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JAISALMER General Information of Jaisalmer
for the heart of the Thar Desert the heart of the Thar Desert lika a
golden mirage it the city of
Jaisalmer . A commanding fort etched in yellow
sandstone stands with all its
awesome splendour , dominating the amber – hued city .
city has an
intresting 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 build
his kingdom atop the Trikuta
hill . His prophency was fulfilled in 1156 A.D when Rawal Jaisal , a
descendent of the Yadav Clan and a Bhatti Rajput , Abandond his
fort at Lodurva and founded a new capital – Jaisalemr , perched
on the Trikuta hill .
Rajputs of Jaisalmer were
feudal chiefs who lived off the forced levy on the carvans laden with
precious silks and spices that crossed the territory
enroute Delhi or Sind
. These Carvans earned the town great
wealth . For years Jaisalmer remained untouched by the outside
influences . The rise of shipping trade and the port of Mumbai saw the
decline of Jaisalmer . But the desert fortress , that seems to be straight
out of the ‘Tales of the Arabian Nights “ , Still enchants .
Life with in the citadel
conjures up images of medieval majesty visible in its narrow lanes strewn
with magnificent palaces , havelis , temples and of course skilled
artisans and ubiquitous camels .
setting sun turning Jaisalmer
in to a beautiful golden Desert Festival , held in Jan/ Feb , Every
year when the city reverberates to the sound of melodius tunes and rythms
dances exciting competitions and contests , especially the turban –tying
contest . Mr Desert contest and camel races enliven the festivities .
Colourful craft bazaars are set up for the occasion and a sound and light
spectable is organized with folk artistes performing against the splendid
backdrop of the famous Sam Sand dunes on th full moon night . Surely a
not-to-be missed event.
of Tourist Interest
The Fort : The Golden hued fort is a sentinel to the bleak desertscape from its 80 metre high perch on the hill , housing the entire township with in its ramparts . It has an enchanting cow-web of narrow lanes dotted with some lovely havelies , three beautifully sculptured Jain temples of the 12th – 15th century A.D and five interconnected palaces .
The Fort is approached through for gateway –Akhaiya Pol, Ganesh Pol , Suraj Pol and hava Pol .
Manak Chowk and Havelis : A Main marketplace outside the fort leads to the narrow lanes dotted with famous havelis .
Gadsisar Lake : A Scenic rain water lake with numerous beautiful shrines around and a spectacular avain variety . The lake is an idyllic spot for outings .
Tazia Tower : A pagoda like structure looming up from the ‘Badal Mahal “ with beautiful “Tazzias – ornately decorated bamboo , paper and tinsel replicas of a bier , carried out in procession during Moharram by the Muslims .
Havlies : Some of the most exotic mansions or havelis , all intricately latticed are strewn all over Jaisalmer –each with a different façade .
A Nathumal Ji- Ki –Haveli :à the late 19th century haveli with intricate architecture – a display of sheer craftsmanship .The left and right wings of the mansion which were carved by two brothers are not identical but very similar and balanced in design . The interior walls are ornate with splendid miniature paintings .
B: Patwon ki Haveli :à the most eleborate and magnificent of all the Jaislamer havelis .it has exquisitely carved pillars and extensive corridors and chambers . One of the apartments of this five storey high haveli is painted with beautiful murals .
C : Salim Singh Singh Ji Ki Haveli :à This 300 years old haveli of Jaisalmer’s Prime Minister to Rawal Gaj Singh – Salim Singh has a beautiful blue coupola roof with superbly carved brackets in the form of peacocks . This extraordinary mansion is yellow stone is covered with intricate carvings and has an elaborate projecting balcony on the top storey . The Mansion is on e of the most notable of the array of havelis .
Jain Temples :The fort has three exquisitely carved Jain Temples dedicated to the Jain Tirthankaras –Rishabdev , Sambhavnath and Parswanath .
(16 km ) The ancient capital of Jaisalmer and an important capital of
Jaisalmer and an important pilgrim spot of the Jain community
magnificent jain temples , “Toran “or the ornate arches at the
main entrance and splendid carvings are noteworthy . A “Kalpataru “ or
a divine tree with in is the main attraction of the temples .
Wood Fossil Park, Aakal : ( 17 km ) Lying on th Barmer Road this park takes you back to the Jurassic period ( when the whole Thar region lay inder the sea ) with 180 million year old fossils – the geological landmarks for the study of the Thar Desert .
Sam Sand Dunes : ( 42 km ) No trip to Jaisalmer is complete without trip to Most picturesque dunes of Sam . The ripples on the wind –caressed dunes , that create an enchanting mirage , are surely a delight for trigger- happy photographer . Various cultural programmes are organized against the back drop of these fascinating sand dunes, Exciting camel safaris allow you to get the real feel of the desert on the camel back .
( 45 km ) the landscape of the Desert
National Park is dominated by rolling Sand dunes and scrub covered hills,
The Prominent Fauna of the
park includes blackbuck , chinkara , desert fox and the great Indian
Amar Sagar : ( 5 km ) A pleasant garden beside a lake with mango and other fruit trees .Beautifully carved Jain Temples add to its Splendour .
Bada Bagh : ( 6 km ) A fertile oasis on the bank of an artificial lake . Much of the city’s fruits and vegetables are grown here . Surrounded by dense trees are the royal cenotaphs with beautifully carved ceilings and equestrian statues of the former rulers .
Mool Sagar : ( 18 km ) The pleasant shady grove is a perfect picnic spot during summers .
( 155 km ) A tiny desert town
renowned for its hand block printing industry, carved wood furniture ,
colourful costumes and amiable