cannot see another city for miles. It is a sight of biblical intrigue.
  • A first amongst equals Patwa-ki-Haveli is our top pick amongst Jaisalmer’s seemingly endless offering of heritage haveli properties. Built by five Jain brothers who made their fortunes in in textiles and jewellery today it is part museum, part private dwelling.

It goes without saying that Jaisalmer is a desert town. Therefore, like much of the rest of Rajasthan it is best visited during India’s winter months, between October and March. But bear in mind that it can get pretty chilly in the evenings (especially in the desert) so bring some layers for those evenings under the stars.

Our pick of the best places to stay in Jaisalmer all provide a unique stay true to the culture and heritage of the city.

For a central location

  • The historic properties of Garh Jaisal and Killa Bhawan are both located within the historic walls of Jaisalmer Fort. Well priced, excellently located and steeped in 11th century charm they feature heavy iron clad doors, bright Rajasthani silks, traditional furnishings and stunning roof terraces with views of the city beyond. If these walls could talk...

For a magisterial stay

  • Boasting ornate Mughal architecture the 16th century Fort Rajwada is to step back in time. Dine al-fresco around the glistening pool. There is also a spa and some impressive painted wall murals.
  • Further out of town Suryagarh, surrounded by the golden sands of the Thar desert is a truly princely stay. Complete with palatial rooms, billiards, as well as all the amenities you would expect from a 5 star Indian stay: pool, spa, yoga and excellent service.

For ultimate desert luxury

  • The jewel in Jaisalmer’s crown, The Serai is where one comes for some serious pampering (if you can afford the hefty price tag that is). Well worth the money, guests are treated to luxurious tented accommodation in the heart of the desert. Fine dining, plus a renowned spa and stunning pool. The ultimate desert experience.

For an apartment or villa

  • If your looking for some added privacy, visit our online partner Booking.com and browse their private apartment and villa options in Jaisalmer.

Travel Information

  • For those flying into the city, Jaisalmer Airport lies 17km south-east of the city. It has connections to other Rajastan cities as well as Dehli.
  • Daily trains run between Jaisalmer and Jaipur.
  • If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars for the best prices.
  • The best time to visit the city is from November to March when the temperature does not rise beyond 25 degrees celsius. From April to August, Jaisalmer earns its reputation as the Desert State, with temperatures rising as high as 45 degrees.

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Best Hotels in Jaisalmer

  • Hamari Haveli Jaisalmer (Rajasthan) 2 rooms from £43

    Families  -  Families will love the personal atmosphere here. Plus if you book both rooms, you've got the place to yourselves!
    Local exploring  -  A fantastic location for exploring all of Jaisalmer and the surrounding countryside
    Sights nearby  -  Private guides and tours of the city and nearby desert can be arranged
    Full of character
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    A quiet riad-like traditional haveli high above the golden city. With just two rooms this is ideal for two couples or a family. Interiors have been done with care and style and there's a comfy rooftop terrace for evening views. Ideal for a tranquil stay; a character-filled home from home. See More

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  • Killa Bhawan Jaisalmer (Near City Palace) 8 rooms from £44

    Sights nearby  -  Located right in the centre of Jaisalmer, you can get to all the best sights on foot.
    Roof terrace  -  Roof terrace decorated with Indian floor cushions and stunning views over the city
    Local exploring  -  The perfect location and base for exploring Jaisalmer and the wider area.
    Value chic  -  Doubles from as little as £45 per night including breakfast.
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    Traditional townhouse property within the fortress walls. Stone walls and floors, Indian carpets, furnishings in deep, vibrant hues. Stunning views of Jaisalmer from the roof terrace. Vegetarian homemade Indian food can be served on request. Excellent location with tremendous comfort. See More

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  • Garh Jaisal Jaisalmer 7 rooms from £55

    Historic  -  11th century townhouse situated within the walls of Jaisalmer Fort
    Outstanding location  -  Within the Jaisalmer Fort, 100 yards from the sacred Jain temple
    Views  -  Balcony with view over the whole city of Jaisalmer
    Sights nearby  -  Bang in the centre of Jaisalmer
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    11th-century historic townhouse within the walls of Jaisalmer Fort. Jewel-toned furnishings on sumptuous, carved king beds in rooms with exposed stone walls. Languish in exquisite comfort, soaking up the old-world atmosphere & stunning city views. Restaurant serves Indian and international cuisine. See More

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  • Fort Rajwada Jaisalmer 95 rooms from £83

    Local exploring  -  The perfect base for exploring the delights of Jaisalmer and the surrounding area.
    Sights nearby  -  Located close to the UNESCO listed Fort in Jaisalmer
    Restaurant  -  Two dining options either poolside barbecue or Roopal forn Rajasthani, Indian and European cuisine
    Designer  -  Opulent but gracious interiors designed by an eminent opera-set designer
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    Heritage hotel with impeccably designed interiors and authentic, ornate Indian architectural detail. Lavishly furnished rooms provide a taste of old-world princely comfort alongside modern amenities. Spa, gym, pool. Enjoy a drink in the bar, steeped in 16th-century charm, & dine on local cuisine. See More

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  • Suryagarh Jaisalmer 62 rooms from £120

    Outdoor dining  -  Breakfast with peacocks in the desert, oasis picnic, dinner on the dunes or in the gardens
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
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    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    Mesmerising hotel in the heart of the desert. Authentically prepared regional cuisine. Spa, gym, pool, billiards, yoga, meditation. Opulent interiors inspired by indigenous handicrafts. A remarkable location steeped in local culture offering a traditional taste of a luxurious lifestyle. See More

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  • The Serai, Jaisalmer Jaisalmer (Bherwa Village) 21 rooms from £358

    Swimming Pool  -  Candlelit outdoor swimming pool, a unique inversion of a traditional Rajasthani step-well
    Spa  -  Spa and wellness centre managed by internationally recognised spa company Raison d'Etre
    Restaurant  -  Cordon bleu cuisine, catering for both Indian and European tastes
    Tented Camp  -  Luxurious desert camp and spa
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet, I Escape, Relais & Chateaux

    Stunning luxury tent camp in the desert transports you to another time. Mesmerising views from the tranquil outdoor pool. Private tents and tent suites furnished with an eye for refined comfort. Spa, massage, reflexology, gym. Exquisite regional and international cuisine, private dining possible. See More

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