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Discovering 4 Of The Best Sunset Spots In Jaisalmer

“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! Here are some of the best places to witness sunsets in Jaisalmer.

4 Of The Best Sunset Spots In Jaisalmer

  1. Jaisalmer Fort
  2. Gadisar Lake
  3. Bada Beach
  4. The Sand Dunes

1.Jaisalmer Fort

The mighty Jaisalmer Fort or Sonar Qila is perched upon a hill in the center of Jaisalmer. It keeps an eye on the city from all sides and protects the population that lives and works inside, and it is one of the best places to catch the sunset. As the fort is in the city center, 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 meters. You’ll find a lot of restaurants and cafes have boards that say "best sunset view" once you are in the Fort.

Also read: Best Places To Camp Around Jaisalmer.

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You can either choose to chill at one of these rooftop restaurants with a cup of chai or coffee or a glass of beer. Psst! There’s another interesting spot which is rather discreet but is among the places where you can witness the best sunsets in Jaisalmer, and a panoramic view of the city too! Here's where:

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’ll reach an open terrace of a house that is unoccupied. Not many tourists know about this and for locals, it’s something they see every day, so you’d have more of a private sunset experience!

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2.Gadisar Lake

The Gadisar Lake is an artificial reservoir first constructed by Rawal Jaisal who also founded the city and built the Jaisalmer Fort. The Lake was later reconstructed by Maharawal Gadsi Singh and is now a famous attraction for tourists. It’s 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 traveling with kids. The Lake also sees migratory birds during the winter months.

The sun falling behind the waters and the array of colors that radiate in the sky and glitter on the waters make it a picturesque setting. It’s 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 Gadisar 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 center and museum.

Also read: Experiencing The Food In Jaisalmer.

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3.Bada Bagh

Bada Bagh or Big Garden is a group of cenotaphs built in honor of the royal family. It’s located about 6 km from the city center about a 15-minute drive. The Bada Bagh 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, making it a great spot to gaze upon sunsets in Jaisalmer. While most of them are in ruins, 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.

Also read: Spending A Night Under The Stars In The Thar Desert In Jaisalmer.

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4.The 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 that is unmissable.

The dunes are about a 2-hour drive from the city center. So you must plan accordingly to reach in time as the sun goes into oblivion and to 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.

Also read: Best Homestays In Jaisalmer.

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FAQs

How Many Days Should I Spend In Jaisalmer?

3 days should be enough for you to spend in Jaisalmer. Spend one full day exploring Jaisalmer Fort and the city, including visiting the Gadisar Lake and the Bada Bagh. On day 2, you can visit the border town of Longewala, the Indo-Pakistan border and return to camp at Khuri/Sam Sand Dunes. Here you can vibe to Rajasthani folk music and dance. On Day 3, set out on a jeep safari.

What Is The Best Time To Visit Jaisalmer?

The winter months of November to March are the best time to visit Jaisalmer. The temperatures are quite mild during the day, but nights can get really cold. Visiting in summer is not recommended because being in the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer can get blazing hot.

Is Jaisalmer Worth The Trip?

Absolutely! The stunning beauty of the Jaisalmer Fort and the adjoining areas, the great food scene, and the vibrant culture make Jaisalmer a great place to visit. This city is where you can have an authentic desert experience. But if you don’t like the desert, this might not be the place for you.

Where Should I Stay In Jaisalmer?

Being a tourist spot, Jaisalmer has no lack of hotels and resorts. Check out Unstumbled’s curated list of hotels in Jaisalmer to choose what best suits your tastes and budget!

Which Is Better Jodhpur Or Jaisalmer?

Jodhpur and Jaisalmer both have their own charm. While Jodhpur beautifully offsets the landscape with its blue buildings, Jaisalmer radiates the majesty of the desert with its yellow sandstone structures. Jodhpur has many palaces and forts, while Jaisalmer has one, in which people still live and make a living out of, which makes for an interesting sight.

What Is Special In Jaisalmer?

Jaisalmer is a thriving city that’s quite remote and located deep in the Thar Desert. If you want a memorable desert experience, then this is the place to be. Over a quarter of the population lives within the magnificent Jaisalmer Fort. Being in the desert means you get to experience a unique life, and the nearby sand dunes make for a breathtakingly beautiful sight.

How far is Jaisalmer from Jodhpur?

Jaisalmer is about 280 km away from Jodhpur, and it’ll take you roughly five hours by road. There are buses and cabs that ply between the two cities.

How Far Is Desert From Jaisalmer?

Jaisalmer is located within the Thar Desert. But if you’re talking about the sand dunes and desolate landscape, the Desert National Park is about 10 km away from the city proper. The popular Sam Sand Dunes and Khuri Sand Dunes are 38 and 50 km away respectively.

Is Jaisalmer Safe?

Jaisalmer is a safe city for tourists. With the exception of the Indo-Pakistan border (where you aren’t allowed to go without permission from the military), you can explore Jaisalmer without any fear.

What Is Sam Sand Dunes In Jaisalmer?

Sam Sand Dunes is one of the most popular places in Jaisalmer where you get to see the beauty of the Thar Desert’s sand dunes. It’s about 38 km away from the city center. You can stay the night here at one of the many camps under the canopy of stars, and in the day, tap into your adventurous spirit by going dune bashing.

  • Region
    North India
  • Type Of Experience
    Unique / Offbeat Experience
  • Ola / Uber
    No / No (Local taxi by hiring an auto or cab is very easy)
  • Airport
    Yes
  • Train
    Yes
  • Buses
    Yes
  • Sunset From Jaisalmer Fort
  • Sunset From Bada Bagh
  • Sunset From Gadisar Lake
  • Sunset From the sand dunes