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Mesmerising trip in the World of Forts and Havelis, Wonderful Desert Safaris
Best time to Visit : We visited Jaisalmer in between Oct 30 - Nov 02, 2015. Perhaps this is the best time to visit this place. The days are sunny, but not very warm if you are not getting exposed to direct sun. But the early morning and late evenings are quite cool.
Ideal plan : We reached Jaisalmer from Delhi, by Delhi -Jaisalmer Intercity Express. It reaches Jaisalmer by 10:30 am. We checked in at Jaisal Club and then in the afternoon we proceeded to Sam Sand Dunes for Desert Safari and night stay in the Desert Camps. We stayed at Sam Oasis Camp, it was a wonderful experience. We were greeted in the camp with Tilak and a wonderful folk song and dances were presented. Next morning on the way back from Sam we visited the cursed village of Kuldhara. At Jaisalmer we checked in at Rang Mahal which is a nice Palace Hotel re-creating the Rajasthani heritage.
We visited places like Patwon ka Haveli, Vyas Chhatri, Bada Bagh, Gadisar Lake. But the key attraction was the Jaisalmer fort of Sonar Kella. This is perhaps one of the living fort in out country. Jaisalmer is also ladmark in the history of Indian Army. A visit to the nearby War Musuem is must visit place. This was my wife's secon visit to Jaisalmer, and she noted an interesting change in the arid dunes of Jaisalmer. There was mark of green in some patches. We came to know this is one of the key Go Green initiative of Indian Army.
Amit kumar Das5.0/5
Jaisalmer--the golden city
I am heading to Jaisalmer
History of Jaisalmer
Steeped in history and offering breath-taking visuals of citadels of yore, the desert city of Jaisalmer is a World Heritage Site. The city fort, which also houses a palace and many temples which are Jaisalmer tourist places, are located in the midst of the Thar Desert. The city is named after its founder Maharawal Jaisal Singh, who set up the magnificent fort in 1156 AD. The ruling dynasty is believed to have descended from the Yadava Prince Lord Krishna. It is the administrative headquarters of the largest district in Rajasthan and shares an international border with Pakistan.
People and Culture of Jaisalmer
It is a cosmopolitan city with people of all faiths including Hindus, Muslims, Jains, Sikhs, and Christians. Rajputs and Marwaris dominate the population in terms of numbers. The major festivals celebrated here are Dussehra, Holi, Ram Navami, Gangaur, Diwali, Teej, Basant Panchami, Muharram, and Eid. The numerous folk dances of the region and the folk music are on display at various venues, which are a part of the Jaisalmer sightseeing circuit as also the annual Desert Fair. The Kalbeliya dance of the snake charmer community, the Ghoomar dance, and the Kathputhli dance are some of the must-see Jaisalmer attractions in the cultural segment.
Things to Do in Jaisalmer
The most prominent of all attractions is the Jaisalmer Fort that towers over its surrounding like a sentinel from a bygone era. It is known for its intricate architecture and rich heritage. The Gadsisar Lake, which is an artificial rainwater lake, is among the places to see in Jaisalmer. It was built in the 14th century and was a significant source of water supply at one time. Patwon-ki-Haveli, the Desert Cultural Centre and Museum, and camel riding in the Desert National Park are other Jaisalmer places to visit and experience.
Camping amongst the sand dunes of the desert while you enjoy a sumptuous dinner with folk dancers and musicians around is something that should top your list of things to do in Jaisalmer.
Food and Shopping in Jaisalmer
All types of Indian and global cuisines can be found in Jaisalmer at the many restaurants or street food stalls you will come across during your sightseeing in Jaisalmer. Savour some authentic Rajasthani dishes such as Daal-Baati, Kair Sangri Churma, and Laal Maas. Top it off with some flavoured lassi and Malpuas for dessert for some sweet memories of your trip to Jaisalmer.
Jaisalmer is known for its various crafts such as silver jewellery, embroidery, stone, work, leather products, and printing work. These unique craft products make for great gifts and keepsakes to remember your Jaisalmer tour by. The numerous antique shops and emporiums that dot Sadar Bazaar, Pansari bazaar, Gandhi Darshan, and Seema Gram are not to be missed places to visit in Jaisalmer.
Accommodation in Jaisalmer
If you are wondering how to reach Jaisalmer, it is well-connected by train and bus to various major cities across the country. The nearest airport would be in Jodhpur, located at a distance of around 280 kms. There is no dearth of hotels in Jaisalmer, and visitors can choose to stay at some of the famous places in Jaisalmer for luxurious accommodations or opt for no-frills rooms depending on their requirements.
Jaisalmer seems to be very popular this season!