Jaisalmer - The city that sparkles!

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Jaisalmer Fort
Fort Road, Jaisalmer
This is an 800 year old fort and is also known as the “Golden Fort” of Rajasthan. This is one of the most magnificent fortifications of the state and is the second oldest also after the Chittorgarh Palace. The title given to this fairytale fort complex is because of its light color which almost merges with the color of the desert sand like a mirage coming out of it. Jaisalmer City is located in the interiors of the Thar Desert and the King Jaisal planned to make this place his capital. The intricate designs on the sandstone base of the fort buildings make them look even more heavenly. It is also the only living fort of the country. This means almost half of the whole city resides inside the fort complex even today. This includes rich merchants, artisans and other common people as well. Earlier, the whole population of the kingdom lived inside but a part had to move out given the constraint of increasing population. From earlier times onwards, Jaisalmer has been a very important trade connection especially with the Muslim kingdom. Till today you will find a number of Muslim merchants dwelling here. An interesting legend about the history of this fort complex says that Lord Krishna, the leader of the Yadav clan once dreamt of setting up his kingdom in this area and his wish was fulfilled by King Jaisal, who also belonged to the Yadav clan. The fort crowning the Trikut Hills looks no less than a dreamland. You can come here in the month of February and enjoy the famous Annual Camel Fair and other festivals too.
Patwaon-Ki-Haveli
near Patwa Complex, Opp, Nathmal Haveli, Jaisalmer 345001
Yet another beautiful mansion in Jaisalmer, it was started by Guman Chand Patwa. The mansion took 55 years to be completed. Guman’s sons completed it later. The most beautiful features of this mansion are the archways, gateways and especially the balconies, known as jharokhas. The golden color of the mansion catches the eye of every visitor at once. The tour of the whole mansion will take not more than 45 minutes. This is no doubt one of the most splendid residences in the beautiful city.
Gadisar Lake
217 National Highway 15 Indira Colony Indira Colony Jaisalmer Rajasthan 345001, India
The original purpose of creating this lake in the city of Jaisalmer was to meet the water requirements of the increasing population. It was built by King Gadi Singh and thus the name Gadisar Lake. The lake being so beautiful, had to be accepted as a pious place of worship and so were built a number of temples in the precincts of the lake. Out of the all the temples the most popular is the Krishna Temple alsodo known as the Tilon ki Pol. This was built by an officer of the king known as Tila in spite of the king’s contempt. He later placed the idol of Satyanarayan or Lord Vishnu inside this temple. The temple could be caused no harm even after a number of trials. At present the lake does not serve the original purpose, but is one of the primary attractions of the city. Also during the winter season, many migratory birds come here and serve as a visual treat for all those who visit the lake.
Gadsisar Sagar Lake
Near Tilon Ki Gate, Near Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer 345001
Bada Bagh
Ramgarh Road, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
This literally means a “Big Garden”. This is an estate that was constructed by Mahrawal Jait Singh in the 16th Century on the Ramgarh Road. The main attractions here are a dam, a tank and a garden. All of these were built by large blocks of stone and are known as jait band and jai tsar. All of these have been named after the man who made them. Also beautiful are the cenotaphs or “chhatris” which belong to one ruler each. The oldest among these is the cenotaph of Mahrawal Jait Singh.
Kuldhara Abandoned Village
Kuldhara, Jaisalmer
Rated as one of the most haunted villages of Asia, this small place in Jaisalmer has been desolated for almost a century now. It is known that once their lived a Rajput king who was cursed because of which the place is still not fit to be resided by people. There are a number of ruins of forts and palaces but the government has strict rules that no one should be entering this place after sunset. There have been a number of investigations which have proved the presence of supernatural forces in the Kuldhara Village.


Jodhpur
Best time to visit - January,February,September,October,November,December
Popular, colourful and culturally rich, Jodhpur is one of Rajasthan's most beautiful cities. It is also known as the Sun City of India and is said to have been built in the 15th century by a Rao Jodha. This city was earlier known as Marwar and is currently the second largest city of Rajasthan. From the stunning Mehrangarh Fort (from where you can see the stunning blue city), Umaid Bhavan Palace to the bustling Sardar Market, there is tons to do and explore in this touristy city. If you like your holidays to be quiet and laidback, Jodhpur may not be for you – atleast for the first couple of days. There is too much to keep you busy. Like almost all cities in Rajasthan, there are historical forts and palaces to explore and admire. Do carry a scarf and water for your afternoon expeditions should the heat tire you out. There are also umpteen restaurants and small cafes in Jodhpur which offer you delicious food and are also very welcoming. Jodhpur is also a great place to meet like-minded travellers. Jodhpur is well connected to all the major cities of the country via rail, road and air.
Bikaner
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Bikaner is said to be the most colourful of all the cities of Rajasthan. It is not as developed as the other touristy places and that's probably why it still holds the Rajasthani spirit in its true form and colour. A maze of narrow streets, fort walls and fine old Havelis outline this medieval city. The Karni Mata Temple is believed to be the holiest temple in all of the city. Thousands of rats, who are considered pious, flock and run about the temple and are protected, worshipped and even fed. Rajput art and architecture shines in all its glory in this desert city with forts, palaces and temples modelled with red and yellow sandstone. Most of the palaces, such as the Laxmi Niwas Palace and Lallgarh Palace have been turned into heritage hotels, where you may consider staying. Amongst all others, the colossal that stands out is the Junagarh Fort. The many palaces, temples in the premises are now preserved as museums and upholds the grandiose lifestyle of the past Maharanas. There are also a couple of notable Jain temples, the famous most being Jain Temple Bhandasar. Starting from Kalbeliya and Ghoomar dances to the taste and aroma of Dal Baati Churma, lehsun ki chutney and the sweetness of ghevar and halwa, from camel rides to sand dune camping, Bikaner is an array of experiences.
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