Best Places to Visit in Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer is also famous as the Golden City of Rajasthan as Maximum Buildings in jaisalmer are built from Yellowish Sanstone which sparkles as Gold under the Sunlight. Jaisalmer is also the home to the Great Indian Desert also known as The Thar Desert and you can experience the real Indian Desert Culture and Great History and Heritage on your Tour to Jaisalmer. Here we will explore the Best Places to Visit in Jaisalmer that will give you the Best experience of your Trip to Jaisalmer.
Desert Camp in Jaisalmer
If you are planning a tour to Jaisalmer then one night stay in a Desert Camp and Desert safari is a Must thing to do. On a Desert Safari in Jaisalmer you will explore the beautiful desert culture and get to play in the Sand Dunes, believe me it is just amazing to play in the Sand Dunes. Also you will get to Enjoy the Traditional Cultural Dance and Music in the Desert Camp. So you must book a Desert Safari Tour or a Night stay in Jaisalmer Desert Camp.
Jaisalmer Fort also known as the Sonar Quila was built by the Rajput Ruler Rawal Jaisal in 11th century. It was declared as the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013 in Hill forts of Rajasthan category. Jaisalmer fort is among very few forts in the world where the Population still resides like earlier times. There are around seven Jain Temples Inside the Fort and these temples have around 600 idols and ancient scriptures, Also there are various restaurants and Havelis that gives a great experience of the Rajasthani Culture and Heritage. You can easily reach the fort by a Auto or a Taxi from any part of the Jaisalmer city. Jaisalmer fort is Famous for its Architecture & History, also it is a good place to get some great photographs.
Timings: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm All Days
Gadisar Lake is only 2 km far from the Jaisalmer fort you can reach there by walk or take a Auto. The Entrance of the Gadisar Lake is known as Tilon ki Pol and it build by Carved Yellow Sandstone. There are a lot of shrines and small temples on the banks of this lake and a big domed canopy at the centre of the lake. The main attraction of the lake is the architecture and the different species of the migrated birds. The first ruler of Jaisalmer Rawal Jaisal constructed the lake, later it was reconstructed by Maharawal Gadsi Singh in 13th century. It is one of the most popular tourist destination in Jaisalmer where you can enjoy boating in the morning and evening time. The Sunset and the Sunrise view is just really beautiful at the lake and you must witness it. There is a market near the lake where you can buy handicraft products.
Patwon ki Haveli
Patwon ki haveli is a great work of Architecture and also the most famous haveli in Jaisalmer. It was the first haveli that was built in Jaisalmer and it is not just one single haveli but it is a combination of 5 small havelis. It was built by a famous and rich trader Mr Guman Chand Patwa in 18th century, hence named as Patwon ki haveli. He had 5 sons so he constructed 5 stories and the work completed in 50 years. The carvings, mirror work, gateways, balconies (Jharoka) makes it one of the most famous spot of Jaisalmer. The Haveli is not under the govt of India and the office of Archeological Surbey of India is also located here.
Salam Singh ki Haveli
This haveli was built by the then Prime Minister of Jaisalmer named Salam Singh. It is one of the most famous attraction for tourists in Jaisalmer city. The haveli is a great example of Architectural marvel and it a 300 years old haveli. If you like history and Heritage Architecture then you must visit this place. It is a beautiful piece of Architecture and craft.
The Vyas Chhatri is a cluster of amazingly crafted cenotaphs in the memory of sage Vyas who wrote the Indian Epic Mahabharata. It is a formal cremation ground for the Hindu Brahmins and one of the most famous tourist attraction of Jaisalmer because of its Architecture. It is also famous as the sunset point as it gives an amazing view when the sun sets. You can visit Vyas Chhatri from 8:00 am to 7:30 pm on All days and the entry fee is Rs 100 per person. You will experience beautiful cenotaphs, chhatris and Sunsets & Sunrise.
The Thar Heritage Museum
The Haveli was built in 19th century by two Architect brothers who built and designed their sections of haveli differently. The exterior of the haveli is beautifully carved and the interior of the haveli is covered with magnificent miniature paintings. There are two elephants at the entrance built with yellow sandstone standing as the guards of the haveli. There is no entry fee for the haveli as the family sells paintings to tourists, so if you must visit the place and if you like paintings and art then must have a look at the paintings too.
Desert Cultural Center
Desert Culture Centre is a small and interesting Museum, It is a home to history of Princely states of Rajasthan and the Traditional Culture of Rajasthan. You will experience the Music, Textiles, and get to know the Rajasthani folk hero Pabuji. If you want to experience the rare and real Rajasthani culture, then you must visit this place. Here you can enjoy the traditional Puppet Show.
Tazia Tower is one of the most famous tourist attraction of Jaisalmer and it was built by Muslim Craftsmen so it is based on the shape of a Tazia. Tazia is a tomb or group of tombs that is built in memory of Imams. Tazia tower is situated in the Badal Palace complex near the Amar Sagar Gate. You can visit the Tazia tower while you go to visit the Amar Sagar Lake.
Jain Temples of Jaisalmer
Inside the Jaisalmer fort itself there are seven Jain Temples that are ancient Temples and are devoted to the Jain Spiritual Teachers. You will get the insight of the ancient history of Jainism and also you will surprised to see how all religions lived together and peacefully co-existed. You need to wear decent clothes to visit these temples. Here are the names of temples that you must visit, Chandaprabhu Jain Temple, Rishabhdev Jain Temple, Parsvanath Jain Temple, Shitalnath Jain temple, Shantinath Jain temple, Kunthunatha Jain Temple,
Sambhavnath Jain temple.
Jaisalmer Government Museum
This place is a treat for people who love history and want to witness the ancient and unique things. There is a big collection of Marine and Wood fossils in this museum. Here you will see the rarest sculptures of the ancient townships like Kiradu and Lodurva. The kitchen equipment of ancient civilization are preserved and displayed here in the Government Museum.
One of the succesor of Rawal Jaisal Singh the founder of Jaisalmer named Jai Singh ordered to build a source of water in the area, and this made the desert area green. After his death his son Lunkaran Singh built a Garden by the Lake and a memorial/cenotaph on the hill facing the lake. Since then many cenotaphs were built for the Rajput Bhati rulers.The memorials are built by sandstone blocks in different sizes for Kings, Queens, Princes and other family members. These cenotaphs are really beautiful and a must visit place in Jaisalmer.
Tilon ki pol
Tilon ki pol is the entry gate to the Gadisar Lake. It is a two storey Gateway Built with yellow sandstone having Beautifuly designed balconies on the shore of Gadisar lake. There is also a Krishna temple adjoining the gate.
Amar Sagar is a lake near Amar Singh Palace and it is really beautiful. It was built by Rawal Akhai Singh in the memory of Amar Singh in 17th century. Amar Singh Palace is a five storey haveli and it is famous for its murals that are painted with delicate efforts. There is also a Lord Shiva temple in the complex built by Amar Singh as he was a follower of Hindu God Shiva.
Tanot Mata Temple
The Tanot Mata temple is around 120kms from Jaisalmer city and located near the Indo-Pak border. The road from Jaisalmer to Tanot gives beautiful views of desert and there are big wind mills on the way. Tourists can go to the temple, but to go to the border proper documentation is needed. The Tanot Mata temple got very famous after the 1971 Indo-Pak war when a lot bombs were dropped around the temple but it was unaffected by heavy artillery shelling.
Longewala War Museum
The Longewala war museum is built in the memory of the brave soldiers who gave their life for the nation in the Battle of Longewala. There is also a famous Indian movie based on this battle named Border, starring Sunny Deol, Suniel Shetty, Akshay Khanna, Jackie Shroff. The Longewala memorial shows the aftermath of the war between India and Pakistan. You will get to know about different Arms and ammunition and also about the brave heroes of the war. This place will surely shake the patriot in you and you will feel proud and patriotic when you are at Longewala.
Kuldhara is an abandoned and haunted village near Jaisalmer built around 13th century. There are different theories behind the abandoned village, some say that people left this place due to shortage of water and some say that people left due to the cruel State minister of Jaisalmer, and some say that it was abandoned due to earthquakes. The village was originally settled by Brahmins that migrated from Pali to Jaisalmer region. It is also famous as one of the most haunted places in India. It was cursed by the villagers that no one will be able to resettle in the village, those who tried to settle down in the village experienced paranormal activities.
Desert National Park Jaisalmer
The Desert National Park is a great place for wildlife lovers covering an area of 3000 square kms. This National Park is home to Wild animals and bird species including chinkara, black buck, san grouse, eagles, blue bull, desert fox and cat etc. You will get to see the heaviest flying birds and a lot of endangered species, also the fossils dating back to jurassic period. If you love nature, wildlife and bird watching then it is a must visit place.