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Top Choice Palace in Jaisalmer

Fort Palace

Towering over the fort’s main square, and partly built on top of the Hawa Pol (the fourth fort gate), is the former rulers’ elegant seven-storey palace. Highlights of the tour include the mirrored and painted Rang M…
Top Choice Fort in Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer’s fort is a living urban centre, with about 3000 people residing within its walls. It is honeycombed with narrow winding lanes, lined with houses and temples – along with a large number of handicraft shops…
Top Choice Historic Building in Jaisalmer

Patwa-ki-Haveli

The biggest fish in the haveli pond is Patwa-ki-Haveli, which towers over a narrow lane, its intricate stonework like honey-coloured lace. Divided into five sections, it was built between 1800 and 1860 by five Jain …
Top Choice Italian in Jaisalmer

1st Gate Home Fusion

Sitting atop the boutique hotel of the same name, this split-level, open-air terrace boasts dramatic fort views and a mouth-watering menu of authentic vegetarian Italian and Indian dishes. Also on offer are excellen…
Top Choice Multicuisine in Jaisalmer

Saffron

On the spacious roof terrace of Hotel Nachana Haveli, the veg and nonveg food here is excellent. It’s a particularly atmospheric place in the evening, with private and communal lounges and more formal seating arrang…
Top Choice Museum in Jaisalmer

Kothari’s Patwa-ki-Haveli Museum

The first of the five sections of Patwa-ki-Haveli is opened as the privately owned Kothari’s Patwa Haveli Museum, which richly evokes 19th-century life.
Jain Temple in Jaisalmer

Jain Temples

Within the fort walls is a maze-like, interconnecting treasure trove of seven beautiful yellow sandstone Jain temples, dating from the 15th and 16th centuries. Opening times have a habit of changing, so check with t…
Area in Jaisalmer

Sam Sand Dunes

The silky Sam Sand Dunes, 41km west of Jaisalmer along a good sealed road (maintained by the Indian army), are one of the most popular excursions from the city. The band of dunes is about 2km long and is undeniably …
Museum in Jaisalmer

Desert Cultural Centre & Museum

This interesting little museum tells the history of Rajasthan’s princely states and has exhibits on traditional Rajasthani culture. Features include Rajasthani music (with video), textiles, a kavad mobile temple, an…
Museum in Jaisalmer

Thar Heritage Museum

This private museum has an intriguing assortment of Jaisalmer artefacts, from turbans, musical instruments, fossils and kitchen equipment to displays on birth, marriage, death and opium customs. It’s brought alive b…