Rawal Jaisal, a Bhati Rajput, abandoned his Fort at Ludarva and established his kingdom at Jaisalmer and built the Fort on top of Trikuta Hill in the year 1156 AD, Bhati Rajputs claim their descent from Lord Krishna and are Chandravanshi Rajputs.
Jaisalmer is the most exotic town in Rajasthan, It was an important ancient trading centre because of its strategic location on the camel trade routes, Jaisalmer is also described as the 'golden city'.
There are beautiful havelies, built by merchants of the 19th century. These havelies are exquisitely carved from golden-yellow sandstone and the craftmanship is worth seeing. The fort built by Rawal Jaisal in the 12th century, stands on the 80 meter high Trikuta hill. There are may jain temples which depict skilled craftmanship and filigiri workmanship.
The gold hued fort stands 80 meters over the city with 99 bastions, housing the entire township within its ramparts. Walking though the narrow lanes is an experience worth savouring. In the afternoon from Vyas cenetophs one gets splendid sight of the fort as if washed in gold. Jaisalmer is famous for its intricately latticed havelis(residential houses) built in yellow limestones.
Patwon ki Haveli
This the largest and the most elaborate haveli in Jaisalmer. It is 5 story high and extensively carved.
Nathmalji ki Haveli
This haveli was of 2 brothers. It has superb carvings on walls and windows.On close look one can spot the difference of carvings and motifs in the building belonging to the 2 brothers.
Salim Singh ki Haveli
Salim Singh was the most powerful minister of the Jaisalmer rulers. The building built in yellow limestone has cupula roof and facade carved all over and has exquisite balconies.
Artificial lake in the desert state has imposing gate, temples and house with elaborate carvings.
On the outskirts of Jaisalmer town is badabagh where the members of the royal family were cremated. The cenotaphs has exquisite carvings and worth visiting.
42 Kms. from Jaisalmer has magnificient sand dunes where one can experience the joy of camel ride.
16 Kms. from Jaisalmer is Lodhurva. It was the old capital of Bhati rulers. Ruins of this ancient town could be seen. It has an important Jain temple.
60 Kms, the village of Khuri is also popular for camel rides as it has vast sand dunes. By prior arrangements one can visit the toyal family of Khuri where you would be entertained over cocktails, dinner and langa music.
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|Connected by rail with Jodhpur and Bikaner.|
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