When we were there:
Early August- we had great weather the whole time we were here.
Where we stayed:
Toffu Safari (hotel and offers camel safari): We stayed in the hotel and also went on the camel safari with them too.
The hotel is the best value for money hotel! We stayed in a private double with AC and a private bathroom for only AUD $10/night. The rooms were very clean and nice. The hotel is also in a great location only a short walk to top restaurants, shopping bazaars and the fort. We would highly recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Jaislamer.
Where we ate:
Pleasant Haveli – lovely rooftop restaurant with a gorgeous view of the fort and wonderful service. You must go there for a sunset dinner.
Gaji Restaurant – Nice restaurant (no.1) on trip advisor and next door to Toffu Safari. It has a good variety of Indian and Korean dishes.
Restaurant Romany – On the rooftop of Toffu Hotel. It’s a great sport for a beer or to have some Indian food with very friendly staff, whatever you do, do not order their spaghetti. 😂
Travellers Cup – Cute little coffee shop in behind a book shop that sells good espresso coffee if you need your fix! They don’t really do food here but it’s a good little hideaway to escape the heat.
Free Tibet Restaurant – Go here and try the Momos, they are delicious! Do not confuse with Little Tibet. Go to the very top rooftop for the most beautiful 360 degree view of all of Jaisalmer, it would be spectacular at sunset.
Hotel Tokyo Palace – The Tokyo Special Thali here is one of the best we have had! It’s excellent value for money being big enough to share between two people.
Stuff we did:
We also did the camel safari with Toffu. We went with the one night option leaving at around 3pm in the afternoon and returning by 11am the following morning. The package includes a visit to some villages on the way out to the desert, food, water and a nice chai tea in the evening when you reach the camp spot. Sleeping under the stars on the sand dunes on a windy night was an experience we can at least say we did! The camels are very well looked after and the guides on our tour were lovely. Going on a camel safari in Jaislamer is something you must do.
Jaislamer City and Fort:
Wandered around and through the winding streets: Jaiselmer is a nice tidy city to walk in (by Indian standards of course!). We spent hours wandering through the city, and up into the fort where you can take in the views and browse the shops.
How we got there:
We caught an AC seated bus from Jodhpur which was about a 6 hour journey and cost about 330INR each. The bus was pretty comfortable.
A lot of hotels and hostels will offer you free pick and and drop off, as they will want to sell you “their” camel safari when you arrive.
What we thought:
Jaisalmer is one of our favourite cities so far. The streets are have less traffic and pollution making them really nice to go for a wander to explore the city. Go there!