aisalmer, a vivid picture of sheer magic and brilliance of the desert, is one of the last princely
Jaisalmer Fort, the only living fort of India bastions in the region. Local colour and warmth prevail over the inhospitable and forbidding terrain, imbuing the medieval town with a special magic.

Located on the lucrative trade route, that carried spices and silks in medieval times from Arabia, Persia and Central Asia to India, this fairy tale town came to be celebrated for the valour of its rulers, and for the aesthetic sense represented by their palaces and
havelis. Jaisalmer is also known as Golden City, as all the palaces, havelis, houses including the enchanting fort are made of golden sand stone. This amber-hued city, surrounded by golden sand dunes, dazzles gloriously in the early morning. And in the evening, when sky goes up in flames inviting the starlit night to descend, the glory of the town reaches to its peak. Certainly, A sight to behold!

One of the main attractions of Jaisalmer is the imposing 12th century Jaisalmer Fort. This architectural feat rises like a mirage from the barren Thar Desert of Rajasthan, with its 99 bastions silhouetted against the sky. Within its monumental walls stand intricately carved sandstone palaces, temples and havelis (merchant houses), alongside traditional adobe homes.

A young lad playing Sarangi outside Jaisalmer Fort

This living Fort with some 2000 inhabitants is perhaps the world's only fort where medieval patterns
Gadisar Lake, the largest manmade Lake, which is still resource of water for inhabitants of Jaisalmer. of life still prevail.

The beautiful havelis which were built by wealthy merchants of Jaisalmer are yet another interesting aspect of the desert city. The skilled stone-craftsmen built these sandstone mansions with great delicacy, filling up facades with sculptural filigree, screen windows, delicate pavilions and beautiful balconies. Today, these veritable art museums are still inhabited, and their colourful celebrations
and festivals have placed Jaisalmer firmly on the world tourism map.

And, of course, the romantic sand dunes of Sam village, 42 km from Jaisalmer, is the most popular excursion. It's best to be here at sunrise or sunset. Many camel safaris spend a night at the dunes. Just before sunset jeep loads of trippers arrive from Jaisalmer to be chased across the sands by tenacious camel

Camel Safari on the Dunes

Camel ride on Sam Sand Dunes owners offering short rides and young boys selling soft drinks. Yes, this place has become a great tourist attraction. So don't set your mind for a solitary desert sunset experience. Despite the tourist frenzy however, this place offers a bewitching sight of setting sun over the golden sand dunes.

The life of Jaisalmer comes to its full swing with the full moon in January/February every year. This is the time of spectacular Desert festival, full of music and festivity. This three days festival
attract thousands of tourists from all over the world. The Desert City rejoices along with the rhythmic dances - Ghoomar, Gangaur, Gair, Dhap, Moria, Chari and Terahtal and famous fire dance. Interestingcontests including a turban-tying competition and a Mr. Desert contest further enhance the fun of the occasion. A trip to the Sam sand dunes marks the grand finale, where one can enjoy camel rides and brilliant performances by the folk artistes under the full moon against the backdrop of picturesque dunes. Surely a not-to-be missed event.

A group of Folk Dancers, Sam Sand Dunes

 

USEFUL INFORMATION

Getting there & away

Nearest airport is Jodhpur, which is connected by air with Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur and Mumbai. By train, it is well linked with Jodhpur and other major cities.

A Good network of roads joins Jaisalmer with Jodhpur and many other destinations in and around Rajasthan.

Further Connections

Manvar, Jodhpur, Luni, Rohetgarh, Khimsar, Bikaner

Temperature

 

Summer: (Max.) 46 degree C, (Min.) 25 degree C
Winter: (Max.) 26 degree C, (Min.) 9 degree C
Best time to visit From October till February.

Cloths
 

Summer- Cottons
Winter- Woolens

Places to visit

 

Jaisalmer Fort, Jain Temples, Patwon ki Haveli, Salim Singh ki Haveli, Nathmal ki Haveli, Gadisar lake, Bada Bagh & Cenotaphs, Sam Sand Dunes, Lodhruva.

Things to buy
 

Rajasthani mirror work, Tie-dye and other fabrics, rugs, blankets, old stonework, silver items, and antiques

TOURS TO JAISALMER

Kaleidoscopic Rajasthan (21 Days)

Rajasthan at its colourful best (25 Days)

 

 

 
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