Jaisalmer is a lively desert city situated in the heart of vast Thar Desert. The city is world renowned for its forts and palaces which are mute testimonies of royal valor of its rulers. The architecture of these forts and palaces are perfect blend of ancient and medieval architectural style. The city is divided into two parts-new city and new city. The city has retained much of its old-world charm and also has updated itself to meet the needs of the modern travelers. The city is known for its warm hospitality and vivid culture.
The Golden city, Jaisalmer was founded by Rawal Jaisal, a Bhatti Rajput ruler in year 1156 following the advice of a local hermit to set up his new residence on the Tricut hills. In 13th century, Ala-ud-din Khilji, the Turf-Afgan rular tried to siege the city. The women of the city committed Johar and Duda, the son of Raja Jaisimha died during the fierce battle. His descendents continued to rule the city. Initially there were conflict between the Bhatti Rajputs and Mughals. Rawal Sahal Singh showed remarkable valor during the Peshwar campaign of Shah Jahan giving his full support. Emperor Shah Jahan gave the right of governance to Sabala Simha. Jaisalmer was the last among the Rajputana states to sign the 'Instrument of Agreement' with the British administration. In 1947, royals agreed to be a part of Independent India.
Jaisalmer Tourist attractions
Jaisalmer Fort - Built in yellow sandstone, Jaisalmer Fort is an 800 year old fort. It is also known as Sonar Quila. It is situated on Trikut hills.
Godisagar Lake - It was actually an artificial water tank built to provide water supply to the city. It is a beautiful lake with lots of shrines and Ghats surrounding it. The lake is one of the most tourist attracting spots of Jaisalmer.
Desert National Park - Situated in an area of 3100 sq. km is a protected sanctuary. Exotic flora and Fauna can be found in this sanctuary. The national park is famous for Jeep Safaris.
Other major tourist attractions are Salim Ji Ki Haveli, Patwon Ki Haveli, Nathmal Ji KI Haveli, Tazia Tower, Jain Temples, Wood Fossil Park, Sam Sand Dunes and Desert Culture Center.
Reaching Jaisalmer City
by Air - The nearest airport around Jaisalmer is Jodhpur connecting it to the major metros of the country.
by Rail - Jaisalmer is well linked to all major destinations of the country.
via Road - Jaisalmer has a well maintained network of roads connecting it with rest of the country.