Rajasthan is a beautiful State in India where you can find some royal heritage palaces, monuments, step wells, forts, artifacts and handicraft galleries. No matter if you are an Indian or a foreign tourist, Rajasthan must have always be on your list of places to travel in India. Apart from the Capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur which has some very popular tourist attractions this state also has a lot to offer in different cities like Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Ajmer, Pushkar etc.
Today we will tell you about Top 10 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer city of Rajasthan. Depending upon your budget and time you can decide if you want to plan a stay for 1 Day, 2 Days or 3 Days at Jaisalmer. We would also like to tell you that as the Summers can be really hot at Jaisalmer most of the tourists plan for a Visit in Winters i.e. in the months of November, December, January & February.
10 Best Places to Visit in Jaisalmer
1. Jaisalmer Fort
Jaisalmer Fort is undoubtedly the most popular spot in Jaisalmer and is also known as Golden Fort of Rajasthan. It was built way back in 1156 AD by Raja Jaisal. As a matter of fact, Jaisalmer Fort ranks amongst the largest forts in the world. This majestic fort is built with golden and yellow mixed sandstone which given a beautiful look to the fort. Jaisalmer Fort is a treat to the eyes especially at night with its 99 turrets. The fort is a beautiful example of Rajasthani architecture.
2. Sam Sand Dunes
To have the real feel of the desert, you must try Desert Safari. Located near Jaisalmer, Sam Sand Dunes is a perfect place for Desert Safari(or Dune Bashing). There are 2 types of Desert safari available in Sam Sand Dunes i.e., Camel Safari and Jeep Safari. The desert Safari on the back of the Camel will take you along crests and troughs and alongwith it you could watch the lovely sunset on the desert. You could also take part in the Desert Festival if you are visiting in the months of February or March. During the Desert Festival you could see the fold dances, camel races and a lot more entertaining cultural events.
3. Bada Bagh
The construction of Baga Bagh(Huge Garden) began in the starting of 16th century by Maharawal Jait Singh. After the death of Maharawal Jait Singh Bada Bagh was completed by his son Lunakaran. This garden also is known to be the place where the nobles and the families of Maharawal Jait Singh were cremated. This garden gives a beautiful view and is a bit isolated. Try visiting this lovely garden during sunrise and sunset to capture some beautiful moments.
4. Patwon Ki Haveli
Patwon-Ki-Haveli is siuated in the heart of the Jaisalmer city. This haveli was constructed by Guman Chand and his sons. Patwon-Ki-Haveli is a huge monument with 5 floors with some beautifully decorated suites. This haveli also has large corridors with decorated walls representing excellent piece of the art form. This haveli is made up of yellow sandstone. The architecture of the monument adds on to the cultural heritage of the city. As a matter of fact, Out of the 5 havelis one is converted into a museum.
5. Gadisar Lake
Gadisar Lake is situated at about 1 km from the Jaisalmer Fort. This beautiful lake was constructed by the first ruler of the land, Raja Rawal Jaisal and later re-designed by Maharawal Garsi. In those days, the people of the Jaisalmer largely depended on this lake for their water needs. On the banks of Gadisar lake, you will find temples, Holy shrines and Chattris. The beautifully carved entrance made of yellow sandstone offers breathtaking view. Boating is also allowed at Gadisar Lake, so you could take a trip round the lake to enjoy the lovely atmosphere.
6. The Thar Heritage Museum
Located in the main market of Jaisalmer, Thar Heritage Museum was the founded by Laxmi Narayan Khatri. The museum offers a lot for everyone including the history, culture, art and architecture of the popular Thar Desert. Sea fossils with over million of years tell us how the sea eventually became the Thar Desert. The museum also has unique ornaments of the ship of the desert and horses. You can also find the collections of documents and coins of Jaisalmer, ancient manuscripts and weapons in this museum.
7. Khaba Fort
Khaba Fort is a bit haunted still fascinating fort which was once a home to Paliwal Brahmins. Later it became deserted for mysterious reasons. The ruins of the homes of about 80 families that used to live here more than 200 years ago are still a part of this fort.
When you plan to make a trip to this fort, you can walk around the spooky structure and and also take a tour of the small museum that has ancient artifacts. Khaba Fort still gives an abandoned feel with a very minimal human activity in the area. You would be really surprised to see a large number of peacocks around the Khaba fort.
You can plan a visit to Kuldhara Village with your trip to Khaba Fort.
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8. Desert National Park
Desert National Park is well known as one of the largest parks in India. It is a very unfriendly locality for animals to survive and hence you will find fauna and flora live on the edge of the desert. However, you might be able to see a large number of migratory birds here. You have the option to take a jeep safari to enjoy the huge landscape, which offers view of extinct lakes in this park.
9. Silk Route Art Gallery
For all the quality shopoholics, Silk Route Art Gallery could be a paradise for you. The collections at this amazing Gallery include clothes, patchworks, bags, shawls, belts, antiques and accessories. One unique fact about this gallery is that all the items available here are handmade. From bedspreads to clothes, from accessories to antiques, every product is unique and of excellent quality. You can have an amazing shopping experience to take home beautiful collections that not only represent the culture of the city but also remind you of your tour to Jaisalmer.
10. Surya Gate
The Surya Gate is a 12th Century gate located at the famous Jaisamler Fort popularly known as ‘Golden Fort’.
Located on top of Trikuta Hill, the fort has four gates that you have to cross before you get to the palace. These are – Akhai Gate, Surya Gate, Ganesh Gate and Hawa Gate. Surya Gate is narrow and is decorated with stone carvings. As you go from the first gate to Surya Gate you will also cross small gift shops.
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