Within the massive Thar Desert lies the exotic city of Jaisalmer. With majestic forts carved out of glimmering honey-coloured sandstone, the city is rightly named as ‘The Golden City’. Though a little hard to reach, Jaisalmer has now become the desired vacation place.
1. Jaisalmer Fort -
Image - www.flickr.com/The Jaisalmer Fort is a stunning example of the city’s architecture. Also popular asSonar Quila or Golden Fort, this monument is worth the visit. Multiple families of the old city still live within the premises of the fort. The blend of a cross-cultural architecture of this fort will definitely catch your eye. Timings: 12:00 AM - 12:00 PM Entry Fee: Free Website:http://www.rajasthantourism.gov.in/Destinations/Jaisalmer/JaisalmerFort.aspx
2. Sam Sand Dunes -
Image - jaisalmer.rajasthan.gov.in/Visiting the Thar Desert is pointless if you miss out on the Desert Safari. The Sam Sand Dunes are a massive stretch of majestic sand dunes. The best time to visit is from February – March during the famous cultural festival where all the colourful cultures of Rajasthan are unfolding for you. Timings: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM Entry Fee: Free Website: http://samsanddunes.com
3. Silk Route Art Gallery -
Image - edge.ixigo.com/The silk route art gallery displays an array of carpets and quilts which are for sale. You can find this gallery while going towards the Jaisalmer Fort. The art exhibited here will give you a deeper knowledge of the culture. A quick tip is to bargain with the vendors here. Timings: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM Entry Fee: Free Website: http://www.silkrouteartgallery.com/
4. Patwon Ki Haveli -
Image - www.makemytrip.com/Patwonki Haveli was built in 1805 by Guman Chand Patwa, who was a rich trader of that time. This haveli is not an individual structure, but a combination of 5 havelis. It took about 60 years for the entire structure to be built. It is famous for its mirror work and paintings on the walls.
Timings: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM Entry Fee: Rs 30 per person Website:http://www.rajasthantourism.gov.in/Destinations/Jaisalmer/PatwonJiKiHaveli.aspx
5. Thar Heritage Museum - Image - edge.ixigo.com/This small museum is an interesting way to about the bygone era. Full of artefacts of the rich past, this museum will give you a walk through history. Fossils, ancient weapons, ornaments, coins and musical instruments are some of the rare sites here.
Timings: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Entry Fee: Rs 70 for international tourists and Rs 30 for Indians Website:http://www.tripadvisor.in/Attraction_Review-g297667-d1210928-Reviews-The_Thar_Heritage_Museum-Jaisalmer_Rajasthan.html
6. Gadsisar Lake -
Image - www.tushky.com/Gadsisar Lake is a man-made lake that was constructed in the 14thcentury by the ruler, MaharwalGadsi. Holy shrines and many temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Shiva are situated on the bank of this lake. The beautifully carved gateway that arches across the road is breath-taking.
Timings: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM Entry Fee: Free Website:http://www.rajasthantourism.gov.in/Destinations/Jaisalmer/GadsisarLake.aspx
7. Camel Safari -
Image - jaisalmegh.com/A Trip to the Thar Desert is incomplete without riding on the back of a camel. A camel safari can last anywhere from 2 days to a whopping 15 days. Riding your way through the dunes and villages, a camel safari gives you the ultimate experience of Rajasthan. Accommodation is usually in camps where you also get to enjoy folk music and dance.
Timings: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM Entry Fee: Rs 1500 onwards Website: http://www.jaisalmercamelsafari.com/
8. Bada Bagh -
Image - flickr.com/Literally meaning ‘Big Garden’, the BadaBagh was built by MaharwalJait Singh and his son Lunakaran in the 16th century. The beautiful architecture here includes multiple cenotaphs, each dedicated to a former ruler of the region. The calm atmosphere and theserene place are a treat for your eyes and mind.
Timings: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM Entry Fee: Rs 100 for international tourists and Rs 50 for Indians Website:http://www.rajasthantourism.gov.in/Destinations/Jaisalmer/NearJaisalmer4.aspx#BadaBag