A gust of hot wind blows away the golden dirt of Jaisalmer as you sit, perched on the back of a camel. This moment is unlike anything in your travel experience. Located on the fringes of the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer has all the qualities of a desert town.

HOW TO GO

Whereas Jaipur and Udaipur have large civilian airports, Jaisalmer has one runway on an Indian Air Force base. The best way to reach Jaisalmer is by taking a bus. Buses run daily from Delhi to Jaisalmer, Jaipur to Jaisalmer and from many other important tourist sites. Trains also run daily, but they are not reliably on time. If you want comfort, hire a cab or taxi. You can do so with the help of the Ola or Uber app.

WHEN TO GO

October is the onset of tourist season. The city gets crowded with sellers, who become the temporary inhabitants of the city. From October to January the weather is nice enough to survive in the desert. But after that, the temperatures escalate, and the city gets less crowded. Budget travelers can land hotels at dream prices during the summer season.

THINGS TO DO

Go to the fort in a regal fashion as you ride on the back of a camel. Jaisalmer Fort or Sonar Quila (Golden Fort) is where it starts and ends for the city. The beautiful complex holds haveli, shops, and temples like Patwon ki Havel and Jain. A tour guide rushes you through the structure in 15 minutes. It is better to take in the bustling historical structure by yourself and discover the amazing spots for photography. If getting around on a camel is not your cup of tea, take safari jeeps around the desert and witness the red sun set on the golden sands. Go local and camp like a Banjara (nomad).

HOW TO CHARGE YOUR PHONE

The standard voltage is 230 V in India; you will need to use a transformer before plugging in your charger. Sockets in Rajasthan are tricky, try to buy a travel adapter that fits Socket Types C, D, and M.

December 16, 2017 1:29 am Published by

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