Amidst the Golden Desert lies the magnificence Jaisalmer. Summarizing the allure of the desert, this flaxen grandeur submerged in golden sandstone stand with arrogance on the Trikuta Hill in the heart of the Thar Desert. Legend has it that Lord Krishna foretold Arjuna that a descendent of the Yadav Clan would built his kingdom atop the Trikuta Hill. His prediction was fulfilled when Rawal Jaisal, a descendent of the Yadav Clan founded new capital Jaisalmer in 1156 A.D. The life within the city enchants medieval glory, visible in its lane ragout with magnificent palace, havelis, temples and ubiquitous camels. Embellished with festivity and entertainment, the Golden City of Jaisalmer is scrupulously a mesmerizing experience for a die hard nature lover on the sparkling sands.
Major Tourist Attractions in Jaisalmer
There are forts, temples and lakes to be visited in Jaisalmer. In addition to these, you have the much popular Desert Festival to participate in.
The fort stands over the Trikuta Hill at a height of 250 feet, encircles the entire town within its boundary wall across the hills. The fort houses beautiful havelis, Jain Temples of the 12th-15th century A.D. and five interconnected palaces. The palaces have delicate craftsmanship with ‘jaali’ frames and elegant ‘jharokhas’. Built in golden sandstone the colossal represents the glowing eminence of the desert. The fort has 4 gateways-Akhaiyal,Ganesh Pol,Suraj Pol and Hava Pol.
The fort has three remarkably carved Jain Temples sanctified to the Jain Tirthankars- Rishabhdev, Sambhavnath and Paraswanath. Gyan Bhandar or Library is another attraction housing some of the antique manuscripts of India established in the premises of the Jain temples.
Gadsisar Sagar Lake
Gadsisar Sagar Lake is a panoramic rain water lake built in 1156 A.D. with many fascinating shrines around the lake. The place is also a home to an amazing avian variety. It is an idyllic spot for outings.
Havelis of Jaisalmer
Havelis of Jaisalmer abundantly carved with filigree work, elaborated corridors and pillars painted with exquisite artistic scene often leaves the tourist spellbound. Most Havelis are constructed between 12th-15th century. These art museums are the residences constructed by the affluent merchants of this preceding trade center. Main attractions are Patwon-ki-Haveli, Jaisalmer Haveli, Nathmalji-ki-Haveli, and Salim singh-ki-Haveli.
This 3 days desert festival comes in the month of February. Jaisalmer sparkles with colors, celebration, and songs. Many contests are organized during these days. Camel races, Folk dances, Turban tying contest and Mr. Desert are the foremost attractions of the event.
Popular Excursions from Jaisalmer
During your trip to Jaisalmer, you can also choose to enjoy some popular excursions and explore the exoticism of the Thar Desert and the wildlife that inhabit the vast expanse of the antiquated sands. Given below are some popular excursions from Jaisalmer.
A trip to Sam Sand Dune
42km. creates a fascinating mirage, definitely a photographer’s delight. No trip to Jaisalmer is complete without a trip to the most picturesque dunes of Sam. A journey to Sam sand dunes on camel safari is accompanied with scenery of folk music and dance, a real kaleidoscopic, memorable event for a visitor.
Desert National Park
On the Sam sand dunes experience the wilds of the desert, encountering with Indian Gazelle, Chinkara Eagle and extrinsic avian variety. The park lies to the southwest of Jaisalmer.
Wood Fossil Park
The park is 17km from Jaisalmer, lying on the Barmer Road, this park takes you back to the Jurassic period (when the whole Thar region lay under the sea) with 180 million year old fossils – the geological landmarks for the study of the Thar Desert.
Popular Shopping Centres in Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer is famous for its embroidery work, mirror work, wood products and silver jewellery. The tie and dye, is made at Kadi Bundar, north of the city. Main market are Pansart Bazzar, Sadar Bazzar. Some Government outlets with handicraft items and Khadi Gramodyog are also notable for their fair price.
Jaisalmer Travel (Airport/Railway/Road) Information
Air:Jodhpur, at 285 km, is the nearest airport to the town. A meter- gauge line links Jaisalmer with other metropolitan cities in India.
Rail: Night train services link Jaisalmer with Jodhpur.
Road: The city of Jaisalmer is also well connected by road services. Bus services from Bilaner, Ajmer, Jaipur, Ahmedabad runs to the city. RTDC conducts the royal tour on Palace on Wheel, which also covers Jaisalmer.
Ideal Time to Visit: October- February
Festival: Desert Festival
Attractions: Jaisalmer fort, Manak Chowk and the Havelis.