Jaisalmer, the Golden City

The Golden City of Rajasthan: Jaisalmer

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If you want to experience Rajasthan like never before, then Jaisalmer is the place for you. Located right in the ‘Thar Desert’, the Golden City is close to Pakistan border and is almost fully constructed on sands. The old town of Jaisalmer is famous for its handicrafts, art work, culture and heritage and is surely a delight for all those willing to see the tough Rajasthani village life. Here is a list of places that one must never miss to visit when in Jaisalmer:

Jaisalmer FortJaisalmer Fort

Popularly known as the ‘Golden Fort’ of Rajasthan, this fort was built by Raja Jaisal sometime in the 12th century. The fort has four entrances and a magnificent Jawahar Palace within it. A world Heritage monument this fort is also called Sone ka Quila as it spreads along the golden sands of the Thar unhinged. It’s hard not to visit the fort when in town, since it not only attracts tourists because of its beauty but also because of its historical significance.

Timings: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Fees:

Indians: Rs.50

Foreigners: Rs.250

Days Open: All Days

Sam Sand DunesSam Sand Dunes

What fun would it be to visit the Thar desert without a traditional desert safari? If you want to experience the true desert life, riding on a camel while passing by the endless golden sand dunes should definitely be a priority on your list. The Sam Sand Dunes are located a bit further away from the main city and the best time to visit them is slightly before sunset.

Timings: 7:00 a.m. to 10;00 p.m.

Fees: Rs.500 onwards

Days Open: All days

Gadsisar LakeGadsisar lake

Built as a water conservation tank in the middle ages, this artificial lake is a historic site in Jaisalmer. During winters, the lake attracts a variety of birds, including a few migratory birds. It is a great place for one to just enjoy the scenic beauty of the stone temple that is situated in the middle of the lake. One can also enjoy boat rides for a nominal fee, on the lake.

Timings: 24 hours

Fees: Boat ride: Rs.50

Days Open: All days

Bada BaghJaisalmer Chatri

Located in the outskirts of the city, Bada Bagh or literally, The Big Garden consists of a dam, a tank and a garden.  Built in the 16th century, this place is famous for its architecture and detailed designing. The large stones used to design the dam and the tank, have still managed to survive despite the rough weather conditions. One can enjoy looking at the cenotaphs in peace without any touristy disturbances here.

Timings: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Fees: Foreigners: rs.100 Indians: rs.50

Days Open: All days

Patwon ki HaveliPatwon ki Haveli

A group of five small havelis, Patwon ki Haveli was constructed in the early 1800s. Unlike other royal palaces, this havelli was owned by a rich trader of the area and yet, is grand in its style and design. The biggest Haveli in Rajasthan, this place boasts of over 50 balconies, intricate passages, courtyards and stone pillars. One of the havelis is converted into a museum and the other sells handcrafted items/souvenirs. A visit to these havelis is a must when visiting Jaisalmer.

Timings: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Fees: Foreigners: Rs.100 Indians; Rs.20

Days Open: All days

Jain Temples of JaisalmerJain temples in Jaisalmer

Located inside the Jaisalmer Fort, the Jain temples are a sight for sore eyes. Built in the 12th and the 15th centuries, the temple boasts of being built in the Dilwara style. These temples, like many other monuments in the area, are built of yellow sandstone. One can enjoy the temple to its fullest during sunrise, when the intricately carved human and animal figures come to light.

Timings: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Fees: None

Days Open: All days

Salim Singh ki HaveliSalim Singh Ki Haveli

Built in the 1800s, this Haveli is inspired by that of a dancing peacock. Built in a different manner than the rest, the stones of the Haveli are held together by iron rods. The haveli is a marvelous piece of architecture with over 35 balconies, the structure belonged to the then, Prime Minister of the town. Nature lovers would definitely enjoy the view from the balconies of this Haveli!

Timings: 8;00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Fees; Indians: Rs.20 Foreigners: Rs.40

Days Open: All Days

So gear up this winter for a Royal Ride to Jaisalmer, check out the various Jaisalmer Tour packages on GoFro to avail great deals and offers!

Author: GoFro Travelers’ Network

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