Welcome to Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer….The Majestic City of Sonar Qila
Jaisalmer is a beautiful city that is known for its impressive tales and rich past that speak volumes about the chivalry and valor of the erstwhile Rajput Kings who ruled this magnificent city for centuries together. Nestled amidst the vast expanse of sand dunes of the famous Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is truly a crowning jewel of Rajasthan. The echoes of the regal past can still be heard when visiting this awe-inspiring destination. The subtle charm of the place makes it stand apart from the other cities of the state. Visitors love to explore the city at a leisurely pace and drink in the stunning sights of the city and savour the memories forever.
The Jaisalmer Fort or the “Sonar Qila” is the most famous attraction of the destination. It is one of the perfect monuments that speak volumes about the glorious past of the city. Its commanding presence is the first thing that is noticed by visitors. It is built up of sandstone, and when the sun rays fall on the fort, it appears to shimmer with golden hues, hence the name “Sonar Qila” or the Golden Fort. The fort is 250 feet tall and is fortified with 20 feet high crenelated sandstone. Its 99 bastions stand guard to the city that faced a lot of attacks by enemies in the historical past. The fort is an excellent example of Islamic and Rajput architectural styles. To reach this fort, the visitors can pass through Akshay Pole, Ganesha Pole, Hawa Pol, and Suraj Pol. There is a Palace Museum within the premises of the Fort where an impressive range of miniature paintings, old weapons, armour, and many more artefacts are on display.
Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli, Salim Ji Ki Haveli and Patwaon Ki Haveli that were residences of erstwhile landlords and residents are worth visiting and admiring. These striking havelis are truly spectacular and are known for their intricate carving and detailed work. These havelis are an excellent example of Islamic architecture.
Bada Bagh or the big garden is located halfway between Lodhurva and Jaisalmer. It is known for its magnificently built chhatris or royal cenotaphs of Jaisalmer Maharajas. Here, one can also spot the impressive cenotaph of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh Ji. The intricate carvings on the ceilings and majestic equestrian statues of the Maharajas have made the cenotaphs look nothing less than spectacular.
Famous Sam Desert is known for its vast expanse of sand dunes. Though barren, this area is considered as truly spectacular. You can also enjoy Camel Safari and enjoy the beauty and sheer stretch of the dunes. Many visitors love to visit this place in the evenings and later enjoy camping under the stars. They can also take pleasure in watching local folk dance and music performances.
Amar Sagar Lake
You can end your Jaisalmer visit with a visit to the famous Amar Sagar Lake and watch dusk settling over the city, making the entire city glow in a golden hue.
The way to the fort passes through bazaars or “market” that displays miniatures, pottery items, silk scarves, colourful jutis, pagdi, small toys made of wood, and fancy jewellery. You can enjoy picking up small knickknacks to take away as souvenirs.
Try not to miss Desert Festival organised in the Hindu month of Magh, during which the city takes on an entirely new look with a lot of international as well as national tourists coming to the town to enjoy this colourful festival. At this time, the city and its pleasures are at its best. A wide range of fun-filled activities and competitions is organized that keeps domestic tourists as well as foreigners thoroughly entertained. Many activities promote the participation of the guests in activities like fastest turban tying competition, tug of war, and many more. Visitors are soon lost in the charm of the city, and they love to become part of every activity, even dancing along with the folk dancers.
You can enjoy authentic “Bhang” or Cannabis Lassi at Bhang Shop. Also, enjoy delectable Rajasthani cuisine, typically consisting of ker, Sangri, dal, baati, choorma, kichdi, and more.