In the middle of the sandy plains of Rajasthan, a massive castle of sand arises as if a mirage from the ancient world. That is Jaisalmer, a place that still retains its enigmatic charm and will evoke within you images of camel caravans, desert trades and old world desert mysteries. Enchantment is a feature of this desert citadel which has been crafted from sandstone of the color of honey. The extensive use of this golden yellow sandstone in the ramparts and havelis have cause Jaisalmer to be nicknamed the Golden City.
How to Get There
By Air :
The nearest airport of Jaisalmer is Jodhpur about 300 Km away.
By Rail :
There is a direct train service from Delhi, Kolkata, and Jaipur etc. You can also travel to Jaisalmer by Palace on Wheels on Sunday.
By Road :
Jaisalmer is well connected to the rest of state. The excellent condition of roads that connects Jaisalmer provides a hassle free journey to the tourists. Rajasthan Roadways main bus stand opposite the Railway station. Distance from Major Cities; New Delhi: 882 Km, Jaipur: 625 Km, Udaipur: 545 Km, Jodhpur: 285 Km, Bikaner: 335 km
This majestic structure is reminiscent of the many wars and battles it has seen. However, this is not simply a monument. It is a living history because people still reside within the place. The true beauty of the fort is revealed at sunset when the tawny color of the sandstone seemingly transforms as if magic into honey and golden colors.
Gadi Sagar Lake
Although technically a tank, the Gadi Sagar Lake is, nonetheless, stunning. It offers a scenic vista for watching waterfowls and feeding catfish. The Tilon-ki-Pol gate is similarly attractive.
This 3000 year old building is still impressive with its rich and exquisite adornments that feature peacocks. The pavilion of the building is the architectural highlight and enhances the marvelous appeal.
Desert National Park
The desert can be a fertile place filled with some fascinating creatures. The Desert National Park, one of the biggest in India, offers visitors the opportunity to see some rare species up close including migratory birds.
This Haveli stands out in Jaisalmer as an imposing monument and testament to the amazing architectural capabilities of the bygone eras. The exterior of the haveli drips with exquisite pieces of carvings.
Sam Sand Dunes
The glory of a desert is incomplete without sand dunes and Jailsalmer offers some fine examples in the Sam Sand Dunes. It is a magnificent sight with magical sand dunes stretching across the horizon. It is the gateway to the true Thar Desert. A camel safari is the best way to enjoy in the beauty of the mystifying sand dunes.