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Jaisalmer City Tour

JaisalmerThe Glory of the Golden FortOne 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. Very few cities can, even hope to match the sheer grandeur of this city.

There is an undefinable aura of magic and mystery, that surrounds its famous desert-fortress - the yellow sandstone walls and bastions of which, take on a golden hue in the afternoon sun, which is why it is, so aptly, called Sonar Kila or the Golden Fort.

What To See

Tourist Attractions in Jaisalmer The Fort :
The golden hued fort is a sentinel to the bleak desertscape from its 80 meter high perched on a hill,housing the entire ownship with in its ramparts. It has an enchanting cob-web of narrow lanes dotted with some lovely havelis, three beautifully sculptured Jain temples of the 12th-15th century AD and five interconnected palaces. The fort is apporahed through four gateways Akhaiya Pol, Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol and Hava Pol.
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Sam Sand Dunes :

Sand dunes of Rajasthan are as kaleidoscopic as its cities, towns and people. These majestic hills of sand, that are created by the eolien (wind related) processes change their facade with every gush of wind. With an inescapable charm about them, these sand dunes perhaps outweigh the majestic forts and palaces of the state. The ocean of sands, where the winds play incessantly, are a craze among tourists from far and near. Besides, these vast expanses of sands also harbour some of the most exotic animal species that have finely adapted themselves to the harsh conditions of the desert.

Sam Sand Dunes are one of the most preferred and best-loved places to visit in Rajasthan. Lying 42 km away from the golden town of Jaisalmer, the Sam Sand Dunes are quite a feast for the eyes. Ludhurva, Kuldhara and Khuri villages are the popular bases to embark on an expedition to appreciate the exotic scene that the dunes create. Imagine being under a star lit desert sky with contoured shadows of ripples, that'll change ceaselessly, and the undisturbed calm that surrounds - seems quite engrossing and arousing. Evenings and night are indisputably the best time to be amid the sand dunes.

Gadsisar Lake :
Gadsisar LakeBuilt by a courtesan, it used to be the main source of drinking water in the olden times. Today, an arched gateway leads to a small tank flanked by shrines and well laid out gardens and flower beds. A scenic rain water lake with numerous beautiful shrines around. The lake is an idyllic spot for outings. A scenic rain water lake with numerous beautiful shrines around and a spectacular avian variety.The lake is an idilic spot for outings.

Lodurva :
LodurvaLodurva, the ancient capital of the Bhattis, is 16 km from Jaisalmer. Its ruins are visited for the great Jain temple and the Kalpataru, a mythical tree of wish fulfillment. Lodurva has a great number of peacocks that hover around the temple walls lending spectacular colour to the dry and stony landscape. Amar Sagar is a grand artificial reservoir for water with a temple and a promenade on the bank that is a lovely place for a picnic.

Akal Wood Fossil Park :
The Akal Wood Fossil Park is a 21-hectare preserved area that takes you back to the Jurassic period when the whole Thar region lay under the sea. Fossilized logs of trees trunks lie exposed to view. Innumerable trunks lie buried deep under sand, 25 are seen and 15 are above the ground. The largest log is seven meters in length and 1.5 meters in width.

Desert National Park :
The Desert National Park, an excellent example of the ecosystem of the Thar Desert and its rich fauna is visited by tourists from all across the world. For observing wildlife in the Desert National Park, the Sudashri forest post is the most ideal place. The terrain of the park consists of sand dunes (form less than 20 percent of the Park), craggy rocks, pavements and compact salt lake bottoms, intermedial areas and fixed dunes.

Forts in Jaisalmer Jaisalmer Fort, JaisalmerJaisalmer Fort :
Deep in the heart of the Thar Desert is Jaisalmer, one of the last princely bastions in the region. Founded on what was the cross - road of lucrative trade routes, this remote settlement came to be celebrated for the valour of its rulers, and for the aesthetic sense represented by their palaces and havelis.The rich merchants engaged stone - craftsmen who worked delicately on the sandstone mansions they built, filling up facades with sculptural filigree, screen windows, delicate pavilions and beautiful balconies. Today, these veritable art - museums are still inhabited, and their colourful celebrations and festivals have placed Jaisalmer Fort firmly on the world tourism map. The golden - yellow sandstone of Jaisalmer Fort, over 800 years old, crowns the Trikuta Hill. Within its walls, defended by 99 turrets, lies the old city, nearly a quarter of modern Jaisalmer. Seen from outside, the sight must be almost identical to what was seen by merchants on their overland camel caravans to central Asia. Once this desert outpost was an important gate for the trade route, and Jaisalmer grew wealthy on the proceeds. But the advent of commercial shipping relegated the town to relative obscurity.

Safari in Jaisalmer Camel Safari:
Camel safaris are the new, exciting way of casting one's footprint across the shifting sands of Rajasthan. What's more interesting, however is the control one has over an adventure activity, so that it can be tailored to suit every modern traveler. Whether one want a safari that takes only a few hours, or one that is perfect for a weekend, or a longer one to take you traveling from city to city by this unconventional method you have it all. It's certainly an experience no visitor to Rajasthan should do without.
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Jeep Safari:
If the idea of a camel safari in India does not appeal to you, then we have an alternative. Contrary to the swaying moments of camel you may enjoy a desert safari in India on a jeep. Discover the royal land of Rajasthan in a jeep. The travel destination of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan beckons all adventure seekers to the jeep safari. Check out the stretches of sand dunes. The jeep safari in Indian desert will captivate you in the charming culture of the Rajasthan. Most jeep safari operators route journeys through the desert so you are close to villages, but remain hidden from them. In the afternoons, trips to the villages can be planned. An advance group moves ahead to set the evening's camp-usually self-sustained, with its own kitchen (food is cooked over wood fire), and tented accommodation. Baths are prepared for the travelers, and kerosene lamps used for lighting. A bonfire is organized around which evening cocktails and dinner is served. Here, in this enchanted setting with the stars looming large under the dark sky, village balladeers and minstrels are invited to sing, dance, play a musical instrument or two.

Havelis in Jaisalmer Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli :
Nathmal Ji Ki HaveliThe late 19th century haveli with intricate architecture is a display of sheer craftsmanship.The left and right wings of the mansion which were craved by two brothers are not identical but very similar and balanced in design.The interior walls are ornate with splendid miniature paintings.

Salim Singh Ki Haveli :
Salim Singh Ki HaveliThis 300 year old haveli of Jaisalmer's Prime Minister to Maharaja Rawal Gaj Singh- Salim Singh,has a beautiful bule cuopla roof with superbly craved 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 noteable of the array of havelis.

What To Do

Desert Festival : The Desert Festival is organized by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation at Jaisalmer which goes on for a period of three days. This eventful desert festival of Rajasthan falls in the month of February when lakhs of people from various parts of the world gather in Jaisalmer Rajasthan to become a part of the jubilation. During these three days, the entire city of Jaisalmer resonates with folk music when camel races, folk dances and competitions are conducted to pull the tourists and promote local handicrafts. Among the highlights of the desert festival are the fire dancers swaying to traditional tunes, turban-tying competition and a Mr. Desert contest.

Shopping in Jaisalmer : JaisalmerForts, havelis, temples and sand dunes, is that all? Of course not. Shopping markets also teem with a medieval aura that can only be termed stupendous. The old world charm still reverberates along the artisan packed lanes and avenues where shopping can be an experience that truly beggars description.

Leaving Jaisalmer without browsing through its marketplaces is almost blasphemous. The golden town is quite popular for mirror work, stone carvings, antiques, carpets, oil lamps, shawls, silver jewellery, woollen pattu and tapestry among others. There are myriad items to keep you busy choosing your items of souvenirs. Exquisite wooden boxes, trinkets and curios make for excellent buys for one and all.

Puppets and jootis (Traditional shoes) are also popular with tourists and travellers. What can be more nostalgic than these puppets that have been handed down generation after generation. These are the very puppets that can create a whole aura of dance and music, something that the puppeteers are known for. Camel leather items and woven jackets are also in demand among tourists both from India and outside.

Handicrafts and textiles of Barmer, located close to Jaisalmer, are something never to be missed. Barmer plays a vital role by contributing hugely to the cultural fabric of the state of Rajasthan. While on your shopping spree in Barmer, you would love to buy block printed textile with folk motifs. So, as you can see options are ample, it's only that you need to take out your time for an experience you will never want to forget.
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