Jaisalmer – The Desert Jewel of Rajasthan
Once a quiet desert city, Jaisalmer has now become a major tourist destination in India. Located amidst the spectacular Thar Desert, the Jaisalmer city is admired both by Indian as well as foreign tourists. Jaisalmer boasts of a glorious history of its courageous rulers and tales of their unrivaled bravery. Visiting the Forts, palaces and various historical sites will take you to the bygone era of the Rajput rulers. Although located in the dry desert area, the city exudes high energy and colorful charm.
It is located at a distance 568 km from Jaipur. Even if you are traveling to Jaisalmer from Delhi, it is recommended to take a night halt at Jaipur. The best way to travel is by hiring a taxi from Jaipur to Jaisalmer as it gives you lot of opportunity to leisurely explore the colorful towns and villages during your journey.
If you have planned to go to Jaisalmer on your next holiday, make sure that you visit the following tourist places.
Jaisalmer Fort :
It was built by Raja Jaisal in the year 1156 and popularly known as the Golden Fort of Rajasthan. It was constructed using golden sandstone which gives it a magical gold look. Considered as one of the largest forts in the world, it looks amazing at night with its 99 turrets. The proud fort is a symbol of Rajput power of that time and displays brilliant Rajasthani architecture.
Sam Sand Dunes :
No trip to Jaisalmer is complete without getting the real feel of the desert. Sam Sand Dunes is the perfect place to take a desert safari. You will certainly have a thrilling experience sitting on a camel back and going through the troughs and crests of the desert. Enjoy the picturesque sunset views at this place.
Desert festival is a major festival that is organized in the months of February and March. People from all parts of the world throng at this place to enjoy the folk dances, camel races and many other cultural events that are conducted here.
Bada Bagh :
Bada Bagh in English literally means ‘Huge Garden’. It was constructed by Maharawal Jait Singh during the early 16th century. The garden is in a serene location and offers stunning views during sunrise and sunset. If you are a photography enthusiast it will offer you some great views to capture. In the past, it was used as a memorial where renowned people of noble families were cremated.
This huge haveli is in the main city. Built by a trader named Guman Chand, it has five intricately adorned large suites. The design of the entire haveli, which comprises of huge corridors and decorated walls showcase the brilliant craftsmanship of the past era. It was entirely built of yellow sandstone and is a landmark site of Jodhpur. Out of the five suites, one has been converted into a museum.
This beautiful lake is not very far from the Jaisalmer fort and has many sacred temples, shrines and Chhatris around its banks. It was constructed by Raja Rawal Jaisal in 1367. You can take boat rides in the lake and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.
Thar Heritage Museum :
It is situated in the main market area of the city and a must visit place for history buffs. The museum contains exquisite ornaments, documents, coins and weapons of the past rulers. You will also see sea fossils which are believed to be more than million years old, it depicts how the sea transformed into the Thar Desert.