Jaisalmer city is situated in the Thar Desert in the western part of
Rajasthan & was founded by Rawal Jaisal in 1156. It was used to be a
major trade route of western countries to India.
The romantic sand dunes, camel safari & the desert festival make it a
must visit place in Rajasthan.
Jaisalmer has got a typical desert type climate with high temperature
difference & low rain fall. In summer the average temperature is arround
41 degrees C but winters are cooler. The pleasant time to visit the city is
from November to February.
Attractions in Jaisalmer
The city is famous for its Desert Festival and several historic monuments
including forts, palaces, temples which attract tourists on a large scale.
Jaisalmer Fort :
The fort is made up of golden &
yellow sandstone and stands about 100 m over the city on hill. It houses
several lovely palaces & Jain temples within it & has four entrance
gateways named Suraj Pol, Ganesh Pol, Bhoota Pol & Hava Pol. This fort
is popularly known as the Golden Fort for its wonderful view.
Jain Temples : There
are three beautiful oldest sculptured Jain temples and are dedicated to
three famous Jain Tirthankaras named Rishabhdevji, Sambhavanathji and
Ashthapadi. The walls are carved with animal & human figures.
The Havelis : The Havelis of Jaisalmer like
Patwon-Ki-Haveli, Salim Sing ki-Haveli, Nathmalji-ki-Haveli with designed
walls & luxurious interiors represents the architectural brilliance of
Gadsisar Lake :
This rain water lake with beautiful
surroundings is a ideal picnic spot where boating facility is availble.
Desert Festival :
Another major attraction of Jaisalmer
is its desert festival which held in the months of January & February.
Here one can enjoy traditional folk music, dances, camel ride with
colourfully dressed people which symbolizes the rich culture of Rajasthan.
How to get there
Jaisalmer can be easily accessed through air, train or road.
The nearest airport is Jodhpur.
Jaisalmer is well connected by regular train
services with Jodhpur & other major cities in and arround Rajasthan.
A good motorable road network connects it to major
cities of Rajasthan and many other destinations in India.