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Jaisalmer known as “The Golden City” is one of the famous tourist destination of India. Enclosed by Pakistan on the south-west side Jaisalmer is located at a distance of 575km from the capital state Jaipur. Surrounded by the yellow desert and dotted with majestic forts Jaisalmer showcase a vibrant mirage of the bygone era. The most iconic tourist attraction of this desert city is the fort of Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer due to its rich culture and heritage is the most visited city of Rajasthan.
Jaisalmer Fort also known as Sonar Quila is the most famous landmark of Jaisalmer. It is the only fully preserved fort in Rajasthan. Jaisalmer Fort was built in 11th century by Rawal Jaisal and acted as a refuge for the travelers along the Silk Route. Located at the hilltop of Trikuta Hill there are 4 massive gateways and a regal Raj Mahal. The honey colored wall of Jaisalmer Fort houses more than 3000 people in it. Jaisalmer Fort was the centre of many historical events like war which were fought between the Rathores of Jodhpur and Mughals of Delhi. Spending few days within this fortified city can be an unusual experience.
Patwa-Ki-Haveli is one of the famous tourist attractions of Jaisalmer. Built in 19th century under the commandment of Guman Chand Patwa, Patwa-Ki-Haveli is the first haveli to be constructed in Jaisalmer. It is not just one havelis but cluster of 5 Havelis. The intricate design carved on the yellow sandstones adores the walls of this magnificent Haveli. Out of five havelis one havelis has been converted into a museum called Kothari’s Patwa-Ki-Haveli. The museum has preserved the regal elegance of the historic era.
Entry fee of Patwa-Ki-Haveli: Rs 100 for Indian| Rs 200 for Foreign Nationals
Going on a Desert Safari in the Sam Sand Dunes has always been one of the favored things to do in Jaisalmer. The Sam Sand Dunes are located at distance of 41km from Jaisalmer Fort. This band of Dunes is known for creating a surreal amidst the yellow Thar Desert. There is a camp site with tent accommodation near Sam Sand Dunes which allows visitor to experience the authentic Rajasthani Lifestyle in Jaisalmer. During the month of February and March Sam Sand Dunes become a small cultural hub which attracts traveler from far and wide.
Located at a short walking distance from Jaisalmer Fort is Gadi Sagar another famous tourist spot of Jaisalmer. Built in 13th century Gadi Sagar is the only water source of this desert city. Decked with quaint shrines and temple, Gadi Sagar is flooded with horde of travelers and devotees. The Sandstone ghat of Gadi Sagar is adorned with colorful paddle boats. It is the only place for boating in Jaisalmer.
Thar Heritage Museum located in the heart of main market of Jaisalmer is a quaint museum. It was founded by Laxmi Narayan Khatri. The Thar Heritage Museum showcases an astounding collection of rare sea fossils, ancient manuscript, antique coins and weapons to the visitors. It is a must visit destination of Jaisalmer who wants to learn about the rich history and culture of Rajasthan.
Thar Heritage Museum of Jaisalmer Timings: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Entry fee of Thar Heritage Museum: Rs 40
How to Reach Jaisalmer: One of the easiest ways to reach this historic city is via train route. Jaisalmer is well connected with a wide network of trains covering major cities of India like Delhi, Jodhpur, and Jaipur. The distance between Delhi to Jaisalmer is 757km. There are no direct bus services for Jaisalmer so visitors need to travel till Jaipur and switch their bus. The distance between Jaipur to Jaisalmer is 557km.
Best time to visit Jaisalmer: Winter season (November to March) is the best time to visit and relish the beauty of the golden city Jaisalmer. This is also an ideal time to indulge in activities like camel riding and desert safari in Jaisalmer.