Jaisalmer City Tour

A Word about the founder Rawal Jaisal, a Bhatti Rajput , laid the foundation of this city in 1156 AD. Trikuta hill was chosenfor the site of the new city and jaisal abandoned his old fort at Ladurva and established this new capital. The Bhati Rajputs of Jaiselmer were feudal chiefs who lived off the forced chiefs who lived off the forced levy on the caravans that crossed their territory enroute Delhi or Sind. These caravans , laden with precious cargoes of spices and silk brought great wealth to thid town. Because of its remote location, Jaiselmer for the years remained untouched by outside influence and during the British Raj. The Rulers of Jaiselmer were the last to sign the instrument of Agreement with the British.

The glory of Jaiselmer faded when sea trade replaced to old land routes. But there is till on 'Arabian Nights ' quality about the town. The narrow streets in the walled city preserve a traditional way of life: the craftsmen of weaving and stone carving, the making of silver jewellery and embroidery. And the stately, nonchalant camel is everywhere . Just a walk through Jaiselmer , savoring the medieval glory of the old Rajasthan, is a marvelously rewarding travel experience. Winter is the perfect time for Jaiselmer. Jaiselmer's Desert Festival, celebrated in January / February, is a must on any itinerary. The desert seems to bloom in a thousand colors. There are camel races and folk dances, Craft bazaars and traditional ballad singing, and a sound and light spectacle on the sand-dunes of Sam on the full moon night.

Jaisalmer Sightseeing :
THE FORT :

The golden - hued Jaisalmer Fort Sanar kella can be seen miles ways before reaching the town. The Fort stands almost 30 meters over the city and houses an entire living area within its huge ramparts. Walking through the narrow lanes is an experience worth savouring. iIt is approached through Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol, Bhoota Pol, & Java Pol. Also within it are many beautiful havelies and group of Jain Temples dating from 12th to the 15th Centuries.

MANAK CHOWK AND HAVELIS :

Outside the fort is the main market place called Manak Chowk the centre of local activity. From Manak chowk one can walk into the lanes where the famous carved havelis are to be found. Each haveli's façade differs from other.

GADISAR LAKE :

A rain water lake, now a picnic spot ideal for boating. All around the lake are many small shrines and spectacular variety of birds can be seen here.

The fossils at the park , 180 million years old , stand witness to the geologic cataclysms that taken place in the Thar desert. Timings : 8 a.m to 6.00 P.m.

SAM SAND DUNES :

42 Km. Shree magic of the golden sam sand dunes, beckons the tourists to ride by the dunes on camel back to get a feel of the desert.

DESERT NATIONAL PARK :

45 Km. The desert national Park with its rolling landscape of sand dunes and scrub covered hills commands a panoramic view. The variety of wildlife here includes blackluck, the great Indian bustard, chinkara , desert fox etc.

AMAR SAGAR :

5 Km. An enchanting palce besides lake , with mango and other fruit trees. Exquisitely carved Jain Temples enhance the aura of the place.

MOOL SAGAR :

8 Km. A beautiful place in summer, it is a cool , shady grove which belonged to the former rulers of Jaisalmer.

TAZIA TOWER :

Declicate pagoda like Tazia Tower rises from BADAL Mahal. Tazias are ornately decorated bamboo, paper and tinsel replicas of a bier carried in procession during Mohurram by the Muslims.

HAVELIS :

Jaisalmer is famous for its intricately latticed havelis with conspicuous facades.

NATHMAlJI -Ki- HAVELI :

Carved by two brothers in the 19th century, the intricate architecture in stone is the epitome of skill and beauty. Paintings in the miniature style adorn the interior walls.

PATWON - KI - HAVELI:

Five storeys high extensive corridors and chambers all supported by exquisitely carved pillars, it is one of the largest and most elaborate a havelis in Jaiselmer.

SALIM SINGH -KI -HAVELI :

Distinctive for its blue cupola roof , this extraordinary mansion in yellow stone is covered entirely with intricate carving and has an elaborate projecting balcony adorning the top storey.

JAIN TEMPLES :

Within the fort complex are many beautiful jain temples , dedicated to Rishabdev, Sam,bhavnath & Parswanath the Jain Thirthankars.

GYAN BHANDAR or LIBRARY :

Established as a part of Jain temples , the library contains some of the oldest manuscripts found in India.

LUDRUWA :

16 Kms. To the west is the ancient capital of Jaiselmer , an important centre of Jain pilgrimage."Toran" or the ornate arch at the main entrance of the Jain temple and the splendid carvings here are worth seeing. The replica of the divine tree " Kalpataru" is another attraction.


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