5.1 sq. km.
Best time to visit :
Rajasthani, Hindi, English.
Desert Safari, Desert National Park.
Major attractions :
The Jaisalmer Fort, Manak Chowk and Havelis, Gadsisar Sagar Tank.
In Summer :
41.6 C (Max) - 25 C (Min)
In winter :
23.6 C (Max) - 7.9 C (Min)
Rainy Season :
July to Mid Sept, and very humid (upto 90%)
Our suggestion :
Best time to come: Nov. to Mar
Founded by Prince Jaisal, a Krishna Vanshi rajput in 12th century, the city was named after him. The name of jaisalmer induces a vibrant picture of enthralling and serene desert. The hospitality of the localities make it a town with a special magic. Tourist are especially attracted to this region is due to the magnificent Jaisalmer fort. The enchanting havelis in Jaisalmer reveals the royal splendor of the magnificent past. The long pathway of romantic sand dunes conceals the city and camel safari is considered the best way to explore the golden city.
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 feudal 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 Jaisalmer Fort :
This is one fort that Jaisalmer is known for. The fort reminds the traditional lifestyle of the Maharajahs of yesteryear. The courtyard of the fort is reached through the Ganesh Pol. There are other gates too that includes Suraj pol, Bhoot Pol and Hawa Pol. Made in golden yellow sandstone, it is adorned with sculpture filigree, screen windows, delicate pavilions and beautiful balconies.
Manak Chowk :
This market place is located just outside the fort and is part and parcel of local city life. The market area is colorful and is a perfect place to visit.
Close to Manak Chowk lies the famous Havelis with elegant architectural work. To name a few Patwon Ki Haveli and Nath mal ji ki haveli. Apart from these there are few more havelis that a tourist could visit.
It is the grandest mansion in Jaisalmer, its ceiling supported by exquisitely carved pillars and its delicately chiselled balconies surely leave you mesmerized.
This haveli was constructed by two brothers. One of the brother worked on right side and the other on left, but ironically the harmony in design still exists. Screened windows, projected balconies and intricate carvings illustrate superb craftsmanship.
Gadissar Lake :
It is rain water lake that endorses an arched gateway. An ideal picnic spot for tourist who love boating.
Getting there :
Nearest airport is in Jodhpur.
Well connected to cities within Rajasthan. A broad gouge line connects Jodhpur to Jaislamer.
Jodhpur is well connected to good roads to Udaipur, Jaipur Ahemdabad.
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