Tourists coming from different countries of the world coming to Rajasthan always include Jaisalmer in their trip. The reason behind it is that Jaisalmer is very different from the rest of the places in India.
Jaisalmer is in between the deserts. Monuments in Jaisalmer which are made from yellow stones and camels walking in one line make a special place in the heart of tourists.
The Havelis, forts, Luxury Swiss Tent Resorts, Dance of puppet, log sangeet, the dance of this city always invites us in Jaisalmer.
So, let’s explore this city.
Top places to visit in Jaisalmer
We will start our journey with the Jaisalmer Fort. This fort is a world heritage site which is very famous among tourists.
This place is among the best tourist spots in India. This fort has witnessed many wars. Jaisalmer fort is made up of yellow stones and when the sun rays fall on it, the fort shines and this is the reason why it is also called golden fort (Sunar Kila).
Moreover, there are 99 Burj present in this fort. On moon night, the beauty of Jaisalmer fort is one of the key attractions.
This fort was made by King Jaisal.
It is opened from the early morning till 5:00 P.M.
Patwon Ki Haweli
Seth Guman Chandra started the construction of this haveli in 1805. He made this haveli for their sons. There are 5 Havelis in this haveli. This structure which is made on 10 feet high platform took almost 50 years to build.
In all the five Havelis the windows, balcony, and grelings are very beautifully designed.
Salim Singh’s Haveli
This haveli is three hundred years old and is near the Jaisalmer Railway Station. The construction of this haveli was started at the starting of the 18th century.
In one part of the haveli descendant of Salim Singh are still living. The architecture of this place is magnificent. One can know the true beauty of this haveli by only visiting it.
It has 38 balconies. The roof of Salim Singh’s haveli is made in the shame of peacock which is the main attraction here.
This lake was constructed by King Rawal Jaiswal and then later reconstructed by Maharawal Gadsi.
There are many small Teertha Sthals near this lake. Here you will see many migratory birds from different countries.
There is an entrance gate just near the lake, you can have a look at it also. This entrance gate is made up of yellow stones which is very beautiful.
Today Gadisar Lake has become a very popular attraction amongst tourists. The reason behind the popularity of this place is the hills near the lake and the water that flows along with the road.
This scene is really very attractive.
Tanot Mata Temple
From Jaisalmer, this temple is around 130 km away. This place is on Indian-Pakistan Border. Tanot Mata Mandir has developed immense faith in the hearts of Indian soldiers and people living nearby.
The reason behind it is, during the India-Pakistan War in 1965, Pakistan had dropped 3,000 bombs near the place where the temple is situated.
Despite this, none of the walls of this temple were affected. These bombs are still present in the temple for the people to see. Indian Army and people living near the temple consider it a miracle of the Goddess of this temple.
A tower of victory was also made near the temple to show the bravery of Indian Soldiers.
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Longewala War Memorial
Longewala War Memorial showcases the bravery and gallantry of soldiers of the Indian Army. During the war of 1971, Indian soldiers ejected 2000 soldiers of Pakistan and 60 tanks of their side.
This incident had set a great example of the bravery of Indian Soldiers. This is a museum that showcases battle tanks, army jeeps, and other weapons that were used during that war.
The timings of the museum are 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. No entry fee is required
Sam Sand Dunes
In Sam Sand Dunes, you can enjoy doing camping, camel riding, and Jeep Riding. During the day you will see sand shining like gold everywhere. Here at Sam Sand Dunes, you will enjoy campfires, folk music, and dance.
Kuldhara is a mysterious village in Rajasthan. There is a little story behind it. Around 300 years ago, the village was well established and Paliwal Brahmins used to live there.
One day the Prime Minister of the state Salim Singh’s evil eye fell on the daughter of the village head.
He told the village head that he wants to marry her. Moreover, if he will not let him marry his daughter, then he will increase the taxes.
At that night, all the villagers got out of this place. No one knows where they went. But the village was emptied in one night. After that no one came in this village to stay.
Akal Wood Fossil Park
This is another interesting place in Jaipur. It is located on Barmer Road and is around 17Km away from Jaisalmer City. This Fossil park is very popular amongst those who are interested in history.
This fossil park is spread over 21 hectares of Land. The park houses 25 petrified tree trunks, with about a dozen of fossilised wood logs. So, these are the best places to visit if you are going to Jaisalmer.
How to reach Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer station is the nearest railway station for Jaisalmer. Direct trains from Delhi, Jodhpur, and Jaipur are available for Jaisalmer railway station.
Jodhpur is the nearest airport for Jaisalmer and is at a distance of 300 km from Jaisalmer.
Private buses and Rajasthan Roadways buses are available that connect Jaisalmer to Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Ahmedabad, etc.
Other than buses, if you have a personal vehicle, then also you can reach this city easily.