Jaisalmer is the most favorite tourist city of Rajasthan located in great Thar desert of India. The city got its name from a Rajput King Maharawal Jaisal Singh who founded the city in 1156 AD. This is one of the most popular tourist destination among Indian and foreign tourist, those who have a dream to get experience of desert. All construction in city is decorated with yellow sand stone that is locally available, and making it Golden city. City is famous for its fort ‘Golden Fort’ which is still inhabited by people unlike other forts of India.
If you want to take real feel of Rajasthan, then Jaisalmer is the perfect destination. Their attire, their food , their music & dance still holding its roots. Some of peculiar art form are still alive here like Kathputli dance or Kalbelia Dance and these people proud of it. Folk music of Jaisalmer is famous world wide which is having fragrance of real India. Fort of Jaisalmer and Desert National Park are part of World Heritage Site. Thar desert is the most perfect place for camel safari or Jeep safari and to click some beautiful picture of Sun set.
This fort also known as Sonar Kila or Golden fort due to color of sand stone used in its construction. It was built during 12th century by Rajput ruler Jaisal. There are many beautiful haveli , 7 Jain temples and Laxminath temple inside the fort which are a treat to eye. The unbelievable fine work have been done on these temple’s wall that shows dedication and devotion of the artisan.
Initially whole Jaisalmer population was used to live within fort periphery. By the time city got extended out of the fort to accommodate its growing population but still some people live in their ancestors house or Haveli inside the fort and this is the only living fort of the world. Most of these people are now in business of selling goods or in providing stay to the visitors. This fort also have a museum in Rani Mahal for visitors about the lifestyle of Rajput family. From the top of fort you can have nice view of city.
Another important landmark within the city, situated just 200 meter from main road or from Gadisar Chauraha. It was built by Rawal Gadsi Singh in 1367 to cater the need of water need for whole city. The lake welcome you with a big ceremonial gate known as Tilon ki Pol there are some sculptures of Hindu Gods. There are many temples in the surrounding of Lake, several stair goes down to the lake water and artistically carved Chattris force you to spend some quality time there. In the evening, you can do boating here.
Haveli of Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer have its market in the narrow lanes near the fort that is full of traditional clothes, handicrafts and pots made of sand stone. While walking through these lane you will some of well decorated haveli with beautiful design on its windows or jali. Some of them converted into museum and charges even upto Rs. 100/- for visiting. Salim ki haveli, Nathmal ki Haveli and Patwo ki haveli are among the most prominent haveli of Jaisalmer.
Sam Sand Dune at Jaisalmer
Sam Sand Dune are the famous part of the desert which is used for Desert safari, located around 50 Km from the main Jaisalmer city. Where you can go for overnight camping or half day tour. Here you get opportunity to see their traditional Kalbelia dance in the mid of sand dune. Camel man wait for the tourist, and offer them camel ride in little exchange of money. Enjoy some time in the desert and wait for the sun set to capture the moment because it will not going to fade from your memory.
Kuldhara a haunted village
On your trip to desert you can explore some offbeat place like Kuldhara village. Once it was a prosperous village inhabited by Paliwal Brahmins but now in abandoned state. It is located 14 km from Jaisalmer and 2 km from the main highway of Jaisalmer going to Sand dunes. It is believed that by the early 19th century all villagers left this place within a night. There are many story you can hear from locals for emptying the village. Even some say the place is cursed and consider it as a haunted place.
In your trip you can also explore various Jain temples and Kathputli show that is organised in state museum.
How to reach Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer itself have a railway station which is well connected with other important city of Rajasthan and nearby state. Even state govt. operate buses from Bikaner, Jodhpur or Jaipur. Jodhpur have the nearest domestic airport to the Jaisalmer city.