Cities of Rajasthan
Golden splendor amid the desert
the golden beauty, etched in yellow sandstone.
Perched atop the Trikuta Hill, it stands tall against miles of gleaming sand.
Epitomising the desolate, awesome charm of the desert.
Jaisalmer, the city of the golden fort is a fantasy in yellow sandstone in the
heart of the Thar Desert. The city was founded in 1156 by Rawal Jaisal, a Bhatti
Legend has it, that Lord Krishna the head of Yadav Clan, foretold Arjuna
that a remote descendent of Yadav Clan would build his kingdom atop the Trikuta
Hill. His prophecy was fulfilled, when in 1156 AD Rawal Jaisal, a descendant
of Yadav Clan and a Bhatti Rajput, founded the city of Jaisalmer.
This amber-hued city, in the heart of the desert, dazzles gloriously in the
early morning. The sunset has a peculiar glow here. As the night descends, the
sky goes up in flames, which fade leaving a few embers, till it becomes black.
A breathtaking sight indeed!
Jaisalmer is famous for cobbled streets, strewn with palaces, forts, temples
and havelis. Every house, here, is exquisitely carved, having filigreed work
all over. These houses date back to 12th 15th century. And hence Jaisalmer
is called 'the Museum city'.
Filled with colour, festivity and smiles, Jaisalmer is truly a memorable experience
across the shimmering sands.
The nearest airport is Jodhpur
Jaisalmer is connected with Jodhpur by night train service.
Well connected by road with all the major cities of India.
Direct bus services to Udaipur, Mount Abu, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Barmer, Ajmer and
Jaipur. Ahmedabad and Bhuj (Gujarat),
What to see
Jaisalmer , Gadsisar , Salim Singh-ki-Haveli , Patwon-ki-Haveli , Jain .
Devikot, Ramdeora , Sam Sand Duna , Lodhruva , Bada Bagh , Wood Fossil Park
, Desert National Park , Barmer .
The royal fortified city with a timeless appeal. Lying in the north of the desert
state, the city is dotted with many sand dunes. Bikaner retains the medieval
splendor that pervades the citys lifestyle.
More popularly called the camel country , the city is renowned for the best
riding camels in the world. The ship of the desert is an inseparable part of
life here. Be it pulling heavy carts , transporting grains or working on wells,
camels are the prime helpers. The wells of Bikaner: an important source of water
are other attractions of the city. These are built on high plinths with slender
minareted towers on each of the four corners and can be noticed even from a
Binakers history dates back to 1488 A.D. when a Rathore Prince,Rao Bikaji-
a descendant of the founder of Jodhpur(1459 A.D.), Rao Jodhaji, established
his kingdom here. Rao Jodhaji had five sons but Rao Bikaji was the most enterprising
of them. Bikaji chose a barren wilderness called Jangladesh and
transformed it to an impressive city, called Bikaner after the founder
» Air :
Nearest Airport is Jodhpur .
Bikaner is connected by rail with Delhi, Jaipur and Jodhpur.
Bikaner to Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur & Jaisalmer .
What to see
Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace, Bhandeshwar Jain Temples.
Bhand Sagar Temple, Camel Breeding Farm, Devi Kund, Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary,
Deshnok's Karniji Temple.
Ajmer was founded by Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan and it is situated in the green oasis
wrapped in the barren hills.Ajmer used to be a major center of the Chauhan power
till 1193 A.D. when the Ruler Prithviraj Chauhan lost it to Mohammed Ghauri.
After Prithwiraj Chauhan Ajmer witnessed dynasties, which came and left leaving
behind indelible marks of their culture and traditions on the citys history,
converting it to an amalgam of various cultures and blend of Hinduism and Islam.
Today, Ajmer is one of the most significant pilgrimate destination equally important
for Hindus as well as Muslims. Especially famous is the Dargah Sharif-tomb of
the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti.
Ajmer is very close to Pushkar (11 kms) which is significant for the famous
fair held normally in the month of October/November. Pushkar, the abode of Lord
Brahma, lying to its west with a temple and a picturesque lake. The Pushkar
lake is a sacred spot for Hindus. During the month of Kartik (Oct./Nov.) ,devotes
throng in large numbers here to take a dip in the sacred lake
» Air :
Nearest Airport Jaipur is Jaipur .
Ajmer is connected by rail to Delhi, Agra, Ahmedabad,
Barmer, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Mount Abu and to Bombay .
Ajmer is well connected by road with Agra, Bharatpur,
Bikaner, Bundi, Chittaurgarh, Delhi, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Kota, and
What to see
Adhai-Din-Ka-Jhonpra, Ana Sagar Lake, Circuit House, Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin
Chishti, Soniji ka Nasiyan, Mayo College, Swami Dayanand Saraswati Smarak,
Taragarh Fort and the Museum. Pushkar 11 kms, Foy Sagar Lake 12 kms and Kishangarh
Bhand Sagar Temple 5 km, Camel Breeding Farm 10 km, Devi Kund 8 km, Gajner
Wildlife Sanctuary 32 kms, Deshnok's Karniji Temple 33 kms.
Cities of Rajasthan Reservation Form