Jaisalmer is very important destination on the itinerary of every discerning traveller visiting India or Rajasthan. Jaislamer tourism includes Thar Desert like splendid fantasy & many places to visit in jaisalmer. The city of Jaisalmer is great place to simply wander, Loiter and to be lost in narrow streets. The matchless palaces and havelis with intricate carving speak of glorious past of great Rajput Rulers.
The fort of Jaisalmer situated on a triangular hillock, was founded in about 1156 AD and was named ‘Sonar killa’ the golden fort by Satyajeet Ray a great film maker. The fort is 250 ft. tall having 99 bastions.
Patwon ki haveli is a unique pattern of mughal and rajput architecture and is the most important haveli in Jaisalmer. The haveli is a cluster of five small mansions build by a merchant Guman Chand Patwa for his five sons in 19th century. The first of these havelies is the biggest and most orientations one. Besides, Patwa ki haveli there are many marvelous monuments like Nathmal Ki Haveli, Salam Sing Haveli, Mandir Palace and Jain Temples in the fort are worth seeing and retaining in your conscious or sub conscious mind.
Gadisar Lake : Gadisar is an artificial lake made by a visionary ruler of jaisalmer, Maharaja Gadsi singh to provide clean and pure drinking water to the inhabitants of the city. Till seventies, this lake was only source of drinking water for the people of jaisalmer. Gadisar once remains as omen has the Ganges. The lake is surrounded by many temples and beautiful shrines. A beautiful yellow sand stone gateway arching across the road down to the lake is said to be built by a famous royal dancer Tilon and it is called ‘Tillon ki Prol’. On the top of the gate there is temple of lord Krishna. Its said that king of then founded below his dignity to go to the lake through underneath this gate and he decided to demolish it, but tillon the dancer cleverly established lord Krishna on the top of the gate. The king had to give up his decision for the demolition. A visitor can hear many tales like this when he comes to visit this ancient town. Visiting jaisalmer is like reading an interesting story book.
Beauty of the fort is beyond description. It is one of the oldest fort in rajasthan and perhaps the only fort where about 4-5 thousand people live in.
On the outskirts of jaisalmer, there are many places to visit and worth seeing. some of these are:
Amarsagar: It is an oasis. Splendid jain temples, royal garden, large pond with comfortable Ghaats and shrines are other attractions, 5 km in the west of jaisalmer it is a small eco friendly village.
Badabagh: It is also a small village which is known as royal cemetery. Tombs erected in the memory of Bhati rajputs rulers are wonderful specimen of architecture. A barrage built in ancient days is worth visiting too.
Ludarwa: Legends go by that ex rulers of jaisalmer i.e. Bhati Rajputs are chandrawanshi - descendants of lord Krishna. These people after the battle of Mahabharata migrated to different part of the country. At last they reached this desert region settled here and before jaisalmer. Ludarwa was the capital of the region founded by Bhati Rajput. Later on the capital was shifted when Rawal Jaisal founded Jaisalmer Fort.
Kuldhara: Kuldhara is an abandoned village in the Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan, India. Established around 13th century, it was once a prosperous village inhabited by Paliwal Brahmins. It was abandoned by the early 19th century for unknown reasons, possibly because of dwindling water supply, or as a local legend claims, because of persecution by the Jaisalmer State's minister Salim Singh.
A Desert region of Thar & Places to visit in Jaisalmer – Rajasthan
One's journey to jaisalmer rather to Rajasthan is not complete without going on sunset desert safari in Jaisalmer. Sam and Khuri sand dunes are becoming major points of attraction in jaisalmer. These are the closest places with grand sand dunes where one can recall the tales of great Arabian nights.
Ones journey to Jaisalmer would be fruitless without going to desert safari, spending night at desert, enjoying folk music & dance programme. It would be an experience to watch starlit nights.