An Insight :Deep in the heart of the Thar Desert is Jaisalmer, one of the last princely bastions in the region. Founded on what was the crossroad of lucrative trade routes, this remote settlement came to be celebrated for the valour of its rulers, and for the aesthetic sense represented by their palaces and havelis. The rich merchants engaged stone-craftsmen who worked with great diligence on the sandstone mansions they built, filling up facades with sculptural filigree, screen windows, delicate pavilions and beautiful balconies. These veritable art-museums are still inhabited, and their colourful celebrations and festivals have placed Jaisalmer firmly on the world tourism map. It's unique location in the midst of miles of sand dunes makes it India's most popular destination for camel safaris.
|Lets Explore ... the romantic sand city
of Jaisalmer - Sightseeing in Jaisalmer :
Jaisalmer Fort Perst on a hill, towering about the city, is the Jaisalmer Fort, which is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan after Chittaur, and the oldest and largest living Fort in the world. The fort has five palaces called Sarvottam Vilas, Akhai Vilas, Gaj Mahal, Rang Mahal and Moti Mahal. Jali or latticework screens of excellent craftsmanship shade interiors from the fierce heat and desert winds. The Rang Mahal has some exquisite murals painted on arches and spandrels. The fort contains one-third of the city's population. Many houses provide budget accommodation to visitors and have curio shops. Three exquisitely sculptured Jain temples dedicated to Rishabhdevji, Sambhavanathji and the Ashthapadi temple are located within the fort. Their ornamentation, done in the style of the Dilwara temples at Mt. Abu, is marvelous. The emerald icon of Mahavira here is an unparalleled gem.
|Sam Sand Dunes - A trip to Jaisalmer is
incomplete without a visit to the most panoramic Dunes of Sam, where the
wind is unceasingly carving out scenic patterns on this desert Sand.
Truly the essence of the desert, the ripples of the Dunes create a
enchanting mirage. By visiting the Sam Sand dunes, it is possible to get
an insight into desert life from Jaisalmer itself! Camel rides on the
sand dunes are a thrilling experience, as is the brilliant sunset.
|Where is Jaisalmer?
By Air - Jodhpur, 290 kms away, is the nearest gateway for Jaisalmer.
By Rail - Jaisalmer is connected to Jodhpur by day as well as overnight trains. There is also an overnight train service from Delhi to Jaisalmer via Jaipur.
By Road - It is well connected by good roads to Jodhpur (290 kms) and Bikaner via Pokran (330 kms).
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