Jaisalmer Travel Guide
Let the magic of sand dunes of Thar Desert mesmerize your heart. Jaisalmer is a popular tourist attraction and is loved by people from all over the world. The city offers a lot for tourists, forts and palaces, shopping, authentic Rajasthani cuisine, and warm people.
The city is named Golden city and is a treat to watch the stunning view from top of the fort. It is a frame that’ll be etched in your hearts forever. Plan a trip to Kuldhara village and Sam sand dunes when visiting Jaisalmer, to know more about the colorful history of the Golden City.
Peaceful Shikara, Dal lake, Nishat park., Shalimar, Shalimar Mughal Garden
24°C to 45°C
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40°C to 45°C
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30°C to 36°C
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The Golden City amidst Shimmering Desert
Establishment dating back to 12th century, Jaisalmer is the heart of the Thar Desert of Rajasthan. Earlier this princely state was a medieval trading center. Known as "Golden City," owing to its distinguished yellow sandstone architecture, this place is perched on a ridge of yellow sandstone, and is adorned with the Jaisalmer Fort. This fort is a town in itself. Royal palace, many opulent Jain temples, houses, markets and all other facilities are within it. It will be perfect to term it as the “Living Fort”. Over the decades, the town expanded and has spread out of the fort too. Jaisalmer now is a World Heritage Site.
History sights that Rawal Jaisal, the heir of the Rawal of Deoraj, was did not succeed the throne of Lodurva, whereas his younger half-brother was made the king. Rawal Jaisal, could not take in insult and went searching for a new place to set up his empire. He reached a place where he came across a saint named Eesul, who told him about Krishna’s prophecy that a descendant of Krishna’s Yaduvanshi clan would make a new kingdom at this same spot. To this, Rawal Jaisal decided to establish his kingdom there and made a mud fort in 1156, which he named as Jaisalmer and thereafter declared it as his capital.
This place offers options galore for any tourist. From geography & history lovers to adventure enthusiasts, every type of traveler enjoys the place. The prime sightseeing places here include Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer Govt. Museum, Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli, Salim Singh Ki Haveli, Patwon Ki Haveli, Mandir Palace, Jain Temples, Gadisar Lake, Bada Bagh - houses chhatris or royal cenotaphs of the Maharajas of Jaisalmer state, Desert National Park, Kuldhara - the no man village; Tanot Mata Temple - with war shells or bombs of 1965 Indo-Pak war; Jaisalmer War Museum; Laungewala War Memorial; Akai Wood Fossil Park; Vyas Chhatri, Amar Sagar Lake are a few to name. There are numerous spots in and around Jaisalmer of which the most happening is the Thar Desert and adventure activities there. There are a number of camp sites on Thar Desert which offer innumerable option to enjoy a day out or even a stay over. Camel safari, jeep safari, town visit Dune bashing, para sailing, para-motoring, quad biking, desert safari and desert camping can be enjoyed to the fullest here.
Jaisalmer is a place of sand castles that has myriads of hues, old-world rarities, and modernity as well, to leave each guest charmed.