There are many unusual places to visit in Rajasthan, but Jaisalmer is a completely different facet. Located in the lap of Thar Desert and bordering with Pakistan, Jaisalmer City was founded in 12th century by Maharaja Rawal Jaisal. Since then, the city has been a sublime fusion of culture, heritage, and art. One simply can’t get the tag of being ‘Golden’ in its categories but Jaisalmer has been bestowed with this tag. Isn’t it? It means Jaisalmer has something unique what makes it ‘The Golden City”. Let’s explore the glitter of this gold.
Jaisalmer Fort is as old as the Jaisalmer city itself. In fact, the foundation of Jaisalmer city was started from this fort only. It was constructed by the Maharaja Rao Jaisal in the 12th century. Though the forts of Maharashtra are known for it’s unrivaled, Jailsalmeris no behind. The fort is so large that within the premises of Jaisalmer fort as far as your eyes can reach, you’ll see only and only the lofty structures of the fort.
Delimited by the colossal battlements and sky-reaching gateways, Jaisalmer Fort portrays an ethereal craftsmanship and aesthetic architectural splendor. Today, Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest forts in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sam Sand Dunes
If Jaisalmer Fort is the heart of Jaisalmer city, Sam Sand Dunes is a way of life in Jaisalmer. Here, you can go for a camel safari tour on the rustic sand of Sam Sand Dunes would definitely give you an experience for the lifetime. You don’t need to do anything. Just sit on the top of a camel and meander through bucolic Sam Sand Dunes exploring the wilderness of Jaisalmer. If you wish, you can also go for a Jeep safari.
Patwa ki Haveli
The exceptional architecture of Patwa ki Haveli redefines the magnificent royal architecture. Dripped in alluring colors of gold, Patwa ki Haveli was built by Suman Chand Patwa. Later on, his sons and grandsons had added some structures to it. For a short note, Suman Chand Patwa was not a king rather he was just a well-off trader.
Located alongside the Jaisalmer Fort, Patwa-ki-Haveli is a cluster of five massive constructions. Built of yellow sandstone, the entire Haveli is intricately adorned with decorated walls, enticing mirror work, and meticulous carvings. The stonework and the art style of this Haveli are really breathtaking. Definitely a must-visit place in Jaisalmer!
The charm of Jaisalmer can never be completed without the mention of Gadisagar Lake. The lake is popular among nature lovers. It got its name from Maharaja Gadsi Singh who constructed it around 14th century. At that time, it was purposely built to conserve the rainwater. Since Jaisalmer is an extremely arid city in Rajasthan, people were totally depended on Gadisar Lake for their water needs. Over the time, people had found other ways to fulfill their water needs but the lake still remains a major tourist attraction in Jaisalmer because of its exquisite natural beauty.
If in the wilderness of Jaisalmer, any place is known for its lush beauty, it really deserves a visit. Originally, Bada Bagh is a garden complex that houses many royal tombs, a small lake, and a far-reaching garden. Bada Bagh was constructed nearly in 16th century by a Rajput ruler in the memory of his father.
Over the course of time, the gardens in Bada Bagh are neglected, so their charm has been affected but the dramatical location and the simple yet eye-catching architecture make this place a must-visit in Jaisalmer.
In the city of Rajput, Jain Temples have their own majesty that attracts the visitors around the globe. Situated inside the Jaisalmer Fort, the Jain Temples are the probably the finest illustration of painstaking carvings, meticulous sculptures, and intricate Dilwara style paintings.
Dedicated to famous ‘Jain Tirthankaras’ such as Sambhavdev Ji and Rikhabdev Ji, all these exceptional Jain Temples were built from12th century to 15th century. The lifelike carvings of animals, birds, sages, and hermits in the walls of these temples accentuate the Jain architecture perfectly.