Jaisalmer is among the most enchanting tourist destinations of Rajasthan. Popularly known as the Golden City, it is a land of amazing attractions. Its architectural marvels especially havelis take you back in time to the era of raja-maharajas. Travel to the sand dunes and enjoy camel safari in Jaisalmer amidst rustic and dramatic environment. This enchanting city was founded by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 AD. Set in the Great Indian Thar Desert, this city beckons you for an amazing travel experience. The history of this city has its own glorious charm.
Some of the major attractions of Jaisalmer are:
Sonar Quila/ the Golden Fort/Jaisalmer Fort
Standing tall with pride in the Jaisalmer city, this fort is a landmark of this city. It got its name from the Bhati Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal who built it in 1156 AD. The fort is located on Trikuta Hills and offers mesmerizing views of the surroundings. It is the second oldest fort of Rajasthan. When the sunrays fall on this yellow sandstone fort, the fort shimmers like gold. The fort is a perfect amalgamation of Rajput and Mughal architecture and is truly a treat to the eyes. This rugged fort beautifully blends with is rustic surroundings.
The fortified fort of Jaisalmer boasts of three layers of walls which were made for defense purposes. The fort is 255 feet tall with 99 bastions. The outer layer of the wall was built with blocks of solid stones. The second wall encircles the entire fort and the third wall (innermost one) was the last part of the defense mechanism. The Rajput warriors would throw boiling oil and water and huge rocks on their enemies trapped between the second and the third walls for defense purpose.
Also visit the palaces of the Maharawals which are located near the fort. The two main attractions of the palaces of Maharawals are Maharawal's marble throne and the five storied Tazia (metal) Tower built in Bengali style and wonderful carvings.
Havelis of Jaisalmer
The exquisitely carved havelis of Jaisalmer are the famous architectural marvels of Rajasthan. They mirror the glorious history of Jaisalmer when raja-maharajas and rich merchants live large. The architectural work of these havelis makes them the epitome of beauty. Although there are several havelis in the city but the most famous and enchanting ones are Salim Singh Ki Haveli, Patwaji Ki Haveli and Nathmalji Ki Haveli. The main highlights of these havelis are stone work, paintings and carvings.
Sand Dunes and Camel Safari
Explore the mystic charm of the sand dunes on camel's back. The moment you embark on a camel safari on the sand dunes you will get transported to a different world altogether. The rustic charm will never fail to capture your heart. You can even plan a stay in the camps organized on the sand dunes. This will add ultimate adventure to your Jaisalmer Tour.
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