Jaisalmer is a hidden chest of numerous precious gems camouflaged under the golden sandy desert. It has a somewhat enigmatic and enchanting appeal which casts a magical spell on visitors and makes them fall in love with the place. It is an oasis right in the middle of the great Thar desert which had been providing respite and comfort to numerous weary travelers from time immemorable. It is a quaint old city that provides an authentic feel of the desert life. Jaisalmer has some exclusive places to be explored to feel the charm of the once-mighty kingdom.
Jaisalmer Fort – the royal guard The Jaisalmer Fort is a mammoth fort that stands like a bodyguard atop a hill in the center of the city, overlooking the sun-kissed houses and the city below. It is made of yellow sandstone which turns into a majestic hue of orangey-yellow with the kiss of the sunlight. It is also called the Sonar Kella or the Golden fort. It is one of the few living forts of India. The best way to explore the fort is to get lost in its crisscrossing alleys and find hidden cafes, temples, and souvenir selling shops. The main attraction within the fort is the Raj Mahal Palace which is the former residence of the king of Jaisalmer. It has delicate filigree stonework, adorned with numerous corbelled balconies, bears witness to the art of the Muslim sculptors and stonemasons. The Jain Temple is another attraction inside the fort. The intricate stonework on the pillars and walls are outstanding.
Vyas Chhatri – Amazing sunsets Another famous landmark is Vyas Chhatri which is dedicated to the author of Mahabharata, Ved Vyas. The place is famous for its superb carvings on the pillars of the cenotaphs that adorn the place. Made of golden sandstone, it is the final resting place of the brahmins. However, what makes it amazingly touristy is the spectacular view of the sunset it offers. Every evening, this place is flocked by tourists to catch a glimpse of this beautiful natural phenomenon. Armed with cameras, people wait patiently for the azure blue sky to slowly transform itself into an amazing display of vibrant orange and yellow color. The sun turns into crimson red, painting the sky and enveloping the terrain with innumerable shades of orange as it slowly disappears down the horizon.
Gadsisar Lake – Lake placid What was once built as a water conservation tank in 1400 AD by Raja Rawal Jaisal is now a famous tourist spot. Due to its proximity to the Bharatpur National Park, the tranquil waters of the Gadsisar lake is home to many species of migratory birds It is a bird watcher’s heaven. There are rowboats, paddleboats, and shikhara to provide an enjoyable boat ride in its serene waters. There are many temples and ghats around it and it provides great views of the Jaisalmer Fort from a distance. It is a great place to enjoy some quiet moments from the humdrum of the city and spent some time in silent soliloquies.
Patwon Ki Haveli – Excellent craftsmanship Built by a rich trader named Guman Chand Patwa for his five sons, the Patwon ki Haveli is a cluster of five Havelis that are exceedingly beautiful in style and craftsmanship. It is famous for its ornate wall paintings, intricate yellow sandstone carved Jharokhas or balconies, gateways, and doorways. It is built of yellow sandstone which is typical of the place. The beautifully painted murals and intricate mirror work add an eternal beauty to the place. There is a museum which displays rich antique furniture and decorative goods. It is the finest example of the amazing craftsmanship of that glorious era.
Sam Sand Dunes – Thrilling camel safaris Located on the fringes of Jaisalmer, the Sam Sand dunes are a major attraction for tourists. The magnificent stretch of sweeping sand dunes reflects the true essence of Rajasthan. Camel safari is the best way to enjoy these dunes. The safaris operate in the evening or night mainly due to the hot scorching sun in the day. The sight of the moonlight with its silvery touch over the sand, camels, and travelers is truly fantastic. One can also take jeep safaris to explore the place. The cultural evenings showcasing the vibrant Rajasthani dance and music uplifts the mood of the evening and makes it memorable. There are desert camps too to enjoy the thrill of spending the night under the desert sky.
Desert National Park – Nature calls While at Jaisalmer, explore the wild side with a visit to Desert National Park which is located 45 km from the main city. It is an amazing eco-system spot that houses some amazing species of birds, reptiles, and animals. The best way to enjoy the park is by an open jeep safari. It is one of the largest national parks in the country. The most important highlight is the collection of fossils and animals and plants of 180 million years old and dinosaur fossils of 6 million years old.
Jaisalmer War Museum – Salute to the brave soldiers Another unique attraction is Jaisalmer War Museum which was inaugurated in 2015 by the Indian army. It showcases the tales of bravery by the brave soldiers during the Indo-Pak war of 1965. The museum has murals of soldiers who lost their lives in the war and weapons used at that time. The hunter aircraft used in the war is another highlight. The entry is free for all.
Jaisalmer, like a true oasis, quenches the curiosity of the tourists and provides an unmatched charm enticing travelers again and again.