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Jaisalmer is a town located in the heart of the Thar Desert. It is known as the Golden City and is a popular hub for camel safaris. The town is famous for Sonar Qila (Jaisalmer Fort), a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. Sonar Qila is a living fort with a royal palace, Jain temples, shops, hotels, havelis (homes) and numerous lookouts to the city and desert. The town is also known for annual Desert Festival held over three days in January/February.

Major tourist sites in and around Jaisalmer: Godisar Lake, Bada Bagh, Amar Sagar, Mool Sagar, Khuri Village (45km/28mi), Desert National Park (40km/25mi), etc.

Tourism Board Website

When to visit: best time to visit is October to March.


Nearest railway station: Jaisalmer railway station connects Jaisalmer to cities such as Jodhpur, Agra, New Delhi, Mumbai, etc.

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Nearest airport: Jaisalmer Airport (IATA: JSA, ICAO: VIJR) is about 17 km (11 mi) away. It is a military airport and supports only chartered flights, hence operation is seasonal. Jodhpur Airport (IATA: JDH, ICAO: VIJO) is about 285 km (177 mi) away.

Buses: The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation buses and private buses ply regularly to Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Udaipur, Ajmer, etc.

By road: The distance from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer is about 285 km (177 mi) via NH125 and NH11. It takes around 4-5 hours.
the distance from Bikaner to Jaisalmer is about 331 km (206 mi) via NH11. It takes around 5 hours.
The distance from Jaipur to Jaislamer is about 558 km (347 mi) via Jaipur - Jobner - Kuchaman - Nagaur Rd, Nagaur Rd and NH11. It takes around 10 hours.
The distance from Udaipur to Jaisalmer is about 528 km (328 mi) via NH125. It takes around 9 hours.
the distance from Delhi to Jaisalmer is about 828 km (514 mi) via NH11. It takes around 14 hours.


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