The Golden City of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan which was once part of the famous Silk Route, stands tall and proud today narrating stories of valour of the bygone era. Jaisalmer retains its medieval charm, which can be seen in its colourful narrow streets, splendid forts and palaces, opulent havelis and bazaars. Also Read - Rajasthan News: BJP Leader Beaten up by Miscreants Over Property Issue in Dholpur
The otherwise barren land of Jaisalmer especially comes alive every winter, when the festivities of Desert Festival slowly start engulfing the city. The festival usually happens in January or February (this year it happened from February 17-19) displaying the city’s wealth of culture and traditions to the rest of the world. Also Read - How Cute is This? Sabyasachi Designs Uniforms For Underprivileged Girls of Jaisalmer School to Promote Education | See Pics
In terms of attractions, nothing should be missed when you’re doing a city tour. Jaisalmer Fort – rises like a sunbeam from the golden sands of the desert, and is a sight to behold. It’s the second oldest fort of Rajasthan and is a living example of the marvels of Rajasthani architecture. Also Read - Rajasthan Priest Murder: Crime Branch Takes Over Investigation on Orders of CM Ashok Gehlot
The havelis of Jaisalmer were built by wealthy merchants in the 19th-century. Famous for their intricately carved facades, the craftsmanship of Jaisalmer’s havelis present a beautiful amalgamation of Rajput architecture and Islamic art. Some of the famous havelis of Jaisalmer are Salim Singh Ki Haveli, Patwaon Ki Haveli and Nathumal Ki Haveli.
Another beautiful place to visit in the city is Gadissar Lake – an artificial waterbody that dates back to 12th-century. It is surrounded by small temples and shrines, giving an exquisite view of the archway Teelon Ki Pol. Don’t forget to catch a sunset at Vyas Chhatri that houses the cenotaph of Sage Vyas who compiled the famous epic Mahabharata. This is where you can get a bird’s-eye view of the picturesque city and capture the beauty on your camera.
Jaisalmer offers some incredible excursion options for the adventurer in you. Sam sand dunes are a major attraction and are just the perfect place to surf the picturesque golden sands of Rajasthan on a safari. Then there’s the Desert National Park, located at a distance of 40km from Jaisalmer. Desert National park is a perfect example of unusual bio-diversity and is teeming with wildlife that includes some resident species such as the chinkara, hare desert fox, black buck, wolf and desert cat.