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Jaisalmer

TraveLibro India Jaisalmer Featured City
The Golden City of Rajasthan, hidden in the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer’s charms and beauty cannot be missed. Full of colours, music, camels, street hawkers, narrow lanes, exotic fortresses, it will engulf you in its magic, the moment you set foot here. With a one-of-its-kind desert music festival in the nearby Khudi, called ‘Ragasthan’ its tourism has gone up a few notches. Also the very famous Pushkar Mela happens here—wherever you point the camera it’s an incredible India moment here. Visit the sandstone Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon-ki-Haveli, Nathmal ki Haveli, and Salim Singh ki Haveli, all boasting of intricate and top-notch architecture. Embark on a massive shopping spree, go dune bashing, or go on a Jeep Safari and soak up the vibrant culture of Jaisalmer.
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TraveLibro India Jaisalmer Featured City Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort is the most prominent feature in the city, dominating its skyline and one that shouts for your attention. Put on a pair of comfortable shoes and set out to explore this fort that is one of the largest fortifications in the world. Built in 1156 AD by Rawal Jaisal, the huge yellow sandstone fort has a commanding view amidst the great Thar Desert. View the well-built five-storey structure named Tazia Tower and appreciate the architecture of the Jain Temple. There are thousands of people residing within the fort walls and there are a lot of eateries serving local, Italian and French cuisine.

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TraveLibro India Jaisalmer Featured City Sam Sand Dunes

Sam Sand Dunes

Explore the best of Thar Desert at Sam Sand Dunes, a desert area tucked 45 km away from Jaisalmer city. While most travellers prefer a day excursion to this place, camping overnight in the desert is an experience in itself. Stay in a Swiss tent or mud cottage complemented by a splendid evening comprising of Rajasthani musical and dance show, a camp fire and star gazing. The best time to experience the beauty of this place is either at sunrise (4-6 am) or at sunset (4-7 pm). Enjoy a camel or a jeep safari and breathe in the lively desert environment.

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TraveLibro India Jaisalmer Featured City Gadisar Lake

Gadisar Lake

Get away from the busy city centre and head to the scenic Gadisar Lake which was originally a water tank built by the then Maharaja of Jaisalmer during 1400 AD. Spend some time in the serenity of the place that is surrounded by numerous shrines. Enjoy the stunning views and if you're fortunate you might spot a migratory bird such as cranes, pelicans, geese, to name a few. Generally, the winter months create better conditions for these birds. Hence, do carry your binoculars so you do not miss out catching a glimpse of these attractive migratory birds.

Image Courtesy: Don Mammoser / Shutterstock.com
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TraveLibro India Jaisalmer Featured City Patwon Ki Haveli

Patwon Ki Haveli

The construction of this mansion began in the 18th century; it was initiated by a wealthy trader named Guman Chand Patwa. Wander through the ‘haveli’ (mansion), which is a cluster of five ‘havelis’ built for Patwa's five sons. As you move from one ‘haveli’ to the next, you will be awestruck by the ornate wall paintings, beautiful mirror work, delicately carved yellow sandstone ‘jharokhas’ (balconies), gateways and archways. Come and explore this architectural wonder.

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TraveLibro India Jaisalmer Featured City Nathmal ki Haveli

Nathmal ki Haveli

Located in the city centre, Nathmal Ki Haveli is unique in terms of the wall carvings and its shape. It is one of the grandest amongst all ‘havelis’ in Jaisalmer and is a feast for the eyes. Take a peep inside this mansion, the former residence of the Prime Minister of Jaisalmer in olden times, whose construction was the joint effort of two brothers. In their competing spirit to complete the construction, the mansion turned out to be asymmetrical. Photograph the two life-size elephants carved out of yellow sandstone, the beautifully carved entrance gate and carvings of cars, fans, etc. which are unique to this ‘haveli’.

Image Courtesy: Daniel Villafruela via Wikimedia Commons
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TraveLibro India Jaisalmer Featured City Salim Singh ki Haveli

Salim Singh ki Haveli

Located close to the Jaisalmer Fort, Salim Singh ki Haveli is another architectural jewel. The city has so much to offer to its visitors, it keeps the traveller engulfed in its nostalgic past and grandeur. Visit the 17th century Salim Singh ki Haveli and feel the aura of the Rajasthani grandeur featured through its spectacular architectural pattern. Of special mention is the roof designed in the shape of a peacock. Other interesting sights include the ornately decorated and beautifully arched balconies with distinct designs.

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TraveLibro India Jaisalmer Featured City Watch a Puppet Show

Watch a Puppet Show

Puppetry and Rajasthan are almost synonymous with each other. In Jaisalmer, certainly witness the traditional art form of puppetry, which formed an integral source of entertainment especially during the olden days. The Desert Cultural Centre and Museum is a charming little museum showcasing a half-hour puppet show with English commentary every evening. While you are at the museum, also explore other exhibits of typical Rajasthani culture such as ‘Phad’ paintings, textiles, utensils, musical instruments, and more. Come and watch a puppet show that beautifully tells stories of folk tales, mythology and the ancient Indian epic—the Mahabharata.

Image Courtesy: BOMBMAN via Flickr
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TraveLibro India Jaisalmer Featured City Bada Bagh

Bada Bagh

Bada Bagh, literally meaning a Big Garden, is a unique garden complex that includes royal cenotaphs. Situated 6 km from Jaisalmer on the road to Ramgarh, Bada Bagh comprises of a garden, a tank and a dam. The most attractive feature of this garden complex is the cenotaphs. Marvel at the architectural beauty of these, also called ‘chattris’, which were erected for each of the Bhatti rulers. It is interesting to note that these ‘chattris’, were no longer built when a prince died of an unknown cause, which instilled a sense of fear and bad omen in the minds of the people.

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TraveLibro India Jaisalmer Featured City Suryagarh

Suryagarh

Carved in Rajasthani architecture, Suryagarh hotel has beautiful courtyards, traditional handcrafted furnishings and heritage art pieces. And there's a spa to unwind your senses. It is the region's first desert spa where you can indulge in some rejuvenating spa treatments. Stay at the majestic Suryagarh and experience Rajasthan's heritage interwoven with luxurious comforts. And of course, the fine dining experience coupled with mouth-watering traditional and international cuisines is absolutely alluring. Choose an in-house venue or enjoy a meal in the outdoors with the stars and desert dunes for company.

Image Courtesy: www.suryagarh.com
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TraveLibro India Jaisalmer Featured City Dune Bashing

Dune Bashing

Feel the excitement and thrill as you fasten your seatbelt and drive off in your SUV into the scenic yet unpredictable sand dunes of Thar Desert. One of the best places to enjoy dune bashing is the spectacular Sam Dunes, located about 44 km from Jaisalmer. Experience the rugged beauty of the desert region in the adventurous activity of dune bashing. Let go of your inhibitions and be enticed by the desert’s beauty calling out to challenge its bumpy and harsh terrain.

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TraveLibro India Jaisalmer Featured City Retail Therapy

Retail Therapy

Rajasthan's vibrant culture and noteworthy handicrafts attracts travellers from far and wide. Stroll down the narrow lanes of Jaisalmer's markets filled with numerous shops selling attractive handicrafts such as wooden boxes, trinkets, silver jewellery, and more. Admire the exquisite hand-crafted mirror work embroidered in garments, hand woven carpets and shawls, stone work, and more traditional products. Buy one or two or more for yourself and pack some as gifts for loved ones back home. Satiate your doze of retail therapy in the popular shopping areas such as ‘Sadar Bazaar’, ‘Pansari Bazaar’, ‘Sonaron ka Bas’, ‘Manak Chowk’, ‘Gandhi Darshan’, Rajasthani government shops, and Khadi Gramudyog Emporium.

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TraveLibro India Jaisalmer Featured City Desert National Park

Desert National Park

Spanning an area of over 3,162 sq km, the Desert National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its unique habitat boasting of rich flora and fauna. Embark on an exciting jeep safari and spot the fascinating wildlife here. The sight of the endangered Great Indian Bustard and the Chinkara is captivating. Other animals you are likely spot include the Blackbuck, wolf, desert cats, desert foxes, as well as some amazing reptiles such as monitor lizards, spiny tail lizards and saw-scaled vipers. Don’t forget to carry your binoculars and witness the marvellous birdlife including the sand grouse, partridges, bee-eaters, larks, and shrikes.

Image Courtesy: Chinmayisk via Wikimedia Commons
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TraveLibro India Jaisalmer Featured City Tanot Mata Temple

Tanot Mata Temple

Visit the Tanot Mata Temple, which is a popular tourist attraction. The Goddess Hinglaj Mata (an avatar of Tanot Mata) is said to have protected the area against bombings during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965. The temple gained religious importance after its survival post the bombings. Feel the divinity of the Goddess in this well-preserved temple that is maintained by the Border Security Force of India. Because of its proximity to the Pakistan border, tourists are not permitted to go beyond the temple for security reasons.

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TraveLibro India Jaisalmer Featured City Desert Festival

Desert Festival

Attend the three-day extravagant Desert Festival in the Indian winters to experience the vibrant culture of Rajasthan. Feel mesmerised by the display of the camel race, the colourful turban-tying competition, the spectacular performance by the Gair and Fire dancers and other cultural activities. One of the most entertaining activities is the contest where the man with the best moustache is the winner. You can even strike a pose with the men boasting of macho moustaches. The festival is a window to Rajasthan’s folk songs and dances performed by professional artists with the fascinating sand dunes as a backdrop.

Image Courtesy: Don Mammoser / Shutterstock.com
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TraveLibro India Jaisalmer Featured City Kuldhara Village

Kuldhara Village

Take an exciting trip to the abandoned and haunted village of Kuldhara located 17 km west of Jaisalmer. Listen to legends that add to the mystic experience. One of the legends states, the then Prime Minister of the region, Salim Singh, wanted to marry the daughter of the village head by force. The village council instead left their homes and cast a spell so that no one would ever be able to make this village their home. Hundreds of years have passed, but a walk through this village of abandoned houses and ruined walls yet gives one the jitters.

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TraveLibro India Jaisalmer Featured City Ker Sangri

Ker Sangri

Treat your palate to Jaisalmer's delicacy, called ‘Ker Sangri’. Patiently cooked on low flame, this vegetarian dish made of desert beans and capers is a must try. The ingredients are locally grown in the desert region of Jaisalmer. There is a generous use of red chillies, which makes the dish quiet spicy. Savour this hot vegetable preparation with ‘Bajra Roti’ (type of Indian bread) and enjoy the strong flavours tickling your taste buds.

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