Half Day Thar Desert Tours Jaisalmer
Take A Tour of the Golden Relics
We will take you to the golden relics on the outskirts of Jaisalmer. Tour includes:
- Bada Bagh (the beautiful cemetery of the Bhatti royal family)
- Lodrawa (the ancient capital of Jaisalmer)
- Amar Sagar (the intricately hand carved Jain temple)
- Kuldhara (the mysterious abandoned village)
- Ruins of Khaba Fort (once inhabited by the prosperous Paliwal Brahmins)
- Sam sand dunes with camel ride as an additional option
- Bottled water and fruit.
Tour runs for 4 to 5 hours
Morning tour departs camp 8.00 AM
Afternoon tour departs camp 1.00 PM
Imagine a day on a rugged off-road adventure to see the sand dunes, ancient relics and scenic beauty of the Thar Desert! Isn’t that an excursion everyone should try?
Our desert tours offer you something different – an exploration of history, bygone royalty, the hush hush of empty relics. An experience you will remember forever. Our guided tours offer a variety of excursions, visiting various interesting places on the outskirts of Jaisalmer.
These include Lodrawa, which was the ancient capital of the Bhatti dynasty till 1156 AD, when Rawal Jaisal founded the current city of Jaisalmer and shifted his capital there.
Also Bada Bagh, the Amar Sagar Jain Temple, the ruins of Khaba Fort and Kuldhara – the abandoned village once inhabited by Paliwal Brahmins but abandoned in the early 19th century for mysterious reasons.
All of these are included in our half day desert tour.
For an extra buzz, you can add dune bashing (jeep safari) to your schedule. In fact, we can tailor your safari jeep tour to your perfection.
Book a desert tour with us today and look forward to an amazing adventure!
Read more about the local relics
Bada Bagh, meaning big or grand garden in Hindi, is a complex of elevated, dome-shaped pavilions called chhatri, seemingly carved out of the stony desert landscape. Built with sandstone blocks, around 6 KM north of Jaisalmer, the beautiful pavilions (cenotaphs), were constructed by the Maharajas of the Jaisalmer State in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries CE, as empty memorials for deceased royalty. At least four different sizes, represent from largest to smallest, the ruling kings, their queens, princes and other members of the royal family. Each of the cenotaphs have an exquisitely carved ceiling and equestrian statue of the rulers. On its hillside, the location of the ‘garden’ offers Jaisalmer tourists an ideal spot to watch the glorious Thar Desert sunset.
The ancient village of Lodrawa (also Lodurva) was the capital of the Bhatti dynasty in Jaisalmer state before Jaisalmer city itself. A city on a bygone trade route through the Thar Desert, it was repeatedly attacked by foreign invaders, notably around 1025 AD to 1152 AD – after which it was abandoned and ruler Rawal Jaisal established the new capital on the Trikuta Hill in 1156 CE, where Jaisalmer Fort now stands (naming it after himself). Lodrawa is famous for its Jain temples, most of which were constructed in pre 12th-century, and reconstructed following the invasions in later years. The main Jain temple is dedicated to the 23rd Tirthankara and is a popular pilgrimage for Jains from Rajasthan and Gujarat. Restored in the 1970s, the temple’s magnificence lies in the intricate carvings into the solid pillars and walls made of Jaisalmer desert’s golden sandstone, depicting the Tree of Life, Garnesh and Parshvanatha, the 23rd Tirthankara.
Amar Sagar lies around 4 KM from Bada Bagh and 7 KM from Jaisalmer. Adorned with beautiful carvings, the stately Amar Sagar Jain Temple rests alongside Amar Sagar Lake, one of the oldest water points in Jaisalmer which once served as the main water reservoir for the city. Steps from the ancient pavilions descend into the lake, though it is mostly dry now. If you are fortunate to arrive after the rainfall, you can experience the former tranquillity and spirituality of an oasis in Thar Desert.
Around 18 KM south-west of Jaisalmer city is the mysteriously abandoned village of Kuldhara. It was established by Brahmins in the 13th century who had migrated from Pali to Jaisalmer region. Within the remains of a boundary wall, this apparently bustling village was centred around a temple, crisscrossed with roads and narrow lanes, and containing up to 800 households with a population of traders, farmers, bankers, builders and craftsmen. Rumour has it that, in the 19th century, when a powerful tax minister from Jaisalmer visited the village, he laid eyes on the beautiful daughter of the village leader and was instantly enraptured. Resolute, he threatened the villagers if he did not have his way and marry her the very next day, they would be severely punished. In fear for the girl and the wrath of the minister, the entire village fled that night and the village remains empty and in ruins to this day.
35 KM from Jaisalmer city and 25 KM from Sam Sand Dunes, Khaba Fort stands in amazing fortitude after more than 10 centuries as a testament to Rajasthan’s architectural aptitude. The architectural style belongs to the Paliwal Brahmins of Kuldhara who fled the village 600 years ago leaving a ghost town. Once an overnight stopover for trader on the Silk Road, the structures of this complex still stand in grandeur. Turrets and towers, elaborate latticework, ramparts that offer majestical views of the desert, a Shiva temple enfolded by mud houses and shops.
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