Jaisalmer is a beautiful city located in the heart of exotic Thar desert. Also famous as the golden city, as all the buildings are constructed with yellow stone and painting yellow. Jaisalmer is one of the major travel destinations of Rajasthan. Every year thousands of foreign and domestic tourists visit Jaisalmer to witness the exotic beauty of the golden city. The major highlight is the old havelis mansions and Sonar Killa – the golden fort or Jaisalmer Fort, located on the top of a hill, in the center of the city. The city divided into two sections, fort area and outer fort area. The fort has a population of five thousand people, rest of the people lives outside the Fort. Best time to travel Jaisalmer is October to mid March. The major tourist spots are the Sonar Fort, Havelis, Gadisagar Lake and the sand dunes.
The city has an interesting legend associated with it, according to which, Lord Krishna-the head of the Yadav Clan, foretold Arjuna that a remote descendent of the Yadav Clan would built his kingdom atop the Trikuta Hill. His prophecy was fulfilled in 1156 A.D. when Rawal Jaisal, a descendent of the Yadav Clan and a Bhatti Rajput, abandoned his fort at Lodurva and founded a new capital – Jaisalmer, perched on the Trikuta Hill. Bhati Rajputs of Jaisalmer were feudal chiefs who lived off the forced levy on the caravans laden with precious silks and spices that crossed the territory enroute Delhi-or-Sind. These caravans earned the town great wealth.
HOW TO REACH
AIR-WAY – Jaisalmer do have an airport, the nearest airport is at Jodhpur i.e. just 300 kms. From Jodhour there are frequent flights to Mumbai, Delhi, Udaipur, Jaipur and so forth.
RAIL-WAY – Jaisalmer has both meter and broad gauge tracks so it is well connected to the major cities of India. There are frequent trains available.
ROAD-WAY – Jaisalmer is finely connected to other cities with well maintained roads. Deluxe & Ordinary buses of Rajasthan Roadways & Private companies operate form Jaisalmer to Jodhpur, Jaipur, Bikaner, Barmer, Mount Abu, Jalore, Ahemdabad etc, Roadways main bus stand opposite Railway station & Golden bus terminal near State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, Shiv road, Jaisalmer are the two major bus stands.
SONAR KILLA – THE GOLDEN FORT – JAISALMER FORT
Jasialmer’s main tourist attraction the stunning Sonar Fort, located in the heart of the city at the top of Trikuta Hill. The Fort was built in 1156 by the Bhati Rajput ruler Jaisal. The Fort has witnessed many battles. The for changes it colours according the the sunlight, during the day-time it has a tawny lion colour, It gets a lovely honey-gold colour as the sun sets. The must visit places are the Royal Palace, Laxminath Temple.
PATWAON KI HAVELI
Jaisalmer is famous for the gorgeous havelis – old mansions, Patwon ki haveli is the best haveli in Jaisalmer. It has very finely carved lattice work and marvelous art work.
GADI SAGAR LAKE
Gadi Sagar Lake is a beautiful lake situated outside the Jaisalmer city. Jaisalmer is located in the Thar desert, this lake is very important for Jaisalmer, as it stores the rain water and fulfills need of the water. lovely water tank located outside the city walls. The rain water is collected here and once held the town’s water supply and befitting its importance in providing precious water to the inhabitants of this arid city, is surrounded by small temples and shrines. A wide variety of waterfowl flock here in winter. The tank was built by Maharaja Gadi Singh, taking the advantage of a natural declivity that already retained some water.
SAM AND KHURI SAND DUNES
Sam sand dunes are located only 45km away from Jaisalmer. The ideal place to experience the golden desert of Thar. Here you can see huge sand dunes changing shapes with the flow of wind. You can have a life time experience of a mind-blowing camel safari. You can stay overnight as there are so many tents offering accommodation with Rajasthani Folk music performances with bonfire.