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Jaisalmer Travel Guide

Overview
JaisalmerJaisalmer: The Golden City of Rajasthan

Located in the heart of Thar Desert in Rajasthan, Jaisalmer is known for its unique foundation. It is nestled over the ridge of the yellowish sandstone. It is also included in the list of World Heritage Sites. There are several Jain temples adorning the exquisite patterns of layout of this small town.

It was founded by a Rajput King, Maharawal Jaisal Singh in 1156 AD. It fell into the main route connecting India with Africa, Persia and the West. Later, the rise of Mumbai as a major port and the development of sea routes led to the decline of Jaisalmer's importance.

Following are the main attractions of Jaisalmer:

Jaisalmer Fort: It is lauded as one of the most exquisite, grand and massive fortifications of the world. It is included in the list of world heritage sites. The Rajput ruler Maharawal Jaiswal Singh built it in 1156 AD. The immensely massive yellow sandstone walls of the fort camouflage the fort, especially with its intoxicating golden hue. Thus, it is also known as the Golden Fort. The main attractions of Jaisalmer Fort includes Raj Mahal, Laxminath Temple, Merchant Havelis and 4 massive getaways.

 

The Thar Heritage MuseumThe Thar Heritage Museum: It is definitely a paradise for history lovers. This museum preserves weapons, manuscripts, photographs and musical instruments. The puppet show hosted during the evening time is another sought after feature.

 

Khaba Fort: Located near to the Kuldhara village, the Khaba fort was initially inhabited by the Paliwal Brahmins. Currently, it preserves the ruins of around 80 different families that used to inhabit the fort more than 200 years ago.

 

Bada Bagh: Known as the 'Big Garden,' it is located 6 km north of Jaisalmer. The royal cenotaphs are the main attraction of Bada Bagh. These are either made with Bikaneri sandstone or white marbles. The cenotaph's are different for men, women and children.

 

Excursions from Jaisalmer: Tourists simply love to explore the Sam Sand dunes located 40 km away from Jaisalmer. The Khuri sand dunes are the other alternative to spot. The near by famous cities include Jodhpur (279 km), Bikaner ( 331km) and others.

Shopping in Jaisalmer:
Jaisalmer is known for its old stonework, antiques, blankets, rugs, mirror work and embroidery. Tourists simply love to do antique street shopping here.

 

Desert FestivalWhen to Reach:
It is best to explore Jaisalmer in between the months from October to March. Tourists also love to visit Jaisalmer during the famous 'Desert Festival,' that takes place in the month of February.

 

How to Reach:
Air: The Jaisalmer airport is located 10 km away from the main city.
Rail: The other cities in Rajasthan and India are connected with Jaisalmer through a sound rail system.
Road: The national highways and state service buses connect Jaisalmer with other parts of Rajasthan.



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