The city is built of yellow Jaisalmer sandstone. It is well-processed and easy to process. Masons participated in sandstone processing. The fortified city is huge and surprising in its capacity structure. The narrow streets are lined with cobblestones. Openwork stone balconies with overhanging roofs and beautifully carved railings hang over the streets on both sides. The most amazing and beautiful images were intended to decorate Hindu and Jain temples.
Currently, many tourists come to visit this famous walled city. It amazes and surprises with its power and beauty. There is not enough day to go around the entire fortress and enjoy the beauty of the streets and patterns. The city is also called “golden” - since yellow sandstone casts a golden sheen in the sun.
Attractions in Jaisalmer: -
Jaisalmer Fort: - Fort on Mount Tricuta. The old city with narrow winding streets is 9.2 m. The fortress was founded in 1156 by the ruler of the Rajputs Jaisal, and subsequent rulers strengthened it, so it became the object of several battles between Bhati, the Delhi moguls, and the Jodhpur Rathors. The cloisters of all the rulers of Jaisalmer are at the very top of the hill. More than 2.5 thousand people live inside the Jaisalmer Fort.
Lakshminath Mandir: - The Vishnuite temple is the oldest in the walled city. This amazing temple in the 12th century was built by Rabbi Jaisal himself, who founded this powerful city. But soon the temple was destroyed during the raid of Al-al-Din of Khilji. It underwent complete restoration and restoration in the 15th century.
Jain temples: - Within the walls of the fortress are interwoven, like a maze, seven beautiful Jain temples of yellow sandstone, dating from the 15th and 16th centuries. Temple complex thread competes with carvings in marble Jain temples at Ranakpur (Ranakpur) and Mount Abu and is characterized by an incredible quality of the soft, warm stone. Before entering the temples, you need to take off your shoes and all leather goods.
Patwa-ki-Haveli: - The whale in this Haveli pond is Patva-ki-Haveli, which rises above a narrow street. Its intricate stone carving is more like a golden lace. The building consists of five sections and was built between 1800 and 1860 by five Jain brothers who made fortunes on brocade and jewelry. The building impresses most outside. The first of the five sections are opened as a private museum Patwa Key Haveli, which reproduces in detail the life of the XIX century.
Salim Singh-ki-Haveli: - This 18th-century haveli has an amazing, distinctive form. The upper floor is replete with carvings and gracefully arched balconies topped with blue domes. Salim Singh was the prime minister of Jaisalmer in the 19th century and was notorious. His abuse of the Brahmin community Paliwal (Paliwal) forced them to leave their village and go.
Nathmal-ki-Haveli: - This haveli of the late 19th century is also used as the residence of the Prime Minister and is still partially inhabited. It is very unusual on the outside, it is all covered with carvings, and on the 1st floor, there are beautiful paintings that used 1.5 kg of gold when writing.
Desert Culture Center and Museum: - This interesting small museum has the material in English and Hindi on the history of various principalities of Rajasthan, exhibits on traditional Rajasthan culture are exhibited. These include Rajasthani music (with video), fabrics and paintings, executed technique pad. Also, in the evenings there are half-hour puppet shows with English comments.
Gadi Sagar: - This magnificent 14th-century man-made pond southeast of the city walls was a key source of water supply in Jaisalmer until 1965, and it is because of its importance that it is surrounded by many small temples. It is a favorite waterfowl place in winter, but at the same time it can dry out almost completely before the rainy season.
Wildlife in Jaisalmer: -
Desert national park: - Almost immediately outside Jaisalmer in the direction of the Pakistan border, it is noticeable how landscapes begin to change: there are more and more sand and less green. This begins the Thar desert. This is where Desert Nation Park is located.
Although the desert seems lifeless, in it you can see small deer, mongooses, peacocks, and, of course, camel caravans with tourists.
Foods in Jaisalmer: -
Rajasthan cuisine is considered one of the most interesting in the country. It was formed in desert conditions, where there was a constant lack of water and a small selection of products. For the most part, the cuisine is vegetarian, but you can also find meat if you wish.
Jaisalmer food is a combination of rich and heritage culture, so a big restaurant is not available here. One can find many kinds of restaurants here, like budget and luxury. The main food that you will find in Jaisalmer is Daal-baati and churma, and KairSangri with bajra roti.
Shopping in Jaisalmer: -
Jaisalmer is famous for its stunning embroidery, bedspreads, mirror applique, tapestries, oil lamps, stone products, and antiques. When buying silverware, you need to be careful: it is sometimes mixed with bronze.
Festivals in Jaisalmer: -
Desert Festival: - In February, the Desert Festival takes place in the city of Jaisalmer. This city delights many travelers. It is called the “Golden City”. Desert Festival is a three-day event, with all sorts of different shows and performances, and most importantly - with camel racing.
Best Time to Visit Jaisalmer: -
The climate here is typical of the desert - it is hot during the day and cools at night. In summer, the air temperature rises to 45 degrees, so the best time to visit is the winter season (from November to February).
How to Reach Jaisalmer: -
By Air: - An airport 5 km south of the city is intermittent due to the tense situation on the border with Pakistan. In early 2011, it was closed. Jodhpur Airport, located some 300 km away from Jaisalmer, is the nearest airport to the desert land.
By Train: - The railway station is located on the eastern outskirts of the city.
By Road: - RSRTC buses leave from the station at Shiv Road on the southern outskirts of the city. There are buses to Jodhpur, Bikaner and to Jaipur