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The mesmerizing charm of this city creates a special place in the hearts of tourist. The lustrous glow of city by its honey coloured stone ramparts, makes it the golden city. Deep in the Thar desert the peaceful atmosphere of this town has been safe from influences, including the British influence, leaving it still pristine. Atop the majestic Tri Kuta hill, Jaisalmer was founded in 1156 A.D., by Rawal Jaisal.

The splendid ancient palaces, temples and settlements can be found in other towns of Rajasthan but not exotic as in Jaisalmer giving it, its special grandeur giving out an aura of magic and mystery, the yellow sand stoned walls of this desert fortress glow in the setting sunlight, endorsing its name Sonar Kila or Golden Fort.

Places to visit

Jaisalmer Fort
In the heart of the city, is this breathtaking fort, amidst the golden sand of the desert. Built in the 12th century, it looks untouched and reflects the colour of the golden deserts. The charm of this place leaves a person under spell. The cobbled lanes and pin-blends are a reminder of the defensive approach. The mahals within its precincts are the Janai mahal, moti-mahal and phool Mahal. The imperial symbols of the Bhatti clan's lunar lineage are displayed in the Megh Durbar and Jawahar Mahal which are guarded by several entrances called 'pols'. The popular, intricately carved havelis lead to Manek Chowk, the main market place in Jaisalmer. The fort was well-protected with four gateways and several tower like buildings which served for guarding. On the highest point of Tricuta Hill, in the fort, is a palace, well protected by walls. The 5 main mahals of this fort are the Sarvottam Vilas, Akhai Vela, Gaj Mahal, Rang Mahal and Moti Mahal.

The Havelis Of Jaisalmer
The intricately designed Havelis of the wealthy merchants are mansions still in beautiful condition, adding to the glory of Jaisalmer.

Salim Singh ki Haveli

The hereditary ministers of Jaisalmer rulers resided in this Haveli, built about 300 yrs ago. The mansion displays a splendidly arched root with beautifully carved peacocks. The story holds an exquisite projecting balcony, part of the haveli is still occupied.

Patwon ki Haveli
The most elaborate and most magnificent haveli in Jaisalmer stands five storeys high situated in a narrow lane exquisite murals ornate the rooms of this haveli.

Nathmalji ki Haveli
This haveli was carved by two brother on two different sides. The predominant idea used by each brother differed. But still the Haveli looks as if carved in perfect harmony. Dissimilarities are difficult to find. The Haveli displays fantastic craftsmanship of the carver. The front door is ornated with an exquisite piece of art and the building is guarded by yellow sandstone elephants.

Tazia Tower
The tower stands five storey tall tower houses exquisitely carved balconies on each tier. Set in the Badal Mahal (palace of clouds) this tower is a reminder of Pagodas. This tower was a gift by Muslim craftsmen to their royal patron.

Parswanath Temple
Beautifully carved with animal and human figures, this temple is the oldest and the most splendid of the Jain Temples. The Shikara is crowned by an amalak and a waterpot containing a lotus flower.

Lodurva Jain Temple
An important centre of Jain pilgrimage, this town lies 15 km from Jaisalmer. The temple evinces intricate craftsmanship on yellow stone. The entrance is decorated by carved arches and inside is the Divine tree of Kalputra. In the temple, is a hole from which, a snake is said to emerge every evening, to drink an offering of milk. Only the ' blessed' can actually see it, it is said.

Gadsisar Lake

An ideal picnic spot, this rainwater lake offers boating.

The Sam sand dunes offer a fascinating sight. The winds carve brilliant patterns in the golden sands. The Camel rides are a unique experience.

Wood Fossil Park, Aakal

An impressive fossil park, bearing witness to the geologic cataclysms, that have taken place in the Thar.

Desert National Park

The desert avifauna in this National Park ranging from birds of prey to sandgrouse, doves, shrikes, bee-eaters, warblers and desert coursers. The Great Indian Bustard is the major attraction. The desert fox, wolf, blackbuck, Chinkara, nilgai and the crusted porcupine are the animals spotted here.

A small desert town, Barmer is famous for its carved wooden furniture and handlock printing industry. Barmer is best visited during the fairs that are held in nearby places. This is time to gain an insight into the desert life and also see the simple village folk as they come together to do business in the Tilwara Cattle fair. Yes, like we mentioned earlier, this is a land where festivals and fairs are a way of life.

The Desert Festival is a colourful extravaganza of music and gaiety. The grand finale is a trip to the sand dunes at Sam, where one can enjoy a camel ride and, simultaneously, view the troupes of musicians and dancers performing on the dunes.

Camel Safaris

The camel safaris, the prime attraction of the desert is a thrilling experience. It is an interesting way of exploring the vast desert around Jaisalmer. The Safaris which take you through Amar Sagar, Ludharva, Mool Sagar, Bada Bagh and Sam last for about 3-4 days. The best time for safari is October to February.

How to Get There

Air: Jodhpur (285 km) is the nearest airport.

Regular bus services link Jaisalmer to Jodhpur, Ramdeora and Bikaner.

Where to Stay

RTDC Hotel, Moomal; Hotel Heritage Inn, Gorbandh Palace, Jaisal Castle, Narain Niwas, Dhola Maru.


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