Jaisalmer is a city of Desert and forts where one can enjoy the thrilling camel safaris and local folk dance forms. It is not just famous among the national tourists, but the city is full of tourists from abroad during the time of the Maru Festival which happens once in every year. One can also enjoy luxurious stay in the camps at Thar Desert and witness the mesmerizing sunset. The sumptuous dinner of the local foods of Rajasthan along with dancers performing in front of you is something that you might not get to see elsewhere. Jaisalmer is also a good place to shop for handicrafts.
Places To SeeJaisalmer Fort
The fort occupies the pride of place at the heart of the city. Also known as ‘Sonar Quila’ or the ‘Golden Fort’ the fort is a yellow sandstone structure that emanates a golden hue when the sun sets into the distant horizon. It was constructed by Jaisal, a Bhati Rajput ruler in 1156. The fort is home to several beautiful havelis or mansions, temples and residential complexes. It is surrounded by a 30 ft tall wall and has 99 bastions. It also has different gateways like Suraj Pol, Akhai Pol, Hawa Pol, and Ganesh Pol. Mool Sagar
Moti Sagar is located on the road leading to the Sam Sand Dunes, about 8 km from Jaisalmer. Maharawal Moolraj II constructed the Mool Sagar complex in the year 1815. It was built as a summer retreat for the royal families of Jaisalmer. You can see a Shiva temple inside the garden, which is built by using two large sandstone blocks. The garden also houses three Jain Temples. Bada Bagh
The Park houses royal cenotaphs or chattris built by various Bhatti rulers. The cenotaph of King Maharawal Jait Singh is the most ancient cenotaph here. Apart from cenotaphs, you can also see Jait Sar tank, the Jait Bandh dam, and a Govardhan Stambh inside the park. The dam and tank were built by solid blocks of stones. Amar Singh Palace
Located on the banks of the Amar Sagar Lake, this 17th century palace was constructed by King Maharawal Akhai Singh. The lake itself is surrounded by various stone carved figureheads of animals which are believed to be saviours of the royal family. The pavilions in the palace have stairs that lead down to the lake. There are numerous ponds, walls, and a Shiva temple inside the building complex. Chandraprabhu Temple
Constructed in the year 1509, this Jain shrine is located inside the Jaisalmer Fort. The shrine is dedicated to the 8th Jain Tirthankara, Chandraprabhu, and is one of the prominent seven Jain Temples of the country. This red stone temple exemplifies Rajput architectural style and has intricate carvings, geometrical patterns and attractive facades.
Things To DoAkal Wood Fossil Park
This 180 year old reserve sprawls over an area of 21 hectares. You can see huge fossilized tree trunks and antique sea shells. Excavations are still on to bring to light more fossils. Brahmsar
The tiny hamlet is located at a distance of 13 from Jaisalmer. The main attraction is the statue of Lord Parswanath. Brahmsar is a popular Jain pilgrimage center where devotees come to pay their respects at Lodravpur Teerth and Vaisakhi Teerth. Desert Cultural center and Museum
The center, which was founded in 1997, showcases an interesting collection of ethnic instruments, ancient scriptures, rare fossils, medieval coins and traditional artefacts. You can see a rare collection of textiles, handicrafts, utensils, and manuscripts. Tip
: The center remains open for visitors from 10 a. m. to 5 p. m. everyday. Desert Festival
Held in February at Sam Sand Dunes, the desert festival brings alive the colourful and vibrant culture of Rajasthan in all its splendor. Several cultural events, camel races, turban tying, and best mustache competitions are held during the festival. This three-day festival is organized by the Rajasthan Tourism Board to attract both local and foreign tourists to Rajasthan. Tip
: If you are attending the festival, do not miss the performances of the famous Gair and Fire dancers. Desert National Park
The park was established in the year 1980 to showcase the exotic ecosystem of the Thar Desert. This national park sprawls across an area of 3161 sq. kms. , and consists of fixed dunes, salt lake bottoms, and rocks. The park is also home to a diverse range of birds like spotted eagles and tawny eagles, harriers, buzzards, vultures, and sand grouse. The park is a natural habitat of the Great Indian Bustard, which is the State Bird of the Rajasthan. The Rajbaugh Lake, Milak Lake and the Padam Talao Lake are some of the water bodies found in the park. Tip
: The best season to visit this park is from November to January. Gadsisar Lake
This artificial lake was developed by King Maharwal Gadsi during 14th century to fulfill the water requirements of the surrounding areas. Various small temples located nearby add to the serenity of the environs. Some migratory birds also make a stop here en-route to the Bharatpur Bird sanctuary.