In the vast expanse of the Thar desert, where you don't expect even a
single bacteria all of a sudden there appears a complete city which
has a divinely golden hue around it. Located on the Trikuta hills, it is
completely built with yellow sandstone which explains the presence of golden
hue around the city. The imposing city of Jaisalmer was founded by Rawal
Jaisal after he deserted his fort at Lodurva. The city largely consists of
the Jaisalmer fort which with its magnificent splendour, dominates over the
skyline of the region completely. The city of Jaisalmer comes alive in the
months of January and February as it is the time of the year when the Desert
Festival is held.
» Jaisalmer Fort :
Locally it is called Sonar Qila
and it is an imposing structure which will automatically command your
attention. It is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan which is home to about
25 % population of the city. If going into details is your forte, you'll
definitely enjoy studying the fusion of Rajput and Islamic styles of
» Gadsisar Lake :
Located on the outskirts of
Jaisalmer, the Gadsisar lake is a major attraction of the city. It is
actually a water conservation tank which was the main source of water for
the entire Jaisalmer.
» Jain Temples of Jaisalmer :
These are old temples
which are a major pilgrimage centre for the Jains. All these temples are
dedicated to various Jain Tirthankars and are built in Diwara style renowned
the world over for its style of architecture. These temples are also made by
yellow sandstones and are open to the visitors till 12 noon only.
Staying in Jaisalmer
If you are a tourist in Jaisalmer, you are definitely going to be concerned
about choosing the right hotel so that you can extract the maximum out of
your tour. You'd like to be close to the tourism attractions of the city,
you'd want the airport or the railway station to be easily accessible from
your hotel. Jaisalmer has a plethora of accommodation options which include
the heritage, luxury and the budget hotels. Your selection depends on your
individual needs which may be the budget related or you may be concerned
about the facilities. Some of the major hotels of Jaisalmer include Fort
Rajwada, Gorbandh Palace, Taj Rawal Kot, Rang Mahal and Heritage Inn.
Shopping in Jaisalmer
Not many people know that Jaisalmer is an exciting option for the shopping
buffs as well. Shopping is not just an activity in which you buy something
and forget about it. Shopping at a macro level, is a process by which you
come to know about the social fabric of a place. You also get to know about
the habits and customs of the local population. Jaisalmer is known for its
tablecloths in mirror work, puppets and jooties. Other items that you can
buy here are textiles, camel leather items and ornaments.
Jaisalmer has its own airport which is located at the distance of 5 km from
the city. It is connected with New Delhi, Jaipur and Jodhpur by regular
flights. However, this airport is managed by the Indian Air Force and is
operated only between the months of September through March. Therefore
reaching Jaisalmer through Jodhpur would be better for you. Jaisalmer is
well connected with all the major cities of India by the railway network.
The place is connected by a good road network as well which connects it to
other major cities of Rajasthan and India.