| Jaisalmer – the
golden beauty, etched in yellow sandstone. Perched
atop the Trikuta Hill, it stands tall against miles
of gleaming sand. Epitomising the desolate, awesome
charm of the desert.
Jaisalmer, the city of the golden fort is a fantasy
in yellow sandstone in the heart of the Thar Desert.
The city was founded in 1156 by Rawal Jaisal, a Bhatti
has it, that Lord Krishna – the head of Yadav
Clan, foretold Arjuna that a remote descendent
of Yadav Clan would build his kingdom atop the
Trikuta Hill. His prophecy was fulfilled, when
in 1156 AD Rawal Jaisal, a descendant of Yadav
Clan and a Bhatti Rajput, founded the city of Jaisalmer.
amber-hued city, in the heart of the desert, dazzles
gloriously in the early morning. The sunset has
a peculiar glow here. As the night descends, the
sky goes up in flames, which fade leaving a few
embers, till it becomes black. A breathtaking sight
Jaisalmer is famous for cobbled streets, strewn
with palaces, forts, temples and havelis.
house, here, is exquisitely carved, having filigreed
work all over. These houses date back to 12th – 15th
century. And hence Jaisalmer is called 'the Museum
Filled with colour, festivity and smiles, Jaisalmer is truly a memorable experience
across the shimmering sands.
is Jodhpur (285 km)
Rail : Jaisalmer
with Jodhpur by night train service.
Road : Well connected
by road with all the major cities of India. Direct
bus services to Udaipur, Mount Abu, Jodhpur,
Bikaner, Barmer, Ajmer and Jaipur. Ahmedabad
and Bhuj (Gujarat)
Fort : Renew yourself amid the past
galore, as you visit the commanding Jaisalmer
Fort. The fort stands guard over the desertscape
from its 250 feet high perch on the hill with
its wall following the contours of the hills.
Gadsisar Lake : A rain water lake,
adorned with an arched gateway. Many small shrines
and temples are festooned a11 around the lake. Today,
it is an ideal picnic spot, famous for boating.
Singh-ki-Haveli : Witness the legendary
architectural wealth of Jaisalmer at Salim Singh's
haveli, truly unsurpassed in splendor. Of particular
note are the blue roof and rows of peacocks below
the arched balconies. The haveli was once the
residence of the Mohta family, ministers of Jaisalmer
Patwon-ki-Haveli : It is the
grandest mansion in Jaisalmer, not to be missed
at all. This five haveli wonder has its ceiling
supported by exquisitely carved pillars and its
delicately chiselled balconies surely leave you
Nathmalji-ki-Haveli : This haveli
was carved by two brothers. One worked on right
side and the other on left, but the harmony in
design exists still. Screened windows, projected
balconies and intricate carvings illustrate superb
Jain Temples : Within the citadel
are the splendorous Jain temples, dedicated to
Rishabdevji, Sambhavnathji and Parshvanathji.
kms), Ramdeora (150 kms), Sam Sand Duna (42 kms),
Lodhruva (17 kms), Bada Bagh (6 kms), Wood Fossil
Park (17 kms), Desert National Park (40 kms), Barmer