Are you planning to visit to a place which has got a lot of cultural heritage and at the same time is a lot of fun? Well, the place we are going to take a look at today is also known as the “Golden City Of India”. Yes, we are talking about the largest district of Rajasthan and that’s none other than Jaisalmer.
Jaisalmer is a city which was founded in 1156 AD by a Rajput King, named Jaisal Singh. This city lies in the heart of That Desert and is known for its amazing and rich traditions, culture, etc. At the same time, one can experience a lot of adventures through camping, camel safaris and what not! But you may still ask me why will someone want to visit such a dry and hot place? Well, today’s article will answer this question perfectly.
Let’s take a look at the things you can do in Jaisalmer.
Best time to visit Jaisalmer: October to February
Distance From Major Cities:
Delhi: 793 Kms
Jaipur: 585 Kms
Jodhpur: 294 kms
Udaipur: 522 kms
1) Jaisalmer Fort
This is one of the best and first places to visit in Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer Fort is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan. The best part is, it doesn’t feel like Fort, but instead it feels like a whole community. You will get a feel that there’s a totally different city inside the fort. Inside the fort (also known as Sonar Quila) you can find various kinds of shops, hotels, houses, etc. There’s no entry fee or timing to enter the fort as we said there are houses also inside the fort where people actually live. But, yes there’s a Palace inside the fort which opens from 9 AM to 6 PM and has a entry fee of somewhere between Rs 30-50 per head. If you would like to take camera or video, then it would cost you Rs 50 and 100, respectively. To roam inside the full fort, it will take you almost a day but if you have only some hours in hand then you can just visit the Palace.
2) SAM Sand Dunes
The desert safari is another great activity to do in Jaisalmer. Start off your desert safari journey from SAM Sand Dunes. You get to take a walk and experience the warm desert. Not only that, you can take a camel ride and experience the ups and downs! If you want you can take the view of the desert through Jeep safaris too. According to our sources, around the time of February-March, there’s a Desert festival going on in which you can see a great display of the culture through the camel races, regional dances and various other programs. The best part is there’s no entry fee and it’s available for entry on all the week days.
3) Gadisar Lake
A very beautiful place to go for boating, located just 1 km away from the main fort of the city. According to the sources, the great Gadisar Lake was built during the time of Raja Rawal Jaisal who was the first ruler of Jaisalmer. Later, in the year 1367 AD, it got reconstructed by Maharawal Garsi. It’s an awesome place made of yellow sandstone entrance and has got many Chattris, temples, etc located around the lake. The nearby living people depend upon this place for their water needs. Anyways, the timings to visit this place is between 8 AM to 8 PM. If you like to take Boating activity, then it would cost you Rs 10 for Raw Boat, Rs 50 Paddle Boat and Rs 100 for a Shikara and all these ride would last for 30 minutes.
4) Bada Bagh
Bada Bagh is located about 15 minutes and 6km from the city. Bada Bagh translates to ‘big garden’.
The entrance fee was 100 rupees to get in. The Maharajah had a cenotaph built for his father atop the hill and many more cenotaphs more followed after for important figures. A cenotaph is a small temple or tribute statue for a deceased relative. Bada Bagh is a beautiful achitectural site which was built around the 17th Century.
5) Shopping at Local Bazaar
Indulge in some shopping therapy at Therapyaisalmer known as the colourful city with cute narrow lanes to get lost in. There are lots of arts and crafts here as well as clothing and jewellery. This is a wonderful place to pick up some mementos.
6) Jain Temple
Within Jaisalmer Fort is the Jain Temple. The Jain temple is remarkably detailed with cravings and a great place to explore it’s many rooms and floors.
7) Haveli Hunting
A haveli is a mansion, and are usually detailed stunning exteriors and are a sight to behold. There are many Haveli’s to explore in Jaisalmer and you can explore them but maybe asked to pay to enter inside them. You will find Haveli’s located throughout the city and our favourite was the Patwaon-Ki-Haveli.
8) Rendezvous with Ghosts
If you love exploring, you mustvisit to the ghost town of Kuldhara. You can wander around for hours the magical sandstone ruins of an abandoned village, located 18 kilometers from Jaisalmer. According to the legend, the village was once a prosperous settlement, a flourishing estate of the Paliwal Brahmins. However, due to high taxes people abandoned the village without leaving a trace of their existence. Nobody knows where the inhabitants of the village went to, however, the eerie backdrop and intriguing ruins of Kuldhara have made it a popular site for tourists to visit.
Now, it depends totally upon you, whether to visit and learn about the history of the place or go on some adventures. Tip: You can do both at the same time also! So when are you planning to visit Jaisalmer? Any more things you would want to try? Let us know in the comments section below.
Places To Stay:
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