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
in Rajasthan paints a real picture of Arabian Nights. Coming
straight from your Arabian Night imagination. 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
Places to see.
Havelis : 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 havelis.
Fort : 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.
Desert Festival : 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 : Gadsisar Lake in Jaisalmer, the rainwater
fed reservoir, was built in 1156 AD and rebuilt in 1367AD by
Folklore Museum : 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.
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.
Jain temple : 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
Kailana Lake : Bookmark this page Printer friendly version
Email this page Located 11 kms off the Jaisalmer Road, Kailana
Lake is a picturesque lake. One can witness the spectacular
sunsets and cherish the beauty of the place.
Camel Safaris These are conducted on many routes.
Excursions from Jaisalmer
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
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.
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 place.
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.
Fairs & Festivals in Jaisalmer
Desert Festival ( JAN - FEB ) :
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.
The tourist dances, turban tying competitions and tug of war are
big draws and laughter. The Mr Desert competitions, which are
focused around the length of moustaches by and large, attract