Jaisalmer in Rajasthan
paints a real picture of Arabian Nights. Coming straight from
your Arabian Night imagination, Jaisalmer is a jewel of the
desert state and is dotted with forts, havelis and palaces. The
best time to take a tour to Jaisalmer in Rajasthan is
October-March. Jaisalmer is a beautiful town dotted with forts
and palaces. There are numerous tourist attractions in Jaisalmer
that will undoubtedly make your Jaisalmer tour an unforgettable
experience. Jaisalmer Fort is the second oldest fort of the
state and offers surely a vision of beauty and charm. The Fort
of Jaisalmer has retained its old charm. Stroll around the
market outside the fort.
Havelis of Jaisalmer invite you to walk
through the memory lane of nostalgia. Jaisalmer's havelis are
known for their explicit artworks and carvings and are examples
of blend of Rajput and Islamic style of architecture. For an
ideal picnic with friends and family, visit Gadsisar Lake. For
adventure enthusiasts get a peek into desert life. Visit SAM
sand dune and enjoy camel safari.
Jaisalmer is one of the most loved towns of Rajasthan. As a
tourist destination, this city renders countless moments of
pleasure for the yearning tourist. The traditional warmth and
culture dominates the city of silvery sand dunes. The special
magic and aura that this city creates is another feather in its
cap. The city manages to sustain even during Brisith Raj and
Fairs & Festivals in Jaisalmer
Desert Festival ( JAN - FEB )
Once a year in winters and on the middle of the continually
rising and falling stark yellow sands of the great Thar Desert,
the empty sands around Jaisalmer come alive with the brilliant
colour, music and laughter of the Desert Festival. The festival
is organised by the tourist authorities as tourist entertainment
The very rich and colourful Rajasthani folk culture is on show
here for a few days. Rajasthani men and tall beautiful women
dressed in their brightly costumes dance and sing lingering
ballads of valour, romance and tragedy. Traditional musicians
attempt to outdo each other in their musical superiority.
The high points of the festival are - snake charmers,
puppeteers, acrobats, folk performers do rapid trade. Camels,
the lifeline of the desert, play a foremost role. Proud
moustached villagers, dressed in their ethnic best come astride
their picturesquely caparisoned camels to join in the camel
dances and competitions of camel acrobatics, camel races and
décor, camel polo, tug of war and the like.
The tourist dances, turban tying competitions and tug of war are
big draws and laughter. The Mr Desert competitions, which are
focused around the length of moustaches by and large, attract
Places to see.
The beautiful mansions built by Jaisalmer's wealthy
merchants are known as 'havelis' and several of these fine
sandstone buildings are still in beautiful condition. Patwon ki
Haveli is the most elaborate and magnificent of all the
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
Held in the months of January-February, the Desert Festival
exudes a delightful spirit. For three days, the otherwise barren
land of Jaisalmer comes to life and is clustered with hordes of
colourfully dressed people.
Gadsisar Lake in Jaisalmer, the rainwater fed reservoir, was
built in 1156 AD and rebuilt in 1367AD by Maharwal Garsisingh.
For anyone interested in seeing the culture of Jaisalmer on
display through the ages, the Lok Sanskritik Sangrahalaya or the
Museum of Folk Culture situated on the bank of Gadsisar Lake in
Mehar Bagh Garden is a must.
Gadsisar Sagar Tank
Gadsisar Sagar is a scenic rain water lake with numerous
beautiful shrines around. The lake is an idyllic spot for
outings and picniking.
This group of fine Jain temples were built in the 12th to
15th century within the Jaisalmer Fort. They are beautifully
carved and dedicated to Rishabdevji and Sambhavnathji.
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Located 11 kms off the Jaisalmer Road, Kailana Lake is a
picturesque lake. One can witness the spectacular sunsets and
cherish the beauty of the place.
These are conducted on many routes.
Excursions from Jaisalmer
Sam Sand Dunes (42Km.)
Any trip to Jaisalmer is indeed, incomplete, without a trip
to the most panoramic dunes of Sam where the wind is unceasingly
carving out scenic patterns, on the sand! Situated 42 kms from
Jaisalmer, the sun-soaked Sam Sand Dunes bring to light a glided
mirage. Truly the essence of the desert, the ripples of the
wind-caressed dunes create an enchanting mirage.
Wood Fossil Park
Wood Fossil Park at Aakal, is 17-kms from the city of
Jaisalmer. Lying on the Barmer Road, this park transports you
back to the Jurassic period, when the whole Thar region lay
under the sea. The park with 180 million-year-old fossils that
are the geological landmarks for the study of the Thar Desert is
any geology enthusiast?s delight.
Bada Bagh (6Km.)
Only 3-km or so north of Jaisalmer, Bada Bagh is a fertile
oasis, with a huge old dam on the banks of an artificial lake.
The enchantingly scenic backdrop of a dainty lake and the dam in
the middle of the plateau, add to the beauty of the place.
Desert National Park (40Km.)
It preserves the eco-system of the desert within its
confines. The Monitor lizards, desert foxes, porcupines,
occasional wolves and black bucks, and the Great Indian Bustard
(a protected bird ) are found here, forming an ecological chain
revolving around cactii and other hardy desert plants.
Fairs & Festivals -
The Desert Festival takes place in January-February of each
year. Camel races and dances, folk music, desert ballads,
puppeteers - they're all part of the activity. At the full moon
night, a sound and light drama is performed at Sam.
How To Get There
Jaisalmer is 290-km from Jodhpur via Pokhran, Dechu and
Balesar or 330-km from Bikaner via Pokhran and Phalodi. It is
well connected by train with Jodhpur and other major cities of
the country by a meter gauge line.
A good network of roads joins Jaisalmer with Jodhpur and
many other destinations in and around Rajasthan
Climate - Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer has got extreme climate. Best time to visit from
October to February.