golden city of Jaisalmer, which lies courageously as the
western sentinel of India, is a place worth visiting. The
golden ray of the setting sun draws a heavenly picture on
the sands of
The magnificent wood- and stone-carved mansions and
buildings display the love of the Rajputs towards the fine
The perfect time to visit the golden city is during the
Desert Festival held in Jan/Feb. every year, when the city
reverberates to the sound of melodious tunes and rhythms.
Folk dances, exciting competitions and contest, especially
the turban raying contest.
Jaisalmer is situated in the westernmost part of the state
of Rajasthan, the heart of the great Thar Desert. It has
neighboring Pakistan on its western side. On its south,
there is the beautiful city of Bikaner. The eastern part of
the place is bordered by Jodhpur, another city of color and
tradition. The climate of this city is of typical desert
character. Population of this city is quite low compared to
the other parts of the state. The best time to visit this
desert city is the winter season (November to February) when
the heat becomes comparatively low. The desert festival held
during the last winter months of January and February is the
most opportune time for the people to visit Jaisalmer.
Attraction ( Jaisalmer)
History Of Jaisalmer
The city Jaisalmer was founded by Bhatti Rajput Rawal Jaisal
in 1156. The history of Jaisalmer also reveals the courage
and determination of the Rajputs. The city used to be a
major trade center as it was the trade route of the western
countries to India.
The Jaisalmer Fort
Jaisalmer Fort is the most alive of any museum, fort or
palace that you are likely to visit in India. It was built
in 1156 by the Rajput ruler Jaisala. About a quarter of the
old city's population resides within the fort walls. The
fort is entered through a forbidding series of massive gates
leading to a large courtyard.
The delicate pagoda like Tazia Tower rises from Badal Mahal
(Cloud Palace). Rising in its five tiered splendour, with
each storey graced by a delicately carved balcony, the tower
is of historical significance.
scenic rain water lake with numerous beautiful shrines
around. The lake is an idyllic spot for outings.
Within the fort walls are a group of beautifully carved Jain
temples built between the 12th and 15th centuries. They are
dedicated to Rikhabdev and Sambhavanth. Gyan Bhandar or
Library : Some of the oldest manuscripts of India are found
in this library established as a part of Jain temples.
The impressive mansions built by the wealthy merchants of
Jaisalmer are known as havelis, and several of these fine
sandstone buildings are still in good condition.
This haveli was built about 300 years ago and part of it is
still occupied. Salim Singh was the prime minister when
Jaisalmer was the capital of a princely state, and his
mansion has a beautifully arched roof with superb carved
brackets in the form of peacocks. The mansion is just below
the hill and it is said, once had two additional wooden
storeys in an attempt to make it as high as the Maharaja's
palace, but the maharaja had the upper storeys torn down.
It is one of the largest and most elaborate houses in
Jaisalmer. It is five storeys high, extinsively carved. It
is divided into six apartments, two owned by the
Archaeological Survey of India, Two by families who operate
craftshops here, and two private homes.
This late 19th century haveli was also a prime minister's
house. This haveli was carved by two brothers, one working
on the right side and the other on the left. Yellow
sandstone elephants guard the building, and even the front
door is a work of art.
Nearby Places ( Jaisalmer)
Barmer (153 km from Jaisalmer)
Barmer is a small and lively desert town, known for its hand
block printing industry, carved wooden furniture and
colourful costumes worn by its friendly people. The best
time to visit is during the gay Barmer festival held every
year in the month of march.
Sam Sand Dunes (42 km from Jaisalmer)
is the closest point to witness the total sandy desert. Sam
(pronounced 'sum') has a truly magnificent stretch of
sweeping dunes, with little or no vegetation. The best way
to see this and other sights around Jaisalmer is to take a
camel safari. This is Jaisalmer's nearest real Sahara-like
desert. This place has become a massive tourist attraction.
Desert National Park
It preserves the eco-system of the desert within its
confines. The Monitor lizards, desert foxes, porcupines,
occasional wolves and black bucks, and the Great Indian
Bustard (a protected bird ) are found here, forming an
ecological chain revolving around cactii and other hardy
How to Reach
By Air : Indian Airlines operates flights to Jodhpur,
Jaipur, Mumbai and Delhi from Jaisalmer.
By Bus : There are many deluxe buses operating daily
from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur, Jaipur, Bikaner.
By Train : There are two trains IJPJ and Jodhpur
express which operates daily from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur.