Jaisalmer, popularly referred as the "the Jewel of the Desert," is one of the most fascinating cities of Rajasthan, India. Also known as "the Golden City of India," Jaisalmer is famous for its magnificent forts, bewitching palaces, havelis (mansions) and centuries old houses. Jaisalmer is also known for its exotic sand dunes and electrifying camel safaris. Jaisalmer has a number of exciting tourist attractions showcasing the royal splendor of the bygone era.
The major tourist fascinations in Jaisalmer include the Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon-ki-haveli, Nathmalji-ki-haveli, Salim-Singh- ki-haveli, Tazia tower, Bar Bagh and the beautiful Gadsisar Lake. Its exquisite handicrafts and colorful festivals are other major tourist attractions. Jaisalmer is also known for its exotic sand dunes, offering exciting and unforgettable camel safaris. The vivid and colorful festivals of Jaisalmer are other major attractions for tourists visiting the city.
Places To Visit In Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer Fort is one of the most intimidating forts in Rajasthan, India built in the 12th century. Perched on Trikuta hill, Jaisalmer Fort is a 250 ft tall and massive fort surrounded by a 30 ft high sandstone wall with 99 bastions, offering a spectacular sight to visitors. A spectacular Jain Temple is also situated in the fort.
Built by the wealthy merchants, the havelis (mansions) of Jaisalmer are illustrious for their exclusive cutwork, yellow and red stone treatment and the bracket-shaped decoration of peacocks. The ostentatioushavelis like the Patwon-ki-Haveli, Salim-Singh-ki-Haveli and Nathmaljikihaveli are major tourist attractions in Jaisalmer.
Desert National Park:
An excellent ecosystem that covers a total area of about 3160 square km and was notified a National park in the year 1980. The National park is rich in diverse varieties of fauna, which include Chinkara, Desert Hare, Blackbuck, Desert Snake, fox and vultures.
A rain water lake, located near "Tillon Ki Gate", adorned with an arched gateway is a major tourist attraction in Jaisalmer. Many small shrines and temples are festooned a11 around the lake. It is a water conservation tank made in the 15th Century AD. One can see a large number of birds, most of which migrate from the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary located nearby. Today, it is an ideal picnic spot, famous for boating.