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Chirabrata Majumder

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4 reviewsPosted 3 years ago

Mesmerising trip in the World of Forts and Havelis, Wonderful Desert Safaris

Jaisalmer is one of the best Desert destination in India. This city is famous for its wonderful yellow sandstones which looks like a glowing golden feel when it is reflected by the sun. The claim to fame for this city is the Jaisalmer Fort which is also known as Sonarkella (Golden fort), and the mighty sand dunes of Sam and Khuri. All buildings in the city are made up of this yellow sandstones and hence Jaisalmer is also known as "The Golden City".

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.

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Amit kumar Das

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11 reviewsPosted 3 weeks ago

Jaisalmer--the golden city

For a Bong, Jaisalmer, the golden city of Rajasthan, has a very special place in his heart, as the very name of 'Sonar Kella', pushes him down the nostalgic lane where Mukul, the little protagonist of the legenderay Satyajit Ray movie of same name, runs through the lanes and bylanes of the Jaisalmer Fort. The fort is called the Sonar Quila or golden fort because of the golden colored sandstones used in the construction of the fort. It is one of the few forts in Rajasthan, which is still inhabited by the direct descendants of the Royals and their Associates. The palace inside the fort has been turned into a meuseum with Rs. 100/- as entry fee for Indians. Apart from the view of the Jaisalmer city from the top of the palace, there is nothing extraordinary to explore inside the palace meuseum. The real pleasure inside the fort is to walk the bylanes inside the fort and find out the mesmerising display of handicrafts and embroidered garments, blankets, amazingly designed bedcovers and fantastic linen shirts at **** cheap prices by the local residents of the fort. The deeper you explore the lanes and bylanes, the more reasonable price you get for these handmade products. One golden rule if you want to shop in Jaisalmer is that buy things from local families and not from big shops. Almost every household here runs a boutique store from their houses. Once done shopping, you can visit the famous Jain temple inside the fort. And the creepiest and scariest part of your visit to the fort would be the thousands of bats hanging from the ceilings and walls of every part of the royal palace meuseum in broad daylight, and the nauseating smell surrounding them would not let you eat any food inside the fort premises. The Sadarbazar or the main market of the town starts just outside the main entrance of the fort and stretches till the heart of the city. Most of the houses here are built with golden colored sandstones and almost all of them look like a Haveli or a palace. Salim-Singh-ki- Haveli and Patwon-ki-Haveli are some popular tourist hotspots. For food, you can try the mouthwatering Rajasthani Thali with Bazra ki roti @ only Rs. 220/- from hotel Chandan Shree, located right opposite the main entrance of the Jaisalmer fort. Its a vegan hotel serving Bengali and SouthIndian dishes as well at unbelievable prices. For people who can't start their day without a toast or omelette, hotel Monica is the only option in Sadarbazaar located strategically within 1 minute's walking distance from the entrance of the fort. In a predominantly vegetarian state like Rajasthan, Egg is one of the costliest indulgence if you can not survive without them in Jaiselmer. One plate of simple double egg curry can cost you as much as Rs. 220/-. Since, Jaisalmer is a small city, a mere ten minute's drive from the city can take you to the miles of vacant landscapes where the sight of a human is an extremely rare phenomenon. On both sides of the buttery smooth roads, one would find only the gigantic wheels producing wind energy lofted atop the schussing towers. Miles and miles of those gigantic wheels and desert thorns maintaining their lonely existence among acres of sandy terrain. A village in Jaisalmer typically consists of a max of 10 houses, and distance between two such villages is often 20-30 kms. There is hardly any waterborn diseases in Jaisalmer, as humidity is very less, resulting in almost no bacterial infestation. You can safely drink non purified water from a village house or pond and taste as much fried pakoras as you want without any fear of acidity or gas. You can visit the Sam Sand dunes for desert safari on camels and a desert night out in luxury tents or simply lie on your back on sand and behold the starry sky as a full canvas in a full moon night. For honeymooners, a more quiet option would be resorts near Khuri village, almost 20 kms from Indo- Pak border. The lonely romantic night amidst the desert sand dunes can be your perfect backdrop for lovemaking under the sky, giving you a safe yet voyeuristic experience that would be unforgettable for your life. The food cooked by local village people and an evening full of music and folkdance from the traditional folk artists would leave you mesmerised. While going for desert safari, don't forget to visit Kuldhara, the Jaisalmer version of Bhangarh, the most haunted place on earth. And oh yes, please don't book a ticket in the normal sleeper coach of any train to and from Jaisalmer, as the number of trains are very less(2 in a day), and local people swarm the reserved sleeper coaches without valid tickets and there is no Police or official to keep them out. Although, these rural people are very honest and there is nothing to fear about them, but one might end up crouching on his seat even after paying up for the reserved berth. So, book seats only in AC coaches if possible.

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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.


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