15 Best traveller Attractions in Jaisalmer Rajasthan
Beyond the dazzling royal cities of Rajasthan lies Jaisalmer, the entrance to the Thar Desert and a preferred traveller destination in India that’s notable for its incredible yellow stone architecture, the Jaisalmer Fort, also referred to as ‘Sonar Quila’. Jaisalmer is one among the most visited places in Rajasthan during the peak traveller season that commences from October and continues till February. The city, also dubbed the “Golden City”, was established in the mid twelfth century by Rawal Jaisal and today with several artistic structures, monuments of native historical importance and abandoned villages, Jaisalmer has emerged as a slice of royal heritage from incredible Rajasthan. thus before you pack your baggage for a visit to Jaisalmer in the coming traveller season… chalk out your itinerary with the following fifteen best traveller attractions in Jaisalmer.
1. Jaisalmer Fort
Built in the twelfth century by the Bhati Rajput ruler Rao Jaisal, the Jaisalmer Fort is a large yellow sandstone fortification that maintains the dominion Mahal and several havelis, gateways and temples. The tawny-brown rampart that turns into honey-gold at sunset, justifying the name “Sonar Quila”, is without doubt a blazing instance of visual perception. The architectural design of the fort having intricately carved windows, doors and walls is one among the fine examples of the rich heritage in India. situated on the Trikuta Hill and overlooking the Jaisalmer town, the Jaisalmer Fort is so one among the popular traveller attractions in Jaisalmer. Moreover, the 2 canon points, placed at vantage points inside the fort, offer you a tremendous view of Jaisalmer town. Today, in the midst of the royal yellow sandstone architecture, Jaisalmer Fort boasted as one of the fortified cities in Rajasthan housing varied eateries, together with Italian, French, and native cuisines; hotels; and museums.
2. SAM Sand Dunes
Approximately forty two kilometers from the fort town of Jaisalmer, the SAM Sand Dunes in the outskirts is of course the best recommended places to see in Jaisalmer. The dead ambiance with stretches of sweeping dunes, camel safari on the breathless crests and troughs and crimson horizon at the sunset altogether drops you to a delightful hinterscape. Don’t miss the rustic and earthy music and folks dance of the gypsies that depicts the rural culture of the Rajasthani folks. the best time to go to the SAM Sand Dunes is at the time of the Jaisalmer Desert festival, that is sometimes held in the month of February every year.
3. Camel safari
Being in the town of shifting sand dunes, you can’t escape the saddle journey. A rough ride on a camel in the Thar Desert is one among the exciting things to do in Jaisalmer. It permits you to explore the remote and isolated places tucked in the midst of the desert. Certainly, the longer you devote on your safari, the more distant places you’re likely to see and the more you may accommodates and enjoy the desert tranquility.
4. Salim Singh Ki Haveli
A distinct architecture that you will encounter in Jaisalmer town is the Haveli of salim Singh from the seventeenth century that has an extended arched roof in the shape of a peacock. it’s an incredible silhouette that’s crafted with thirty eight balconies, every having distinct designs. salim Singh Ki Haveli is one among the heritage attractions to explore when you are travelling to Jaisalmer.
5. Gadi Sagar Lake
Built in the fourteenth century as a water conservation tank, the Gadi Sagar Lake is the best place to visit for sightseeing tours in Jaisalmer, that is today a popular traveller hangout. The lake encircles many temples with the most notable being the Krishna Temple that’s situated on top of the Tilon Gate. during the winter season, migratory birds flock the region and bird observation becomes a favourite activity in Jaisalmer. Further, boat riding in the Gadi Sagar Lake is one more exciting thing to try and do in Jaisalmer. the best time to go to the Gadi Sagar Lake is during the Ganguar festival, that is usually held in March or April.
6. Tanot Mata Temple
Your Jaisalmer travel guide is incomplete without the Tanot Mata Temple that’s placed approximately one hundred fifty kilometers from Jaisalmer town and lies near the battle site of Longewala of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. The temple is presently maintained by the Border security force of India and it preserves a collection of unexploded bombs dropped by Pakistan during the 1971 war. The Tanot Mata Temple is one among the least explored traveller places in Rajasthan because of its remote location and thus you’ll create your vacation in Jaisalmer a penetrating one by visiting the Tanot Mata Temple. A glimpse of the Tanot Mata Temple was shown in the well-liked bollywood film Border.
7. Patwa Ki Haveli
An impressive example of intricate architecture that uncover the passage of a rich merchant, Guman Chand Patwa of the nineteenth century, the Patwa ki Haveli is one among the should places to go to in Jaisalmer. it’s one among the largest Havelis in Rajasthan that maintains fine wall paintings, stunning jharokhas (balconies), archways and gateways. The Patwa ki Haveli is a cluster of 5 grandiose havelis that were gifted by Guman Chand Patwa to his sons. History reveals that the ‘Patwas’ left the Havelis at the mercy of care takers who in due course became the owners. Later, the first haveli was sold to Mr. Jeevanlalji Kothari… and thereafter Patwa ki Haveli was renamed as the Kothari’s Patwa Haveli.
8. Jain Temple
The Jaisalmer Fort homes a group of Jain Temples that dates back to the twelfth and fifteenth century. The group of Jain Temples is a fine example of Dilwara style of architecture that uses yellow sandstone. The temples are dedicated to numerous Jain Tirthankars. With elaborate architectural work having carved animal and human figures on the wall, a dome that’s covered by an amalak and a water pot containing lotus flower…the Parshvanath Temple is the most prominent one. Further, the Rishabnath Temple and Sambhavanath Temple in Lodurva, which is sixteen kilometers from Jaisalmer town, are 2 other Jain temples that one will visit during their trip to Jaisalmer.
9. Kuldhara Village
Another least explored place around Jaisalmer town that’s set in the outskirts is the ruin of Kuldhara village that dates back to the thirteenth century. it was the largest village in the community that consisted of eighty four villages but in the early nineteenth century all the individuals in Kuldhara and close eighty three villages vanished in the dark. the explanations are still being unrevealed, however it’s being aforesaid that the village was cursed and therefore is considered as one of the haunted villages in India. Nonetheless… the place still retains some fine architectural works like temples and step wells that assures a planned settlement over 7centuries.
10. Vyas Chhatri
The Vyas chhatri is a marvel in the midst of the sand dunes and exhibits the typical Rajasthani style of architecture. Dedicated to sage Vyas, who completed the Hindu epic Mahabharata, Vyas chhatri is the Rajasthan’s spin to monuments. it’s also common as one of the best places in Jaisalmer to observe a sunset.
11. Mandir Palace
One of the best examples of workmanship, having ornate balconies, canopies and intricately carved screens, the Mandir Palace is a popular traveller attraction in Jaisalmer. it was designed between the ninth and the tenth century and was the residence of the rulers of Jaisalmer for over two hundred years. The Mandir Palace features the ‘Badal Vilas’, which is a tall sandstone structure below the Hill top town fort.
12. The Thar Heritage museum
The Thar Heritage museum in different words is a house of antique that preserves many historical and ancient folk art of Thar Desert, turbans, musical instruments, fossils and kitchen equipment. it’s one among the prominent traveller attractions in Jaisalmer town that’s situated near Gandhi Chowk.
13. Bada Bagh
Located six kilometers far from Jaisalmer town, Bada Bagh is a lovely place that homes many cenotaphs of the royal families from the sixteenth century to twentieth century. It also maintains many different attractions like a garden, a tank, a dam and the Govardhan Stambh (pillar).
14. Surya Gate
One of the entrances to Jaisalmer Fort, Surya Gate is a common attraction in Jaisalmer that’s another example of intricately carved architecture. it’s a narrow gate that was inbuilt the twelfth century with the aim of preventing enemies from launching a attack and charging inside the fort.
15. Khaba Fort
Yet another spooky tale from the Rajasthan tourism… the Khaba Fort that was once occupied by the Paliwal Brahmins for over two hundred years is today an abandoned fort with sparse human activity surrounding it. Well… the location is perfect for photography and chills. after taking a walk around the fort structure, you’ll also visit the tiny depository that preserves many antiques.
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