Jaisalmer, Rising from the heart of
the Thar Desert like a golden mirage is the city of Jaisalmer. A
commanding fort etched in yellow sandstone stands with all its awesome
splendours, dominating the amber-hued city.The life within the citadel
conjures up images of medieval majesty visible
in its narrow lanes strewn with magnificent palaces, havelis, temples
and of course skilled artisans and ubiquitous camels.The setting turn
Jaisalmer into a beautiful golden brown is a spectacular sight. The
perfect time to visit the golden city is during the Desert Festival held
in Jan/Feb. every year, when the city reverberates to the sound of
melodious tunes and rhythms. Folk dances, exciting competitions and
contest, especially the turban-tying contest. Surely a not-to-be-missed
events.Every house, here, is exquistely carved, having filigreed work
all over. These houses date back to 12th - 15th century. And hence
Jaisalmer is called 'the Museum city'
Jaisalmer Fort :
Renew yourself amid the past galore, as you visit the commanding
Jaisalmer Fort. The fort stands guard over the desertscape from its 250
feet high perch on the hill with its wall following the contours of the
hills. The steep cobblestone pathways leading to the royal palace pass
through four gates. The sharp twists and turns make the fort invincible.
The fort has five interconnected palaces with 'jaali' screens and dainty
'jharokhas' - all showpieces of Jaisalmer artisans' talent.
Within the fort are three exquisitely sculptured Jain temples,
Gadsisar Lake :
A rain water lake, adorned with an arched gateway. Many small shrines
and temples are festooned a11 around the lake. Today, it is an ideal
picnic spot, famous for boating.
Salim Singh-ki-Haveli :
Witness the legendary architectural wealth of Jaisalmer at Salim Singh's
haveli, truly unsurpassed in splendor. Of particular note are the blue
roof and rows of peacocks below the arched balconies. The haveli was
once the residence of the Mohta family, ministers of Jaisalmer rulers.
It is the grandest mansion in Jaisalmer, not to be missed at all. This
five haveli wonder has its ceiling supported by exquisitely carved
pillars and its delicately chiselled balconies surely leave you
This haveli was carved by two brothers. One worked on right side and the
other on left, but the harmony in design exists still. Screened windows,
projected balconies and intricate carvings illustrate superb
Jain Temples :
Within the citadel are the splendorous Jain temples, dedicated to
Rishabdevji, Sambhavnathji and Parshvanathji.
Camel Safaris :
An intriguing way of exploring the vast desert around Jaisalmer, is the
Camel Safari - a prime attraction for visitors. Most safaris last 3 to 4
days, and thread their way through Amar Sagar, Ludharva, Mool Sagar,
Bada Bagh and Sam, as well as several abandoned villages on the way.
The best time for a safari is October to
How to Reach Jaisalmer:
Air : The nearest airport is Jodhpur (285 km).
Rail : Jaisalmer is connected with Jodhpur by night train
Road : Well connected by road with all the major cities of India.
Direct bus services to Udaipur, Mount Abu, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Barmer,
Ajmer and Jaipur. Ahmedabad and Bhuj (Gujarat),.