The Golden City
Golden sands, camel safaris, magnificent palaces, ancient imposing temples and havelis form the identity of the exotic Jaisalmer. The city is known for its rich historical value. Located 285 km from Jodhpur, the city was earlier used as an importanr trade route between India and other Asian countries.
This fantastic city was founded by Rawal Jaisal of the Yadav community and therefore the city was named after him only. Situated at an altitude of 793 meters, Jaisalmer serves as a wonderful tourist spot in India. The best season to visit Jaisalmer is between October and March.
This three day annual festival is a real eye feasting event in Jaisalmer. It offers a glimpse of the royal past and affluent cultural heritage of the region. Traditional folk dances, traditional songs and various competitions set the deserted land of Jaisalmer on fire.
This majestic fort showcases the talent of the artisans of Jaisalmer. Three exquisitely sculptured Jain temples are present inside the fort. The fort exhibits typical Indian architecture and preserves a few antiques of the kings.
This lake serves as an ideal picnic spot and offers opportunity for boating. This is basically a rain water lake, which adorned with an arched gateway. One can find a number of small shrines and temples festooned all around the lake.
With blue roof and rows of peacocks below the arched balconies, the haveli is truly a piece of rich architectural wealth in Jaisalmer. It was once the residence of the Mohta family, the ministers of Jaisalmer rulers.
Besides, Patwon-ki-Haveli and Nathmalji-ki-Haveli are two other beautiful royal residences.
Amazingly designed Jain temples, dedicated to Rishabdevji, Sambhavnathji and Parshvanathji are among the favourite tourist attractions in Jaisalmer. Out of these three, the Parshvanathji Temple is the oldest and the most beautiful one. One can see several human and animal figures carved on the walls of its sanctum and the rising dome (shikhar) is crowned by an amalak and a waterpot containing a lotus flower.
It is a huge library, built inside the Jain temples, and it has a rarest collection of some of the oldest manuscripts of India.
People coming to Jaisalmer often buy woven jackets, tie-dyed cloth, wooden boxes and ornaments, camel-leather slippers (jhoolis) and Western-style clothes. Puppets are the specialty of Jaisalmer.
How To Reach
Nearest airport is in Jodhpur (285 km).
Jaisalmer lies on a broad gouge line that connects it to all the major parts of the country.
Jodhpur is easily accessible from all the major cities of the state as well as the country, including Udaipur, Jaipur, Ahemdabad, Delhi etc..