Desert Cities In Rajasthan | Sandy Portraits of Rajasthan Desert

Desert Cities In Rajasthan | Sandy Portraits of Rajasthan Desert

desert cities in rajasthan sandy portraits of rajasthan deserts

Whichever point you are standing at; whatever angle you are facing – the desert lands in Rajasthan will narrate numerous stories of adventure and romance.

Falling in love comes natural but what if your heart is already drenched with all kind of emotions; do not play too hard on your mind; just spend some time in the desert and in less than no time your heart and mind will be ruled by this yellowish landscape.

Every place lives with a varied presence but there is some sort of magical vibe that only comes with the desert lands.

rajasthani village women fetching water from the sparse wells within rajasthan - desert cities

The Northern state of India or say the largest state of India by area [Rajasthan] – the princely state of Rajasthan houses the Great Indian Desert, famously known as the Thar Desert. It’s nicknamed as the SALTY PLACE or say THARLI.

A large and bouncy arid region [no water| no life] in the northwestern part of the Indian Subcontinent that spread in an area of 200,000 kilometers square.

The Thar Desert gives no rise to any living form but it surely craves for presence. It tries to speak through the speedy winds just like the oceans communicating through the waves.

Insights of Thar Desert [Basic to know for Rajasthan Desert Tour]


rajasthan thar desert dunes bright - desert cities in rajasthan

The Great Indian Desert forms a natural boundary between the nation India and Pakistan. It’s the world’s 18th largest desert and the World’s 9th largest subtropical desert

It shines brighter when the sun rays touch it to the core.

Approximately 75 per cent of the desert land resides in the vicinity of India and 25 per cent lives in the country Pakistan. Out of 75 per cent; more than 60 per cent of the yellow land or say the desert land resides in the land of royals [Rajasthan] and the remaining 15 per cent is distributed among the state of Gujarat, Haryana and Punjab.

The desert owns an extreme dry part i.e. the Marusthali region located in the west and a Semi-Desert zone in the eastern region with some Sand dunes.

The Thar Desert stretches between the Great Rann of Kutch along the coast, the Aravalli hills in the North-East and the alluvial plains of the Indus River in the North-West and West.

It also houses a few saltwater lakes namely

  • Sambhar
  • Kuchaman and Didwana in Rajasthan
  • Kharaghoda in the striking state of Gujarat [the weathering of rocks make the lake salty].

The state of Rajasthan not only serves as home to some major-

  • Historical monuments
  • Enthralling and calm lake-sites
  • Eminent places of Worship
  • Knowledge expanding Museums
  • Age-old Villages
  • Fair and festive locations etc

but it also embraces the great presence of desert cities [adorned with some magical spots of impressive work and excellence].

Desert Cities In Rajasthan

The Most Faithful Secret Keeper

Place your presence at the best secret Keeper and never forget the spot of hide [Desert is where the time stays still – it’s only a cultivated thought – time waits for none].


1. Jaisalmer [Desert cities in Rajasthan]

camel ride in jaisalmer - desert cities in rajasthan

An impressive resident of Rajasthan nicknamed as the Golden City; the enthralling town of Jaisalmer stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone [best-known for housing the age-old Jaisalmer Fort].

This Phenomenal town of grace resides in the Heart of the Thar Desert [blessed with some of the appealing tourist attractions and fun-packed activities]. Make the most of the thrill-driven activities like

  • Camel Ride
  • Jeep Safari
  • Overnight Camping
  • Folk dance and music performances etc.

Maharawal Jaisal Singh [a Rajput King] founded this wondrous city in 1156 AD and this is where it gets its name from; Jaisalmer means the Hill Fort of Jaisal. Jaisalmer is home to some tough and daring backdrops, well-known for leather products such as leather made messenger bags.

leather bags market in jaisalmer - desert cities in rajasthan

Places To Visit In Jaisalmer –

  • Jaisalmer Fort
  • Gadisar Lake
  • Vyas Chhatri
  • Patwon Ki Haveli
  • Jaisalmer War Museum
  • Jaisalmer Fort Palace Museum etc.

Best Time To Visit Jaisalmer – From the start of November to the mid days of March.

Note – If you wish to visit the wondrous destinations of Rajasthan via Luxury train then the Palace On Wheels at your rescue.

Suggested Tour: Jaisalmer Day Tour, Rajasthan Sand Dunes Tour, Palace on Wheels Luxury Train Tour


2. Jodhpur [Desert cities in Rajasthan]

jodhpur city colored blue - desert cities in rajasthan

The second largest city of Rajasthan is nicknamed as the Blue City and the Sun City. In the days of old, it serves as the seat of a princely state of the same name, the capital of the Kingdom was addressed as Marwar.

The extra-ordinary forms of creation like the Palaces, Forts and Temples reside in the kindness of this enchanting city. It sets in the outlining landscape of the Great Indian Desert.

umaid bhawan palace jodhpur - desert cities in rajasthan

Places To Visit In Jodhpur –

  • Mehrangarh Fort
  • Umaid Bhawan Palace
  • Achal Nath Temple
  • Jaswant Thada
  • Kunj Bihari Temple
  • Umaid Palace Museum
  • Ghanta Ghar
  • Kaylana Lake and Garden
  • Balsamand Lake
  • Iskcon Temple etc.

Best Time To Visit Jaisalmer – Commencing from the month of October to the mid of March.

Note – the city of glory is well-known for selling quality spices [the Spice Market]. On your arrival to Jodhpur, do make sure to buy a pair or two of the Jodhpuri Mojari.

Suggested Tour: Jodhpur Day Tour, Delhi To Jodhpur Weekend Tour, 15 Days Colorful Rajasthan Tour


3. Bikaner [Desert cities in Rajasthan]

lakshmi niwas palace bikaner - desert cities in rajasthan

Nicknamed as the Camel City; it’s a prominent city situated in the Northwest region of the state of Rajasthan. This striking city was founded by the Rao Bika in the year 1486.

Bikaner gratefully celebrates its foundation day on Akshaya Tritiya by initiating numerous exciting activities like flying Kites and having ethnic food [bajre ka khichda and imli ka paani].

The famous city of Bikaner is located in the middle of the Thar Desert [lives in Hot Semi-arid climate – receives very less rainfall].

camel research farm bikaner, desert cities in rajasthan

Places To Visit In Bikaner –

  • Camel Research Farm
  • Junagarh Fort
  • Prachina Museum
  • Laxmi Niwas Palace
  • Karni Mata Temple
  • Lalgarh Palace
  • Bhandasar Jain Temple
  • Laxmi Nath Temple
  • Sursagar Lake etc.

Best Time To Visit Bikaner – Beginning from the month of October to the end of March.

Note – On your visit to Bikaner do buy some very delicious Sweets and snacks [the famous Bikaner Bhujia].

Suggested Tour: Jaipur Bikaner Weekend Tour, 10 Days Rajasthan Historical TourMaharaja Express Indian Splendor Luxury Train Tour


4. Osian [Desert cities in Rajasthan]

candle night dinner camp stay osian dunes - desert cities in rajasthan

A remarkable and excellence infused ancient town situated in the Jodhpur district of the largest state of India by area [Rajasthan].

Osian is an oasis in the Thar Desert, popularly addressed as the “Khajuraho of Rajasthan” for its fine carved temples. This place of exploration is famously known for serving as home to the cluster of Jain and Brahmanical Temples, which dates to the 8th to 11th Centuries.

During the Gurjara Pratihara Dynasty; Osian assisted as the major religious destination of the Kingdom of Marwar. One can spend a few quality days in this dazzling destination [calm and graceful place of quirkiness].

sachiya mata temple osian - desert cities in rajasthan

Places To Visit In Osian –

  • Osiyan Mata Temple
  • Harihara Temple
  • Camel Ride With Desert Safari & Camp Stay
  • Katan Bavdi etc

Best Time To Visit Osian – The winter months are the best; starting from the month of October to the mid of March.

Note – This place of attraction is best-known for housing qualitative numbers of tents and other camp-sites [decorated in a quirky way – one different from another]. While your visit do stay for a night in one of the tents, worth an experience.

Suggested Tour: 16 Days Rajasthan Forts & Palaces Tour, 21 Days Grand Rajasthan Tour


5. Pokhran [Desert cities in Rajasthan]

pokhran fort - desert cities in rajasthan

A notable city situated in the Jaisalmer district of the happening and colorful state of Rajasthan; it’s a land of greatness [a remote location in the Great Indian Desert].

Pokhran is encircled by stiff rocks, silky sand and five salt ranges. Pokhran means a “Place of five mirages”. It lies in the way of significant cities namely Jaisalmer, Jodhpur or Bikaner.

The praiseworthy or say the face of Pokhran is the Fort Pokhran. It’s a 14th-century citadel; remarkably addressed as “Balagarh” stands with huge pride amidst the Thar Desert.

shakti mata memorial chatriya pokhran - desert cities in rajasthan

Places To Visit In Pokhran –

  • Pokhran Fort
  • Shakti Mata Memorial Chatriya etc.

Best Time To Visit Pokhran – winter is the most-favorable season to step in with purpose of exploration [commencing from the month of October to the mid days of March].

Note – Do spend quite some precious time exploring the in and outs of Pokhran Fort.

Suggested Tour: 24 Days Rajasthan and South India Kerala Tour, 16 Days Rajasthan Cultural & Historical Tour, North India and Rajasthan Tour


6. Pushkar [Desert cities in Rajasthan]

pushkar city from sky - desert cities in rajasthan

A sacred town situated in the Ajmer district of the state of Rajasthan; it’s an eminent pilgrimage site for Sikhs and Hindus.

The holy and rarely found Brahma Temple is the symbolic destination of Pushkar [built during the 14th century CE]. The significant town of Pushkar sits perfectly on the Shore of Pushkar Lake,adorned with bathing Ghats].

pushkar fair festival activities - desert cities in rajasthan

Places To Visit In Pushkar –

  • Brahma Temple
  • Pushkar Lake
  • Rangji Temple
  • Sunset Point
  • Gurudwaras of Guru Gobind Singh and Guru Nanak etc.

Best Time To Visit Pushkar – You can pay your visit to this temple city throughout any time of the year; however, starting from the month of October to March is regarded as the most-favourable duration.

Note – The Temple town of Pushkar is well-Known for serving the presence of rarely found Brahma Temple and it also hosts the grand Pushkar Camel Fair every year.

Suggested Tour: Delhi Pushkar Weekend Tour, Delhi Agra Jaipur Pushkar Tour, Delhi Agra Jaipur Rajasthan Khajuraho Tour


A portion of  the Thar Desert also lies in the state of Gujarat


7. Great Rann of Kutch [Desert spot in Gujarat]

traditional folk dance at rann of kutch gujarat - desert spot in gujarat

The Great Rann of Kutch is a salt marsh situated in the Thar Desert in the Kutch district of the state of Gujarat. It’s charmingly spread in an area of approximately 7500 square Kilometers and considered as one of the largest salt deserts in the entire World.

This place of greatness has been inhabited by the Kutchi people; it’s one of the hottest areas of India as well.

rann of kutch utsav night festival gujarat - desert spot in gujarat

Places To Visit In Great Rann of Kutch –

  • Nadeshwari Mata Temple
  • White desert Bhuj
  • Kalo Dungar etc.

Best Time To Visit Great Rann of Kutch – From the mid of October to the end of February.

Note – To become a part of the annual Rann Utsav; place your presence anytime from the month of November to February [that’s the duration of Rann of Kutch festival].

Suggested Tour: Gujarat Wildlife TourHidden Treasures Of Gujarat Deccan Odyssey Luxury Train Tour

pushkar camel safari camel ride - desert cities in rajasthan

Every desert place has one thing in common – visit any of the above-listed destinations and enjoy the camel ride in desert in Rajasthan.

Much of the watery and green destinations; this time make a plan, which includes most of the desert cities. Go out there, express all your heartfelt emotions and deep thoughts that are bothering you since long.

The desert lands will keep your secrets safe.

Plan a trip anytime sooner as the winter months are just around the corner.

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