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Jaisalmer

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updated listing Suryagarh Jaisalmer
===By train===
There is a direct train service from [[Old Delhi]]. The Delhi-Jaisalmer Express, departure time at 17:30 (from Delhi Jn station) via Jaipur, Jodhpur and Pokharan (India's nuclear testing area) reaches Jaisalmer at 11:00 30 next day. In the other direction the train leaves Jaisalmer at 17:15, reaching Delhi Jn at 11:10 15 next day. This train has 1AC, 2AC, 3AC, Sleeper and unreserved classes. It is very often 3-5 hrs late. Once you get to the station, it is about a 40Rs auto ride to the center of town as of Jan 2013.
In addition there is a daytime slow train (unreserved, stopping at all stations) and a night express train (with 3AC, Sleeper and unreserved classes) between Jaisalmer and Jodhpur.
===By bus===
Bus or car-taxi from [[Jodhpur]] or by bus from [[Bikaner]]. A daily bus runs to and from [[Jaipur]]by Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) .
===By car===
* <listing name="taxiGUIDE.in" alt="Jaisalmer Car Rental" address="" directions="" phone="+91 888 023 4455" url="http://www.taxiguide.in/TourPackages/Jaisalmer_Car_Rental.aspx" hours="Inquiry: 7am to 11pm" price="Fares starting Rs.2342 for within city and Rs.14.5/km for outstation" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Jaisalmer Car Rental services on taxiGUIDE.in - a Chauffeur Driven Car Rental Service in 75 Cities in India.</listing>
*<see name="Clear Car Rental Pvt Ltd" alt="Clear Car Rental Pvt Ltd" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.clearcarrental.com/Jaisalmer" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></see>
 
==Understand==
Unlike Jaipur and Jodhpur, with populations in the millions, Jaisalmer is very much a tourist town, with a population of about 80,000. In fact, a significant portion of the population is only there in the tourist season, 4 months out of the year. The rest of the time they go off to find work in larger towns in Rajasthan. Thus you can expect to see that the inhabitants are very intent on selling you things. As anywhere in India, try to stay calm and not get irritated, as getting angry never helps the situation. Keep in mind that they can also be extremely friendly, chatty, and genuinely helpful- so be positive when in the city and have a good time!
==See==
Lush gardens, lovely pools and fountains, impressive stone carving techniques.
While most cannot afford staying there, stopping to have tea is an option that allows you to have a look at lesser cost!</see>
*<see name="Hotel Shanti Residency" alt="" address="Jetwai Road, Transport Circle, Jaisalmer" directions="Take right turn from welcome board of Jaisalmer city, keep left and come straight cross railway crossing, 1 km ahed on right hand side before circle u will find Hotel Shanti Residency " phone="09829074666" url="http://www.devhotelsandcamps.com" hours="" price="1800-3000" lat="" long="">Hotel Shanti Residency, A fantasy in Stone,has 20 Deluxe and 6 Super Deluxe well appointed rooms with attach modern bathroom. Each room has got Split A/C, LCD TV, Intercom Service, Wi Fi Internet and modern amenities A hotel with wall to wall jurassic marble, A/C restaurant, Roof Top Restaurant and a conference hall with a capacity of 200 pax. </see>
 
==Do==
Just chill, Jaisalmer is a lovely and very relaxing placewith a great small-town feel. Plan at least two days and add time you want to have in the desert. Go for a stroll, visit the palace and do the [[Rajasthan Camel Safari|camel safari]] (trips available from a few hours to 14 days). If you do not feel remotely attracted to camels, try a jeep safari into the desert to see the scenery and watch the sun go down. Below the fort are several magnificent havelis with intricate stone carving. Several can be visited for minimal charges and are well worth seeking out.
It is more comfortable to wander in the city before 9am when there is not many tourists, less shops opened/hassle and still fresh air.
Contact -09799394263</do>
 
==Buy==
Silk & cashmere blends, with or without embroidery
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*'''In general''' regardless if shops are inside or outside of the fort the shop´s first price is carrying a markup of between 375% to 400%. So the tourist shall be well aware of this fact and rather walk away from a deal than being ripped-off. Most of the time the shop owner will ask you to come back and offers you the product for 25% of the original price demand. The shops in Jaisalmer are known to be extremely greedy when it comes to take advantage of foreigners.
==Eat==
Lots of local eateries which offer sumptuous lunches and dinners for a measly Rs 20. Many of the restaurants are directed towards Western tourists so Rajasthani food can sometimes be surprisingly hard to find! Note that many of these prices are out of date since there has been significant inflation in India in the past few years.
*<eat name="8July" alt="" address="Just inside the fort walls" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Owned and run by a lovely husband and wife couple and boast home made apple pie and vegimite toast, mostly organic and all prepared fresh to order. They also make their own homemade ice cream. There is outdoor seating that overlooks the bustling rickshaw pick up and drop area just inside the fort walls which is fun to watch. The spaghetti and pizza are highly recommended!! </eat>
 
*<eat name="Milap Restaurant" alt="" address="Near Amarsagar Gate, Bhaskar Mohella" directions="" phone=253022"" url="" hours="" price=70Rs"" lat="" long="">The locals highly recommend this homely vegetarian eatery run by a Brahmin family. No menu, just a thali of whatever is on offer for 70Rs (as of Jan 2013), with 10Rs refill for the sabzi of your choice. Dal bati churema (a local Rajasthani specialty) is available on special order. Delicious authentic home-made food. The rotis with fresh ghee are to die for!</eat>
*'''Artist Hotel Restaurant''' Near the sunset view point - in the middle of the Jaisalmer artist colony. The very best food in town(50Rs). Everything is made fresh. You will get western (also nice Austrian food) food as well as very nice Indian dishes. The restaurant is placed on rooftop and you can enjoy your meal while listening to rajastani music performed live!
* <eat name="Free Tibet Restaurant" alt="" address="" directions="Near two of the main lookouts from the fort" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="Rs 30-120">This place has a great view out over the fort walls. The food is a mix of Tibetan, Indian and Continental. Cheaper than other 'lookout' restaurants nearby. Family run.</eat>
*<eat name="jaisal Italy" alt="" address="Fort gate" directions="gopa chowk " phone="9928592525" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">The only good italian food I have come across in 9 months in India. Real pizza, with actually good mozzarella cheese. Very decent pasta as well. Amazing view on the Fort from the terrace, fun low tables-and-cushions concept inside.</eat>
*<eat name="Trio" alt="" address="Hanuman Chowk" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Nice food. Reasonable prices.Amazing view of the fort and fairly upscale/stylish in feel. The tandoori vegetarian thali is recommended. 200-400Rs (as of Jan 2013)</eat>
*<eat name="German Bakery" alt="" address="Gopa Chowk" directions="Near fort gate" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Good lemon cake. Decent croissants. Almond cookies. Delicious tea. Great place to have a "western-style" breakfast.</eat>
*<eat name="Restaurent Desert Eves" alt="Desert Eves" address="on Fort, Next To Jain Temples, Opposite Hotel Suraj." directions="Just cross the Jain Temples inside the Fort of Jaisalmer, This place is with a very large entrance Gate." phone="09928738269" url="www.hotelsurajvilas.com" hours="7a.m. to 11 p.m." price="20-150" lat="" long="">A Beautifull Roof Top Cafe Lounge with great Views of Jain Temples, Sunset and Havelis. Their is nice cushoins to sit on the floor as well as a tables and chairs to have great Candle Light Dinners, or enjoying beers at sunset. It has good speed Wifi connectivity also. Food Ranges from Indian, Chinese, Italian, Continental.</eat>
Quality food -Quality price..
Contact- 9799394263, 9571575351</eat>
 
==Drink==
Drink delectable bhang lassi at the government authorized shop close to the entrance of the fort. Packs of bhang-infused cookies and chocolates are also available for takeaway, and can be savored on trips into the desert to great effect. A word of caution, it can take a while before you get high from Bhang, hence you should not take multiple drinks in quick succession. Excessive consumption of Bhang dehydrates the body and one can experiance effects like high sweating,anxiety,increases palpitation,halucinations etc ,these effects varies from person to person and depends on the amount of bhang consumed, to overcome the adverse effects of high Bhang consumption drink plenty of water with glucose ( Not for diabitics patients) and have food along with Bhang (try not to take bhang in empty stomach).Not more than a glass should be consumed by first timers unless you want to spend next day holding your bed trying not to fall.
 
One can buy alcohol at various Government-authorized "wine & beer" shops around the city. They often charge a bit of a premium so it is possible in some situations to haggle down the price a little.
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==Sleep==
*<sleep name="Thar Vilas" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.theconsortiumhotels.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
*<sleep name="Shanti Residency" alt="" address="S-5, Transport Nagar" directions="" phone="+91982907466691-9414149138" url="http://www.shantiresidency.com/" checkin="12PM" checkout="12PM" price="Rs 1800-3000. 1250" lat="" long="">Located at a very approachable area on the State High Way No.11. consists of 24 well equipped and well furnished rooms. The facilities include a multi cuisine Restaurant and a banquet hall with capacity of 70-90. </sleep>
*<sleep name="Artist Hotel" alt="Royal Guest House" address="Artist Colony, Jaisalmer, 345001" directions="" phone="02992-252082" url="http://www.artisthotel.info" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rs. 200-1200" lat="" long="">This hotel is very clean, with comfortable beds. Free pickup from the train station is available. The staff are helpful and very kind. There is a terrace with an amazing view of the fort. The owner is an Austrian, he helps local musicians who perform in the evening in the rooftop restaurant.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Hotel Priya" alt="" address="C.V.S. Colony, Jaisalmer" directions="Behind public hospital" phone="*02992-252755- 250577" url="http://www.priyahotels.com" checkin="24 hours" checkout="12:00 PM" price="" lat="" long="">Located in the heart of Jaisalmer builded in a traditional Rajasthani style, well decorated, offering different types of rooms and surrounded by a warm staff. Facilities like air conditioner, full WI-FI connectivity, TV, and restaurant are available. It is also provided two camps in Sam Dunes and Khuri Dunes for their customers.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Gajanand Guest House" alt="" address="Gandi Gandhi Chowk, Main Pura St, Jaisalmer 345001" directions="" phone="02992-251190, 09829310890" url="[email protected]" checkin="" checkout="10am" price="300-600 Rs" lat="" long="">This is a wonderful small guest house run more like a home stay with a loving family. Kamal will treat you like part of his family by providing you with free pick up from the train station, a super clean room with ensuite bath, very comfortable bed, free wifi and internet use from his shop (computer) and great advice about Jaisalmer. There is no restaurant and no travel agency so there is no pressure. Located outside of the fort, just a 5 minute walk. Only 4 rooms, advanced booking advised. [email protected]</sleep>
*<sleep name="Raj Resorts Jaisalmer" alt="Family Resort" address="Sam Road Near Kanoi Village Jaisalmer" directions="" phone="09799394263" url="www.rajgroupofhotelsresorts.weebly.com" checkin="14 hrs" checkout="10 hrs" price="5000/-" lat="" long="">We Take This Opportunity To Introduce You The One And Only Luxurious RAJ RESORT, Which Emerges Like A Golden Mirage, Which Unfolds The Charming Romance Of The “Thar” Desert. The Resort Is Like A Jewel In The Midst Of The Soft Golden Sand. The Resort Combines The Modern Facilities And Conveniences With The Warmth & Personal Attention That Corrective The Traditional Indian Hospitality.
Contact -09799394263</sleep>
*<sleep name="Camp e KhasSuryagarh Jaisalmer" alt="" address="Sam Sand DunesKahala Phata, before Sam ParkingRoad Jaisalmer-345001 Rajasthan, JaisalmerIndia" directions="40 kms from Jaisalmer city on Sam Sand Dune, you will find Camp e Khas on right hand side 1 kms ahed of tourist tax barier " phone="+916677466691-02992-269269" url="http://www.campekhassuryagarh.com" checkin="12 noon" checkout="10 AM" price="4000-7000" lat="" long="">Camp e KhasAt Suryagarh, one of they go hand in hand.combining the best camps at sam sand dunes has 30 well appointed Deluxe Swiss tents with attach modern bathroom. Camp with rich traditional interiors and luxury boasts for its hospitality and service. Stay Includes camel ridethe medieval, evening tea with light snacks, folk music the timeless and dance with bonfirethe timely, dinner the spartan and breakfastthe sumptuous.</sleep>
===Outside the city===
*'''Mirvana Nature Resort and Camps''', [http://www.mirvananatureresort.com], Sodakore 00919414440799, 1 hr from Jaisalmer along the road to Jodhpur. A luxury desert resort tented camp attached to a desert farm with nice swimming pool. Meals are served under the stars with Rajasthani folk music and dance and camp fire!
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