Jaisalmer, popularly known as the Golden City of India, is one of the most beautiful places in Rajasthan. It is located in the middle of the vast Thar Desert and is quite popular for its glorious forts, splendid Havellis and palaces, sand dunes and camel safaris. Jaisalmer includes a number of important historical monuments and exceptional sand dunes. The place is visited by millions of tourists all around the year.
Important Tourists Destinations
Some of the most important tourists’ destinations in Jaisalmer include the Jaisalmer Fort, Merchant Havellis, Desert National Park, Jain temples and so forth.
Jaisalmer Fort: It is also known as the Golden Fort or the Sonar Kila. It is among the second largest fort in Rajasthan. The Jaisalmer fort is also popular for its architectural brilliance and splendor. The fort complex embraces many beautiful Jain temples and Raj Mahal.
The four gateways which include the Suraj Pol, Akshaya Pol, Ganesh Pol and the Hawa Pol are among the most important tourists destinations in Jaisalmer Fort. The beautiful Jain temples located inside the Jaisalmer Fort are known for its elegant carvings and beautiful architecture.
Desert National Park: One among the most notable and famous national parks in India includes the Desert National Park. It is one of the largest national parks in the country. The desert is filled with sand dunes. Wild life in the park includes wolves, black bucks, vipers, desert cat and desert fox. A variety of bird species can also be found in these parks. The park is also filled with Palm trees, Dhok, Ronj and so forth.
Merchant Havellis: Jaisalmer is a city filled with exquisite and beautiful palaces or Havellis. Salim Singh-ki-Havelli, Patwon-ki-Havelli, Nathmalji-ki-Havelli are some of the most important and popular Havellis in Jaisalmer. The Patwon-ki-Havelli is a splendid combination of five large Havellis.
Shitalnath temple: It is one of the seven Jain temples inside the Golden Fort. The temple is dedicated to the tenth Tirthankara, Shri Shitalnath. A beautiful and exquisite idol of Shitalnath is found in the temple. The idol is molded of eight precious metals.
Gadsisar Lake: One of the most popular and attractive tourists’ destination in Rajasthan includes the Gadsisar Lake. It was built by Maharwal Gadsi Singh in 1400 A.D to conserve rain water. The lake is surrounded by a large number of beautiful temples, flowerbeds and exemplary gardens. It is one of the most enchanting scenic lakes in Rajasthan.
You can reach Jaisalmer by Plane, Train, Bus or by Hired Car or your own Car. It is located at 800 km from Agra, 44km from Ajmer, 330 Km from Bikaner, 570 Km from Jaipur, 800 Km from New Delhi, and 1140 KM from Mumbai. There are few Civilian flights available to and from Jaisalmer and a direct train from Old Delhi station goes to Jaisalmer daily. There are many Bus operators ply to and from Jaisalmer form important cities all around Jaisalmer.
For Stay in Jaisalmer you can consider any of the followings -
- Hotel Shree Govindam
- Garh Jaisal
- Hotel Moonlight
- Thar Villas
- Hotel Jaisal Palace
- Mirvana Nature resort
- Moonlight Khuri Resort
To Eat and shop, you will find a lot of shops and restaurants in and around Jaisalmer, where you can see and taste Authentic Rajasthani items.