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.
Tourist Attractions in Jaisalmer
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.....
Sand Dunes :
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.
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.
Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli :
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
Salim Singh Ki Haveli :
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, 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,
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Shopping in Jodhpur
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.