Nothing else in India is remotely similar to Jaisalmer. This enchanting city has been dubbed as a 'Golden City' because of the homey colour imparted to its stone ramparts by the setting sun. The vision of the massive fort thrusting heavenwards out of barren landscape is unforgettable and the magic doesn't diminish as you approach its walls and bastions, and lose yourself in the labyrinthe streets and bazaars. Today, Jaisalmer is the major ramping ground with hordes of visitor converging on the town cooler winter months. . Till date Jaisalmer conserves its havelis and forts with much caution for its tourists. These havelis can be found elsewhere in Rajasthan, but no where are they quiet as exquisite as in Jaisalmer.
Jaisalmer is a fabulous place to explore at leisure. The streets within the old city walls are tangled labyrinthe surrounded by the extensive walls. Including the city gates and area inside them, the massive forts that rises above the city and is the essence of Jaisalmer. The main market "Bhatia Market'' is directly below the hills'' while the banks, the fices are near Amar Sagar Gates to the west. Your arrival to Jaisalmer, along with your family will be like an historical event, full of pomp and grandeur. History whispers in Jaisalmer's forts, havelis and temples. This citadel town blossoms with intricately carved havelis & Temples.
"The environs of Jaisalmer are home to many a endangered desert flora and fauna. The Great Indian Bustard is our prized resident. 'Aakal' fossil park is a testimony of the antiquity of this region".
Situated about 100 meters over the city Jaisalmer Fort houses a castle within its huge ramparts. Several entrances called Pols, including the Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol, Bhoota Pol and the Hava Pol guard the Megh Durbar and the Jawahar Mahal which were occupied by the royal family. Outside the fort is the main market place called Manek Chowk. From Manek Chowk, one can walk into the lanes where the famous carved havelis are to be found.
Jaisalmer is famous for its intricately latticed havelis with conspicuous facades. This haveli was the dwelling of the powerful Mohta clan - the hereditary ministers of the Jaisalmer rulers. The blue cupola roof is extraordinary and a meticulous balcony adorns the top storey.
Patwon-Ki-Haveli: This is one of the largest and most elaborate havelis in Jaisalmer. It is five storeys high and extensively carved.
Nathmalji-Ki-Haveli: The two sides of this haveli were carved by two brothers. Although the motif used by one is not similar to the other, they are in harmony. The excellent craftsmanship of the stone carver is illustrated on the screened windows.
Amar Sagar Jain TempleThe Parswanath Temple is the oldest and the most beautiful of the Jain temples. The walls of the sanctum are carved with animal and human figures. There is a small dome which is crowned by an amalak and a water pot containing a lotus flower.
Lodurva: Once the capital of Rawal Jaisal, Lodurva now has ruins of the ancient township. It is an important center of Jain pilgrimage. The temples at Lodurva exhibit some more fine examples of intricate craftsmanship on yellow stone.
Sam: From Jaisalmer, it is possible to get an awareness into the desert life by visiting Sam. It is great place to see the distinct patterns carved out by winds on the sand. Camel rides on the sand dunes are an unforgettable experience as is the sunset.
Museums: Jaisalmer has two museums, not far from each other. The first one being Desert Cultural Center& Museums, which has textiles old coins, fossil, traditional Rajasthani musical instruments and a Karal among other things. Another museum is Jaisalmer Folklore Museums located on the roads leading to the Lake.
- Jaisalmer is connected efficiently with all major means of transportation. On the air circuit it is well linked with major cities of India and the Jodhpur airport is nearest one. A good networks of roads join Jaisalmer with many destinations in Rajasthan.
- Tourist Office- Tourist Reception Center, Station Road.
- The place which experiences the extreme climate is best between October to March.