Golden splendor amid the desert
Jaisalmer – the golden beauty, etched in yellow sandstone. Perched
atop the Trikuta Hill, it
stands tall against miles of gleaming sand. Epitomising the desolate,
awesome charm of the desert.
Jaisalmer, the city of the golden fort is a fantasy in yellow
sandstone in the heart of the Thar Desert. The city was founded in
1156 by Rawal Jaisal, a Bhatti Rajput King.
Legend has it, that Lord Krishna – the head of Yadav Clan, foretold
Arjuna that a remote descendent of Yadav Clan would build his kingdom
atop the Trikuta Hill. His prophecy was fulfilled, when in 1156 AD
Rawal Jaisal, a descendant of Yadav Clan and a Bhatti Rajput, founded
the city of Jaisalmer.
This amber-hued city, in the heart of the desert, dazzles gloriously
in the early morning. The sunset has a peculiar glow here. As the
night descends, the sky goes up in flames, which fade leaving a few
embers, till it becomes black. A breathtaking sight indeed!
Jaisalmer is famous for cobbled streets, strewn with palaces, forts,
temples and havelis. 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'.
Filled with colour, festivity and smiles, Jaisalmer is truly a
memorable experience across the shimmering sands.
- Air: The
nearest airport is Jodhpur (285 km)
- Rail: Jaisalmer
is connected with Jodhpur by night train service.
- 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 (Gujarat),
What to see
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.
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.
Patwon-ki-Haveli : 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.
Nathmalji-ki-Haveli : 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 Parshvanathji.
Devikot (40 kms), Ramdeora (150 kms), Sam Sand Duna (42 kms), Lodhruva
(17 kms), Bada Bagh (6 kms), Wood Fossil Park (17 kms), Desert
National Park (40 kms), Barmer (153 kms).
Altitude: 225 mtrs.
Best Season: Oct - Feb
Mean Max. 47.0 'C
Mean Min. 35.0 'C
Winter Mean Max. 20.0 'C
Mean Min. 2.0 'C
Clothing: Summer light tropical or cotton Winter Woolen.
from Jaisalmer :
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