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JAISALMER - THE GLORY OF THE GOLDEN FORT
Jaisalmer Travel Guide  India The "Golden City" of India, Jaisalmer is rich with historical monuments, mansions and fortresses .Rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage is the city of Jaisalmer. A commanding fort etched in yellow sandstone stands, with all its awesome splendor, dominating the amber-hued city. The largest draw, though, has to be the landscape, which allows for a moment of tranquility amongst the bustle of the more populous Indian cities. Th e setting sun turning Jaisalmer into a beautiful golden brown is a spectacular sight. 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.

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. Bahti Rajputs of Jaisalmer were fedual chiefs who lived off the forced levy on the caravans laden with precious silks and spices that crossed the territory enroute Delhi-or-Sind. These caravans earned the town great wealth. The life within 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. The setting turn Jaisalmer into a beautiful golden brown is a spectacular sight.

Another interesting aspect of the desert city was beautiful havelis built by wealthy merchants. You can let your eyes caress the sloppy sand dunes while you ramble your way in a camel safari. Ages have gone by and the monuments of Jaisalmer have withstood the buffeting winds of the desert all through. Jaisalmer is a marvel of beautiful culture and harsh climatic conditions, together amounting to a memorable experience. The old city was completely encircled by wall but much of it is now pulled down sadly for want of building material in recent years. Jaisalmer Travel Guide  India

Colorful craft bazaars are set up for the occasion and a sound and light spectacle is organized Folk dances, especially the turban-tying contest , Mr. Desert contest and camal races performing exciting competitions against the splendid backdrop of the famous Sam sand dunes on the full moon night. Surely a not-to-be missed event.

For years, Jaisalmer remained untouched by the outside influences. The life within its narrow lanes stewn with magnificent palace, havelis, temples and of course skilled artisans and ubiquitous camels, conjures up images of medieval majesty. 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.

In the 13th century, Bhatti Rajput had taken away Imperial's treasure caravan train of Ala-ud-din Khilji Emperor of Delhi. Emperor Khilji, in an effort to take back the treasure besieged the Fort for nine years. Duda son of Jaitasimha, a Bhatti hero also perished in the battle. Dudas descendants continued to rule Jaisalmer. In 1541 they even fought Mughal Emperor Himayun. . Sabala Simha won the patronage of Mughal Emperor Shaha Jahan for battle distinctions in Peshawar and the right to rule Jaisalmer. In the days of Raj, Jaisalmer was the last to sign the Instrument of Agreement with the British. The massive golden fort, which is the essence of Jaisalmer, is entered through First Gate. Is a burrow of narrow streets complete with Jain Temples and old palaces.


Places to See

1.The Jaisalmer Fort

Gadsisar Lake Jaisalmer Travel Guide  India Travel Guide India2.Gadsisar Lake

3.Tazia Tower

4.Nathmal ji ki Haveli

5.Patwa ki Haveli

6.Salim Singh ki Haveli

7.Jain Temples

8.Gyan Bhandar of Library


Fairs & Festivals

Desert Festival (Jan/Feb)
A spectacular event coinciding with the full moon in Jan/Feb. The rich culture of the region is on display during this three day long festival. The famous Gair and Fire dancers are the major attraction of the celebrations. Interesting contests including a turban. Tying competition and a Mr. Desert contest further enhance the fun of the occasion.

A trip to the Sam sand dunes marks the grand finale, where one can enjoy camel rides and brilliant performance by the folk artist under the full moon against the backdrop of picturesque dunes. Once a year in winters and on the middle of the continually rising and falling stark yellow sands of the great Thar Desert, the empty sands around Jaisalmer come alive with the brilliant colour, music and laughter of the Desert Festival. The festival is organised by the tourist authorities as tourist entertainment around January-February.

The very rich and colourful Rajasthani folk culture is on show here for a few days. Rajasthani men and tall beautiful women dressed in their brightly costumes dance and sing lingering ballads of valour, romance and tragedy. Traditional musicians attempt to outdo each other in their musical superiority.

Excursions of Jaisalmer

Lodurva
Temple Lodurva Jaisalmer Travel Guide  India Travel Guide IndiaOnce the capital of Rawal Jaisal, Lodurva now has ruins of the ancient townhip. It is an important center of Jain pilgrimage. The temples at Lodurva exhibit some more fine examples of intricate craftsmanship on yellow stone The golden hued fort is a sentinel to the bleak desert escape from its 80 meter high perch on the hill, housing the entire township within its ramparts. It has an enchanting cow-web of narrow lanes dotted lanes doted with some lovely havelis, three beautiful sculptured Jain temples of the 12th-15th century A.D. and five interconnected palaces.The fort is approached through four gateways-Akhaiya Pol, Ganesh Pol Suraj pol and hava Pol. Manak Chowk and Havelis : A main market place outside the fort leads to the narrow lanes doted with famous havelis.

Wood Fossil Park
A scenic rain water lake with numerous beautiful shrines around and a spectacular avian variety. The lake is an idyllic spot for outings.

Sam Sand Dunes
Sam, easily accessible from Jaisalmer displays an outstanding desert life. It is a great place to see patterns carved out by winds on the sand. Camel rides on the sand dunes are an unforgettable experience as is the sunset. A pagoda like structure looming up from the "Badal Mahal" with beautiful Taazias' - ornately decorated bamboo, paper and tinsel replicas of a bier, carried out in processing during Moharram by the Muslims.

Desert National Park
The late 19th century haveli with intricate architecture a display of sheer craftsmanship. The left and right wings of the mansions, 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.

Amar Sagar
The most elaborate and magnificient of all the Jaisalmer havelis. It has exquisitely carved pillars and exquisitely carved pillars and extensive corridors and chambers. One of the apartments of this five story high haveli is painted with beautiful murals.

Bada Bagh
This 300 year old Haveli of Jaisalmer's Prime Minister to Maharaja Rawal Gaj Singh Salim Singh, has a beautiful blue cupola roof with superby carved brackets in the form of peacocks. This extraordinary mansion in yellow stone is covered with intricate carvings and has an elaborate projecting balcony on the top storey. The mansion is one of the most notables of the array of havelis.

Mool Sagar
The fort has three exquisitely carved Jain temples dedicated to the Jain Tirthankara-Rishabdev, Sambhavnath and Parswanath.

Camel Safaries
Some of the oldest manuscripts of India are found in this library established as a part of jain temples.


How To Reach Jaisalmer

Air : Jodhpur 285km is the convenient airport.

Rail : A good connection with major cities of the country through Jodhpur .

Road : A good network of roads joins Jaisalmer with many destination in and around Rajasthan

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