In western Rajasthan, Jaisalmer covers the mighty Thar Desert and is gaining momentum as one of the most popular destinations in the region, if not all of India. It’s often referred to as the Golden City, thanks to the remarkable glowing yellow sandstone fort complex that overlooks the old city’s ramparts. Within the gates of Jaisalmer Fort are winding lanes full of bustling commercial activity and seven exquisite Jain temples dating back to the twelfth century.
In the Old City, you’ll find plenty of large and beautiful Havelis decorated with intricate stone carvings. Ghadisar Lake is a peaceful body of water surrounded by lovely temples and tombs. Take a boat tour, watch a local puppet show, or visit the desert cultural centre. You’ll want to leave plenty of time for a camel safari through the sand dunes of the Thar Desert; it’s a truly unforgettable experience, and longer treks are possible for the particularly adventurous. There is no shortage of camel tour operators, so shop around and be firm.