History of Jaisalmer
The Golden City of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan is simply unmatched! It
was the part of the famous Silk Route during the days of yore. The
splendid Jaisalmer Fort stands proudly on its land and narrates the
stories of the valor and chivalry of the Rajput rulers. Jaisalmer
still retains its medieval charm, which is evident in its colorful
narrow streets, splendid forts and palaces of Rajasthan, opulent
havelis and bazaars.
The otherwise barren land of Jaisalmer comes alive once every year
during winters. It is the time when the festivities of Desert
Festival slowly start engulfing the Desert City. During the festival
in Jaisalmer, the city displays the wealth of its culture and
traditions to the rest of the world. The festival expresses the
people's zeal for the life and is a colorful extravaganza of fun,
frolic, laughter and adventure.
Attractions in Jaisalmer
The Jaisalmer Fort
The fort of Jaisalmer, which resembles a gigantic sandcastle, is
home to several thousand people. Crowned over the Trikuta Hill, the
golden yellow Jaisalmer Fort dates back to more than 800 years. The
fort has many gates including Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol, Bhoot Pol and
Hawa Pol. In addition to this, it also has a number of beautiful
havelies and a group of Jain temples that make it a special place to
The huge Gadsisar Tank was once the main source of water supply to
the city. In winters, a variety of birds flock here and make the
whole environment enchanting. The beautiful arched gateway across
the road down to the tank adds to its attraction. A number of
exquisite temples and tanks located around the lake add to its
Manak Chowk has successfully retained its ancient charm since time
immemorial. Various lanes with exquisitely carved havelis lead to
the chowk that remains abuzz, most of the time, with various
activities. Exploring the chowk is an experience in itself.
One very interesting fact about this haveli is that its two sides
were carved by two brothers. Although the motif used by one is not
similar to the other, they are in harmony. One has to look very
closely to spot dissimilarities. The excellent craftsmanship of the
stone carver is illustrated in the gossamer quality of the screened
How to reach there...
is well connected by road to all nearby cities to it. By train,
meter guage rail service is available. Jodhpur is the nearest city
if you wish to travel by air.
Hotels in Jaisalmer
Mahal - Symbol of Love
Mahal is regarded as the most perfect jewel of Muslim art in India.
This huge mausoleum mosque was built by Shah Jahan, the fifth Muslim
Mogul emperor, in memory of his beloved wife, a Persian princess
born as Arjuman Bano Begum but known as Mumtaz Mahal.
Pushkar Fair begins on Kartik Shukla Ekadashi, which falls in the
month of October-November and goes on for five long days till Kartik
Purnima. The fair is synonymous to a cattle fair.
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