Jaisalmer: The Golden City is a town in Rajasthan, India. The town is located in the heart of Thar Desert which is the greatest Indian Desert and is set up on a yellow brown sandstone and is crowned by the Jaisalmer Fort.

It is known as the golden city because of its structure as the fort, temples and havelis of the town are made up of the same stone it lies on making it look golden when the city shines because of the sun. Jaisalmer is a tourist attraction even with its extreme weather temperature. The city is famous for its food, festivals, folk dance, fire shows, full of starry sky, desert sports and the list goes on.

One more thing that makes the place stayable in the hot deserts is its luxurious Jaisalmer camping. One is always welcomed here by the people in their traditional attire representing Rajasthan, India with folded hands as namaste and saying “padharo mhare desh”.

How to Arrive

One can get to Jaisalmer by road, rail or air. Best option is to choose rail, as one can reach the city early by enjoying the scenic views on the way. The train might get late too depending on the situation. One can opt for road networks as well.

Last option is flying. Jaisalmer has an airport but it is catering a few flights. One has to book tickets a prior 4 months in India to enjoy the vacation they initially planned on.

Best time to Visit

Being in the heart of Thar Desert,the place has an extremely hot climate, but nights and early mornings are cooler. In winters, the days become bearable but nights get colder. When most of the people still prefer visiting in summers, it is preferable to visit the place in January end or Febraury so that one can  experience the grand desert festival too. 

What to enjoy-

Jaisalmer is the golden city of Rajasthan because of sand dunes and yellowish sandstone it lies on. The city is famous for its Jaisalmer fort and traditionally made havelis. One can visit jain temples of the city or Gadisar lake made by ancient people for water storage and many more places. It is also famous for its desert camping.

In camps of Jaisalmer, one can experience luxurious living like maharajas, authentic traditional food of Rajasthan, safaris, quad biking, stargazing. There are other things like folk dances and music, fire shows, sunset or sunrise and the list goes on.

Acknowledge these while choosing camps-

Remember that all the camps are good and worth experiencing. But what one should always look at is he/she is getting what they actually want. Some camps provide preference options for activities like safaris, quad biking, stargazing, camp fire, musical or dancing shows or desert sports. 

Safaris provide options of camel safari and jeep safari. When to do it, in the day or evening or night, from which route, want to watch the sunset and come back after watching sunrise, want to spend more days and many more options. Food accommodations take place according to safari chosen. But remember that the price matters on the safari one chooses. Packages for the same start from 2000 INR. 

One can sign up for  adventurous activities like quad biking, zip lining, horse riding, zorbing and the list goes on by adding them in the package or excluding them.

Desert Camp in Damodara

Damodra Desert Camp can accommodate your necessities if you’re looking for a more tranquil camping trip free of the crowds. This same resort is carefully planned and furnished with relics to offer it a village life feel, and each of the staff members seem to be nearby villages.

Dance form and puppetry also serve as the foundation of folk tales motifs, setting them apart from Entertainers and loud music. Due to its distance from those other camps, this same resort is comparatively uncrowded, allowing guests to fully enjoy the browser as well as other adventurous activities.

What to shop for camping-

As everything is provided in the camps but still it is a plus point to carry our own things. Always carry the basic things listed..

  • Bathers
  • Towels
  • Sunscreen ( a must and preferably 50+ SPF)
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses or shades
  • Sun hats or caps
  • Water bottles
  • Toiletries 
  • Sand slippers and Comfortable shoes 

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