Jaisalmer is a jewel of the desert state and is dotted with forts, havelis and
palaces. The best time to take a tour to Jaisalmer in Rajasthan is
October-March. Jaisalmer is a beautiful town dotted with forts and palaces.
There are numerous tourist attractions in Jaisalmer that will undoubtedly make
your Jaisalmer tour an unforgettable experience. Jaisalmer Fort is the second
oldest fort of the state and offers surely a vision of beauty and charm. The
Fort of Jaisalmer has retained its old charm. Stroll around the market outside
the fort. Havelis of Jaisalmer invite you to walk through the memory lane of
nostalgia. Jaisalmer's havelis are known for their explicit artworks and
carvings and are examples of blend of Rajput and Islamic style of architecture.
For an ideal picnic with friends and family, visit Gadsisar Lake. For adventure
enthusiasts get a peek into desert life. Visit SAM sand dune and enjoy camel
Jaisalmer is one of the most loved towns of Rajasthan. As a tourist destination,
this city renders countless moments of pleasure for the yearning tourist. The
traditional warmth and culture dominates the city of silvery sand dunes. The
special magic and aura that this city creates is another feather in its cap. The
city manages to sustain even during Brisith Raj and Mughal dynasty.
Fairs & Festivals in Jaisalmer
Desert Festival ( JAN - FEB )
Once a year in winters and on the middle of the continually rising and falling
stark yellow sands of the great Thar Desert, the empty sands around Jaisalmer
come alive with the brilliant colour, music and laughter of the Desert Festival.
The festival is organised by the tourist authorities as tourist entertainment
The very rich and colourful Rajasthani folk culture is on show here for a few
days. Rajasthani men and tall beautiful women dressed in their brightly costumes
dance and sing lingering ballads of valour, romance and tragedy. Traditional
musicians attempt to outdo each other in their musical superiority.
The high points of the festival are - snake charmers, puppeteers, acrobats, folk
performers do rapid trade. Camels, the lifeline of the desert, play a foremost
role. Proud moustached villagers, dressed in their ethnic best come astride
their picturesquely caparisoned camels to join in the camel dances and
competitions of camel acrobatics, camel races and décor, camel polo, tug of war
and the like.
Places to see.
The beautiful mansions built by Jaisalmer's wealthy merchants are known as 'havelis'
and several of these fine sandstone buildings are still in beautiful condition.
Patwon ki Haveli is the most elaborate and magnificent of all the Jaisalmer
The golden - yellow sandstone of Jaisalmer Fort, over 800 years old, crowns the
Trikuta Hill. Within its walls, defended by 99 turrets, lies the old city,
nearly a quarter of modern Jaisalmer.
Held in the months of January-February, the Desert Festival exudes a delightful
spirit. For three days, the otherwise barren land of Jaisalmer comes to life and
is clustered with hordes of colourfully dressed people.
Gadsisar Lake in Jaisalmer, the rainwater fed reservoir, was built in 1156 AD
and rebuilt in 1367AD by Maharwal Garsisingh.
For anyone interested in seeing the culture of Jaisalmer on display through the
ages, the Lok Sanskritik Sangrahalaya or the Museum of Folk Culture situated on
the bank of Gadsisar Lake in Mehar Bagh Garden is a must.
Gadsisar Sagar Tank
Gadsisar Sagar is a scenic rain water lake with numerous beautiful shrines
around. The lake is an idyllic spot for outings and picniking.
This group of fine Jain temples were built in the 12th to 15th century within
the Jaisalmer Fort. They are beautifully carved and dedicated to Rishabdevji and
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the Jaisalmer Road, Kailana Lake is a picturesque lake. One can witness the
spectacular sunsets and cherish the beauty of the place.
These are conducted on many routes.
Excursions from Jaisalmer
Sam Sand Dunes (42Km.)
Any trip to Jaisalmer is indeed, incomplete, without a trip to the most
panoramic dunes of Sam where the wind is unceasingly carving out scenic
patterns, on the sand! Situated 42 kms from Jaisalmer, the sun-soaked Sam Sand
Dunes bring to light a glided mirage. Truly the essence of the desert, the
ripples of the wind-caressed dunes create an enchanting mirage.
Wood Fossil Park
Wood Fossil Park at Aakal, is 17-kms from the city of Jaisalmer. Lying on the
Barmer Road, this park transports you back to the Jurassic period, when the
whole Thar region lay under the sea. The park with 180 million-year-old fossils
that are the geological landmarks for the study of the Thar Desert is any
geology enthusiast?s delight.
Bada Bagh (6Km.)
Only 3-km or so north of Jaisalmer, Bada Bagh is a fertile oasis, with a huge
old dam on the banks of an artificial lake. The enchantingly scenic backdrop of
a dainty lake and the dam in the middle of the plateau, add to the beauty of the
Desert National Park (40Km.)
It preserves the eco-system of the desert within its confines. The Monitor
lizards, desert foxes, porcupines, occasional wolves and black bucks, and the
Great Indian Bustard (a protected bird ) are found here, forming an ecological
chain revolving around cactii and other hardy desert plants.