Jaisalmer

The beautiful yellow sandstone monuments of Jaisalmer give it the name “The Golden City”. Situated amidst the Thar desert in the western part of Rajasthan, one can experience the true climatic variations of a desert here. The landscape is a vast expanse of golden yellow sand, marked by the turrets of the Jaisalmer fort. Also known as the Sonar Killa, it is one of the few functional forts in the world as people still reside in the massive fort. There are many Jain temples within the fort itself. These Temples are decorated with ornate carvings, idols and scriptures. Paraswanath Temple is the biggest Jain temple here. Apart from temples, the fort also boasts of many eateries, handicraft sellers and old Havelis. Patwon ki Haveli was one the first havelis constructed and is gracefully adorned with many small balconies.
A camel safari will give you the classic desert escapade. One can appreciate the rural way of living in simple huts with thatched roofs and enjoy their folk shows like puppet plays. The locals are skilled in handmade crafts like pottery, jewellery, clothes etc. These make a perfect souvenir to take back.

Other activities one can engage in is parasailing and quad biking. Ditch the regular fast food for authentic Rajasthani cuisine to get a thorough cultural experience.