Jaisalmer is a former medieval trading center and a princely state in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, in the heart of the Thar Desert known as the “Golden City,” it’s distinguished by its yellow sandstone architecture. Dominating the skyline is Jaisalmer Fort, a sprawling hilltop citadel buttressed by 99 bastions. Behind its massive walls stand the ornate Maharaja’s Palace and intricately carved Jain temples. Jaisalmer is one of the most visited places in Rajasthan during the peak tourist season that commences from October and continues till February. It’s now most famous for the 12th-century fort and ornate “Havelis”, fine merchants-built houses and pavilions in the city’s mediaeval lanes. The surrounding Desert National Park offers opportunities to observe blackbucks, desert foxes and chinkaras amid the rolling dunes, rugged crags and waterholes.
Desert Festival of Jaisalmer is the most awaited and famous cultural and colorful event of Rajasthan. Camel races, Turban-tying and Mr. Desert competitions are organized. It is held in the month of February every year. Jaisalmer has some of the oldest libraries of India which contain rarest of the manuscript and artefacts of jain tradition. There are many pilgrimage centers around Jaisalmer such as Lodhruva (Lodarva), Amarsagar, Brahmsar and Pokharan.
With shop selling colorful handicrafts and Havelis that will make you travel back in time, Jaisalmer is an amalgam of exotic Indian desert culture, heritage and adventure.Read more