All the tourists coming to Rajasthan, irrespective of any country, never forget to include Jaisalmer in their trip. The biggest reason for this is that Jaisalmer, known as the ‘Golden City’, is completely different from the rest of the Indian places like the Thar Desert, the yellow stone buildings and the camels running through a line on high sand heaps. Queues that settle in the minds of tourists as a golden memory.
Jaisalmer fort, Havelis, art-culture, the dance of puppets, folk music and dance invites us, again and again, to visit Jaisalmer, despite the time, eating the slap of history…
Best Places to Visit in Jaisalmer – Tourist Places in Jaisalmer
- Gadisar Lake
- Bada Bagh
- Jaisalmer Fort
- Patwon Ki Haveli
- Salim Singh’s Haveli
- Nathmal ki Haveli
- Tanot Mata Temple
- Sam Sand Dunes
- Longewala War Memorial
So let’s explore this city now and know about some beautiful and historic places to visit and see Jaisalmer-
1. Gadisar Lake
This lake was built to the south of Jaisalmer and by the first king of Jaisalmer, Rawal Jaisal. However, Maharawal Gadsi later reconstructed it. Many small temples, shrines, beautiful chhatris and many migratory birds coming from outside the country will be seen here around this lake. Also, close to this lake, you can see the entrance gate carved out of yellow sandstone.
Because Gadseesar Lake has become the favourite destination of tourists coming from abroad to Jaisalmer, the water of this lake which is running along with the hills and roads spread around here, offers a beautiful view.
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2. Bada Bagh
The Bada Bagh area of Jaisalmer which lies between the temples of Lodrava and Jaisalmer. It is a huge park which contains the memories of Bhati kings inside. The park has royal canopies of former kings of the Jaisalmer state, including Jai Singh II. His son Lunakaran built his father’s umbrella here in 1743 after the death of Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaisalmer. And after this, after the death of other kings, their umbrellas also started being built here.
Although there is no longer a garden next to these canopies, there is also a cluster of lush green trees which offers a different view of being green in this desert. You will see many windmills adjacent to the big garden, which increases the beauty of the place even more.
3. Jaisalmer Fort
A World Heritage Site which is famous among tourists, as well as one of the finest Tourist Spots of Jaisalmer. Having been witness to many historical battles, this fort is made of yellow sandstone and when the sunlight falls on this fort, it starts shining like gold, due to which it is also called ‘Sonar Fort’ or ‘Golden Fort’… Besides, the beauty of this fort is included in the key attractions of Jaisalmer Fort in the 99 Burj and moonlight night present in this fort.
This fort was built by Rajput ruler Raja Jaisal. This fort is open for tourists from Early morning to Evening 5 PM.
4. Patwon Ki Haveli
The seven-storey mansion made of yellow sandstone was built by Seth Gumanchand in the year 1805 for his five sons. There are five more Havelis inside this mansion. It took nearly 50 years to build this entire structure built on a platform ten feet high.
The five Havelis are adorned with fine carvings, artwork with windows, balconies and railings, as well as the mansion adorned with gold pen paintings, ivory decorations, colourful paintings in the bedroom, animal-bird figures. Here, sitting in its vents and wants to get lost in the old memories, believe me, by coming to Jaisalmer, you too will be able to admire this mansion.
5. Salim Singh’s Haveli
This mansion, about three hundred years old, is located near Jaisalmer Railway Station. Salim Singh’s mansion was built in the early 18th century, a part of which still has its descendants. This mansion is known for its Different and Unique Architecture.
The roof of this mansion with 38 balconies looks like a peacock-like shape. Perhaps this is the reason that this mansion of Jaisalmer causes the surprise of the tourist and they never forget to click its photo.
6. Nathmal ki Haveli
This mansion in the middle of Jaisalmer was built by two architect brothers in the 19th century. The design of this mansion and the carvings done here are completely different from all the other Havelis in Jaisalmer. Seeing two stone elephants at the main gate of the mansion here, it seems as if they are standing to welcome you.
The design of this mansion, which combines the Mughal and Rajputana architecture, is seen, and on the walls here you will see many embossed pictures of cattle, horses and flowers.
7. Tanot Mata Temple
The temple of Tanot Mata is about 130 km from Jaisalmer. This temple of Mother Goddess situated on the borders of India and Pakistan is today considered to be the centre of faith between Jaisalmer and the people around it. Navaratri fair is held twice every year in Tanot Rai Mata temple. This temple is also prevalent for a miracle that happened during the 1965 India-Pakistan War.
About 3000 bombs were dropped in the area of Mata Mandir by the Pakistani Army in the war, but the temple building remained like that and did no harm. All these bombs are still kept in the temple premises for people to see. The Indian Army and the locals here consider it a miracle of the Mother Goddess. There is also a victory pillar reminiscent of the valour of Indian soldiers, which was built in memory of the India-Pakistan war.
8. Sam Sand Dunes Desert Safari Camp
Along with staying at the camp here, you can also enjoy Camel and Jeep safari. In the daytime where you will see high mounds of sand shining with gold, the view of the sunset will surprise you, where Campfires Organize here and people enjoy here with Folk Music and Dance.
9. Longewala War Memorial
You will also be proud to see the Longewala War Memorial, which reminds us of the valour, valour and valour of our brave soldiers. During the Indo-Pak war of 1971, when our soldiers drove out about 2000 soldiers and 60 tanks of Pakistan. This in itself is an inspiring example of courage and bravery. The Longewala War Memorial was built to commemorate that victory.
Here you will see photographs on the walls. Also displayed in this war memorial is the large battle tanks used in the war, the army jeep and here you will also see the weapons used in the war. This museum is open from 8 am to 6 pm where you do not have to pay any fee for entry.
The middle of the deserted forest spread over a large area, which once used to be a village, but today it has survived, but the visible ruins, then only half the walls, windows and doors. I am talking about Kuldhara village, about 32 kilometres from Jaisalmer, which is deserted today. Because of which people also call it Ghost Town.
These villages are said to have been built by the Paliwal Brahmins in the 13th century. Suddenly, one night, all the people of this village left the village and said that no one knows the truth of this. There are different stories of people behind this incident, due to which tourists coming to Jaisalmer Kuldhara come.
Now let’s also know how to reach Jaisalmer – How to reach Jaisalmer by Train, flight and Road
– The nearest airport to Jaisalmer is Jodhpur Airport which is about 300 km from Jaisalmer.
– Trains to Jaisalmer are also available from many cities like Delhi, Jaipur and Jodhpur including the luxury train ‘Palace on Wheels’.
– By Road, You have the option of Rajasthan Roadways and Private Buses that connect Jaisalmer to Jodhpur, Jaipur, Bikaner, Mount Abu, and Ahemdabad.