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 wast lands of golden yellow sand and architecture of yellow sand stone. Which when shines with sun light shows all shades of gold. Filled with vibrant culture, unique and humble people of desert, wide spread stories and folk lovers of velour love and sacrifice Jaisalmer has places to visit Tannot Mata Mandir, Desert National Park , Fosile 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 associated with it, according to which, Lord Krishna-the head of the Yadav Clan, foretold Arjuna that a remote descendent of the Yadav Clan would built his kingdom atop 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 traces its inception to the 12th century. History tells us of Rawal Jaisal, the eldest heir of the Rawal of Deoraj, was passed over for the throne of Lodurva and a younger half-brother was crowned king. Rawal Jaisal went looking for a new location to set up his capital when he came across sage Eesul. The sage told him about Krishna's prophecy which said that a descendant of his Yaduvanshi clan would found a new kingdom at this same spot. It was in 1156 that Rawal Jaisal constructed a mud fort, named it Jaisalmer after himself and declared it his capital.
If geology interests you, then Jaisalmer is where you need to journey. The Wood Fossil Park or Aakal is located about 15 kilometres away from the city. Here, one can discover and trace geologic tragedies that occurred in the Thar Desert 180 million years ago. The city of Jaisalmer also acts as the guard to western Rajasthan (and India's) frontier. This 'Golden City' is located close to the Pakistan border and in close proximity to the Thar Desert. The city's most prominent landmark is the Jaisalmer Fort, also called Sonar Qila (Golden Fort). Unlike most other forts in India, Jaisalmer Fort is not just a tourist attraction. It houses shops, hotels and ancient havelis (homes) where generations continue to live.
The Jaisalmer fort is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan after Chittor that is situated 250 ft high perch on the hill. Sharp turns on the road Topped by high defensive gateway made it invincible.
Within the fort are the three most exquisitely sculptured Jain temples dedicated to Rishabhdevji, Sambhavanathji and the Ashthapadi . The Ornamentation done on these temples is in the style of the Dilwara temples at Mt. Abu which makes it simply marvelous. The emerald icon Of Mahavira is an unparalleled gem.
Salem Singh haveli is situated at the eastern end of the city, is an Arabian Nights structure, which, like a wild flower, blossoms at the top.
Near the city center is the Patwon ki Haveli, built by Guman Chand Patwa and his five sons, dealers in brocade, gold and silver Embroidery with business stretching between Afghanistan and China. The balconies are so delicately chiseled you and mesmerized you By the splendor of it.
The third haveli belongs to Nathmal, a later day prime minister who gifted it to the Rawal and was allowed to retain it. Built by two brothers In 1885, this haveli has two identical looking portions, which are in fact two different parts united by a common facade.
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.