Jaisalmer, that has also been nicknamed as ‘The Golden City’ is a popular tourism destination in the country. Located in the desert land of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer offers you an opportunity to witness the rich traditional and cultural heritage of this place.
The major fascinations that attract tourists here include the magnificent forts and palaces, a ride in camel safari, the vast sand dunes and the fact that it serves as a gateway to the Thar Desert. Let us read more about some of the major attractions of this desert city.
Also known as Sonar Quila or the Golden Fort of Rajasthan, the Jaisalmer Fort is said to be one of the largest fortifications in the world.
Located in the heart of this Golden city, this sandstone fort is known for its splendid architecture, picturesque landscape because of the surrounding high hills, miniatures and vibrant bazaars.
This grandeur fort not only adds to the glory of Rajasthan but, also serves as the gateway to the Thar Desert.
The famous Patwa Ki Haveli is said to belong to the 18th century bygone era. The exquisite mirror work on its walls and ceilings and its range of exclusive paintings, reflecting the traditional times is what makes it one of the prominent attractions in Jaisalmer.
A part of this architectural marvel has been transformed into a museum and a shop of reserves from the antique furniture and decorative goods.
Located on the Ramgarh road, the Bada Bagh garden is a treat to your eyes and a place to relax in solitude.
This is a pretty secluded spot in Jaisalmer that hosts several cenotaphs engraved beautifully with delicate carvings; one for every ancient ruler.
The cenotaphs reflect a mix of the Islamic and Hindu temple architecture with each cenotaph reflecting the taste of its respective Maharaja.
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Located to the south of the Golden City, the Gadi Sagar Lake is a rain water lake of Jaisalmer.
This pastoral lake is known for its calm and cool ambiance and for the numerous temples and holy shrines that surround it.
The crystal clear lake water also offers an opportunity to indulge into water sports like boating.
You can witness innumerous migratory birds that flock near this lake.
The Gadi Sagar Lake is also responsible for the water supply of the entire city.
Sand Sun Dunes
There is no point in coming to Jaisalmer, if you don’t set off for a desert safari into the great Thar.
This is one reason for the popularity of Sand Sun Dunes, which is the best spot to undertake a desert safari and get the real feel of a desert land.
Enjoy riding on the camelback along the breathtaking crests and troughs while you experience the picturesque sunset on the desert.
This place surely has a spectacular stretch of sweeping sand dunes that will give you time to enjoy every moment in solitude.
Many camps and bonfires are also organized at night that let you know your fellow tourists better and enjoy their company.
Even a jeep safari is available, if you are too scared to ride a camel!
The Thar Heritage Museum
As the name suggests, the Thar Heritage Museum gives you an insight into the history, culture, art and architecture of the Thar Desert.
Founded by Laxmi Narayan Khatri, this museum resides in the main market of the Jaisalmer city.
The museum has a collection of millions of years old sea fossils that let you know the tale behind the sea that eventually became the Thar Desert.
The museum hosts ancient manuscripts, documents and coins of Jaisalmer, weapons, the ornaments of the ship of the desert and of horses, photographs, artifacts, musical instruments, etc.
You can also enjoy watching a puppet show that is performed during evenings. This charming museum with an extensive collection of heritage articles is a must visit spot!
Kuldhara Abandoned Village
Ghost towns and haunted villages hold a different charm altogether. Kuldhara is one in this list.
It is an abandoned and cursed village of Rajasthan that has one of the weirdest tales I have ever heard.
Some 300 years ago, the then prosperous Kuldhara is said to have been abandoned by people of 85 villages altogether. The people who left cursed this place so that no one would ever be able to settle here and the village remains barren till date.
It is said that anyone who tried to stay overnight was chased away by weird paranormal phenomenon. People visit this place to see the ruins of the fortresses here.
Enjoy exploring the Jaisalmer land, in and out!