Both Jodhpur and Jaisalmer are amazing cities of Rajasthan. There are lots of exciting tourist destinations in both these cities. Here is an asap view at some of the best places of both Jodhpur and Jaisalmer that you can explore on a short trip to Rajasthan.
Umaid Bhavan Palace, Jodhpur
The Umaid Bhavan Palace is one of the largest residential palaces of the royals of Rajasthan. A portion of Umaid Bhavan Palace has been turned into a heritage luxury hotel and is with the Taj group of hotels. The castle is named after Maharaja Umaid Singh and has around 350 rooms and is at present the private residence of the royal family of Jodhpur.
A portion of the palace is now a museum that houses the used items from the royal family of Jodhpur.
The Umaid Bhavan Palace is also better known as the Chittar Palace. It is made with marble and sandstones and looks magnificent, to say the least. The museum houses are stuff animals and items like clocks and windmills, a giant flag gifted by Queen Victoria and some classic cars that the Royals used in the earlier times.
Sam sand dunes in Jaisalmer
If you visit Rajasthan, you simply cannot miss being on the Sam sand dunes at Jaisalmer. It is the gateway to the desert, Thar where several tourists, both national and international visit throughout the year. The desert safari at the Sam dunes is what makes it the star attraction of Jaisalmer city.
As per locals and tour operators in Rajasthan, the best time to visit the Sam dunes is early morning, right after the sunrise or near the sunset time in the evening as these are the times when the temperature in the desert is within the tolerance limit.
You can choose the desert safari tour offered by the local Jaisalmer desert camp sites which are at the boundary of the Sam sand dunes. You can either choose the camel safari which involves riding a camel’s back for a trip in the desert or you can also choose the jeep safari which means traveling in a vehicle to explore the desert and its rural life.
Staying put in Jaisalmer desert tents is another experience that you should not miss. There are some amazing Rajasthani designed desert camps located on the boundary of the Sam sand dunes. They arrange for a bonfire and local gypsy dance which are worth experiencing.
Jaisalmer Fort Aka Golden Fort
The Jaisalmer Fort, which is commonly known as the Golden Fort, is also one of the major tourist attractions of Jaisalmer. Made with sandstones that are bright yellow in color makes the fort look dashing in the bright sunlight. Jaisalmer Fort is also regarded as the largest forts in the world and is an UNESCO world heritage site. There are many courtyards and palaces within the fort along with museums that present several artifacts from the ancient era. It is needless to say that visiting this fort is a must when you visit Rajasthan on a vacation.