Jaisalmer had been on my wish list for a very long time. Having seeing beaches, backwaters, historical places, hill stations and mountains, the desert still remained to be explored. Finally the call came from the desert and one fine day we found ourselves on board the train to Jaisalmer – The Golden City of forts, havelis and the magnificent Thar. It was the cold and foggy winter evening of January 22 this year when we took the ‘DLI JSM Express’ from Gurgaon railway station. This is the only train that goes directly to Jaisalmer from Delhi via Gurgaon, Jaipur and Jodhpur. It is a sixteen hour journey.Read More
Jaisalmer is a breathtaking heritage city that lies in the heart of the Thar Desert. Surrounded by sand dunes, the city has the spectacular golden Jaisalmer Fort towering over it and apparently rising out of the desert haze. Made of yellow sandstone, Jaisalmer Fort, Havelis, Palace of the Maharawal, several Hindu temples, exquisitely sculpted trio of Jain temples and Gadsisar Lake are the places that are not to be missed out on your trip to this beautiful city.
The most famous havelis are Nathmalji ki Haveli, Salim Singh ki Haveli and the Patwon ki Haveli. The Desert Culture Centre and Museum is a place which gives visitors an inside view of Jaisalmer, with its extensive collection of old coins, textile, weaponry, traditional Rajasthani musical instruments and fossils found in the desert. The Gadsisar Lake is an artificial water body that stores rainwater. In the harsh desert landscape, it becomes a major attraction and a favourite picnic spot. Including a desert safari during a visit here would also prove to be an unforgettable experience. The city is well connected by air, road and railways.
Best time to visit: October to February
Languages spoken: Rajasthani, Hindi, Urdu
Climate: Very hot summers and cold winters
Heritage sites: Jaisalmer Fort, Palace of the Maharawal, Nathmalji ki Haveli, Salim Singh ki Haveli, Patwon ki Haveli.
Holy places: Several Hindu and Jain Temples
Activities: Desert Safari
Places to visit: Desert Culture Centre and Museum, Gadsisar Lake
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Located 18 km away from Jaisalmer, the way to desert Kuldhara village is known as the ghost village. Lying abandoned from the past few centuries, this village has no signs of human life and is also known as one of the haunted places in Rajasthan. A clan of eighty-five villages, Kuldhara was once inhabited by the Paliwal Brahmins, but due to some adverse happenings, the natives evacuated the village within a night. It is also said that while leaving the village, the villagers put a curse on it.Read More
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