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The city of Jaisalmer is located on the westernmost frontier of India in the state of Rajasthan surrounded by the great Indian THAR desert. Jaisalmer is named after Maharawal Jaisal Singh, a Rajput king who founded the city in 1156. "Jaisalmer" means "the Hill Fort of Jaisal". Jaisalmer is sometimes called the "Golden City of India" because the yellow sand and the yellow sandstone used in the architectures of the city gives a yellowish-golden tinge to the city and its surrounding area. In old days Jaisalmer was positioned strategically on the main trade route linking India to Egypt and Arabia. The Bhati Rajput rulers of Jaisalmer used to collect taxes on these caravans carrying spices, silk, grains and other merchant items through this route. Because of the trade route Jaisalmer produced a number of wealthy Merchants who used to do trade to the world from Jaisalmer and trading was the main reason of prosperity of the town. But after independence and then partition of India and Pakistan the trade channel was completely shut down.
Now in recent times Jaisalmer has again become a prominent town but this time because of tourism. Much like the rest of the royal state of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer boasts of rich heritage and a fascinating culture, land of regal forts, opulent palaces and magnificent havelis . A visit to this effervescent city is bound to leave you mesmerized, and the stunning beauty and cultural richness of Jaisalmer is sure to compel you to come back. Come to Jaisalmer and enjoy the traditional rhetoric of 'Padharo Mahare Desh'.
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Being a strategic city close to border with Pakistan Jaisalmer city is very well connected by roads and railway to almost all parts of India. You can self drive or hire a taxi to reach Jaisalmer by road via Jodhpur or can reach by train from Delhi, Jaipur or Jodhpur. Although Jaisalmer city has a airport but it’s a military airport with no civilian flights. So the nearest civilian airport to Jaisalmer is Jodhpur connected with flights from all 4 metro cities from where you can take a taxi or a bus to reach Jaisalmer.
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Places Of Interest in Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer Fort Jaisalmer
The most famous landmark in the city, Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest forts in the world. Built in 1156 AD, the fort is also popularly known as Sonar Qila. Unlike other forts in the country, Jaisalmer Fort is a massive fort with a museum, shops, hotels, houses and eateries housed within. One of the biggest tourist attractions of the city, it is also a delight for photographers.
Patwon Ki Haveli Jaisalmer
Patwon-ki-Haveli is a ten-minute walk from the main gates of the fort and quite magnificent. One of the largest havelis in Rajasthan, It's a collection of five houses, each one for the son of a wealthy trader. The haveli is dipped in an enchanting shade of gold and instantly draws your attention to the intricacy of its architecture. It is most famous for its fine wall paintings, beautiful jharokhas (balconies), archways and gateways. A walk through the haveli should not take more than an hour, and this can easily be covered in a city tour.
Gadisar Lake Jaisalmer
This is a rain water conservation lake built by Maharawal Gadsi in 14th century. It was once the main source of drinking water for the entire town of Jaisalmer. Now as a tourist spot there are many small temples and shrines around it. A wide variety of water birds can be seen here especially in winter. This is the most popular point to take photographs of Jaisalmer fort early in the morning when the fort looks golden with the first rays of the Sun.Boating facility is also available at this place.
Camel Safari-Sam Sand Dunes Jaisalmer
42 kilometres away from the city Sam Sand Dunes is the most exciting excursion that one should do while in Jaisalmer and its very popular for day trips as well as overnight camp excursions. Drive down to this place in a SUV or Jeep through the desert , enjoy camel Safari or jeep safari on the sand dunes, watch the mesmerizing sun set in the desert ,enjoy your night in the camp with dinner and some live folk performance , sleep in the silent desert, witness the sun rising from the dunes and drive back to Jaisalmer capturing all the moments in your camera. Do this through some local tour operator who can book this for you if you plan for camping at night.
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