Rajasthan is the epitome of timeless travel. If you want to understand true hospitality and how a travel should be, you should take a trip to Rajasthan. And what better city to travel to for the budget traveler than Jaisalmer. Known as the Golden City, Jaisalmer is known for its desert heritage. Sand dunes, massive forts, amazing food and good-natured people. All the best ingredients for a perfect vacation. Here are a few tips if you are planning to go to Jaisalmer and you are on a budget.
Jaisalmer is well connected via road and train. Although there is no airport here, you don’t need to worry. The best way to reach Jaisalmer is by train. There are direct trains which run from all over the country to Jaisalmer. Be it Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai or anywhere else. One can book their train ticket easily online via IRCTC website and choose which class they want to travel to. For an overnight journey, nothing less than a sleeper class is recommended. Once you are done with that, just pack your bags and take the train to the golden city to begin an epic adventure.
Finding a Hotel
Being an important tourist town, Jaisalmer is littered with budget hotel options all around. But one thing you need to be careful of are touts who will pretend to be your best friend and try to sell you a hotel room. Be aware of these people as they can ruin an otherwise fun vacation. You can get an overnight room for as little as one hundred and fifty rupees so it is best to look around on your own. Jaisalmer is also one of the most backpacker friendly cities so you do not have to worry about your luggage and belongings too. After you are done finding yourself a good enough place to stay, let’s head on to our next point.
Jaisalmer is not a big city by any stretch of the imagination but it has a lot of places of interest to see and experience. Start with the Jaisalmer Fort which stands tall in the middle of the city and looks daunting. It is also a living fort which means that there are shops and houses inside the fort and people actually live there. The for is well preserved and you can get lost in the numerous bylanes inside it. After that, the most important thing to do in Jaisalmer is desert safari. Choose either a camel or a jeep and go out in the evening into sand dunes and watch the enthralling sunset and bask in the glory of this amazing city.
Tasting The Delicious Rajasthani Food
Authentic Rajasthani food is one of the big reasons that people travel from far away to the cities of Rajasthan. And you will find some of the most authentic Rajasthani food in Jaisalmer. Start your day with some kari kachori and poha, eat some daal baati choorma in the afternoon, have some rajasthani chai as evening snack and finish off with some gatte ki sabzi and bajre ki roti in the night. This kind of authentic Rajasthani food is available all over Jaisalmer at nominal prices. The food will be huge on the taste and light on your pocket.
Jaisalmer is a beautiful city with so much history behind it. There are a lot of things to do in the city too. From exploring the old fort, havelis to going on a desert safari and more. The best time to visit is from October to December as the temperature here is not as hot as in summers. Just book your train ticket from IRCTC and take the next train here. Jaisalmer will always leave you wanting for more.