The breathtaking landscape of a sandstone fort standing high above the city’s skyline that fades in the desert when night comes, the thrilling background of its construction, the denizens residing inside the fort, the camel safaris in the great Thar Desert, the folk music, Havelis of rich people, picturesque lakes, flora and fauna of desert – Jaisalmer is like a book, which is made of these pieces. It is known as the ‘Golden City,’ famed for its distinguishable golden-coloured architecture all around. One of India’s historic tourist destinations, Jaisalmer is a perfect place to unwind on your Rajasthan trip.
Jaisalmer is located around 575 kilometres from the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur and can be easily reached by road, via train or buses. The place was named after Rawal (Rajput ruler) Jaiswal, who constructed the Jaisalmer Fort. The city is located in the heart of the Thar Desert, fenced by the fort on the top of Trikuta Hill. The fort, formerly the city, was built in 1156 AD, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site has a royal palace and several Jain temples. Most importantly, it is one of the living forts in the world as around one-fourth of the city’s population still lives inside. The first settlement outside the fort came up in the 17th century.
A day trip in Jaisalmer starts with walking along the alleys of Jaisalmer, crossing the street food stalls and eating Kachori and curry along with a cup of hot tea. After filling your stomach, you can start visiting the legendary fort. A walk around and inside the fort, while listening to the details from the guide could get you back to the pages of history books. If you are satisfied with visiting the fort, you can go to the Patwon Ki Haveli, Bada Bagh and other tourist attractions in Jaisalmer. A day trip should be ended without watching the sunset behind the fort from a rooftop cafe in the city. Spending a night in a camp at the dunes is another best thing to do on a Jaisalmer trip.
Some of the popular tourist attractions in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan are-
- Jaisalmer Fort
- Bada Bagh
- Patwon Ki Haveli
- Desert National Park
- Sam Sand Dunes
- Gadisar Lake
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One of the very few living forts in the world, Jaisalmer Fort has been standing high with its elegance since 1156 AD on Trikuta Hill amidst the Thar Desert. The fort has become popular as one of the best places to visit in Jaisalmer not only for its beauty and history but also for exploring the population who still resides inside the fort. It was built by a Rajput Ruler Jaisal, from whom the city, as well as the fort, derive their names. The second oldest fort of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer Fort is also known as Golden Fort as the tawny lion colour of its walls (yellow sandstone) fades to honey-gold in the afternoon, blending the fort with the yellow desert.
One of the must visit cenotaphs in Jaisalmer, Bada Bagh is a garden complex situated around six kilometres north to the city. It was originally a water reservoir and a dam built by Jait Singh II in the 16th century, to give Jaisalmer a green touch – an oasis in the desert. After his death, his son Lunkaran built a chhatri cenotaph atop a hillock overlooking the lake along with a beautiful garden beside the lake. After that, many more cenotaphs were built by the rulers dedicated to their predecessors. The marvellous architecture along with the carved chhatris has become a popular attraction of the place over the years.
Patwon Ki Haveli
A marvellous example of classical architecture, Patwon Ki Haveli is one of the top tourist places in Jaisalmer. Also known as the house of brocade merchants, it comprises five mansions or Havelis that were built for the five Patwa brothers. Patwon Ki Haveli was built by a wealthy merchant, Guman Chand Patwa. The first and the biggest one among the five Havelis was constructed in 1805 and the others were completed in the span of 50 years. The building has become popular among tourists for its beautiful wall paintings, intricate sandstone-carved balconies, doorways and its mirror worked latticed work on the walls.
Desert National Park
One of the largest national parks of our country, Desert National Park is a popular tourist attraction near Jaisalmer. Geographically spanning over an area of 3,162 square kilometres, Desert National Park is home to a rich collection of migratory, as well as resident birds of the desert. It also houses some 180 million years old fossils of plants and animals including 60 million years old fossils of dinosaurs. Spotting the endangered species of Indian bustard along with other animals and plants in Desert National Park is one of the top things to do in Jaisalmer between November and January.
Sam Sand Dunes
One of the popular must-see places near Jaisalmer, Sam Sand Dunes is the perfect place to stay in a camp amidst the gorgeous Thar Desert. From camel safari and jeep rides to sunset watching and entertainment programmes at night, if you do not stay in Sam Sand Dunes, your Jaisalmer tour is incomplete. Whether you choose luxurious or budget camping, staying in a desert camp could be a memorable experience to cherish forever.
One of the most picturesque lakes in Rajasthan, as well as Jaisalmer, Gadisar Lake is an artificial lake built by King Jaisal in 1156 AD. It was constructed to provide water to the entire city. The lake was rebuilt in 1367 AD by Gadsi Singh, from where it derives its name. The lake never dries in summer as it is presently fed by water coming from Indira Gandhi Canal. One of the famous visiting places in Jaisalmer, it has a beautiful yellow stone-carved entrance, which is called Tilon-ki-Pol. The place is perfect for capturing amazing photographs of the surroundings and relaxing in peace and tranquillity.
Best Time to Visit Jaisalmer
As Jaisalmer is a desert city, during the months between October and March would be the best time to plan a vacation tour here.
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