Jaisalmer is a major tourist spot located in the northwestern state of Rajasthan in India that is very close to the Pakistan Border.
Updated: September 29, 2019
Jaisalmer is a major tourist spot located in the northwestern state of Rajasthan in India that is very close to the Pakistan Border. It is called the 'golden city' due to the golden dunes flowing in the Thar Desert. Jaisalmer has many lakes, ornate Jain temples, havelis and castles clad in golden yellowish sandstone. You can climb on to the camel saddle and make your way through this desert or camp under the night sky in this golden land for an unforgettable experience.
The Jaisalmer Fort stands as a crown atop the city and provides a beautiful contrast to the landscape. It also has a lake and many magnificent temples, all made of sandstone. Jaisalmer is a frequently visited place by tourists and most of the visitors go for tours of the desert safari. These tours are conducted either in the early morning or during the evening to avoid the scorching heat. You can enjoy a delicious meal alongside gipsy musical dance program which is present at the desert camps at Sam after the desert safari. There are two types of Safari offered at the place namely Camel Safari and Jeep Safari in Sam. In camel safari, a camel rider is needed for the safari tour of 90 min. The same can be hired for a ride from a local tour operator. In jeep safari, one needs to travel for 45 km to Sam. The only mode of transportation provided is a private cab.
It is also known as the 'golden city of Rajasthan' and houses one of the most famous & ancient Jaisalmer Fort.
Popularly known as 'Sonar Qila' or 'Golden Fort', Jaisalmer Fort, situated in the golden sands of Thar Desert has rich past and heritage. It is not just a fort but a mini-town which houses, temples, shops, and restaurants. Showcasing brilliant craftsmanship, it is one of the most renowned forts in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site that was built in 1156.
Jaisalmer Fort gets its name from the former Bhati Rajput ruler Rao Jaisal. More than three thousand people live within the fort walls with multiple entrance gates on the path up top. The last of which directs you to the popular public square named Dashera Chowk. the Fort offers a stunning panoramic view of Jaisalmer city dripped in yellow where most of the houses and complexes are built of yellow sandstone.
The Golden fort crowns the Trikuta Hill standing at an altitude of 30 meters over the Jaisalmer city. It was initially named 'Trikut Garh' since it was triangular in shape and also built over the Trikuta Hills. The roadside shops sell all kind of things. Especially a volcano stone which can change the milk to solid curd being the most curious one.
Gadisar Lake is like an oasis in the heart of a desert that lies on the outskirts of Jaisalmer in the arid state of Rajasthan. There were no canals or irrigation system or other scientific methods to bring water to the arid regions of Rajasthan in middle ages. This reservoir was built by Raja Rawal Jaisal keeping in mind the need of his people. Located pretty close to the fort of Jaisalmer, Gadisar Lake offers scenic views from all sides of the lake, especially when the eastern sky is blood red and the sun rises, striking its rays on the top floors of Jaisalmer Fort.
Jain Temples are a must-visit in Jaisalmer that is situated in the Jaisalmer Fort. Built in the Dilwara style that is famous all over the world for its architecture. These temples are dedicated to Rikhabdevji and Shambhavdev Ji, the famous Jain hermits known as 'Tirthankaras'. All the seven temples here are connected to each other and are built using the same golden-yellow Jaisalmeri stone. These temples dedicated to Rishabhdev, Sambhavnath, Chandraprabhu, and Parsvanath.
The Gyan Bhandar that is inside these temples is a very tiny and attractive library present underground which was founded in 1500 present amongst the temples. Priceless old texts and manuscripts are present in the library.
Kuldhara Village, located within 20 kilometres from the Golden City Jaisalmer is rich with its fair share of legends and myths.
The five stored Tazia Tower that is situated at the beautiful Badal Palace complex is a replica of the mausoleum of various Muslim imams with intricate carvings on the walls of the tombstone. It reflects rich ancient art made of thermocol, wood and colored papers. The Badal Palace near the Amar Sagar Gate has a cloud-like appearance and has the Tazia Tower emerging from it.