Famous City of Jaisalmer Rajasthan
sparkling yellow sand of the Thar Desert under the scorching hot rays of Sun
and the yellow colored mud huts paint the City in golden hues nicknaming it
as 'Golden City'. It is like the City straight out of the famed Arabian
Jaisalmer's Desert landscapes and heritage sights like the imposing citadel
of Jaisalmer, its ravishing havelis, captivating temples, charming palaces
and the vibrant bazaars. These sandstone structures seem to echo the
chivalry, romance and sacrifices of the Bhatti Rajputs that inhabited this
History of Jaisalmer:
About Jaisalmer was founded by Maharaja Jaisal, a Bhatti Rajput king, in 1156, on
the advice of a sage. Since then it saw many empires fight for its
acquisition due to its secure location as well as importance for being on a
trade route to Persia, Egypt and Africa. The City has amassed ample wealth
by taxing goods passing from the route. This led to many lootings in the
13th and 14th century, especially when Turk-Afghan ruler Ala-ud-Din Khilji
took siege of the fort for nine years. Before accepting the defeat, the
Rajput women performed Jauhar and committed mass suicide.
Later Shah Jahan bestowed the City's patronage to Sabala Simha after
witnessing his strength and ability in the Battle of Peshawar. Jaisalmer
lost its importance as a trade centre after losing many of the trade routes
to Pakistan and the coming up of Mumbai port.
Orientation of Jaisalmer:
Jaisalmer is situated amidst the Thar Desert in the western part of
Jaisalmer Rajasthan. It is situated at a distance of around 550 km from Jaipur and 860
km from Jaipur. Its prima dona attraction, the golden fort, is located at
the heart of the city. The old city used to be protected by an encircling
wall which is now in ruins. The main market of Jaisalmer, the Bhatia Market,
is located near the fort.
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At Gadi Sgar Road is located the Tourist Reception Centre which provides
answers to all the tourism queries as well as city maps and brochures. Bank
of Baroda and State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur along with LKP Forex and SP
Securities exchange currencies as well as traveler cheques. The main post
office is located at Hanuman Circle Road.
Sights of Jaisalmer:
Situated atop the Trikuta Hill, this golden castle has long been a focus of
many empires in the pages of history. The Fort was built by Rajput ruler Rai
Jaisala in the 12th century, after shifting his capital from Lodurva. It is
a living Fort as a major part of the Old City's population still resides
within the Dort walls. The huge castle features several palaces, royal
chambers and Jain temples showcasing Islamic craftsmanship within its mighty
bastions and strong barricading walls.
Encapsulating the passion of wealthy merchants for rich and exquisite
residences, are the beautifully sculpted havelis, situated just outside the
Fort. The most precious and renowned gem among these havelis is the Patwon
ki Haveli, which was built between 1800 and 1860 by five rich Jain brothers.
Other beautiful havelis include the names of Salim Singh ki Haveli and
Nathmal ki Haveli.
in the picturesque surroundings is the artficial reservoir known as
Gadisagar Lake. It was built by in 1367 by Maharaja Gadsi Singh, after whom
the tank has been named. At the tank gate called Tilon ki Pol, a Krishna
temple was built to save it from being pulled down, since the gate was built
by a renowned prostitute.
A good collection on information about the Rajasthani culture in the form
of textiles, musical instruments and old coins is displayed at the Desert
Culture Centre and Museum, situated near the Tourist Reception Centre. You
can also enjoy a puppet show here that takes place every evening at 6.30 pm.
Another interesting collection of artefacts can be observed at the
Government Museum, near RTDC Hotel Moomal.
Activities of Jaisalmer India:
In the sandy Deserts of Jaisalmer, Camel treks are a must for the Tourists
to experience. After tiring wobbly movements in the dry weather, your body
would call for a massage. For a perfect ayurvedic massage, treatments and
steam baths you can go to the Ayurveda Hub & Research Institute or the
Baiju Ayurvedic Beauty Parlour.
Sleeping of Jaisalmer:
Jaisalmer Hotels, Being a favored Tourist Destinations, the city has many accommodation
options, both in the town area as well as within the Jaisalmer Fort, but try not to
stay inside the Fort to contribute in the structure's preservation. Some of
the top- end Hotels in the town are Hotel Kila Bhavan, Fort Rajwada, Jawahar
Niwas Palace and Hotel Rawal Kot.
Jaisalmer Resorts, Trio is an upmarket food joint at Gandhi Chowk, which serves tasty Indian
as well as continental food. Another good option at Gandhi Chowk itself is
Saffron. Within the fort, some of the good food joints include Krishna's
Boulangerie, Ristorante Italiano La Purezza and Point Roof top Restaurant.
For home made Indian food, you can try out Vyas Meal Service.
Shopping of Jaisalmer:
Jaisalmer City is famous for mirrorwork, stonework, embroidery, antiques,
blankets, tie and die fabrics, traditional rugs and silver jewelery. You can
pick some of the colorful handicrafts from Sadar Bazaar, Manak Chowk,
Pansari Bazaar and Sonaron ka Bass, which are some of the shopping areas
located withing the fort itself and Jaisalmer Tours.
Getting There & Away:
Since Jaisalmer Airport is seldom opened for service, you will
have to catch a flight from the Jodhpur Airpot, which is 300 km from
Jaisalmer Tour by Train, Jaisalmer is connected by the special luxury train 'Palace on
Wheel'. Trains are also available for Jodhpur and Delhi from here. A
reservation office is located at the train station.
State run as well as private buses for various destinations
like Jodhpur, Bikaner, Barmer, Jaipur and Ahmedabad are available form the
Roadways Bus Stand, located ear the train station.
Getting Around Jaisalmer:
Jaisalmer Travel From Gandhi Chowk Stand you can hire a jeep or bicycle to explore the
nearby areas of Jodhpur. A full day sightseeing on jeep will lighten your
pocket by Rs 1000. An autorickshaw ride from the fort to Gadi Sagar will
cost you around Rs 20.