Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder not just because they are beautiful but because they are fleeting ~ Richard Paul Evans.
The best time to visit Jaisalmer is the winter season from mid October to March. The mornings are cold, afternoons are pleasant with a cool breeze and evenings are magical. And because the best part of winter mornings is to snuggle in bed with your soft blanket for every extra minute possible which would make it impossible to catch the sunrise, we recommend not missing a single sunset when in Jaisalmer! And these are some of the best places in Jaisalmer to soak in the sun-set 😉
Jaisalmer Fort – The mighty Jaisalmer fort or Sonar Qila perched upon a hill in the centre of Jaisalmer keeping an eye on the city from all sides and protecting the population that lives and works inside it is one of the best places to catch the sunset. As the fort is in the city centre it makes it easily accessible from any part of the city you are staying in. Walk up the fort or take a rickshaw from the entry gate as it is an uphill climb for a few metres. You will find a lot of restaurants and cafes have boards that say best sunset view once you are in the Fort.
You can either choose to chill at one of these rooftop restaurants with a cup of chai or coffee or a glass of beer. There is another interesting spot which is rather discreet but gives an amazing view of the setting sun and the city too. Keep walking into the bylanes in the direction of Zostel and once you reach the end of the lane, climb the stairs on your left and you will reach an open terrace of a house which is unoccupied. Since not many know about this and for locals it is something they see everyday you would have more of a private sunset experience
Gadisar Lake – The Gadisar Lake is an artificial reservoir first constructed by Rawal Jaisal who also founded the city and built the Jaisalmer fort and then later reconstructed by Maharawal Gadsi Singh and is now a famous attraction for tourists. It is a beautifully designed place with cenotaphs/ shrines built on the Lake and temples and ghats surrounding it. You can also go boating which is well organized and fun when travelling with kids. The lake also sees migratory birds during the winter months. The sun falling behind the waters and the array of colours that radiate in the sky and glitter on the waters makes it a picturesque setting. It is a blissful place for an evening walk and to spend time with yourself or in the company of others. You can either walk or take a rickshaw to the lake. The Lake can be visited anytime during the day and has a free entry, boating is open from 8 am to 8 pm. It also houses a desert cultural centre and museum.
Bada Bagh – Bada Bagh or Big Garden is a group of cenotaphs built in honour of the Royal Family. It is located about 6 km from the city centre about a 15 minute drive. As the name suggests, it has a garden along with a tank and a dam, a wind turbine mill can also be seen nearby. A perfect contrast between the old and the new. The shrines are a tribute to the Bhatti dynasty. The gleaming sun against the yellow sandstone structures presents a golden radiance. Most of them are in ruins, however, in unison they offer a spectacular sight. There is an entry fee of INR 50 for Indians and INR 100 for foreigners and the place is open from 8 am to 6 pm.
Sand Dunes – When in Jaisalmer, catching the sunset at the dunes is a definite must. Jaisalmer has two sand dunes, Sam and Khuri and both are equally spectacular. Sam is more touristy but has better accessibility with good roads, Khuri is unexplored and tedious to get to but worth the extra effort. Choose either of the two but this is an experience which is unmissable. The dunes are about a 2 hour drive from the city centre so plan accordingly so you are in time to watch the sun go into oblivion and experience the charm and the magic of the unending sand dunes. You can highlight the sunset desert experience by spending a night at the dunes. Know more here.