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One of Rajasthan's most alluring cities, Jaisalmer, deep in the heart of Thar Desert, abounds in ancient palaces, temples and quaint settlements. As the sun sets, the sandstone buildings emit a lustrous glow, that make Jaisalmer the "Golden City". Founded by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 A.D., the remote location of Jaisalmer, kept it almost untouched by outside influences, even during the days of the British Raj. Very few cities can, even hope to match the sheer grandeur of this city.

There is an undefinable aura of magic and mystery, that surrounds its famous desert-fortress - the yellow sandstone walls and bastions of which, take on a golden hue in the afternoon sun, which is why it is, so aptly, called Sonar Kila or the Golden Fort.

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Jaisalmer Fort :
Jaisalmer Fort RajasthanThe golden - yellow sandstone of Jaisalmer Fort, over 800 years old, crowns the Trikuta Hill. Within its walls, defended by 99 turrets, lies the old city, nearly a quarter of modern Jaisalmer. Seen from outside, the sight must be almost identical to what was seen by merchants on their overland camel caravans to central Asia.....

Sam Sand Dunes :
Sam Sand Dunes Jaisalmer, RajasthanNo trip to Jaisalmer is complete without a trip to the most picturesque dunes of Sam.The ripples on the wind-caressed dunes,that create an enchanting mirage, are surely a delight for a tigger-happy photographer. Various cultural programmers are organised against the backdrop of these fascinating sand dunes.Exciting camel safaris allow you to get the real feel of the desert on the camel back.

Gadsisar Lake :
Gadsisar Lake Jaisalmer, RajasthanBuilt by a courtesan, it used to be the main source of drinking water in the olden times. Today, an arched gateway leads to a small tank flanked by shrines and well laid out gardens and flower beds. A scenic rain water lake with numerous beautiful shrines around. The lake is an idyllic spot for outings. A scenic rain water lake with numerous beautiful shrines around and a spectacular avian variety.The lake is an idilic spot for outings.
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Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli :
Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli Jaisalmer, RajasthanThe late 19th century haveli with intricate architecture is a display of sheer craftsmanship.The left and right wings of the mansion which were craved by two brothers are not identical but very similar and balanced in design.The interior walls are ornate with splendid miniature paintings.

Salim Singh Ki Haveli :
Salim Singh Ki Haveli Jaisalmer, RajasthanThis 300 year old haveli of Jaisalmer's Prime Minister to Maharaja Rawal Gaj Singh- Salim Singh,has a beautiful bule cuopla roof with superbly craved brackets in the form of peacocks.This extraordinary mansion in yellow stone is covered with intricate carvings and has an elaborate projecting balcony on the top storey. The mansion is one of the most noteable of the array of havelis.

Desert National Park :
Desert National Park Jaisalmer, RajasthanThe Desert National Park, which encloses the Sam Sand Dunes, is a place that preserves the natural ecosystem of the desert land. Cacti, thorny trees and shrubs can be seen growing easily without being taken care of. It has some vegetation that survives in the dry and arid soil. It also has few animal species like the monitor lizard, desert foxes, porcupines.

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Manak Chowk Manak Chowk, the main marketplace in Jaisalmer, lies abutting the Jaisalmer Fort. The market has on sale a number of wonderful handicrafts. But don't forget to haggle, for it is something the market is known for.

Sadar Bazar Sadar Bazar is a principal marketplace in Jaisalmer selling mirror work, embroidered articles and other wonderful crafted items. So, if you are on the look out for a variety of gifts, head straight to the Sadar Bazar.

Sonaron Ka Bas The name Sonaron Ka Bas, meaning the abode of goldsmiths, itself suggests what you are supposed to buy here. Superbly crafted jewellery items can be found here. Shops and stalls line the pathway to a good distance.

Zila Khadi Gramodan Parishad For those who are looking for unique ethnic items of textile, Zila Khadi Gramodan Parishad is the destination to be. Here, one can buy items like carpets, shawls, garments, woollen bandhani and other silk, wool and cotton textiles.
Pansari Bazar and Gandhi Darshan are other popular shopping points in the town of Jaisalmer. Also, there are a number of Government run emporiums selling interesting antiques and curios.

How to Getting Jaisalmer

How to Reach Jaisalmer by Air: Jaisalmer has an airport, which is located 5km from the city center and is well linked by air with New Delhi, Jaipur and Jodhpur. However it is managed by the Indian Air Force and is operational only from September to March. So Jodhpur airport at a distance of about 285 km is the better option.

How to Reach Jaisalmer by Rail : Jaisalmer is well connected by rail with Jodhpur as well as other major cities of India including Agra, Jaipur, New Delhi and Mumbai.

How to Reach Jaisalmer by Road : Jaisalmer has a good network of roads and is well connected to other cities of Rajasthan including Jaipur, Jodhpur and Bikaner and major cities of India.
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