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DESTINATION GUIDE INDIA - JAISALMER
from the heart of the Thar desert like a golden mirage. The
city has an interesting legend associated with it, according
to which, Lord Krishna – the head of the Yadav clan,
foretoldArjuna that a remote descendent of the Yadav Clan
would build his Kingdom at top of the Trikuta Hill. In 1156 AD
Rawal Jaisal a Bhatti Rajput and descendent of Yadav Clan
transferred his Capital from Lodurva and founded his capital
here in Jaisalmer. The splendid ancient palaces, temples and
settlements can be found in other towns of Rajasthan but not
exotic as in Jaisalmer giving it, its special grandeur giving
out an aura of magic and mystery, the yellow sand stoned walls
of this desert fortress glow in the setting sunlight,
endorsing its name Sonar Kila or Golden Fort.
ATTRACTIONS - JAISALMER CITY
The golden-hued Jaisalmer Fort 'Sanar Kella' can be seen from
miles away. The fort stands almost 100 meters above the city
and houses an entire living area within its huge ramparts. It
is approached through Ganesh Pol. Suraj Pol, Bhoota Pol, Hava
pol are other main entrances which guard the Negh Durbar and
Jawahar Mahal. Also in the inner enclosure are a group of lain
temples dating back from 12th to 15th centuries. The 5 main
mahals of this fort are the Sarvottam Vilas, Akhai Vela, Gaj
Mahal, Rang Mahal and Moti Mahal.
The Fort has three exquisitely carved Jain Temples dedicated
to the Jain Tirthankaras – Rishabdev, Sambhavnath and
THE HAVELIS OF JAISALMER
Some of the most exotic mansions or Haveli, all intricately
latticed, are strewn all over Jaisalmer each with a different
SALIM SINGH KI HAVELI
This 300 yrs old haveli of Jaisalmer’s Prime Minister to
Maharaja Rawal Gaj Singh – Salim Singh, has a beautiful blue
cupola roof with superbly carved brackets in the form of
peacocks. The mansion displays a splendidly arched root with
beautifully carved peacocks. The story holds an exquisite
projecting balcony, part of the haveli is still occupied.
PATWON KI HAVELI (1805)
Possibly the finest in town, they have beautiful murals and
carved pillars. One of the apartments of this five storey high
haveli is painted with beautiful murals.
A scenic rain water lake with
numerous beautiful shrines around and a spectacular avian
variety. The lake is an idyllic spot for outings.
HOW TO REACH JAISALMER
Air : Jodhpur 285km is the convenient airport.
» Rail : A good connection with major cities
of the country through Jodhpur.
» Road : A good network of roads joins
Jaisalmer with many destination in and around Rajasthan.