Jaisalmer is a top pick among all India’s bucket-list destinations. Jaisalmer is located in the Thar Desert. It offers a variety of places to explore Jaisalmer’s desert culture, art, and architecture. After enjoying the city’s offerings, you should explore the surrounding area to discover more. These are the top places you should visit near Jaisalmer and should include in your Jaisalmer Package.
Sam Sand Dunes
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Sam Sand Dunes, located 45km from Jaisalmer and a popular tourist spot when it comes to sightseeing in Jaisalmer, is known for its jeep safaris. It is a bumpy but thrilling ride. Only those willing to let go of caution and embrace the thrills associated with dune bashing can take this trip. After a certain point, the camels will take control. As the sun sets, take a camel ride. You will be entertained by local entertainment and a delicious dinner at the end of the day. You can depart after 4 pm for the desert safari. You have two options: book a private tour through your hotel, or go there yourself.
Khuri, a small village in the southwest of Jaisalmer, is a more peaceful alternative to Sam Sand Dunes. Khuri, located 50km southwest of Jaisalmer, is becoming a tourist attraction. Khuri is a great option for peace-lovers to explore the desert at their own pace. Stargazing and the sensuous Kalbeliya dance performed by the tribe with the same name are some of the activities available. Other exciting activities include camel racing and camel polo.
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A tiny village known as Lodurva is located 15 kilometres from Jaisalmer. It was once the capital of the Bhatti dynasty, a Rajput clan. It is worth visiting the Parshvanath temple, which was entirely carved out of yellow sandstone. Due to the sun reflected off the stones, the temple glows in golden light. Lord Parshvanath, the 23rd Jain TIRthankar. You don’t have to be Jain to visit the temple. Although it was subject to invasions during its early years, most of the temple has been restored and rebuilt. It is believed that the ‘celestial Tree’ is a symbol of enlightenment and is made from several metals.
Kuldhara, located about 20km west of Jaisalmer, is a bit off the tourist path. However, it’s still one of the fascinating places near Jaisalmer. This village was once a vibrant community that belonged to the Paliwal Brahmins. It was established in the 13th century. It was abandoned around 200 years ago. Legend has it that the minister of the former king was attracted to the beauty of the village chief’s daughter but was unable to make headway. He threatened to kill the villager if he didn’t give up. The minister’s wrath was too much for the tribe of almost a thousand people, so they all fled the village at night. But not before leaving behind a curse that no one would ever return to the village. The Archaeological Survey of India has made it a heritage site that is ready for your review..
Desert National Park
The Desert National Park is located close to Sam Sand Dunes. Here you can spot deer as well as many species of birds. This is a great place to bird-watch. You can enjoy live music at night, and a delicious Rajasthani meal, if you choose a full-day package. You can camp for several days to observe the changing hues of the desert sky.
No matter if you plan to visit Jaisalmer or anywhere around it, make sure to check into a hotel that will soothe your tired feet. This grand resort in haveli style is sure to delight your senses and pamper to the max.
You will be taken care of by the friendly staff and delicious food prepared by talented chefs. As you relax, unwind with a sundowner or massage at the spa.