Most people add Jaisalmer to their travel bucket list as it is among the popular destinations in Rajasthan. The desert city was founded by Bhatti Rajput chieftain Rawal Jaisal in 1156. Jaisalmer is widely regarded as the western sentinel of the country. If one wants to get an idea of native Rajasthan, plan a trip to the city. Situated in the heart of the Thar Desert, the city offers tourists an enchanting world of colour, fable and history. The magnificent wood and stone-carved mansions and buildings are a testament to the Rajput love for fine arts. During January and February, a large number of visitors visit the city to attend the desert festival. The journey to Jaisalmer is quite breath-taking. It resembles a large sandcastle that rises from the plains like a mirage from an unforgotten era. The city has a number of exotic camel-train trade routes and is shrouded in history. There are about 99 bastions that surround the fort’s twisted lanes. One can find shops swaddled in bright embroideries inside, a royal palace and a slew of businesses looking to attract visitors from across the globe. Despite being a commercial hub, one cannot help but get enchanted by the magic surrounding the city. Beneath the ramparts, especially towards the north, the city’s narrow streets host magnificent Havelis, all carved from golden-honey sandstone as the fort. No wonder Jaisalmer is called the Golden City. Jaisalmer may be remote but many have not forgotten the magic that surrounds the city. It definitely ranks high as among Rajasthan’s most popular destinations. No trip to Jaisalmer is ever complete without taking a camel ride through the Thar Desert. However, only those who are up to the challenge will get on the camel saddle. It can be quite daunting for those with an unsteady gait. If you are looking for a hassle-free, laid-back place to stay, Jaisalmer is definitely the place to be. Fort Palace is open to the public. Each floor has a number of small rooms that provide a fascinating sense of how buildings of the bygone era were designed to keep vigil on the outside world. The Jaisalmer Fort is also another popular tourist spot. One enters the fort from the east, close to Gopa Chowk, before passing through the massive gates on the winding route to the upper half of the fort. Instead of taking a camel ride, why not pay a visit to the Thar Heritage Museum? The museum houses an assortment of Jaisalmer artefacts – from musical instruments, fossils to turbans to kitchen equipment. One is sure to get a thorough understanding of the city through the artefacts on display. The best time to visit the city is between November and March. The winter months are perfect because the summer months become unbearable. There are a number of OYO budget and premium hotels located in the city. In a desert paradise, it is important to find the right accommodation. One can find rooms near Jaisalmer Fort and Bus Stand, the railway station as well as the industrial area.