Jaisalmer City Guide:

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Sams_Sanddunes-Jaisalmer Jaisalmer : It is spectacular. The drive from Jodhpur is very pleasant. Approaching from the desert, seems suddenly to rise out of the desert haze, a magnificent edifice of massive yellow sandstone ramparts and bastions golden in the afternoon sun.

Rawal jaisal laid the foundation of the city in 1156. trikuta hill was chosen for the site of the new city and jaisal abandoned his old fort at lodurva and established this new capital. The bhati Rajputs of Jaisalmer wear feudal chiefs who lived off the forced levy on the caravas that crossed their territory enroute Delhi of Sind. These caravans, laden with precious cargoes of spices and silk brought grate wealth to this town. Because of its remote location Jaisalmer for year remained untouched by outside influences and during the British Raj, the Rulers of Jaisalmer were the last to sign the instrument of Agreement with the British.

The glory of Jaisalmer faded when sea trade replaced te old land routes But there is still an "Arabian Night" quality about the town. The narrow streets in the walled city preserve a traditional way of life: the craftsmen still work at the ancient crafts of weaving and stone carving, the making of silver jewellery and embroidery. And the stately, nonchalant camel is every where. Just a walk through Jaisalmer, savoring the medieval glory of old Rajasthan, is a marvelously rewarding travel experience; winter is the perfect time for Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer 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.

Major Attrcations:

Jaisalmer_FortJaisalmer fort :The golden-hued Jaisalmer Fort "Sonar Kila" can be seen miles away 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. It is approached through Ganesh Pol, Bhoota Pol and Java Pol. Also within it are many beautiful havelis & Jain Temples, dating from the 12th to the 15th centuries

Gadsisar_lake-JaisalmerGadsisar Lake : A rain water lake, now a picnic spot ideal for boating. All round the lake are many small shrines and a spectacular variety of birds can be seen here.
Sam Sand Dunes : 42 km. Sheer 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
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.
Patwaon ki Haveli : Five storeys high with extensive corridors and chambers all supported by exquisitely carved pillars, it is one of the largest and most elaborate havelis in Jaisalmer.
Jain Temples : Within the Fort complex are many beautiful Jain temples, dedicated to Rishabdev, Sambhavnath, and Parswanath the Jain Thirthankars
Manak Chowk and Haveli's : 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 havelis fašade differs from other.

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