The setting turn Jaisalmer into a beautiful golden brown
is a spectacular sight. The perfect
time to visit the golden city is during the Desert Festival
held in Jan/Feb. every year, when the city reverberates to the
sound of melodious tunes and rhythms. Folk dances, exciting
competitions and contest, especially the turban-tying contest.
Surely a not-to-be-missed events.
Every 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 city'.
Air : The nearest airport is Jodhpur (285 km).
Rail : Jaisalmer is connected with Jodhpur by night
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
Jaisalmer 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. The steep
cobblestone pathways leading to the royal palace pass through
four gates. The sharp twists and turns make the fort
invincible. The fort has five interconnected palaces with 'jaali'
screens and dainty 'jharokhas' - all showpieces of Jaisalmer
Within the fort are three exquisitely sculptured Jain temples,
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.
Salim 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 rulers.
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 mesmerized.
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 craftsmanship.
Jain Temples : Within the citadel are the splendorous
Jain temples, dedicated to Rishabdevji, Sambhavnathji and
Camel Safaris :
An intriguing way of exploring the vast desert around
Jaisalmer, is the Camel Safari - a prime attraction for
visitors. Most safaris last 3 to 4 days, and thread their way
through Amar Sagar, Ludharva, Mool Sagar, Bada Bagh and Sam,
as well as several abandoned villages on the way. The best
time for a safari is October to February.