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Jaisalmer Travel Guide
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Weather :
Climate : The climate of the district is dry but healthy.
Temp : The mean temperature is 26.5 degree Celsius.
Rainfall : The average normal annual rainfall is 23.3 cm
Best Season : Oct - Feb
Clothing : Summer Light Tropical
Winter : Light woolen
Distances : New Delhi (864 km), Jaipur (558 km), Mumbai (1177 km), Ahmedabad (626 km).
Jaisalmer also known as the Golden City is the extreme western district of Rajasthan as well as that of India. The city is situated on the border of India and Pakistan in West Rajasthan. It lies in the heart of the Thar Desert. Jaisalmer is named after its founder Rawal Jaisal. "Jaisalmer" means "the Hill Fort of Jaisal".
Jaisalmer Travel Guide
Jaisalmer is almost entirely a sandy waste that forms a part of the Great Indian Desert. The general aspect of the area is that of an endless sea of sand hills, of all shapes and sizes. In the west they are covered with log bushes, in the east with tufts of long grass. There are no perennial streams in the city, and only one small river, the Kakni, which, after flowing a distance of few (28) m., spreads over a large surface of flat ground and f0orm a lake called the Bhuj-Jhil.

Even though Jaisalmer has always been remote, yet it is filled with many artistic structures and monuments of local historical importance. Jaisalmer's medieval mud fortress and walled township make it a fascinating and hot tourist destination. Exploring Jaisalmer with Grand Tours India can be a unique experience….

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Jaisalmer Fort : Situated on the Trikuta Hill, Jaisalmer Fort is built in 1156 by the Bhati Rajput ruler Jaisal. This fort had been the scene of many battles. Its massive sandstone walls are a tawny lion color during the day, turning to a magical honey-gold as the sun sets. This is a living fort and about a quarter of city's population still lives inside the fort. The main attractions inside the fort are: Raj Mahal (Royal palace), Jain temples and the Laxminath temple.

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Havelis : The main havelis in Jaisalmer are :

Patwon-ki-Haveli : This Haveli was built by Guman Chand Patwa (and later by his five sons), a wealthy merchant and banker who had over three hundred trading centres from Afghanistan to China. Fifty years were taken to complete this ornate five-storey complex. This is the largest, the most magnificent, and the most elaborate of Jaisalmer havelis.

Salim Singh-ki-Haveli : It was built by Salim Singh in 1815. It has a beautifully arched roof capped with blue cupolas and carved brackets in the form of peacocks. Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer Travel & Tour Packages

Nathmalji-ki-Haveli : It was built by a Prime Minister of princely state of Jaisalmer. Its frontage is a riot of ornamentation: flowers, birds, elephants, soldiers, a bicycle and even a steam engine.

Museums

  • Desert Culture Centre & Museum
  • Jaisalmer Folklore Museum
  • Government Museum

Festivals of Jaisalmer

Desert Festival : This festival is celebrated for three days in Jan/Feb every year. This is the best time to visit Jaisalmer to witness many performing arts like Kalbelia dances and folk songs and music.

Excursions

Sam Sand Dunes(42 km) : No trip to Jaisalmer is complete without a trip to the most picturesque dunes of Sam. The ripples on the wind-caressed dunes, that create an enchanting mirage, are surely a delight for a trigger -happy photographer.

Wood Fossil Park, Aakal (17 km) : Lying on the Barmer Road, this park takes you back to the Jurassic period (when the whole Thar region lay under the sea) with 180 million year old fossils - the geological landmarks for the study of the Thar Desert.

Amar Sagar (5 km) : A pleasant garden beside a lake with mango and other fruit trees. Beautifully carved Jain temples add to its splendor.

DesertNational Park (45 km) : The landscape of the Desert National Park is dominated by rolling sand dunes and scrub covered hills. The prominent fauna of the park includes black buck, chinkara, desert fox and the great Indian bustard.
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