Friday, April 2, 2010

Destination of the Week...

Jaisalmer, India is a desert fortress that is often referred to as the “Golden City”. Because of its strategic location on the camel trade routes, it is an important ancient trading center. In western Rajasthan, near the Pakistan border, Jaisalmer is 177 miles (285 Kilometers) from Jodhpur, making it well connected to other Indian cities, and easy to reach by train, car, or even hot air balloon.

While visiting “The Golden City”, one can venture out on a Camel Safari to see first-hand the limitless golden crests and troughs of the Thar Desert. Safaris can be planned from a mere daylong ride to one month. If you are visiting in winter, try a Jeep Safari instead, and visit the Khuri sand dunes, mud houses, or Desert National Park. If you want to go for a really long drive then head to the bird sanctuary in Padholi, where you can spend the night inside the sanctuary, in any of the villages that are still untouched by outside influence. Jaisalmer offers more traditional forms of nightlife, like cultural song and dance, and puppetry. Whether you want to relax and soak up some unique Indian culture, or reap the adventures that the desert has to offer, Jaisalmer should be on the checklist for any traveler in India.

Use our helpful link list to help you plan your trip to Jaisalmer!

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