Jaisalmer Travel Guide
It has a mediaeval ambiance and a wonderful ambience, with crenellated golden sandstone town walls and tiny alleyways lined with artistically carved structures, through which camel carts move gently.
Beautifully painted merchants havelis are dispersed across the town, while the fort within, positioned on its peak, has some jewels of Jain temple architecture. Jaisalmer is well located for camel rides and safaris in the surrounding desert environment, sand dunes, and oasis communities.
This city is linked to a fascinating tale. Arjuna was forewarned by Lord Krishna that a distant descendant of the Yadav Clan would erect his empire atop the Trikuta Hill. Rawal Jaisal, a descendant of the Yadav Clan and a Bhatti Rajput, abandoned his fort at Lodurva in 1156 AD and established a new city – Jaisalmer, high on the Trikuta Hill.
The forced tax on caravans loaded with costly silk and spices that passed the country enroots to Delhi or Sind, giving the town immense revenue, supported these Rajputs. The merchants profited as a key staging stop on the trade route, and they invested in elegant residences and a temple. However, maritime commerce between India and the West declined and eventually halted in 1947.
The citadel’s tiny pathways, filled with majestic mansions, havelis, temples, and, of course, skillful craftsmen and omnipresent camels, conjure up memories of mediaeval magnificence. The Desert festival features folk dances, thrilling contests, a turban-tying contest, a Mr. Desert contest, and camel racing.
On the full moon night, colourful artisan bazaars and a sound and light show are staged, with folk performers playing against the magnificent background of the famed Sam sand dunes.
The city of Jaisalmer is known for its spicy Rajasthani food. Each recipe has its own distinct peppery flavour because to the generous use of red chilli and ginger. The famous gatta curry, macchi/maas sulas, lal/safed maas, and the ever-present ker-sangri are also popular dishes. The dal-bati-choorma is accessible, although it isn’t very memorable.
The soul-stirring indigenous music, complemented by beautiful dance, is an essential aspect of the food. A range of gramflour and milk sweetmeats are available for those with an insatiable sweet taste, and are sure to entice even the most jaded palette
Jaisalmer is well-known for its tie-dye fabrics, needlework, mirror work, antique stonework, blankets, and leather items, among other things. Khadi Gramudyog Bhavan at Dibba Para; Rajasthani Handicraft Emporium at Amar Sagar Gate & Gandhi Chowk; Light of the East at Jain Temple Lane are some of the well-known shopping places.
Camel Safaris are the most intriguing way to discover the desert getaway and are organised by the tourist department and well-known expert private operators on numerous circuits. Camel safaris have become an essential element of a tourist’s schedule in Jaisalmer, and it’s uncommon to find a visitor to Jaisalmer who does not try a camel ride.
Check out this page for more information about a desert safari in Jaisalmer.
The months of January and February
Every year, the Desert Festival takes place. Camel races and dances, traditional music, desert songs, puppet displays, and beauty pageants are among the events. Prices will skyrocket, so be on the lookout.
In the months of February and March,
Holi: Holi is a colourful event that may become pretty rowdy.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY LOCATION
The city is 300 kilometres and 330 kilometres from Jodhpur and Bikaner, respectively, and is located in western Rajasthan. The route that connects these three cities is well-kept, making travel by car quite easy.
How to Get There
Jaisalmer to Jodhpur, Jaipur, Mumbai, and Delhi are all served by IA.
The Indian Air Force manages the Jaisalmer Airport, which is located 5 kilometres from the city centre and inside the cantonment area (Tel: 51 952).
Note that the airport is only open during the season (September-March).
The IJPJ Express and the Jodhpur Express, both daily trains, run from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer. From Jodhpur, it is feasible to go to other locations. The Railway Station has a Railway Reservation counter that is open from 0800 to 2000 hours. Gadi Sagar Pol is about a 10-minute drive from the Jaisalmer Railway Station.
By Road Jaisalmer is well-connected by decent, motorable highways to Bikaner and Jodhpur. Luxury buses run between Jaisalmer and Jodhpur, as well as Bikaner and Jaipur. The major Bus Station is within a few minutes’ walk from the Railway Station. All main buses, however, depart from a Bus Depot in the city centre, which is near to the Hotel Neeraj.
Jaisalmer has typical desert weather, with scorching, dry summers and cold, windy winters. Summer highs and lows vary from 41°C to 25°C, while winter highs and lows are 23.6°C and 7.9°C, respectively.
Sightseeing in JAISALMER
Jaisalmer Fort is a fort located in the city of Jaisalmer.
From its 80-meter high perch on the hill, the golden-hued fort serves as a sentry to the barren wastes below, sheltering the whole village inside its walls. It boasts an amazing maze of small alleyways lined with gorgeous havelis, three finely sculpted Jain temples from the 12th to 15th centuries AD, and five linked palaces. The Jain Tirthankaras Rishabdev, Sambhavnath, and Parswanath are honoured at these fort temples. Akhaiya Pol, Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol, and Hava Pol are the four entrances of the fort
It is the most complex and majestic of all the Jaisalmer temples. It contains ornately carved pillars, as well as several passageways and rooms. Beautiful paintings adorn one of the apartments in this five-story high haveli.
Bada Bagh is a historical site in Bada Bagh,
Bada Bagh is a lush oasis on the edge of a man-made lake. It is surrounded by dense forests and royal cenotaphs with ornately carved ceilings and equestrian sculptures of bygone emperors. Here, a large portion of the city’s fruits and vegetables are farmed.
Sand Dunes of Sam
A visit to the magnificent sand dunes of Sam is not complete without a visit to Jaisalmer. The stunning illusion created by the ripples on the wind-battered dunes is a photographer’s dream come true. Various cultural events are held against the background of these beautiful sand dunes. Exciting camel safaris enable you to see the desert firsthand while riding on the back of a camel.
Lodurva, the historical capital of Jaisalmer, located 16 kilometres from the city. The Toran or elegant arches at the main entrance of the temples, as well as their beautiful carvings, are notable. The major attraction of the temples is a Kalpataru, or heavenly tree inside.
A magnificent rainwater lake with various gorgeous shrines and a diverse bird population. The lake is a beautiful location for trips.
Salim Singh-ki-Haveli is a character in the film Salim Singh-ki-Haveli
This magnificent yellow stone home is adorned with beautiful carvings and has an ornate projecting balcony on the top floor. The home is one of the most well-known among the havelis.
It’s a late nineteenth-century haveli in the photo above, and it’s a work of art with sophisticated construction. The mansion’s left and right wings, carved by two brothers, are not identical, yet they are highly comparable and balanced in design. Beautiful small artwork adorn the inside walls.
GYAN BHANDAR OR LIBRARY – This library, which was built as part of Jain temples, has some of India’s earliest texts. MANAK CHOWK AND HAVELIS – Outside the fort, a large bazaar leads to small alleyways lined with famed havelis. BARMER is a word that has a lot of different meanings. Barmer is a little Rajasthan, with all its colour, charm, and culture, set amid the sun-drenched sands. It’s known for its hand block printing industry, carved wood furniture, brightly coloured clothing, and friendly people.
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Amar Sagar is a lovely garden with mango and other fruit trees that sits across a lake. Its beauty is enhanced by the presence of beautifully sculpted Jain temples.
Mool Sagar is a nice shaded forest and a wonderful picnic location during the summers, located 18 kilometres from Jaisalmer. AAKAL WOOD FOSSIL PARK – This pack, located 17 kilometres from Jaisalmer on the Barmer Road, transports you to the Jurassic era, when the whole Thar area was under water. It has 180 million-year-old fossils that serve as geological markers for researchers studying the Thar Desert.
Tazia Tower is a tower in the city of Tazia
Beautiful Taazias – ornately adorned bamboo, paper, and tinsel reproductions of a bier, carried out in procession by the Muslims during Moharram – loom up from the Badal Mahal.
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