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Attractions in Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer Fort

The Fort - As you enter deep into this enchanting city of Jaisalmer the 800-year old Golden Fort towers over the Trikuta Hills. Within its walls, defended by 99 turrets is the old city. The Fort is almost 30 meters over the city. It is approached through Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol, Bhoot Pol and Hawa Pol. Within the fort, you will find many beautiful havelis and a group of Jain Temples dating from the 12th to the 15th centuries. The fort has five palaces called Sarvottam Vilas, Akhai Vilas, Gaj Mahal, Rang Mahal and Moti Mahal, all interconnected behind the seven - storied façade . Small  stairs  will  take  you  from one court to

another with superb jali (latticework) screens shading interiors from the fierce heat and desert wind. The opulence of the jharokhas (projected balconies) and the delicate quality of the jali work has earned the Jaisalmer artisan an enviable reputation for extraordinary excellence in stone workmanship. The honey-colored stone appears transformed miraculously into a maze of filigreed adornment. The Rang Mahal, built by Mool Raj II, has some exquisite murals painted on arches and spandrels. From the balconies you will get a marvelous view of the massive fortifications guarding the small city. Balconies at the Gaj Mahal are also breathtakingly beautiful. Exploring the Fort and walking through the narrow lanes, you will have an experience worth savouring.

Gadi Sagar - This tank, south of the city walls, once held the town water supply, and as per its importance in providing precious water to the populace of this arid city, small temples and shrines surround it. The beautiful yellow sandstone gateway arching across the road down to the tank is the Tilon-ki-Pol, and is said to have been built by a famous prostitute, Tilon. When she offered to pay to have this gateway constructed, the Maharaja refused permission under it to go down to the tank and he felt that this would be beneath his dignity. While he was away, she built the gate, along with a Krishna temple on top so that king could not tear it down.

Sunset Point - An area just north of Fort is popularly called ‘Sunset Point’ due to the breathtaking view of the sun setting over Jaisalmer, turning the citadels sandstone from flaming yellow to burnished gold to bronze.

Havelis -You will find five havelis outside the fortress. Built by the Patva brothers in 1800, two of the havelis are now owned by the government. These havelis are open to the public. The interior of the other three havelis can also be seen with an offer of small fee to the present residents. The Nathamal Ki Haveli was built by two brothers. The design of the havelis are remarkably harmonious. The Salim Singh Ki Haveli is a six-storied structure with 38 balconies and elaborate carvings.

Nathmalji-ki-Haveli in Jaisalmer

Quick Getaways near Jaisalmer

Amar Sagar - This natural spot developed by Maharawal Amar Singh is a water reservoir in 1688 AD. The dams were built to hold rainwater. Several terraces are formed where summer palaces, temples are constructed & Garden developed. On the south of the lake stands the exquisitely carved Jain temple constructed by Himmat Ram Bafna, the descendant of famous patwas.

Londurva - 16 kms northwest from Jaisalmer, Londurva is the ancient capital of Jaisalmer. Mostly in ruins, it is visited for the large Jain temple that contains the most delicate jali work (latticework), grand ceiling and a magnificent triumphal arch at the entrance. The original carriage for the deity, made in AD 1675, is still preserved. The most interesting object d’art is Kalpataru, a mythological tree of wish fulfillment. Londurva has a huge number of peacocks that linger around the temple walls imparting magnificent colour to the dry and stony landscape. Here once flowed the river Kak.
Londurva near Jaisalmer
Legend has it that along its banks had prospered the romance between princess Moomal, and prince Mahendra of Amarkot. Their heartrending end is still the premise of folk songs. It is said that when the lovers perished, the river Kak stopped flowing.

Sam Dunes - Situated at the edge of the Thar Desert, your trip to Jaisalmer is incomplete without a visit to these fascinating dunes. These wind-caressed slopes are marked with undulations creating an enthralling mirage, a visual chimera of extraordinary splendour. The dunes can be extremely treacherous since they can sink to a few feet the moment one steps on them. Occasionally, you can see the dunes shifting with the strong desert winds—an astonishing feat of nature. Watching the sunrise and sunset on the dunes is an unforgettable experience with the great ball of fire rising from behind the low hills of sand, amid a perfectly immobile landscape. You will be fascinated beyond words at the cultural programmes, which take place on the dunes of Sam. The full moon bathes the entire landscape in a celestial light. As the programmes begin, the entire atmosphere gets charged with magical strains of music on instruments typical to a desert land. The very essence of the desert will bare itself to you as enchanting dancers perform the traditional dances of Ghair, Dhap, Chari, Moria, Ghoomar, and the Terehtal. When the presentation by the Kalbelia dancers is announced, remember to greet them with a standing ovation and watch young girls dressed in long black skirts, blouses and a long scarf dance to an exhilarating rhythm.

Akal Wood Fossil Park - If the Jaisalmer fort offers one of the most tender and impressive chapters in the history of Rajasthan, the Akal Wood Fossil Park takes you back in time to some one hundred and eighty million years to the Jurassic period when the whole Thar region lay under the sea. The 21-hectare conserved area of the park is 15 kilometres from Jaisalmer on the road to Barmer. The solidified logs of trees trunks are now exposed to view. The largest log is seven meters in length and 1.5 meters in width. Slow accumulation and disintegration of numerous microorganisms at the bottom of the sea is believed to be responsible for the formation of oil and natural gas in the Thar region. Nearly 35 million years ago, the sea finally withdrew from the Thar.                            
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