Jaisalmer, 'Golden City', is a symbol of the charm of a sandy desert with royal palaces of Rajasthan and
fighting camels. This world-renowned tourist destination is situated in the middle of the Great Thar Desert.
With serving as the administrative headquarters of Jaisalmer district, it is from the borders of Pakistan,
Bikaner, Barmer and Jodhpur. This golden city is just 575 km from the state capital of Jaipur. Tourism plays an
important role in the economy of the district. The city has been named after the founder of the city Rao Jaisal,
who ruled Jaisalmer during the 12th century.
This golden city is famous for the Rajasthani folk music and dance forms, which are highly appreciated on the global stage. On the occasion of the desert festival on the Sam Rit Dune, the most erotic dance of 'Kalbelia' is done by tribals living here. This is a three-day annual festival to be held in the month of February. Camel races, turbans, and the best mustache competitions attract tourists from far-flung areas. Apart from this, camping, bonfire, and camel Safari in the Great Thar Desert gives an unforgettable experience to the travelers who come to Jaisalmer.
Tourists planning Jaisalmer's vacation can try to tasting the tribal food of Rajasthan. Tasteful chicken-e-vegetables is the most popular dishes among tourists here. Tasty Kerr Sangri is unique in Jaisalmer. Interested tourists can try Bhanon potato (boiled potatoes with mint paste and juice) and kadhi pakoda (cooked flour dumplings in curd sauce), which are available in Jaisalmer's restaurant.
In the month of March, the summer season starts, which lasts till May. The maximum and minimum temperature of this place is 45.6 degrees Celsius and 25 degrees Celsius, respectively. During the summer the weather here is very hot.
There is less rainfall during the monsoon season in Jaisalmer region. During these months, average rainfall of 15 cm per year is recorded in this place.
Jaisalmer is pleasant during the winter. The maximum and minimum temperature of this place is recorded at 23.6 degree Celsius and 4.9 degree Celsius, respectively.
JThe nearest airbase Jodhpur Airport is 285 km from Jaisalmer. From this airport, tourists can avail of pre-paid taxis for Jaisalmer. Foreign tourists can reach this destination from New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport. This international airport is well connected to major Indian cities such as Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai via regular flights.
Tourist deluxe and semi-deluxe buses can also reach this place from Jaipur, Ajmer, Bikaner and Delhi. Government-owned buses from neighboring towns are also available for Jaisalmer.
Jaisalmer railway station is an important railway station in Western Railway Zone. This station is well connected to many trains from Jodhpur and other major Indian sites. Tourist center can take advantage of the cab for Jaisalmer.
Jaisalmer Fort is considered as the glory of Jaisalmer and it is located in the center of the city. It is also known as 'Sonar Kila' or 'Golden Fort' because this yellow sandstone fort shines like gold at sunset. It was built in 1156 AD on the top of Trikura Hill by a Bhatti Rajput ruler Jaisal. Jaisalmer Fort is a residential complex of many beautiful havelis or houses, temples and soldiers and traders. This fort is surrounded by a 30-foot-high wall. This is a huge 99-strong fortress. Currently, it is a residential place for a quarter of the city's population. There are several wells in the fort complex, which are the regular source of water for the residents here. The fort shows the ideal fusion of Rajput and Mughal architectural styles.
Gadisar lake is an artificial water reservoir which was built by King Maehawal Gadsi during the 14th century. It is a rainwater lake, which was the main source of water during that period. There are many small temples situated on the banks of the lake. Tourist can see many migratory birds on the lake. On their way from Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, these birds stop for some time on the lake. The travelers can see 'Tilan's gates' located near the lake. This entrance is made like an arch across the road and is punished with an idol of Hindu god Vishnu established in 1908.
The Khuri Sand dunes is located at 42 km from Jaisalmer town in Khuri village. Here tourists can enjoy camel safari on the golden sands of the desert. Camel is decorated with artistic form for safari. Homes made of clay and pallet make the beauty of the overall scene enticing. Besides the evening, folk songs and Kalbelia dance (the most erotic in the dance forms of Rajasthan) make Jaisalmer's journey memorable. Tourists can reach the village Khasri by buses from Jaisalmer city.
Desert National Park, established in the year 1980, represents the ecosystem of the Desert. This national park is spread over an area of the park includes salt lack, fixed dunes and rocks. Tourists can see harrier, buzard, spotted eagle and small pigeon pea,big hawk and birds like a humming bird in the sand.
The Bada Bagh is a huge park famous for its royal monuments or umbrellas which were constructed by various Bhatti rulers. Among all, the tomb of Raja Maharajal Jait Singh is the oldest monument. This place is located 6 kilometers from Jaisalmer city. In addition to the monuments inside the park, tourists can also see the Jaitaar tank, the Jaita dam and a Govardhan pillar. The solid pieces of stones were used in the construction of both the tank and the tank. Tourists from Rikshaw and taxi from Jaisalmer city can reach this tourist spot.
Salim Singh's haveli is located near Jaisalmer Railway Station. This beautiful building was built by Salim
Singh in 1815 AD. It is also called Shipmahal because its front part looks like a ship. The roof of the
building is covered with arched and blue cloaks. The tourists can see the terrace decorated with carved
brackets, which looks like a peacock.
Only after the completion of Salim Singh's mansion, the Mehta family started to live in it. There are 38 balconies in this building, which are completely different from each other. The entrance to the building is protected by many elephants. Tourists can reach this mansion by rickshaw from Jaisalmer city.
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