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State: Rajasthan
District: Jaisalmer
Famous for/as: Heritage
Languages: Hindi, English, Rajasthani
Best Season: Oct - Mar
Weather: Summer 25 to 42°C, Winter 7 to 24°C
Altitude: 225 m
Pincode: 34500x
STD code: 02992
Exotic beauty, paramount in historical value, pleasant gift of nature and Jaisalmer is at the epitome of beauty. Jaisalmer, a city nicknamed as Golden City in Rajput clans, is the most attractive tourist spot in Rajasthan, India.

The place is strategically placed and was the main trade route between India and other Asian countries. Jaisalmer resisted the invasion from many foreign invaders and was one of the last royal places come under the rule of British. Jaisalmer was the Princely state of British Raj until Indian Independence and ruled by the King Bhati of Rajput Clan.

This fantastic city, forming a part of the Great Indian desert, was founded in centuries back by Rawal Jaisal of the Yadav community and the name Jaisalmer means the hill fort of Jaisal. Acclaimed all over the world as world’s most beautiful golden sand deserts, passion filled romantic desert sand dunes and the breathtaking picnic spot with majestic fort, Jaisalmer is the favorite location for advertising fraternity.

This medieval has grown into fame as a romantic gateway for exotic enjoyments and breathtaking views. Magnificent palaces, Golden fort, ancient imposing temples and havelis provide this wonderful place a permanent spot in the tourist map of India. This city breasts many medieval period Jain temples as well. The city is enriched with the exquisite collections of arts, textiles and crafts. The majority of the inhabitants are Rajputs, who have renowned as great warriors. The city is well connected from Delhi and various Jaisalmer to Delhi tours are available.

The annual desert fair celebrated with festivities, camel shows and adventurous rides is a real attraction for the tourists. This is a real eye feasting event in Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer is a vibrant tourist location with number of mind blowing attractions such as Sonar Kila, Jaisalmer fort, many havelis, temples and sand dunes. The ornate temples and many buildings are real specimens of the sculptural extravaganza of medieval Rajasthan.
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Musical and Colorful Desert Festival - Jaisalmer

  by Madhav Srinivasan  on Dec 07, 2011
When it comes to colors and revelry, there can be no place better than Rajasthan as the state is widely known for its vibrant and thriving culture. The Desert Festival in Rajasthan can introduce you to a whole new world.

Desert Safari in Jaisalmer

  by Madhav Srinivasan  on Nov 09, 2011
With record limits of temperature, rural life in its entire naturally colorful swagger and an eerie sense of the unknown deserts that mesmerize all travelers, the place brings a unique touch to the myriad of wonders of the Indian culture.

Monsoon Destinations in the North

  by Madhav Srinivasan  on Aug 29, 2011
The northern region in India is a hotbed for tourism, thanks to the many empires and cultures that were centered up north. While packing up for an off season trip, you can visit destinations ranging from Leh in Ladakh to Jaisalmer in Rajasthan…

History


The history of Jaisalmer can be traced back to the year 1156, when the city was founded by Rawal Jaisal, after whom the city was named. Before that the Bhatta Rajputs were the rulers of the city. In the year 1239, Emperor Alauddin Khilji attacked and ravaged the fort as well as the city.



Travel within city


The Golden City which is situated in the heart of the desert is connected to the other parts of the state by road and rail. The nearest airport at Jaisalmer has a few scheduled flights, however this is a military base and only limited flights are available. There is a direct rain service from Delhi and the railway station has auto stands outside. There are also private taxis that are available from the airport and station. They charge between Rs 200 to 400 to any parts in the city. The entire city can be traveled on foot from one end to the other. The walled part of the city has gates and travelers can use many modes of transport from these gates.

Auto Rickshaw


Jaisalmer has many autos that can be found in most places. They are not metered and prices are usually negotiable. Since it is a relatively small city and the autos are cheap. There are no separate night fares.

Camel Ride


Another option to travel to the nearby areas is by camel. However these need to be booked in advance. Camel safaris are also available from Bikaner.

Bus


There are bus services that connect most parts of the city and these are very cheap. They are relatively frequent. Buses may be old and may not be comfortable. They cost around Rs 5 to 15.

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