Amidst the Golden Deserts of Rajasthan, India lies the magnificent Jaisalmer. Summarizing the allure of the desert, this flaxen grandeur submerged in golden sandstone stand with arrogance on the Trikuta Hill in the heart of the Thar Desert. Legend has it that Lord Krishna foretold Arjuna that a descendent of the Yadav Clan would build his kingdom atop the Trikuta Hill. His prediction was fulfilled when Rawal Jaisal, a descendent of the Yadav Clan founded new capital Jaisalmer in 1156 A.D. The life within the city enchants medieval glory, visible in its lane ragout with magnificent palace, havelis, temples and ubiquitous camels. Embellished with festivity and entertainment, the Golden City of Jaisalmer is scrupulously a mesmerizing experience for a diehard nature lover on the sparkling sands. So if you visit Rajasthan, your rajasthan tour operator, GoDelhi will not let you miss this golden sparkle…
Sightseeing in Jaisalmer
There are forts, temples and lakes to be visited in Jaisalmer. In addition to these, you have the much popular Desert Festival to participate in.
The fort stands over the Trikuta Hill at a height of 250 feet, encircling the entire town within its boundary wall across the hills. The fort houses beautiful havelis, Jain Temples of the 12th-15th century A.D. and five interconnected palaces. The palaces have delicate craftsmanship with ‘jaali’ frames and elegant ‘jharokhas’. Built in golden sandstone the colossal represents the glowing eminence of the desert. The fort has 4 gateways-Akhaiyal,Ganesh Pol,Suraj Pol and Hava Pol.
The fort has three remarkably carved Jain temples sanctified to the Jain Tirthankars- Rishabhdev, Sambhavnath and Paraswanath. Gyan Bhandar or Library is another attraction housing some of the antique manuscripts of India established in the premises of the Jain temples.
Gadisar Sagar Lake
Gadisar Sagar Lake is a panoramic rain water lake built in 1156 A.D. with many fascinating shrines around the lake. The place is also a home to an amazing avian variety. It is an idyllic spot for outings.
Havelis of Jaisalmer
Havelis of Jaisalmer abundantly carved with filigree work, elaborated corridors and pillars painted with exquisite artistic scene often leaves the tourist spellbound. Most Havelis are constructed between 12th-15th Century. These art museums are the residences constructed by the affluent merchants of this preceding trade center. Main attractions are Patwon-ki-Haveli, Jaisalmer Haveli, Nathmalji-ki-Haveli, and Salim Singh-ki-Haveli.
The 3 days desert festival comes in the month of February. Jaisalmer sparkles with colors, celebration, and songs. Many contests are organized during these days. Camel races, Folk dances, Turban tying contest and Mr. Desert are the foremost attractions of the event.
Best time to visit
November to March These months constitute the winter season in Jaisalmer. It is also an ideal time to visit Jaisalmer. Sightseeing and other outdoor activities like camel ride, desert safari are most enjoyable during this time as the maximum temperature does not go beyond 24 degree Celsius. Evenings are cooler and at night, the temperature can further drop down to 7 or 8 degree Celsius in the desert area, especially in the months of December and January.
How to reach
Jodhpur, at 285 km, is the nearest airport to the town. A meter- gauge line links Jaisalmer with other metropolitan cities in India.
Day and Night train services link major cities of India with Jaisalmer.
The city of Jaisalmer is also well connected by road services. Bus services from Bikaner, Ajmer, Jaipur, Ahmedabad run to the city. RTDC conducts the royal tour of Palace on Wheels, which also covers Jaisalmer.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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