Think where you can get everything from magnificent forts, royal palaces, desert safaris, dune bashing, wildlife safaris, to delectable food? The answer is Jaisalmer. Also, known as the Golden City, it has the name because a lot of houses here are built using sandstone, giving it a golden hue. If you’re planning on Rajasthan this winter; Jaisalmer will not disappoint. You could take a flight to the nearest airport to Jaisalmer which is Jodhpur Airport – located at a distance of about 5 to 6 hours by road.  Or you could take a train directly to Jaisalmer from any major city in the country. Also Read - Heatwave Intensifies: Delhi Records 2nd Highest Temperature at 47.6 Degrees, Churu in Rajasthan Sizzles at 50 Degrees

Travellers looking to experience the warm Rajasthani hospitality and get a peek into the rustic culture of the state must visit during the winter months to be able to explore outdoors without getting scorched in the sun. An SUV ride on the sand dunes of the mighty Thar Desert; visiting the India-Pakistan border and shopping for Rajasthani textiles in Jaisalmer’s colourful bazaars are only some of the things you shouldn’t miss.

The food – you will know what the fuss is about only when you taste it. Especially, the ‘mirchi pakodas.’ They will turn out to be the best you’ve tried in life. However, be cautious when someone tries to offer you bhang (cannabis) lassis. Locals might persuade you to have the infamous drink but indulge in it only if you are in a safe place and have an appetite for it.

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Home to some of the most beautiful architecture in our country; Jaisalmer is an attack on all the senses and a photographer’s delight. The lakes, sand dunes and forts will make for the most gorgeous frames; lens, and after you’ve spent some time under a starry night amongst the dunes, you will never want to leave. The Jaisalmer Fort still stands proud in the centre of the city, attracting hordes of travellers every year.

If you visit between December and March, you’ll get to explore a prettier side of the Thar Desert. Since those are the winter months in Jaisalmer, sightseeing and other outdoor activities like camel ride, desert safari are more enjoyable during this time as the maximum temperature does not go beyond 24 degree celsius. Evenings are cooler and at night, the temperature can drop further down to 7 or 8 degree celsius.