Jaisalmer, often known as the golden city of Rajasthan, lies in the mid of the state’s heart. It is so-called as all the buildings are made up of sandstone and yellow coloured walls. This city owns a large variety of palaces and dunes that glorifies its beauty. A wide number of tourists visit every year to be a part of the special festivities of Jaisalmer and experience the royalty. Jaisalmer has got its name from its king Rawal Jaisal who established his palace on this very sand dune.
Talking of the best favourable time to visit, it is from October to March due to pleasant and breezy weather during that time. Also as a tourist, you must avoid sunny days as it would be annoying to travel in the high scorching heat. This city holds stories of velour and bravery. A tourist can very easily be a part of witnessing the extremely magnificent beauty of this place. You can simply travel a lot of palaces, enjoy the desert safari and engage yourself in thrilling adventures.
Starting with the tourists’ places of Jaisalmer,
Jaisalmer Fort- pride of Jaisalmer
It is also known as sonar quila and is one of the largest fortifications in the world. This fort is one of the most famous tourist spots of Jaisalmer. It is situated near Manak Chowk, Amar Sagar poll. It is approximately 1 km away from the city centre. One can easily reach this place by taking a taxi from Jaisalmer railway station.
The timings for the tourist is 9.00 am to 6.00 pm. Charges of visitor’s fee are 50 INR for Indians and 250 INR for foreigners. So the cost is also really minimal. The inner attractions of fort include Raj Mahal, Jain temples and Laxminath temple. As a visitor, you must not miss the iconic sunset from this place. It happens to be a true treat to your eyes. You can easily get a glittery glow of this fort in the morning when the bright sun rays fall on the golden walls of the palace.
Desert safari- A Thrilling adventure with ups and downs
This is something a tourist must not miss if he/she is an adventure lover. These safaris vary from camel rides to a taxi safari as well, depending upon your wish. A thrilling ride through the golden sands of the Thar desert is one of the famous adventures of Jaisalmer. You can get a package according to your plan of days and nights. The packages range from INR 870 to INR 1890 and one can choose accordingly with the advantage of experiencing camping as well. For enjoying this adventure you need to 37 km away from the city centre. You can enjoy the sunrise and sunset in this safari itself. There is also an availability of quality overnight safaris. You must surely get an experience of this adventure if you are someone who has that sporty spirit and zeal.
Patwon ki Haveli- work of heritage in Jaisalmer
A famous place for heritage, photography and architecture, it is a 5 storied building with intricately decorated huge suites at each floor. Mansion of brocade merchants is its other name. On taking a look at the wall of this place, one can easily connect to the heritage and culture of Jaisalmer. It shows the art and designs that prevailed in that era. It is known to be the largest haveli of Jaisalmer. This whole building is made up of yellow sandstone. Coming to its nominal charges; it is INR 20 for Indians and INR 100 for foreigners. Timings are from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. Tourists require 1-1.5 hours to completely explore this place.
Gadisar lake- a must-watch sightseeing
Being a desert city, this lake acts as a water body for the people. Tourist can encounter a breathtaking view by looking at the beautifully carved entrance. The banks of the lake are surrounded by temples, shrines and lakes. It is a must to travel place for travellers who love heritage and want to capture it. Visitors can easily enjoy the picnics, boat riding and a trip to the museum situated nearby. And it is worth to visit the place that too at absolutely no entry fee. Only chares that apply are that of boating. People who wish to get a glance at this place can do it at any time between 8.00 am to 8.00 pm. And the total time required is 2 to 2.5 hours for complete exploration. With a 7 minute drive from Jaisalmer fort, one can easily reach this lake.
These are a series of temples dedicated to Jain Tirthankaras built inside the Jaisalmer fort. So you get an add on advantage of exploring the fort once you visit these temples. There is no visiting fee and is open all days from 7.00 am to 12.00 pm. You can’t miss the gyaan Bhandara library once you visit the Jain temples. This place beholds the ultimate carving and beauty that soothes one’s eyes. You can find the resemblance of these temples to the Dilwara temple of Mt. Abu.
When you plan to make a trip to Rajasthan, you can never miss out Jaisalmer, which indeed gives a treat to the eyes of tourists. People, who are fond of photography and want to capture every small tradition and culture of India, basically westwards, must for sure make a trip to Jaisalmer. It is one of the few cities that still behold the true essence of royalty showcased by the forts built. That very Rajasi culture and heritage can be easily seen in the monuments and festivities of this place. To get a view and experience some unforgettable memories with your friends and family, you must visit this golden city at least once in your lifetime.