Jaisalmer also knows as the “The Golden City” is another city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Once known as Jaisalmer state it is a World Heritage Site. Standing on the ridge of yellowish sandstone the city is crowned by a fort and also has several palaces and ornate Jain temples. Many of the houses and temples are finely sculptured. It lies in the heart of the Thar Desert (the Great Indian Desert) and has a population of about 78,000. It is the administrative headquarters of Jaisalmer District.
If you are in Jaisalmer then mentioned below is the list of places you must visit.
1. Jaisalmer Fort
Situated in the city of Jaisalmer, the fort is one of the largest fortifications in the world. It was built in 1156 AD by the Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal, from whom it derives its name. The golden and yellow mixed sandstone offer magical look to the Fort. Rising from the desert sands like a mirage, the fort is a real sight with its 99 turrets during night. The Fort stands tall and proud displaying the magic of Rajasthani architecture.
2. Bada Bagh
Located approximately 6 kilometres off Jaisalmer, Bada Bagh is a popular attraction that is frequented by tourists who come to visit the various chattris or royal cenotaphs which exist here. The Jait Sar Tank and the Jait Bandh are also popular attractions to check out while visiting Bada Bagh. The Bada Bagh is also famous for the various movies shot there.
3. Sam Sand Dunes
Sam Sand Dunes is the place one should visit to get the complete feel of the desert. One can enjoy the sand, the desert Safari, and the picturesque sunset. Desert festival is organized in the months of February and March. If you are around, this time, you would not want to miss the folk dances, camel races and other cultural events conducted here. Desert festival is also organized in the months of February and March. If you are around, this time, you would not want to miss the folk dances, camel races and other cultural events conducted here.
4. Gadisar Lake
A man-made water reservoir, the Gadisar Lake was once the only source of water in Jaisalmer. Constructed by the first ruler of Jaisalmer, Raja Rawal Jaisal, it is surrounded by temples and ghats One can spend some peaceful time in the serene surroundings of the lake or choose to go boating as well. Boating and watching the calm water in their natural surroundings can be a great experience with everyone at Gadisar Lake.
5. The Thar Heritage Museum
Located in the main market of the city, Laxmi Narayan Khatri was the founder of this museum. The museum showcases history, culture, art and architecture of the famous Thar Desert. The museum houses unique ornaments of the ship of the desert and horses. Documents and coins of Jaisalmer, ancient manuscripts and weapons are some of the collections found in this museum.