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city was constructed by Rawal Jaisal Singh in the year of 1156 AD.
Jaisalmer district is close to the border with Pakistan and is situated in Thar Desert. The famous Havelis, temples, the lake and the sheer beauty of
surrounding desert makes this place worth a visit. This is a fort lake
city surrounded by a protection wall. Jaisalmer is 413 km from
Jaipur and 630 km from Delhi.
How to reach
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.
Rail: 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.
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
Places of tourist interest
The Jaisalmer Fort
Built over the
Trikuta hill, this fort is the biggest and the most beautiful landmark of
This is one of the oldest Forts of Rajasthan situated on a
hill this fort is surrounded by 15 ft. high wall of solid masonry. Huge
guns and stones were kept on the walls to protect against the attacks.
The fort is occupied by shops,
stalls, and a number of other business concerns. This fort accommodates
quarter of the city's population.
Royal Palace -
Inside the fort Royal Palace is situated. Several other
beautiful buildings and gates are situated inside the fort.
There are many Jain temples in Jaisalmerin including a 12th
century Jain temple inside the Fort. The main temples are temple of
Sambhavanathji, temple of Parsvanathji, temple of Rishabhdevji and temple
of Mahavir Swami. The Jain
temple of Lodhruva, which reminds of the glory of the former capital city
Lodhruva, is worth visiting.
There are several beautiful buildings in Jaisalmer but the
Havelis of Patvas built in 18th century is most famous.
These Havelis have unique design and architecture. Other famous
havelis are Salem Singh's Haveli and Nathmal's Haveli.
The lake was built by Maharaja Amar Singh in the early 18th
century. On its bank there are several Jain temples and a garden. There is
also a temple built by Maharaja Moolji in the early 19th century.
Desert Culture Center and Museum - is
another place that would give the visitor a clear insight of the place.
The museum has a number of old coins, different kinds of textile,
traditional Rajasthani instruments, and some fossils that were found in
Desert National Park -This is another
place that preserves the natural ecosystem of the desert land. Cactus,
thorny trees and shrubs could be seen growing here. There are also some
animal species like the monitor lizard, desert foxes, porcupines and black
Sam Sand Dune - Situated at the edge
of the Thar Desert, this place attracts many tourists. This sandy place is
famous for watching sunset and taking a camel ride.