Jaisalmer sand dunes
Founded by Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal Jaisalmer is famous as the Sun City and a very popular town in Rajasthan. It was once known as a state. Now this town is not just the largest district in Rajasthan but also of India. Located very close to the border of Pakistan it stands proudly on the edge of yellowish sandstone.
Jaisalmer is crowned by a fort that has several palaces within. Also it is popular for its ornate Jain Temples. Not just the temples but some of the houses are carved and sculpted finely. This town lies in the heart of magnificent Thar Desert. Even though the area is rocky and barren it has an air of exuberance. The famous sand dunes have captured the heart of its each traveler.
This town is often referred as Golden City due to the traditional Havelis (palaces). Wealthy merchants and art patrons once carved their palaces in golden yellow sandstone. Many magnificent palaces still manage to retain their old charm and lustrous brilliance.
Fort of Jaisalmer:
Built in the 12th century, it stands on a hill. A person standing in this fort would easily get a clear view of its surrounding region. The massive walls of this fort resemble to the color of lion's skin. As the sun sets it transforms into magical hone y – gold colored fort. Approximately quarter of this town's population live within the fort. The Jain Temples, Laxminath temple, Raj Mahal etc. are main attractions that are within the fort.
The town of Jaisalmer is enriched by the Jain community. It is beautifully adorned by magnificent temples. Most of the temples dedicated to Jain Tirthankaras. Oldest libraries, rarest manuscripts as well as artifacts belonging to Jain tradition belong to this town.
The desert life can act tough on the residents of Jaisalmer but they are respected for their hospitable and warm nature. Travelers should not miss a single opportunity for camel safari. It would be the best option to explore this desert region. Stroll within this beautiful city on camel and experience the cherished culture.
While you are in the town of Jaisalmer you should not miss on
- Gadisagar Lake
- Museum and the folk museum
- Nathmal's Haveli
- Patwa Haveli
- Salim Singh's Haveli
- Tazia Tower
Because of the isolated location of Jaisalmer it has successfully preserved many traditions, and folk culture. The folk music and cultural dance can only be found in this region. The local inhabitants proudly follow the traditions that are unique to this region. The events and festivals organized in Jaisalmer are known to attract not only the domestic visitors but also the international tourists.
Idea Time to Visit:
Jaisalmer is known for its dry climate and hot summers. But it also experiences little rain and cold winter. The most ideal time to visit Jaisalmer would be between November and February. The sand dunes are cool and the town becomes lively because of the cultural and folk activities organized.