Once the sleepy deserted land, Jaisalmer has now transformed itself into a major tourist destination in India. Situated amidst the picturesque Thar Desert, the Jaisalmer city is the only king that commands the whole Thar Desert and is located at 575 kms away west from Jaipur. Jaisalmer is nicknamed as “the Sun City”, founded by Prince Jaisal a Krishna Vanshi rajput in 12th century, the city of Jaisalmer was named after him.M
The city of Jaisalmer is crowned by fantastic fort, named Sonar Kila or Golden Fort which is the major landmark of Jaisalmer. The fort is also called the Jaisalmer Fort that families several splendid palaces and amazing Jain temples. The desert city of Jaisalmer is also famous for thrilling sand dunes and exciting camel safaris.
Some major attractions in Jaisalmer
The grand Jaisalmer Fort (also known as the Golden Fort or Sonar Kila), built in 12th century, is one of the most astonishing places to visit in the desert state. The fort is located atop the Trikuta Hill and surrounded by a 30 feet high wall with 99 fortresses. This 250 tall imposing fort offers an amazing vista for its visitors and the presence of a Jain Temple within the fort complex makes it more appealing.
Jaisalmer Havelis were once the home of wealthy merchantswhich are well-known for their creative designs and adornments. The fine cutwork, yellow and red stonework treatment, and the bracket-shaped beautification of peacocks of these Havelis are worth visiting. Salim-Singh-ki-Haveli, Patwon-ki-Haveli, and Nathmalji-ki-Havei are worth visiting havelis of Jaisalmer city.
Gadsisar Sagar Lake is an ideal picnic spot for the visitors and is among the most breathtaking attractions in the city of Jaisalmer. The lake offers an opportunity to view hundreds of migratory birds during the winter season. During your visit to Gadsisar Sagar Lake, you will also see a breathtakingly beautiful lush green garden - Bara Bagh which is an oasis in the desert.
Tazia Tower is the five storey beautiful structure in Jaisalmer. It rises from the Palace of Clouds (Badal Mahal) and is well-known for its brilliantly engraved galleries on each storey.
A Quick View of Jaisalmer
Founder : Rawal Jaisal, a Bhatti Rajput Chief
Also Known as : Golden City of India
Location : In the western Rajasthan region amid Thar Desert, close to Indo- Pak boarder
Distance : Jodhpur (280 km), Barmer (155 km), Gajner (289 km), Khimsar (320 km), Pokran (110 km), Bikaner (330 km), Sam (40 km), Khuri (50 km).
Area : 126.27 sq. km.
Population : 2,324,319 (approximately)
Temperature : Max 46 º C, Min 35 º C (summer); Max 14º C, Min 02º C (winter)
Languages : Hindi, Rajasthani and English
Major Attractions : Jaisalmer Fort, Salim Singh Ki Haveli, Patuwon Ki Haveli,
Excursions : Khuri Village & Sand Dunes, Kuldhara & Khabha Villages, Desert National Park, Pokran, Barmer, Bada Bag, Baisakhi, Luderwa, Mool-Sagar, etc
Best Time to Visit : October to March.