Lying in the heart of the Thar Desert in the Indian state of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer is a town that has been dubbed “The Golden City” for the yellow sandstone used to build its famous Jaisalmer Fort and other ancient structures. The city's most famous attraction is a fort called “Sonar Quila,” and the majority of Jaisalmer hotels are close to—or actually within—the fort itself. Book a Jaislamar cheap hotel along Fort Road, which makes a loop around the structure. Inside the fort are shops, restaurants, and markets teeming with activity.
From your Jaisalmer hotel, take a tour of the numerous havelis—mansions that once housed the city's elite politicians, princes, and merchants—many of which date back more than 500 years. There are also a host of temples and museums—such as the Desert Culture Centre and Museum, Jaisalmer Folklore Museum, and the Government Museum—which will take you on a trip through thousands of years of "Jain" culture and history.
Take a Desert Trek
Of course you'll want to see the Jaisalmer Fort, but you should also take in the Jain Temple and palace which rest as the crown jewels on the site. Also, be sure to book a desert tour on camelback from your hotel in Jaisalmer, where you can explore the Thar and walk in the footsteps of the ancient nomadic people who called the region home for thousands of years. And for a truly unforgettable visit to the city, come for the Desert Festival in January and February every year, where you can witness traditional performing arts like Kalbelia dances as well as immerse yourself in folk songs and music.