HISTORYIt was in 1156 AD,Jaisalmer was founded by the Bhatti Rajput chieftain. The legend behind Jaisalmer's history states that in order make the capital more secure a saint advised the usurper to build a castle on the Trikuta hill. It is believed that Lord Krishna as a revelation of divine wanted a descendant or heir of his Yadav clan would build a kingdom here. The Trikuta hill also had supply of water which is mainly due to a miracle performed by Krishna to quench the thirst of Arjuna.The Lunar clan of Bhattis is Krishna's descendant, valiant and most feared of the dessert marauders, perennially locked in territorial skirmishes with Jodhpur and Bikaner. One Bhatti scion-Gaj Singh had founded the city of Ghazni in Afghanistan but ultimately lost it to forces from Khorasan. One of his grandsons reclaimed Ghazni, embraced Islam, and came to be called Chagattas (Mughals). They later plundered the land of their ancestors between 1000 and 1025 A.D. Again, led by Babar they came to found the Mughal Empire in India.
LOCATIONJaisalmer is a border district of India located in the state of Rajasthan and touching Pakistan on its western side. On its south, there is the beautiful city of Bikaner. The eastern part of the place is bordered by Jodhpur, another city of color and tradition
BEST SEASONThe ideal time to visit Jaisalmer is between the months of October and March.
PLACE OF INTEREST
KEDARNATH TEMPLEThe imposing shrine stands near the head of the Mandakini valley on a level ground against fascinating backdrop of magnificent snow. The present temple built by Adi Shankaracharya is next to the site of an earlier temple that legend says was built by the Pandavas of the Mahabharata. At the entrance is a huge bull, the mount of Shiva. The walls inside are exquisitely carved with images. The temple is made out of gigantic, evenly cut grey slabs of stone.
SAM SAND DUNES
The best way to enjoy the sand dunes is to undertake a camel safari trip. The camel safari trip is well organised and the camel owners know the behavioural patterns of the dunes. The dunes are best visited during the months of October to February when the heat is relatively less in the region. Evenings and night are the best time to visit the dunes because at this time the silver rays of moon spread its radiance in the entire region thereby making it glow. Rajasthani folk lore can be best experienced here. Caution should also be undertaken when visiting the sand dunes as they become dangerous under extreme weather conditions like strong winds. It is also easy to get lost in the eternal sand dunes as the place seems to look the same everywhere. Kuldhara and Khuri village are a good base to set out on an expedition to watch the Sand Dunes of Rajasthan.
JAISALMER JAIN TEMPLE
A pagoda like structure looming up from the ‘Badal Mahal’ with beautiful 'Taazias'-ornately decorated bamboo,
paper and tinsel replicas of a bier, carried out in procession during Moharram by the Muslims.
Gadsisar Sagar is a beautiful scenic spot ideal for a days outing. It is one of the important source of water for Jaisalmer.A number of migratory birds flock this place during the winter season.
HAVELIJaisalmer is renowned for its intricately carved and chisled haveli's which illustrates superb craftsmanship. Some of the most important Haveli's are
SALIM SINGH - KI - HAVELI
This Haveli is named after Salim Singh who was the prime minister when Jaisalmer was the capital of a princely state and it was built nearly 300 years ago.Salim Singh-Ki-Haveli just below the hill has a beautifully arched roof with superb carved brackets in the form of peacocks.
PATWON - KI - HAVELI
Patwon-Ki-Haveli has a remarkable carved work of pillars and extensive corridors and chambers. It is divided into six apartments.
DESERT CULTURE CENTRE AND MUSEUM
The Desert Culture Centre and Museum is a place which gives visitors an inside view of Jaisalmer, its people and the area around it. The museum has an extensive collection of old coins, textile, weaponry, traditional Rajasthani musical instruments and fossils found in the desert.
Famed for the Ardhanareeshwar and Viswanath temples, Gupt Kashi is closely associated with Hindu mythology which states that Lord Shiva makes himself hidden here for some time. The temple premises reflect the architectural style of the bygone eras.Arthanareeshwar deity takes up the form of half man and half woman. The temple has two streams of water, which symbolizes the holy rivers, Ganga and Yamuna. The entrance of the temple is guarded by the image of Nandi bull.
Jaisalmer is famous for the traditional handicrafts of Rajasthan which includes Rajasthani mirror work, rugs, blankets, antiques and old stonework. Wooden boxes and trinkets are extremely popular in the city of Jaisalmer. The tourists may collect the Bandhani or the tie-dyed cloth which is one of the specialties of the city. The place is also noted for its embroidery work. The main shopping area are Sadar Bazar, Sonaron ka Bass, Manak Chowk, Pansari bazar, Gandhi Darshan, Seema gram, Rajsthani Govt. shop and Khadi Gramuddyog Emporium.
PATWON - KI - HAVELI
DESERT CULTURE CENTRE AND MUSEUMThe Desert Culture Centre and Museum is a place which gives visitors an inside view of Jaisalmer, its people and the area around it. The museum has an extensive collection of old coins, textile, weaponry, traditional Rajasthani musical instruments and fossils found in the desert.
GUPTKASHIFamed for the Ardhanareeshwar and Viswanath temples, Gupt Kashi is closely associated with Hindu mythology which states that Lord Shiva makes himself hidden here for some time. The temple premises reflect the architectural style of the bygone eras.Arthanareeshwar deity takes up the form of half man and half woman. The temple has two streams of water, which symbolizes the holy rivers, Ganga and Yamuna. The entrance of the temple is guarded by the image of Nandi bull.
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The nearest airport that caters to Jaisalmer - bounded travellers is at Jodhpur. Jodhpur is connected to many other indian cities by air.
Rajasthan Roadways run very comfortable deluxe & air conditioned buses from Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner. The roads are very good and fairly comfortable.
In the city you can travel by un-metered auto-rickshaws, buses, cycle-rickshaws or you can also use car cabs and car-taxi. The Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation operates regular bus service for local city tour.