Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.

Jaisalmer, the golden city of Rajasthan is famous for its sand dunes and the yellow sandstone fort and havelis. Jaisalmer is flooded with tourists from all over the world.

Tourist Attractions in Jaisalmer-

  • Jaisalmer fort- Famously known as the golden fort it is famous for being one of the few living forts in the world. One-fourth of Jaisalmer’s population still lives inside the fort.
  • Salim Sagar ki Haveli- Peacock shaped haveli dating back to 300years.
  • Gadi Sagar Lake- Old artificial lake which was once the only source of water for this arid city.
  • Sam sand dunes- With exciting desert safari’s and authentic Rajasthani dances at night this desert has become a tourist hub.

Shopping in Jaisalmer-

  • Sardar Bazaar- Leather goods and paintings.
  • Bhatia Bazaar- Home décor and dress materials.
  • Manak Chowk- Colourful bags and jewelry.
  • Sonaron ka Baas- Rich traditional Indian gold jewelry shops.

How to Reach Jaisalmer-

  • Closest Airport- Jodhpur airport (300kms- 4Hrs45mins approximately. Taxi services available.)
  • Railway station- Jaisalmer has its own Railway station. (10mins from city center)
  • Jaisalmer is well connected by road with major cities in North-west India.

Best time to visit Jaisalmer-

  • November to March. (Winter Season)

 Wanderer’s Eye Tips-

  • Sunset from the Jaisalmer fort is a never to miss sight. The orange sun on the golden walls is an enchanting scene.
  • Camel safari in the sand dunes is recommended. One can opt to not book a camel ride through hotel to avoid commission of the hotel.
  • Foodies should try Pyaaz Ki Kachori. Onion stuffed in fried gram flour tickles the taste buds.
  • Bargaining is highly recommended as the prices in the markets are tourist hyped.

Climate of Jaisalmer-

  • Summers extend from Mid-March to June and temperature ranges from 23℃ to 42℃.
  • Monsoon extends from June to Mid-September having low showers. (avg raingall-8 inches)
  • Winters extend from November to Mid-March are moderately cold with temperature ranging from 9℃ to 32℃.

History of Jaisalmer-

  • Mythologically Krishna and Bheema had visited this place for a ceremony in which they created a stream of water and prophesized that one day this would be capital of Yadhu dynasty.
  • This story is heard by Rawal Jaisal the king of Laudrava kingdom and thus in 12th century he shifted his capital to Jaisalmer.
  • Rawal Jaisal had met a sage who warned that this city’s women will have to sacrifice (Jauhar) for two and half times. Which came to be true. The fort was first sieged for 8 years by the Bhatis during which 24000 woman committed suicide and 4000men laid their lives for protection of Laudrava Kingdom. The second siege by Tughluq forced 16000 Bhati women to commit suicide. The next attempt by Amir Ali though was unsuccessful after he tried entering the fort disguised as princes but before the guards could capture Amir Ali, the king himself killed his wives as to protect them from falling in the wrong hands.
  • Jaisalmer was the last Rajput state to sign a treaty with Britishers.

Culture of Jaisalmer-

  • People- As per 2011 census, the population of Jaisalmer is 65471. The locals are mostly Hindu’s followed by Muslims and Christians. As opposed to the arid climate the people in Jaisalmer are extremely vibrant.
  • Languages- Rajasthani is the main language of Jaisalmer. Hindi is also commonly used by the locals. The people catering to tourists can speak English.
  • Festivals- The desert festival of Rajasthan is extremely famous. The whole golden desert turns into colourful canvas of camels with extensive Rajasthani clothes, Women with vibrant clothes dancing at the tunes of men singing traditional ghoomar songs.
  • Art- Ghoomar dance and Kathputali (Puppet) shows are major attractions among the tourist. Apart from this the Rajasthani’s are great craftsmen with numerous products having delicate embroidery, detailed hand-crafted jewelry, Block printed clothes and fine leather goods.

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