Jaisalmer is the gateway to the Thar Desert and a popular tourist destination in India. It is famous for its incredible yellow stone architecture. The Jaisalmer Fort, also known as ‘Sonar Quila’.
Jaisalmer is one of the most visited places in Rajasthan during the peak tourist season that commences from September and continues till March.
Here is a detailed itinerary.
Day 1: Explore Palaces , Lakes & Museums
Jaisalmer Fort is known as Golden Fort of Rajasthan. The architectural design of the fort having beautiful carved windows, doors and
walls is one of the fine example of the rich heritage in India. It was constructed by Raja Jaisal, Rajput ruler in the year 1156 AD.
It ranks amongst the largest forts in the world. The golden and yellow mixed sandstone displays 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.
Gadi Sagar Lake
The lake was built in the 14th century as a water conservation tank.The Gadi Sagar Lake is the best place to visit for sightseeing tours in Jaisalmer,
which is today a popular tourist hangout.
Boating is allowed here and hence you could take a trip round the lake to enjoy the serene atmosphere.
The lake encircles several temples with Krishna Temple that is located on
top of the Tilon Gate.
The best time to visit the Gadi Sagar Lake is during the Ganguar Festival, which is usually held in March or April.
The Thar Heritage Museum
Thar Heritage Museum is located at the main market of the city. Laxmi Narayan Khatri was the founder of this museum.
The museum presents you the history, culture, art and architecture of the famous Thar Desert. Sea fossils aging over million years
let us in on how the sea eventually became the 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.
Day 2: Explore Rajasthan Haveli
Patwon-Ki-Haveli is located in the main city. It was built by a famous trader named Guman Chand and his sons.
This massive five-storied construction has five intricately decorated huge suites. The large corridors and the decorated walls are
excellent representations of the art form that prevailed. The entire construction is made of yellow sandstone. The grandeur and the
architecture of the monument add immense value to the cultural heritage of the city. Out of the five havelis, one is converted into a museum.
The third haveli houses the works of local craftsmen of the bygone era.
Salim Singh Ki Haveli:
A distinct architecture that you will come across in Jaisalmer city is the Haveli of Salim Singh from the 17th century which has an extended
arched roof in the shape of a peacock. It is an incredible silhouette that is crafted with 38 balconies, each having distinct designs.
Salim Singh Ki Haveli is one of the heritage attractions to explore when you are travelling to Jaisalmer.
Desert safari: Sam Sand Dunes
Sam Sand Dunes is the ideal location to experience the Desert Safari.
You will love the safari on camelback that would take you along crests and troughs. Also, you could watch the picturesque sunset on the desert.
Jeep safaris are available as well. 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.
You can choose from half day to 4 days desert safari packages.
Starting from the camp, you can enjoy an afternoon camel ride to isolated sand dunes, visiting some Dhanis (small villages) on the way. While riding on your
camel you can experience the beautiful
sunset after which you will arrive at the dunes for chai/tea/coffee and can watch your tasty dinner being freshly prepared for you over the camp fire.
Day 3: Desert Safari
Desert Nation Park:
Desert Nation Park is one among the largest parks in India. Very unfriendly locality for species to survive and hence you will
find fauna and flora live on the desert’s edge. However, migratory birds can be viewed in large numbers. You
could take a jeep safari to enjoy the magnificent landscape, which offers view of extinct lakes in this park.
The Vyas chhatri:
The Vyas chhatri is a marvel in the midst of the sand dunes and exhibits the typical Rajasthani style of architecture.
Dedicated to sage Vyas, who completed the Hindu epic Mahabharata, Vyas chhatri is the Rajasthan’s spin to monuments.
It is also popular as one of the best places in Jaisalmer to observe a sunset.
The Jaisalmer Fort houses a group of Jain Temples that dates back to the 12th and 15th century. The group of Jain Temples is a fine example of Dilwara style of architecture that uses yellow sandstone. The temples are dedicated to various Jain Tirthankars.
Located 6 kilometers away from Jaisalmer city, Bada Bagh is a beautiful place that houses several cenotaphs of the royal families from the 16th century to 20th century.
It also maintains several other attractions like a garden, a tank, a dam and the Govardhan Stambh (pillar).
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