40 km away,lying south-west of Jaisalmer, it is a protected bio- sphere reserve spreading over 3000 Sq. km. The awe-inspiring Sam sand dunes are within the park. This is also the bustard breeding location and wildlife where you can see the Indian Gazelle, Chinkara, Eagle and many such birds and animals. Foreign tourists require permission from the District Magistrate and Desert National Park Office to enter this area. Domestic tourists require permission from the Desert National Park Office.Loduva, 18 km away, has the ruins of the earlier capital and Jain temples, which are being, rebuild as reminders of its past splendour.
From atop the Trikuta Hill, the Jaisalmer Fort casts its magical spell in the heart of every tourist. The fort was constructed by Rai Jaisala in the 12th century when he wanted a more secure place than Lodurva to serve as his capital. The fort is a symbol of an era gone by that is still alive in in its remnants.
There is a group of five temples lying within the fort and built between the 12th and 15th centuries, these temples are an achitectural marvel. Visitors are allowed only till 12 O' clock in the afternoon.
Elephants carved out of yellow sandstone guard this Haveli built by the Prime Minister of Jaisalmer in 1855. Two brothers, Hathu and Lallu constructed each side of the haveli. The whole mansion looks perfectly harmonious but you will notice that the right and left side of the building differs slightly in details.
Gharisar had once supplied water to the city; a courtesan has built the temples and archways around it.
The Havellis or mansions built by wealthy merchants and nobles are unmatched for the exquisitely carved sandstone facades. At one time, the city of Jaisalmer lay entirely within the Fort but during the 17th Century, Havellis were built below the Fort
The Desert Festival salutes the performing skills of the people of Rajasthan. The entire city of Jaisalmer, in the month of January - February appears to embrace the colour and enthusiasm of the festival. The people of Jaisalmer leave behind their woes and get ready to refresh an enervated mind and soul through some really lilting music, energetic dances and colourful crafts.