Jaisalmer has an interesting legend associated with it,
according to which, Lord Krishna-the head of the Yadav Clan, foretold Arjuna
that a remote descendent of the Yadav Clan would built his kingdom atop the
Trikuta Hill. His prophecy was fulfilled in 1156 A.D. when Rawal Jaisal, a
descendent of the Yadav Clan and a Bhatti Rajput,abandoned his fort at
Lodurva and founded a new capital -Jaisalmer,perched on the Trikuta Hill.
Bahti Rajputs of Jaisalmer were fedual chiefs who lived off the forced levy
on the caravans laden with precious silks and spices that crossed the
territory enroute Delhi-or-Sind. These caravans earned the town great
Jaisalmer is like the golden mirage in the heart of Thar Desert .This
amber-hued city, in the heart of the desert, dazzles gloriously in the early
morning. The sunset has a peculiar glow here. As the night descends, the sky
goes up in flames, which fade leaving a few embers, till it becomes black. A
breathtaking sight indeed. A commanding fort etched in yellow sandstone
stands, with all its awesome splendor, dominating the amber-hued city.
Jaisalmer, the Golden City
For years Jaisalmer remained untouched by the outside influences. The rise
of shipping trade and the port of Mumbai saw the decline of Jaisalmer. But
the desert fortress, that seems to be straight out of the 'Tales of the
Arabian Nights' still enchants. The life within the citadel conjures up
images of medieval majesty visible in its narrow lanes stewn with
magnificent palace, havelis, temples and of course skilled artisans and
ubiquitous camels. The setting sun turning Jaisalmer into a beautiful golden
brown is a spectacular sight. The perfect time to visit the golden city is
during the Desert Festival, held in Jan/Feb. every year, when the city
reverberates to the sound of melodious tunes and rhythms. Folk dances,
exciting competitions an contests, especially the turban-tying contest. Mr.
Desert contest and camel races enliven the festivities. Colorful craft
bazaars are set up for the occasion and a sound and light spectacle is
organized wit folk artists performing against the splendid backdrop of the
famous Sam sand dunes on the full moon night. Surely a not-to-be missed
When to Visit
The best time to visit Jaisalmer is between October and February.
Getting to Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer is well connected by train with Jodhpur and other major cities.
It is 295 km. from Jodhpur & 325 km from Bikaner via Pokaran. A good
network of roads joins Jaisalmer with Jodhpur and many other destinations in
and around Rajasthan
Area : 5.1 sq. km.
Altitude : 225 metres
Climate : : Summer 41.6 degree C(Max.) 25.0 degree C(Min) Winter :
23.6 degree C(Max.) 7.9 degree C(Min)
Best Season October- March Clothing Summer: light tropical Winter: light
Languages : English, Hindi, Rajasthani.
Folk dances, exciting competitions an contests, especially the turban-tying
contest. Mr. Desert contest and camel races enliven the festivities.
Colorful craft bazaars are set up for the occasion and a sound and light
spectacle is organized wit folk artists performing against the splendid
backdrop of the famous Sam sand dunes on the full moon night. Surely a
not-to-be missed event.
City Travel Attractions
The Fort: The golden hued fort is a sentinel to the bleak
desertscape from its 80 metre high perch on the hill,housing the entire
township within its ramparts.It has an enchanting cow-web of narrow lanes
dotted with some lovely havelis,three beautifully sculptured Jain Temples of
the 12th-15th century A.D. and five interconnected palaces.The fort is
approached through four gateways-Akhaiyal,Ganesh Pol,Suraj Pol and Hava Pol.
Manak Chowk and Havelis: A main marketplace outside the fort leads
to the narrow lanes dotted with famous havelis.
Gadsisar Lake: A scenic rain water lake with numerous beautiful
shrines around and a spectacular avian variety. The lake is an idyllic spot
Tazia Tower: A pagoda like structure looming up from the Badal
Mahal with beautiful Taazias-ornately decorated
bamboo,paper and tinsel replicas of a bier, carried out in procession during
Moharram by the Muslims.
Havelis: Some of the most exotic mansions or havelis,all intricately
latticed are strew all over Jaisalmer-each with a different facade.
Nathmalji-ki-Haveli: The late 19th century haveli with intricate
architecture a display of sheer craftsmanship. The left and right wings of
the mansion which were carved by two brothers are not identical but very
similar and balanced in design. The interior walls are ornate with splendid
Patwon -ki-Haveli: The most elaborate and magnificent of all the
Jaisalmer havelis. It has exquisitely carved pillars and extensive corridors
and chambers.One of the apartments of this five storey high haveli is
painted with beautiful murals.
Salim Singh-ki-Haveli: This 300 year old haveli of Jaisalmers
Prime Minister to Maharaja Rawal Gaj Singh-Salim Singh, has a beautiful blue
cupola roof with superbly carved brackets in the form of peacocks.This
extraordinary mansion in yellow stone is covered with intricate carvings and
has an elaborate projecting balcony on the top storey.The mansion is one of
the most notable of the array of havelis.
Jain Temple: The fort has three exquisitely carved jain temples
dedicated to the Jain Tirthankars-Rishabhdev,Sambhavnath and Paraswanath.
Gyan Bhandar or Library: Some of the oldest manuscripts of India are
found in this library established as a part of Jain temples.
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