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Jaisalmer

About Desrt City Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer is known as desert city of India.  Jaisalmer lies at Thar desert so the climate of Jaisalmer is rigid. Jaisalmer is very hot in summer ( temperature is approx. 45 degree celcius ) and its similarly cold durin winter season ( temperature is approx. 4 - 5  degree celcius ).  Jaisalmer, Golden city of Rajasthan, famous for its old havelis, sand stone palaces and its forts.  Jaisalmer has also its unique glorious past as like as other cities of Rajasthan which is no doubt remarkable.  History of Jaisalmer basically depicts the history of the Rajputana. City Jaisalmer named after its founder , one Rajput king , Raja Jaisal.  

In medieval period Jaisalmer was  on the focus for its locational advantage. Jaisalmer falls on one of the major  business routes, which connected India from Persia, Egypt, Africa and the west. Then Rajput rulers of the city used to collect enough wealth through taxes levied on these passing caravans.
Due to  the location advantage of Jaisalmer , foreign rulers could not bound it for many years. In 1947 royals of Jaisalmer agreed to be in independent India and from 1947 this Jaisalmer has been grown up as major tourist attraction of Rajasthan and western India.

This is believed that once this Jaisalmer which is now the part of great Thar desert , was once a fertile green land and a mighty river Ghaggar river used to flow on it. But due to climate change this fertile and green land converted into desert.
Jaisalmer  is one of the most important place to visit in India. Many tourists visit this desert city Jaisalmer for its lovely culture and remarkable history.  Jaisalmer has good accessibility by air, road and rail through out other part of India and Rajasthan.   

Places of tourist interest in Jaisalmer :

There are many places to visit in Jaisalmer , one of the major heritage and cultural destinations of Rajasthan. Jaisalmer is famous for its historical Golden fort, havelis and age old temples. Here are the details for the most interesting monuments and activities in Jaisalmer.  
Jaisalmer Fort ( Golden Fort )               
Jaisalmer Fort is one of the oldest fort of Rajasthan. Jaisalmer fort also known as Golden fort as this fort is made of Golden sand stone. Jaisalmer fort is one of the oldest and bigger forts of Rajasthan. It has 4 gate and 5 palaces. These palaces are interconnected with each other. Jain temple inside this Jaisalmer fort is also a major attraction. This Jain temple at Jaisalmer fort premises can be compared to Dilwara temple ( at Mt. Abu ) in comparison to its gorgeous decoration and beauty.

Havelis in Jaisalmer
Havelis in Jaisalmer are also one of major tourist visiting places of Jaisalmer. These havelis in Jaisalmer were the mansions of then rich merchants. These havelis are made of Golden sandstone Please find beow the short desctipton of the havelis located at Jaisalmer as follows ;
Patwon ki Haveli:  
This haveli is one of the most attractive havelis in Jaisalmer. It has exquisitely carved pillars and extensive corridors and chambers. One of the apartments of this five story high Haveli is painted with beautiful murals. This Patwon ki haveli by the well-renowned dealers in brocade, gold and silver embroidery of their time from Afghanistan to China, Guman Chand Patwa and his five sons, there b            

Nathmalji ki Haveli:         
This Haveli also an example of craftsmanship. The interior walls are ornate with splendid miniature paintings.
Salim Singh ki Haveli :     
This haveli is the oldest one among other havelis in Jaisalmer and a part of this is still being used as residence. It is worth a lengthy look and admiration of the tourists who revel to see this pride of Jaisalmer architecture, which is now a part of the national heritage.
Gadsisar Lake:      
Gadsisar is a beautiful artificial lake in Jaisalmer. This beautiful lake was built by Maharawal Gadsi in 14th century to serve the requirement of water in Jaisalmer city. This is basically a rain ater lake. This Lake is surrounded by many shrines and temples mainly dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu.

Camel safari in Jaisalmer and overnight stay at sand dunes
If any body is visiting Jaisalmer then this is highly recommended to enjoy camel ride on sand dunes at sunset and stay overnight at swiss tent at sand dunes. As staying at swiss tent on sand dunes at Jaisalmer , camel ride on sand dunes to visit spectacular view of sun set and a cultural evening with rajasthani folk dance, music and dinner is really create a special charm to the tourists.     

Also this is interesting to go for a long camel safari for 1 – 2 nights on the desert with running tents and traveling on the back of camel with the support of an attendant team. Such running safari cross the small Rajasthani villages which gives first hand experience of the village lives in Rajasthan.          


Accessibility : 

Jaisalmer , desert city in Rajasthan is accessible by road and rail both. Nearest airport to Jaisalmer is Jodhpur which is approx. 325 km. away. Jaisalmer is very well connected by road from Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Bikaner, Mount Abu, Osian. Roads around Jaisalmer and at Jaisalmer are very good in conditioned and very well maintained.  So these are roads are very smooth and faster to travel.

Jaisalmer is also well connected by Indian rail with Jaipur, Jodhpur, Delhi, Mumbai and other cities of India.

Accommodation ( Hotels in Jaipur ) : 

This desert city Jaisalmer has its many varieties of accommodation i.e starting from very luxurious accommodation to heritage hotels like forts , palaces , havelis and swiss tent at sand dunes. Also Jaisalmer has its economy or budget accommodation like guest house , tourist bungalows etc.            

In Jaisalmer you will get some heritage hotels which are no doubt worth to stay.  These heritage hotels are then old havelis , palaces and forts. Some of these heritage hotels are located inside the Jaisalmer fort . Staying in these heritage hotels gives one the feeling of then royal lives and the age old tradition of royal families.           



Fairs & Festivals in Jaipur : 

Desert Festival Jaisalmer            
Jaisalmer desert comes alive with colourful desert festival in the winter season i.e in the month of February. Entire thar desert has many colourful festivals. Some of the fairs and festivals are: Pushkar Fair, Desert festival, Elephant Festival and Camel festival. Among which this desert festival in Jaisalmer is very interesting and this is not to be missed.                 

This colourful desert festival in Jaisalmer arrange every year to attract tourists to this unique destination of Rajasthan.
Different kinds of cultural programme including Rajasthani folk dances and one interesting competition i.e. Mr. Desert competitions takes place.  In Mr. desert competition people with length and style of moustaches are focused and foreign tourists take photograph with the winner of this Mr. desert competition.
These desert festival in Jaisalmer takes place for 03 days. Major highlights of this desert festival are puppeteers, acrobats, camel tattoo show, camel races, camel polo, traditional procession, camel mounted band , folk dances and Mr. desert competition.       

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