The desert town of Jaisalmer is one of India's most enchanting tourist destinations. Town's exquisite sandstone architecture makes it a place par excellence.
The desert town of Jaisalmer is one of India's most enchanting tourist destinations. Town's exquisite sandstone architecture makes it a place par excellence. As the sun sets down, the entire town bathes in honey-color light. It is a sight that you will remember for a long time to come. Local color and hospitality add to the attraction of this
The golden yellow Jaisalmer Fort dates back to the time immemorial. Every part of Jaisalmer Fort including outer walls, temples and houses are made of soft yellow Jurassic sandstone. The narrow winding streets are flanked with carved sandy facades that add to the charm of the fort. A paved road punctuated by four huge gateways winds up to the fort.
Countless havelis, spread across Jaisalmer are reputed as city's real showpieces. Each of these extravagant mansions comprises three or more storeys around a central courtyard. The large Patwon-ki-haveli is the most interesting one among them with five separate suites. Traces of stylish wall paintings can still be found in some rooms. The exuberantly carved jharokhas or the protruding balconies are the most striking features of the haveli.
Gadi Sagar Tank, Jaisalmer
Gadi Sagar Tank, built in 1367, was once Jaisalmer's sole water supply. There are many ghats and temples located on its northand east banks that add to its medieval charm. The place comes alive every year during the Gangaur Festival.
Folklore Museum, Jaisalmer
The interesting Folklore Museum displays some of the best articles. The locally styled wooden statues of Radha and Krishna, musical instruments, paintings and travelling temples are all from the personal collection of its proprietor.
There are countless places around Jaisalmer that offer a refreshing break from the chaotic city life. Some major excursions that can be taken from the city include
Sam Sand Dunes
Wood Fossil Parl
Desert National Park
Jaisalmer is well connected by rail to all the major Indian cities. Buses and private cars and coaches are available from Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner and Udaipur.