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Fort - JaisalmerIn the middle of the Thar Desert, lies the honey-hued illusion of Jaisalmer. The deserted cliff of Trikuta Hills faced weather-beaten dry winds and a sweltering desert sun for thousands of years to win an outstanding fort of yellow sandstone as its tiara in 1156. It is said that Lord Krishna, the head of Yadav clan, had prophesized its materialization long before it was built. Rawal Jaisal, a Bhatti Rajput, who established his new capital at Jaisalmer, founded it after deserting his fort at Lodurva. Once the trade and commerce center of the ancient silk route, the city with its breathtaking beautiful scenery and extreme climate leaves a lasting impression on every mind.

Jaisalmer charms the tourists with its magical legends and feel of valor and idealistic zeal and the 'only living fort'. It is the most intriguing blend of the old worldly charm with the stirring quality of the contemporary. There are churning sands and towering monuments with latticed stonework. The golden sands of the daytime take on almost fairy-tale facade by the silvery moonlight of the night along with the mellow music and perfect rhythmic performances of the multicolored desert people. There are camels that seem to walk out of the leaves of the 'Arabian Nights' and there are unruffled waters and serenity of the divine temples.

Location: Situated in Western Rajasthan, Jaisalmer is 413 km from Jaipur and 630 km from Delhi.
Significance: It is one of the cities of the Desert triangle.
Climate: Typically a desert climate, the summers in Jaisalmer are scorching and dry, while winters are stormy and chilly. In summers the temperatures range between 41oC to 25oC while, in winters, temperatures range from 23.6oC to 7.9oC.

Shopping Attractions
The elaborate stonework of Jaisalmer is well known. One may opt for the skillfully carved wooden boxes instead that replicate the intricacies of the stone carvers in wood. Tie and dye fabrics, mirror-work, unique embroidery patterns, typical Rajasthani silver jewellery, brilliantly hued traditional rugs, hand-woven blankets and shawls with typical Rajasthani weave are also good keepsakes to look out for. The items made out of camel leather are a specialty.

Prime Attractions

Jaisalmer Fort
Suspended on the 250 feet high hilltop, Jaisalmer fort is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan and provides an euphoric overview of the desert land all around. There are three fort walls and four gates through which one has to pass to reach the palaces within, namely, Akhai Pol (Ganesh Pol), Suraj Pol, Bhuta Pol and Hawa Pol.

Salem Singh ki Haveli, Patwon ki haveli and Nathmal ki Haveli
These 'Havelis' (translated as the 'Rich Merchants' house') are the gems of the exceptional and grand architecture of Jaisalmer. Salem Singh Haveli looks as if a wild flower is blossoming at the top. Guman Chand Patwa and his five sons who dealt in brocade, gold and silver embroidery that was famous from Afghanistan to China built Patwon ki Haveli. It is said to be the most magnificent mansion in Jaisalmer. The third Haveli was built by Nathmal, who was a later day prime minister, and his brother in 1885, as a gift to the Rawal but was allowed to retain it.

Gadsisar Lake - JaisalmerGadsisar Lake
The serene waters of this rainwater lake with its green environs, clusters of small temples and a picturesque museum at its periphery is more known for its rich folklore tales than its beauty.

Sam Sand Dunes
Situated at the fringes of the Desert National Park, 42 km away from Jaisalmer are the most pictographic Sam sand dunes. The best way to travel around the region is the camel ride. The sunsets and sunrises in the desert are unexpectedly beautiful.

Desert Festival
It is a three-day long festival and is the best display case where one can see all one wants about the rich and colorful and rich culture of the desert region of Rajasthan. The major attractions of the festivals are Gair and Fire dancers. Camel polo and camel dance are two exclusive feature events of the fair just as the turban tying competition and flaunting of the most glorious moustaches.

How To Reach

By Air: Jaisalmer is well connected by the flights to and from New Delhi, Jodhpur and Jaipur. The Jaisalmer Airport is in the cantonment area, which is 5 km away from the city center and is managed by the Indian Air Force. It is operational only from September to March, the prime season.
By Train: There are daily trains to Jaisalmer from Jodhpur, which is well linked to all the major cities by the network of trains such as Agra, Jaipur, New Delhi, Mumbai and many more. The Jaisalmer Railway Station is just a 10-minute drive from Gadi Sagar Pol.
By Road: Smooth network of roads and luxury coaches connect Jaisalmer to all the major cities of Rajasthan such as Bikaner, Jaipur and Jodhpur. The main Bus Stand is situated near the Railway Station, but all the major buses are available from a Bus Depot situated at the city centre.


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