Getting there & around
Jaisalmer is situated in the very heart of Rajasthan and a popular tourist destination therefore it is well connected to the rest of India and Rajasthan with airways, railways as well as roadways.
How to reach Jaisalmer by Airways
Though Jaisalmer is not directly connected to Airways as such, Jodhpur airport is 300 Km away. Jodhpur is connected to all the major metros of India by government owned as well as private airlines. From Jodhpur you can hire Cabs or take a train journey according to your wish and preference.
How to reach Jaisalmer by Railways
Jaisalmer is connected to major cities of India through broad gauge as well as meter gauge railway tracks. Direct trains from Jaisalmer are available to Jodhpur as well as Delhi. Jaisalmer is connected through both 'Broad gauge' as well as 'Meter gauge' tracks. You can also travel to Jaisalmer by Palace on Wheels.
How to reach Jaisalmer by Roadways
Jaisalmer is well connected to the rest of state by well-maintained roads. Due to its proximity to Indo-Pak boarder, special emphasis is given on its maintenance. Deluxe & Ordinary buses of Rajasthan Roadways & Private companies operate form Jaisalmer to Jodhpur, Jaipur, Bikaner, Barmer, Mount Abu, Jalore, Ahemdabad etc, Roadways main bus stand opposite Railway station & Golden bus terminal near State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, Shiv road, Jaisalmer are the two major bus stands.
Local transportation in Jaisalmer
General transportations in Jaisalmer are Auto rickshaw and bicycles because these are the good ways to get around. If you have enough cash, Auto rickshaw is a comfortable mode of transportation. Just keep in mind that drivers might not be friendly all the times. It is recommended to take rickshaw when you take congested roads. There are monuments that are situated in close alleys and rickshaws and bicycles might prove handy in avoiding bottlenecks.
Cabs are also available both government operated and private operated. Opt for government operated ones that have authentic rate-cards. Cabs are costly to hire and a lot of dickering takes place with the cab drivers. If you want company and are really low at cash, City tour and site seeing buses are also available which are downright cheap.
One of the major attractions is the train christened 'Palace on Wheel', which boasts of some of the unheard luxuries in the world. Though it is very costly and operates from Delhi, it takes you to a 7 days tour of Rajasthan, including Jaisalmer and nearby places.