Where:

Jaisalmer,

Rajasthan, India

In the north-west of India, close to the Pakistani border.

Last Visited:

January 1999, Rob

Why Go:

India's most romantic fort city, providing the setting off point for camel treks in the surrounding sand dunes.

Highlights:

  • The Fort: one of the few places in India where you can stay within the fort walls. For this reason they call it a living fort.
  • Camel Trekking: this is one of the main reasons many people visit Jaisalmer - and it was a highlight of my 3-month trip to India. There are a few options available - and even the 'off the beaten track' treks are not much different than the standard ones. Shop around for a good group of people.

Lowlights:

  • As always in India, you need to be aware of unscrupulous locals who will try and rip you off. However, don't be so paranoid that you don't enjoy yourself.

Eating & Drinking:

  • There are quite a few places to stay within the fort walls - which are worth getting for the experience.

Other things you should know about:

 

More information:

  • Photos taken around Rajasthan, including Jaisalmer
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