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Jaisalmer - Quick Facts

Area: 5.1 sq. km
Population: 65,471 
Altitude: 225 meters
Season: October to March
Clothing: Summer- Light tropical, Winter- Woolens
Rainfall: 15 cms
Language: Hindi, English and Rajasthani


The 'Golden City' was founded in 1156 A. D. by Rao Jaisal. Located in the heart of the Thar desert, few cities in the world can match its magnificence. It was the domain of Bhati Rajputs, who were known for thier valour and chivalry. They levied taxes on the caravans laden with precious silks and spices that crossed the territory enroute Delhi on Sind. Jaisalmer soon became rich, so mush so that the merchnts, who also served as ministers in the royal courts, came to command more power than the rulers themselves. No wonder the large mansions of the merchants, built adjacent to each other in the nature of medieval desert cultures, are so profusely decorated that the palace, in comparison, appears to pale. Traces of this former opulence are seen inthe majestic buildings built here in luminous sandstone. While the havelis and the palace, along with the temples, will warrant the mandatory visits, Jaisalmer is incredible for the experience it brings alive of a medieval township caught in a timewarp, as you move up its ancient cobbled streets. For most part, its incredible sculptors were Muslim crargsmaen sho were induced, on their journeys to the patrons in others parts of India, to stay. The results is an archi-tectural purity that, because of Jaisalmer's incredible isolation, is not seen elsewhere.

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By Air
Jodhpur 285 Kms in the convenient airport, Jaisalmer is connected with Delhi, Udaipur & Jaipur.

By Rail

Jaisalmer is connected to Jodhpur by a broad gauge line via Phalodi.

By Road
It is connected by good roads to Jodhpur (285 km), Bikaner via Pokhran (330 km), and Barmer via Devikot (153 km).


SONAR QILA
Built in 1156 A.D. by the Rawal Jaisal the Fort (often called sonar qila) crowns the 80m high Trikuta Hill. About a fourth of the old city's population resides within the fort walls; the fort has 99 bastions around its circumference. There is a group of five Jain Temples within the fort built between the 12th and 15th centuries. The temples are open only till 12 noon.

PATWON KI HAVELI
is the most elaborate and magnificent, best known for tis latticed facade.

SALIM SINGH KI HAVELI
was built about 300 years ago and is still lived in. It has a beautiful arched roof with carved brackets in the form of peacocks.


GHADISAR had once supplied water to the city; the temples and archways around it have been built by a courtesan. Puppet shows are held her in the evenings.

AMAR SAGAR has the ruins of a once-beautiful garden on the banks of a lake, which is usually dry in the summer months.
Location: 7 km in the western outskirts of Jaisalmer
How to reach: Hire a cab or share an Auto-rickshaw
Attractions: Lake and a Palace
Amar Sagar is a small and beautiful lake cum Oasis and is adjacent to a 17th Century palace called the Amar Singh Palace. Maharawal Akhai Singh built this palace in honor of one of his predecessors Amar Singh. Next to the palace are pavilions with a large stairs leading down to the Amar Sagar Lake. This haveli has been constructed in the pattern of apartments. The Amar Sagar is a five story high haveli and is famous for its murals. Wherever you go in this haveli, you will notice beautiful murals painted with delicate efforts.

Bada Bagh
Location: 6 Km off the Jaisalmer city on Ramgarh Road
How to reach: Take a cab or hire a Rickshaw
Attraction: Garden and Cenotaph
Bada Bagh, which literally means 'Big Garden', is located on the Ramgarh road. It was commissioned by Maharawal Jait Singh in the early 16th century and completed by his son Lunakaran after his death. The site has three different things to watch, a garden, a tank and a dam. In the vicinity itself you will find Govardhan Stambh (pillar). This pillar was constructed to commemorate the construction of the Dam and the tank. In the local dialect the Dam and the tank are known as Jait Bandh and the Jait Sar respectively. It is believed that these are based on the name of the man who constructed them. The Jait Bandh is a dominating structure. It is about 1,200 feet in length and 350 feet in width. If you observe it closely you will notice that this has been built out of solid blocks of stone. The same material has been used for the construction of well as well as the tank.

SAM is known for its shifting sand dunes and is the venue for the desert festivals Khuri sand dunes.
Location: In the outskirts of Jaisalmer, 40 km southwest from the main city.
How to reach: Take a camel safari or any powerful SUV
Attractions: Camel safari, Mud houses and Desert solitude
Khuri sand dunes are slowly picking up in the must visit charts of tourists. If you find Sam sand dunes a bit crowded then you can very well opt for Khuri sand dunes. Situated just 40 km off the town, Khuri is a must visit for tourists seeking solitude in the desert. It is a peaceful place with houses of mud and straw decorated like the patterns of Persian carpets.
The Khuri sand dunes offer you a memorable experience in the land of the Rajputs. Enjoy the ride on camel back and let the place itself take you to its mesmerizing heights. Get closer to the local way of living with a close view of thatched straw roofs, camels, narrow streets and the local bazaar. At the night, organize a campfire with the fellow tourists (if any) and listen to the songs of 'Kalbeliyas'.

DESERT NATIONAL PARK
lying south-west of Jaisalmer , it is a protected bio-sphere reserve spreading over 3000 sq. km. The awe-inspiring Sam sand dunes are within the park. This also the bustard breeding location and wildlife park where you can see the Indian gazelle (chinkara), eagle and many birds and animals. Foreign tourists require permission from the District Magistrate and Desert National Park office to enter this area. Domestic tourists require permission from the Desert National Park office. LODURVA has the ruins for the earlier capital and Jain temples which are being rebuilt as reminders of its past splendour.

KULDHARA
Enroute to Sam dunes is a fine example of city planning as it existed in the 13th century. A heritage village today, remanants of almost 600 houses built then shows the distinct lifestyles of the era. With rooms marked for womenfolk on the rear side and for men upon entrance, the village testifies the architectural knowledge prevalent then. A temple in the centre of the village has the priest's house opposite it.


Desert Festival
This festival is celebrated on SAM (sand dunes) in the month of Jan & Feb.

Nagaur Fair
A trading fair for cattle and camels in January-February. It is a wonderful opportunity to catch up on rural life as owners from all over the state come to camp onthe outskirts of Nagaur while they buy and sell animals.
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Rugs, bedspreads, table-cloths in mirror work, embroideries and applique work style. Also you can find camel leather goods like bags, hats, wallets and juttis, etc with colorful embroidery. Even chunkey silver jewellery is available.

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