Jaisalmer or the Golden City is one of the most stunning places to visit in Rajasthan. Located close to the Indo-Pak border, this Desert city is filled with amazing tales of history and royalty.
Named after Rajput King, Maharawal Jaisal Singh, Jaisalmer was founded in 1156 AD, Jaisalmer means “Hillfort of Jaisal”. As yellow sandstone is used throughout the architecture of the city, it resembles golden-yellow light – thus the city got famous as ‘Golden City’ of India’s desert state.
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Air: - Nearest airport to Jaisalmer is Jodhpur airport, which is located at a distance of around 275 km. As Jodhpur airport is well connected to the rest of the major cities of the country, tourist easily reaches Jaisalmer by hiring personal cabs from Jodhpur airport.
Train: - Direct trains serves Jaisalmer from Delhi, Jaipur & other cities. Luxury train "Palace on Wheels" keeps Jaisalmer as an important destination point in its itinerary.
Road: - The city is well connected with entire Rajasthan & its neighboring states. Various private operators also operate deluxe bus services apart from ordinary bus service of Rajasthan roadways.
Jaisalmer Fort, Situated in Rajasthan, India, is one of fewest "Living forts" in the modern era. Approximately 1/4th of the city's population resides within the fort. The fort is also famously known as Golden Fort & is built by the Rajput ruler, Rawal Jaisal in 1156 AD, from whom it got its name. The fort stands amidst the great Thar Desert - with golden and yellow sandstone is also famous as 'Sone Ka Quila' by locals of Rajasthan.
Patwon Ki Haveli is the largest Haveli in Jaisalmer. Built-in year 1805 by a famous trader Guman Chand, it is a cluster of 5 small Havelis each for his 5 sons. The whole building is constructed over a period of 50 years and is made of yellow sandstone. Out of the 5 Havelis, in only one guest can stay, 2 are occupied by Archeological Survey of India. Influenced by Rajputana architecture, the Haveli is famous for its mirror work & Paintings.
Sam Sand Dunes
Rajasthan is incomplete without a trip to the Desert. Sam Sand Dunes are perfect to explore & have Desert Safari on camel or jeep. Situated 45 km west of Jaisalmer City, the best time to visit is from October to February, during the early morning (4 to 6 am) or evening around (5 to 7 pm), when the temperature is cool. During this time, Rajasthani culture is witnessed through annual Desert festival where traditional folk dances, puppet shows, camel races are organized - which attracts a number of tourists.
Gadsisar Lake is an ideal for bird watching in Jaisalmer. Built with a purpose as a water conversation tank to meet the water needs of the deserted city, in 1367 AD by Maharawal Gadsi Singh, the lake never run out of the water as it gets continuous supply from Indira Gandhi Canal. Many temples & shrines are found on the bank of the lake.
Nathmal Ki Haveli
One of the most beautiful Haveli in Jaisalmer, Nathmal Ki Haveli, is a mix of Islamic and Rajasthani architecture. Construction of the Haveli is started from two opposite sides at the same time by two Jewelers brothers and not stone carvers by the order of then Prime Minister of Jaisalmer. Built with yellow sandstone, it is still considered to be best in terms of splendor in Jaisalmer.