amid the desert
Jaisalmer – the
golden beauty, etched in yellow sandstone. Perched atop the
Trikuta Hill, it stands tall against miles of gleaming sand.
Epitomising the desolate, awesome charm of the desert.
city of the golden fort is a fantasy in yellow sandstone in the
heart of the Thar Desert. The city was founded in 1156 by Rawal
Jaisal, a Bhatti Rajput King.
Legend has it,
that Lord Krishna – the head of Yadav Clan, foretold Arjuna that a
remote descendent of Yadav Clan would build his kingdom atop the
Trikuta Hill. His prophecy was fulfilled, when in 1156 AD Rawal
Jaisal, a descendant of Yadav Clan and a Bhatti Rajput, founded
the city of Jaisalmer.
city, in the heart of the desert, dazzles gloriously in the early
morning. The sunset has a peculiar glow here. As the night
descends, the sky goes up in flames, which fade leaving a few
embers, till it becomes black. A breathtaking sight indeed!
famous for cobbled streets, strewn with palaces, forts, temples
and havelis. Every house, here, is exquisitely carved, having
filigreed work all over. These houses date back to 12th – 15th
century. And hence Jaisalmer is called 'the Museum city'.
colour, festivity and smiles, Jaisalmer is truly a memorable
experience across the shimmering sands.
Renew yourself amid the
past galore, as you visit the commanding Jaisalmer Fort. The fort
stands guard over the desertscape from its 250 feet high perch on
the hill with its wall following the contours of the hills. The
steep cobblestone pathways leading to the royal palace pass
through four gates. The sharp twists and turns make the fort
invincible. The fort has five interconnected palaces with 'jaali'
screens and dainty 'jharokhas' – all showpieces of Jaisalmer
Within the fort
are three exquisitely sculptured Jain temples,
water lake, adorned with an arched gateway. Many small shrines
and temples are festooned a11 around the lake. Today, it is an
ideal picnic spot, famous for boating.
the legendary architectural wealth of Jaisalmer at Salim Singh's
haveli, truly unsurpassed in splendour. Of particular note are
the blue roof and rows of peacocks below the arched balconies. The
haveli was once the residence of the Mohta family, ministers of
It is the
grandest mansion in Jaisalmer, not to be missed at all. This five
haveli wonder has its ceiling supported by exquisitely carved
pillars and its delicately chiselled balconies surely leave you
haveli was carved by two brothers. One worked on right side and
the other on left, but the harmony in design exists still.
Screened windows, projected balconies and intricate carvings
illustrate superb craftsmanship.
– Within the citadel are the splendorous Jain temples, dedicated
to Rishabdevji, Sambhavnathji and Parshvanathji.
Temple is the oldest and the most beautiful of the Jain temples.
Human and animal figures are carved on the walls of its sanctum
and the rising dome or 'shikhar' is crowned by an amalak and a
waterpot containing a lotus flower.
A part of
the Jain temples, the library contains some of the oldest
manuscripts of India.
Lodurva (16 km)
A trip to
this important pilgrimage centre for Jains, once the ancient
capital of Jaisalmer rulers, is a rewarding experience. A
masterpiece of architectural grandeur is 'Toran' or the ornate
arch at the main entrance with its exquisite carvings. 'Kalpatru'
or the divine tree is another attraction.
Sam Sand Dunes
No trip to
Jaisalmer is complete without a visit to the most picturesque
dunes. The ripples on the wind-caressed dunes create enchanting
mirages – a photographer's delight. Various cultural programmes
are organised against the backdrop of these fascinating dunes.
Adventure freaks can go out on a camel safari - getting the real
feel of the desert on the camel-back.
Park (17 km)
lying on the Barmer Road, takes you back to the jurassic period
with 180 million year old fossils, which are the geological
landmarks for the study of the Thar Desert.
the rolling landscape of the Sam sand dunes. Head on for a wild
experience, as you may encounter the Indian Gazelle, Chinkara
Eagle and exotic avian variety in this 3000 sq. km. vast protected
Biosphere Reserve. The park lies to the south-west of Jaisalmer.
three day long festival, Jaisalmer reverberates with music,
colour and joy, displaying its glorious past and rich culture.
Under the full moon, the vigorous folk dancers sway to the
enchanting music. The turban tying contest and Mr. Desert contest
add to the enthusiasm. A trip to Sam sand dunes, where one can
view folk musicians performing and even enjoy a camel safari,
marks the finale of this colourful extravaganza.
The nearest airport is Jodhpur (285 km)
Jaisalmer is connected with Jodhpur by night train service.
Well connected by road with all the major cities of India.
Direct bus services to Udaipur, Mount Abu, Jodhpur, Bikaner,
Barmer, Ajmer and Jaipur. Ahmedabad and Bhuj (Gujarat),
- Jodhpur 285 km
- Bikaner 325 km
Pokaran 112 km
- Barmer 153 km
- Delhi 897 km
- Jaipur 638 km
225 mtrs. Best season: July to March, Rainfall: 30 cms. Climate:
Extremely hot summers with maximum temperature touching 47 'C.
Cold winters – min 1'C
Clothing: Summer Tropical Winter Woollen
Season : October to February
Fare Operator/ Resvn.
The Fort, Jain Temples, Daily Rs.30/- R.T.D.C.,
Gyan Bhandar, Garhisisar. Oct. to March. Tel: 106.
WHAT TO SEE
Temple, Gyan Bhandar, Garhsisar, Salim Sing Ki Haveli, Patwon ki
Haveli, Nathmalji ki Haveli & Amar Sagar, Mool Sagar.
Devikot (40 kms),
Ramdeora (150 kms), Sam Sand Duna (42 kms), Lodhruva (17 kms),
Bada Bagh (6 kms), Wood Fossil Park (17 kms), Desert National
Park (40 kms), Barmer (153 kms).
Tourist Bungalow, Tel: 106, Jaisalmer.
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