Jaisalmer, the Golden City of India, is one of the most alluring tourist destinations in Rajasthan, India. Jaisalmer is famous for its magnificent forts, enchanting palaces, havelis
(mansions) and centuries old houses. Jaisalmer is also known for its exotic sand dunes and exciting camel safaris. Jaisalmer has a number of exciting tourist attractions showcasing the royal grandeur of the bygone era. The major tourist attractions in Jaisalmer include the Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon-ki-haveli, Nathmalji-ki-haveli, Salim-Singh- ki-haveli, Tazia tower, Bar Bagh and the beautiful Gadsisar Lake. Its exquisite handicrafts and colorful festivals are other major tourist attractions.
Among some of the places that you must see in Jaisalmer is the Jaisalmer Fort, towering majestically above the city. It is also known as the ?living museum? because the fort contains numerous havelis which belonged to merchants in the 19th century. Palace of Maharawal -Another amazing place is the Palace of Maharawal which is located at Manek Chowk and is known for its beautiful sandstone facade. There are also various Hindu and Jain temples around this Palace which are well known for their beautiful engravings and architecture.
Havelis of Jaisalmer
The havelis of Jaisalmer such as Nathmalji ki Haveli, Patwon ki Haveli, Salim Singh ki Haveli and so on count among the most breathtaking sights in the city. These havelis have elaborately and intricately carved walls and pillars, ornate chambers, fascinating paintings and magnificent wall murals which have mesmerized and intrigues tourists for decades.
The Museum-For those who love to experience the past of places they travel to, there is the Desert Culture Centre and Museum. This museum houses a comprehensive selection of weaponry, traditional music instruments belonging to the Rajputs and Rajasthani musicians, textiles, fossils and ancient coins. Lodurva palace- From the city of Jaisalmer, you can also visit the Lodurva Palace, which is a significant pilgrimage spot for Jains and is well known for its beautiful Jain temples.
Besides these architectural wonders, you can also visit the beautiful Gadisar Lake, an artificial body of water which breaks the arid desert landscape. It is a popular site for picnics or leisurely strolls in the afternoon. Sand Dunes-The Sand Dunes at Sam, are a must visit for all travelers to Jaisalmer. These sand dunes are some of the most amazing natural formations in their most breathtaking form. These ever changing sand dunes are best experienced during different hours of the day when they change into a host of beautiful hues according to the movement of the sun in the sky.
Desert National park
For nature lovers, the Desert National Park is a lovely place to visit. It is a conserved biosphere housing the flora and fauna that comprise desert vegetation ranging from cacti to desert animal like foxes and porcupines.
Akal Wood Fossil Park
Another such place is the Akal Wood Fossil Park which contains the remains of fossils from a forest which was in the area over 100 million years ago. These fossils range from old rocks to sea shells. This park lies on the road from Jaisalmer to Barmer.
Finally, no trip to this Rajasthani city is complete without seeing the Desert Festival in Jaisalmer. The festival is a riot of colours and music and is held for three days during the months of January or February and witnesses a host of amusements such as puppeteers, snake charmers, fire dancers, along with some of the best local cuisine of Rajasthan.
A trip to Jaisalmer guarantees to be filled with adventure, history, a number of recreational activities, fine dining and lots of shopping. Experience Jaisalmer on your next holiday and enjoy a unique and charming part of India.