Rising from the Thar Desert like a golden mirage is the city of Jaisalmer. In the middle of this, etched in yellow sandstone, the Jaisalmer stands tall with all its awesome splendor. life within the citadel conjures up images of medieval majesty visible in its narrow lanes strewn with magnificent palaces, havelies, temples and typical desert life of people and animals.
The 80 meter high fort, perch on a hill, houses the entire township within its ramparts. It has enchanting narrow lanes dotted with exquisite havelis, beautifully sculptured Jain temples of the 12th-15th centuries and palaces. The fort is approached through four gateways – Akhaiya Pol, Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol and Hava Pol. Quite a few mansions or havelis, all intricately latticed, are strewn all over Jaisalmer each with a different facade. The Havelis of Nathmalji, Patwon and Salim Singh all in the yellow marble of Jaisalmer are exquisite works of art.
Jaisalmer is one of the last cities before the Great Indian Desert (Thar Desert) and with the desert come the sand dunes. As the camel takes you over, the ripples on the wind-caressed dunes create an enchanting mirage.
Close to Jaisalmer lies the town of Ludharwa – the ancient capital of the erstwhile Jaisalmer state. It is also an important pilgrim spot for the Jains and has some magnificient Jain Temples. The carvings and ornate arches are noteworthy. A jeep would also reveal interesting and remote desert villages of Roopsi, Doojasar, Kanoi and Kuldara. The cenotaphs of Barabagh can be interesting as well.The villages are very special as they are inhabited by different communities.
- “Jaisalmer is for me the most worthwhile city with its sandstone that is shining like gold. The room in the old castel/fort was just terrific” – Carine & Dominique Both, USA
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