Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer which is also referred as “the Golden city of India” is a famous city of Rajasthan. Founded by the Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal this is a magnificent city known for its massive forts, palaces and camel safaris. With full of sand dunes and colorful festivals, this place is a cultural attraction of Rajasthan state. Jaisalmer is blessed with several palaces and Jain temples which posses fine carvings done on it. Travelers arriving here just cannot miss visiting the famous Thar Desert. Royal charm is still visible in magnificent palaces and lustrous sand takes away the heart of every tourist.

There are a few tourist attractions in Jaisalmer which are a replica of its glorious past.

Languages: Hindi, English and Rajasthani
Best Time to Visit: September to April
Temperature: Summer (25 o C to 44 o C) & Winter (5 o C to 24 o C)
Climate: Extreme
Nearest Railway: Jaisalmer
Nearest Airport: Jodhpur

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Jaisalmer Fort

Famous for: History, Architecture, Photography.
Opening Timings: Open all days (9 AM – 5 PM).

Jaisalmer Fort is famously known as Golden Fort of Rajasthan. It was constructed by Raja Jaisal, Rajput ruler in the year 1156 AD. It ranks amongst the largest forts in the world. The golden and yellow mixed sandstone offer magical look to the Fort. Rising from the desert sands like a mirage, the fort is a real sight with its 99 turrets during night. The Fort stands tall and proud displaying the magic of Rajasthani architecture.

• Street shopping.
• Sampling cuisines in the many eateries.

Bada Bagh

Famous for: History, Architecture, Photography, Gardens.
Opening Timings: Open all days (9 AM – 6 PM).

Bada Bagh means ‘Huge Garden’. Maharawal Jait Singh’s period saw its construction, which was in the beginning of 16th century. His son Lunakaran completed the construction after the death of his father. The garden served as a memorial where the nobles and their families were cremated. The garden offers a stunning view. The place is isolated. If you visit the place during sunrise and sunset, you are guaranteed of beautiful moments, which you cannot avoid clicking.

Patwon-Ki-Haveli

Famous For: History, Architecture, Photography.
Visiting Time: Open all days (9 AM – 5 PM).

Patwon-Ki-Haveli is located in the main city. It was built by a famous trader named Guman Chand and his sons. This massive five-storied construction has five intricately decorated huge suites. The large corridors and the decorated walls are excellent representations of the art form that prevailed. The entire construction is made of yellow sandstone. The grandeur and the architecture of the monument add immense value to the cultural heritage of the city. Out of the five havelis, one is converted into a museum. The third haveli houses the works of local craftsmen of the bygone era.

Sam Sand Dunes

Famous for: History, Architecture, Photography.
Visiting Time: Open all days.

To have a feel of the desert, you need to undertake Desert Safari. Sam Sand Dunes is the ideal location to set off for the Desert Safari. You will love the safari on camelback that would take you along crests and troughs and you could watch the picturesque sunset on the desert. Jeep safaris are available as well. Desert festival is organized in the months of February and March. If you are around this time, you would not want to miss the folk dances, camel races and other cultural events conducted here.

• Desert Camping.
• Desert Safari.
• Paragliding and other adventure sports.
• Camel rides.
• A visit to the nearby Desert National Park and Sanctuary.

The Thar Heritage Museum

Famous for: History, Photography..
Opening Timings: Everyday (9AM – 8 PM).

Thar Heritage Museum is located at the main market of the city. Laxmi Narayan Khatri was the founder of this museum. The museum presents you the history, culture, art and architecture of the famous Thar Desert. Sea fossils aging over million years let us in on how the sea eventually became the Thar Desert. The museum houses unique ornaments of the ship of the desert and horses. Documents and coins of Jaisalmer, ancient manuscripts and weapons are some of the collections found in this museum.

• Enjoy a puppet show (charges separate).
• Visit the nearby Silk Route Art Gallery.

Gadisar Lake

Famous for: History, Architecture, Photography.
Opening Timings: Open all days (8 AM – 8 PM).

Gadisar Lake is located a kilometer away from the fort. It was constructed by the first ruler of the land, Raja Rawal Jaisal and later reconstructed by Maharawal Garsi in the year 1367 AD. The people of the desert city depended on this tank for their water needs. You will find temples, Holy shrines and Chattris around the banks of this lake. The artistically carved entrance made of yellow sandstone offers breathtaking view.

• Picnic.
• Camel Riding.
• Visit the historic Tilon Ki Pol gate.
• Visit the Folklore Museum nearby.

Nathmal-ki-Haveli

Famous for: History, Architecture, Photography.
Opening Timings: Open all days (8 AM – 7 PM).

Nathmal Ki Haveli was built by two Muslim jeweller brothers not stone carvers on the order of the then prime minister. The brothers started working on the opposite sides of the building which lead to a similar but non identical left and right side. Apart from its extraordinary outer carvings, this haveli is known for its beautiful interiors filled with paintings and equipped with modern facilities. An amalgamation of Islamic and Rajputana architecture, Nathmal Ki Haveli is well justified as being one of the most beautiful haveli in Jaisalmer.

Jain Temples

Famous for: History, Architecture, Photography, Pilgrimage.
Opening Timings: Open all days (7 AM – 12 PM).

Located inside Jaisalmer Fort, Jain temples are a series of temples dedicated to Jain Tirthankaras and can be traced back to the 12th century. The temples are are known for their distinctive architectural style modelled after the Dilwara temple of Mt. Abu. Beautifully carved and well interconnected, these temples are a vision to behold and are completely made up of yellow sandstone.

• Visit the Gyan Bhandar library.
• Visit the Jaisalmer Fort.

Salim Singh Ki Haveli

Famous for: History, Architecture, Photography.
Opening Timings: Open all days (8 AM – 6 PM).

Among all the havelis in Jaisalmer, Salim Singh Ki Haveli is known for its distinctive and eye catching architecture. It was built by the then minister, Salim Singh who wanted to make as high as the fort but was prohibited by the king. It has 38 balconies with their own distinctive style of architecture and a peacock shaped roof. This haveli provides a good glimpse in the past and the photographs taken here would be awe inspiring.

Kuldhara

Famous for: Ruins, Ghost Town, History.
Opening Timings: Open all days from 8am – 6pm.

An abandoned ghost town, Kuldhara was once a prosperous town occupied by Paliwal Brahmins. The reasons for why a whole city was abandoned within a night is not clear but the popular belief holds the then state minister Salim Singh responsible for the same. The minister wanted to marry the village chief's daughter and therefore delivered an ultimatum to the village chief to accept his demands or let the whole community face dire consequences. Rather than giving in to the minister's demands, the whole village decided to move away. Before leaving, they cursed this place to never have any kind of human settlement and this has been proven true to this date. Visit Kuldhara to get a glimpse of the past and get spooked by its tales.

Other attractions include Akal Wood Fossil Park, Badal Mahal, Raja ka Mahal, Desert National Park and Sanctuary , Silk Route Art Gallery and Jaisalmer War Museum.

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