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Jaisalmer is a striking tourist destination situated on the north-western side of Rajasthan. Due to the presence of golden sand dunes, this place is also referred to as the Golden City, and apart from dunes, the true beauty of Jaisalmer lies in the beautiful lakes, lavish Jain sanctuaries, Havelis, its culture and whatnot.

It is as if the whole city of Jaisalmer speaks of the valour of Rajputana. One of the most prominent highlights of the city is the Jaisalmer Fort which is also compared to be the crown of the city. It is considered to be the second oldest fort in Rajasthan and also has a lake present there with numerous brilliant sanctuaries which have been made of sandstone.

The winter season, which is between the months of November and March, is an ideal time to visit Jaisalmer. During this time, the overall temperature is quite pleasant for sightseeing.

History of Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer possesses a rich history, culture and heritage and can be traced from the ancient Vedic ages.

Also Read: This town is famous for being home to the world’s tallest masonry dam known as the Nagarjunasagar dam

It was in the medieval times that Jaisalmer acted as a contributing factor in connecting India with other countries like Persia, Egypt, Africa. This was due to the fact that it lied on one of the prominently used trade routes.

It is said that during this time, the Bhatti Rajput Rulers used to rule these regions. They were considered as the sole guardian of the city and had a great amount of wealth primarily because of the taxes received in huge numbers. 

For a very long time, Jaisalmer remained out of harms way majorly due to its rough geographical location. However, in the Mid-Thirteenth century, Ala-ud-din Khilji successfully conquered the city.

Major Attractions in and Around Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer Fort. It is situated amid the Thar desert which has its own enriching past and cultural heritage. This fort displays essentially brilliant craftsmanship and is one of the most renowned forts not just in India but the world. If you love to take cool snaps of historical architecture and visit such places, then do add this incredible fort on your list.

Gadisar Lake. Built in the 14th century, this place was once a source of drinkable water for the entire town of Bikaner. Furthermore, this temple has developed as a tourist spot, as a great number of temples, as well as shrines, surround this lake.

Desert Safari in Jaisalmer. Now if you visit Jaisalmer and don’t indulge in desert safari then your trip might be a bit incomplete. For this, you will have to book a safari tour to witness the spectacular beauty of the sand dunes and the interplay of yellowish sand colour in front of your eyes.

Kuldhara Village. It can offer you endless opportunities to make some really cherishing memories. The historical significance of this place is what attracts a great number of people to this place. Established in the 13th century, this abandoned village has its own stories to tell.

How to Reach Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer is one of a kind tourist attraction which doesn’t fail to impress you majorly due to its historical charm. It is located at a distance of about 767, 1,059, 2,101, 2,301 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Here is how you can travel to Jaisalmer by the following means of public transportation.

By Air. Jaisalmer Airport is the nearest airport which is a Civil Enclave Airport that serves Military Aviation as well as Civil Aviation. The major airline service providers are SpiceJet and Trujet that span the major cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Surat and Jaipur. Another nearest airport is Jodhpur Airport which receives regular flights from many Indian cities. Once off the airport, you can consider taking a cab to reach your desired destination.

By Rail. The nearest railway station is Jaisalmer Railway Station which is just a few kilometres away from Jaisalmer City Centre. The station receives regular train service from the local areas as well as major cities of India. Jaisalmer has overall great connectivity via train route. So, if you are planning to travel to Jaisalmer via train then it would be a good experience for you.

By Road. The city of Jaisalmer has a good road network. So, if you travel via road from nearby regions, then you won’t have any major issues travelling here by road. You can easily book interstate or private buses online to travel to Jaisalmer. If this doesn’t sound exciting to you, then consider booking a cab or depending upon your location and budget, you can also choose to self-drive here as the roadways are quite well-maintained and you won’t find any kind of problem traversing them.

  • From Jaipur - 559 km via NH11
  • From Bikaner - 370 km via NH11
  • Jodhpur - 281 km via NH11

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