Jaisalmer - "The Hill Fort of Jaisal" Jaisalmer is named after its founder Maharawal Jaisal Singh, a Rajput king of 1156 AD. Synonyms us to "Golden city of India" Jaisalmer has vast lands of golden yellow sand and architecture of yellow sandstone. Which when shines with sunlight shows all shades of gold. Sojourn in the best camp near Jaisalmer fort and explore this golden city. Filled with vibrant culture, unique and humble people of the desert, widespread stories and folk lovers of velour love and sacrifice Jaisalmer has places to visit Tannot Mata Mandir, Desert National Park, Jain Temple, Khaba fort, Kuldra Village, Lordrwa, Salam sing ki haveli, Patwahaveli, Gadisor Lake, Fort. Fill "paranoiac era" this desert happens to be a sea called "Drumbulya" ace to folk lovers with lord Ram's "Agnibaan" it has converted into this desert named "Marukanlar" Afterwards in "Mahabharata period."
The city has an interesting legend linked with it, according to which, Lord Krishna who was the head of the Yadav Clan, told Arjuna that a remote descendent of the Yadav Clan would build his kingdom on top of the Trikuta Hill. His prophecy was fulfilled in 1156 A.D. when Rawal Jaisal, a descendent of the Yadav Clan and a Bhatti Rajput, abandoned his fort at Lodurva and founded a new capital - Jaisalmer, perched on the Trikuta Hill.
Jaisalmer trails its inception to the 12th century. History tells us about Rawal Jaisal, the eldest heir of the Rawal of Deoraj, was passed over for the throne of Lodurva and his younger half-brother was crowned king. Rawal Jaisal went on looking for a new location to set up his capital when he met a sage Eesul. The sage told him about the prophecy of Lord Krishna that said that a descendant of his Yaduvanshi clan would find a new kingdom at this same spot. It was in the year 1156 that Rawal Jaisal constructed a mud fort, named it Jaisalmer after himself and declared it his capital.
If geology fascinates you, then Jaisalmer is where you need to plan your next trip to. The Wood Fossil Park or Aakal nestles about 15 kilometers away from the city. Here, one can discover and trace the geologic tragedies that occurred in the Thar Desert about 180 million years ago while they stay at sam sand dunes deluxe tent. Jaisalmer also acts as the guard to the western part of Rajasthan (and India's) frontier. This 'Golden City' is located in the vicinity of the Pakistan border and in close proximity to the Thar Desert. The city's most eminent landmark is the Jaisalmer Fort, also known by the name of Sonar Qila meaning Golden Fort. Unlike most of the other forts in India, Jaisalmer Fort is more than a tourist attraction. It resides shops, hotels, and ancient Havelis (homes) where generations continue to live.
One of the very few living forts also known as the Sonar Quila is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan that is situated 250 ft high perch on the hill. The architecture of the fort is done in the classic style of royals by local craftsmen. The Jaisalmer Fort is a world heritage site and a crucial plot point in one of Satyajit Ray’s famous Feluda stories and corresponding movie, Sonar Kela (The Golden Fortress).
Within the Jaisalmer Fort are the three most exquisitely sculptured Jain temples dedicated to Rishabhdevji, Sambhavanathji and the Ashthapadi, famous Jain hermits known as the Tirthankaras that date back to 12 and 15 century. The Jain temples are carved out of yellow sandstone and the Ornamentation done on these temples is in the style of the Dilwara temples at Mt. Abu, which makes it simply breathtaking. The emerald icon Of Mahavira is an unparalleled gem at this temple.
The first half of this haveli was built in the 18th century, and still, descendants of the original residents reside there. The high arched roof of the haveli is supported by the carved brackets designed in the shape of a peacock. It nestles in the eastern end of the city and has a structure like wildflower blossoms at the top. According to a legend, there were two additional wooden stories that made it match the Maharaja's palace in height but ordered for the upper level to be demolished.
Patwon ki Haveli was built by Guman Chand Patwa and his five sons who dealt in brocade, gold and silver Embroidery with their business stretching between Afghanistan and China. The balconies are so delicately chiseled you and mesmerized you By the splendor of it. This haveli is among the largest and the most distinctively carved Havelis in Jaisalmer. This five-story haveli sits proudly in a narrow street that has a few paintings and mirror work art which can be seen in the interiors of the haveli.
This haveli was constructed by two architect brothers in 1885 and had two symmetrical portions which are in fact two distinct parts united by a common facade. Miniature style paintings and mighty tuskers that are carved out of yellow sandstone are used for decoration at this haveli. It is open to tourists all days a week. A huge statue of an elephant carved out of yellow sandstone is also an alluring part of the haveli.
situated to the south of the city of Jaisalmer. Gadi Sagar a rain-water lake of Jaisalmer, is located amidst calm and cool surroundings.
The most picturesque dunes are located some 45 km from Jaisalmer. No travel to Jaisalmer is complete without a visit to these fascinating Dunes. The dunes can be extremely treacherous since they can sink to a few feet the moment you step over one.
Lodurva, the ancient capital of Bhattis is 16 kilometers from Jaisalmer. Mostly in ruins, it is visited for the great Jain temple, which contains The most exquisite jail work screens, grand ceiling and a magnificent triumphal arch at the entrance.
From Lodurva, the road to Jaisalmer passes through Amar Sagar, which has a grand artificial reservoir for water, a temple and a Promenade on the bank. Bada Bagh, cenotaphs of the Jaishalmer Rawals, has some magnificent chattris (canopies) set amidst an oasis of Greenery.
One of the most interesting places is Kuldhara village. This is among the 84 villages inhabited by the rich, hard-working Paliwals. The Paliwals deserted their houses overnight with the curse that anyone who removed even a stone from the houses would come to grief and perish.
Tanot is a place located at a distance of 120 Km from Jaisalmer and name Tanot is Named on goddess Tanot. Praisee is said to be incarnation of Goddess Hinglaz now located in Lasvela Distt of Bluchistan. Bhati Rajput King Tanu Rao made Tanot as their capital. In AC 847 foundation of Goddess Tanot was kept and idol was installed.
A herd of camels, locals dressed in colourful fancy dresses, camel races and polo matches, turban tying competitions, men with long moustache, acrobats, puppeteers, and jugglers comes to ones mind as he hears of Jaisalmer Desert Festival.