285-km From Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Tourist Attractions -
Jaisalmer Fort, Manak Chowk & Havelis
Festive Attraction -
Best Time To Visit -
October To Februay
The name Jaisalmer evokes a vivid picture of sheer magic and brilliance of the desert. The exotic, remote and beautiful, Jaisalmer is a bit of aparadox. So far west that it is in the heart of the desert, one would expect barren near-desolation. Yet this frontier town is today one of Rajasthan's best-loved tourist destinations. Local colour and warmth prevail over the in hospitable and forbidding terrain, imbuing the medieval town with a special magic.
a descendent of the Yadav Clan and a Bhati Rajput, laid the foundation of this city in 1156 AD. Trikuta was the hill chosen and Jaisalabandoned his old fort at Lodurva and established his new capital here.
The Bhati Rajputs of Jaisalmer were feudal chiefs who lived on the
forcedlevy on the caravans that crossed their territory en-route Delhi. These caravans, laden with precious cargos of spices and silk brought great wealth to this town. Because of its remote location, Jaisalmer for years remained untouched by outside influences and during the British Raj, the rulers of Jaisalmer were the last to sign the instrument of agreement with the British.
In medieval times, its prosperity was due to its location on the main trade route linking India to Egypt, Arabia, Persia, Africa and the West. The gloryof Jaisalmer faded when sea trade replaced the old land routes. But there isstill an 'Arabian Nights' quality about the town. The narrow streets in the walled city preserve a traditional way of life : the craftsmen still work at the ancient crafts of weaving and stone carving, the making of silver jewellery and embroidery. And the stately, nonchalant camel is everywhere.
Just a walk through Jaisalmer, savouring the medieval glory of old Rajasthan, is a marvellously rewarding travel experience. Desert Festival, celebrated in January/ February, is a must on any itinerary. The desert seems to bloom in a thousand colours. There are camel races and folk dances. Craft bazaar and traditional balled singing. A sound and light spectacle onthe sand-dunes of Sam on the full moon night. And all the colour and excitement of the best in Rajasthan.
The perfect time to visit the golden city is during the Desert Festival every year when the city reverberates to the sound of melodious tunes and rhythms. Folk dances, exciting competitions and contest especially the turban-tying contest, Mr.Desert contest and camel races enlighten the festivities. Jaisalmer is a marvel of beautiful culture and harsh climatic conditions, together amounting to a memorable experience. This is a city tobe visited.
Prime Attractions :
» The Jaisalmer Fort -
The golden hued Jaisalmer Fort 'Sonar Kila' can be seen miles away before reaching the town.
» Manak Chowk and Havelis -
A main market place outside the fort leads to the narrow lanes dotted with famous 'havelis'
» Havelis -
Some of the most exotic mansions or 'havelis', all intricately latticed, are stretchedall over Jaisalmer, each with a different facade.
» Gadsisar Sagar Tank -
Ascenic rain water lake with numerous beautiful shrines around. The lake is an idyllic spot for outings.
» Jain Temples -
The fort has three exquisitely carved Jain Temples dedicated to the JainTirthankaras - Rishabhdevji and Sambhavnathji.
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Basic Inclusions of the package :
- Assisted transfers from airport to hotel and back
- Accommodation in hotels (as per the category selected)
- Daily Breakfast Buffet
- City tour + Drives by private car
- An English / Language speaking well mannered guide during sightseeing trips
- All currently applicable taxes
- Any meal unless mentioned above, personal expenses like telephone /laundry bills etc.
- Entrance fees and still camera or video camera charges at various monuments and museums.
- Tips and gratuities to drivers, guides, and bellboys at hotels
- Departure taxes or Visa handling fees (A Visa is required to visit India)
- Any International Air fare, Airports tax and travel insurance etc. and other services not specified above.
- Anything not mentioned in inclusions.
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