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JAISALMER TRAVEL GUIDE

Jaisalmer, One of Rajasthan's most alluring cities, Jaisalmer, deep in the heart of Thar Desert, abounds in ancient palaces, temples and quaint settlements. As the sun sets, the sandstone buildings emit a lustrous glow, that make Jaisalmer the "Golden City". Founded by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 A.D., the remote location of Jaisalmer, kept it almost untouched by outside influences, even during the days of the British Raj.

Salim Singh ki Haveli, Built about 300 years ago, this haveli was the residence of the powerful Mohta clan - the hereditary ministers of the Jaisalmer rulers. The blue cupola roof is distinctive, and an exquisite projecting balcony adorns the top storey.Part of it is still occupied.

Patwon ki Haveli, This is one of the largest and most elaborate havelis in Jaisalmer. Located in a narrow alley, it is five storeys high, and one of its rooms is adorned with exquisite murals. Colorful craft bazaars are set up for the occasion and a sound and light spectacle is organized wit folk artists performing against the splendid backdrop of the famous Sam sand dunes on the full moon night.

Gadsisar Lake, A rainwater lake, now a picnic spot - ideal for boating. The perfect time to visit the golden city is during the Desert Festival held in Jan/Feb. every year, when the city reverberates to the sound of melodious tunes and rhythms. Folk dances, exciting competitions and contest, especially the turban raying contest.

Accessibility

Air: Indian Airlines offers regular flights to Jaisalmer from Delhi, Jaipur and Jodhpur.

Rail: Regular trains are available from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer.

Road: Jaisalmer is well connected to Jodhpur and Bikaner by roadways.


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