Every old city has its own story and heritage, uniqueness and wonders. Jaisalmer is one such city of Rajasthan that has seen the rule of courageous rulers, tales of valour and the city is beautiful. The city is located deep in the Thar Desert, and there are many beautiful places to visit in Jaisalmer.
- Jaisalmer Fort
Jaisalmer Fort is also commonly known as the Golden Fort of Rajasthan. Jaisalmer was built by Raja Jaisal in 1156 AD. It ranks among one of the largest forts in the world. The fort is a mixture of yellow and golden colours that gives it an exquisite look. The fort is a beautiful sight with its 99 turrets at night. It is one of the most popular places to visit in Jaisalmer.
People visit the fort to nurture its beauty and also get a dynamic view of the desert. It is open from 9 am to 5 pm.
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- Bada Bagh
Bada Bagh, which means Huge Garden, was first built at the beginning of the 16th century by Maharawal Jait Singh and later his son Lunakaran completed the construction after his father died. The garden is a memorial where the nobles and their families were cremated. This place is not crowded and if you visit it during sunrises and sunsets then you will witness some breathtaking views. It is one of the most gorgeous places to visit in Jaisalmer. You can visit Bada Bagh from 9 am to 6 pm.
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- Patwon – Ki – Haveli
It is located in the main city. Patwon-Ki-Haveli is built by a famous trader called Guman Chand and his sons. This 5 storeyed massive haveli is decorated with perfection. The huge corridors and the decorated walls are a perfect representation of art in that era. The entire haveli is made of yellow sandstone. The grandeur and architecture of the monument make it a rich and cultural heritage site that people visit from far away. Out of the 5 Havelis, one of them is converted into a museum; the third one has the works of local craftsmen of the bygone era. It is one of the best places to visit in Jaisalmer.
The haveli is open for tourists from 9 am to 5 pm and there are additional charges for taking the camera with you for photography and videography.
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- Sam Sand Dunes
If you have never been to deserts, then this is just the place you can’t miss. To get a wholesome experience of Desert Safari and Camel rides you can visit Sam Sand Dunes. You will love the experience of camelback rides that take you across the crests and troughs and enjoy the gorgeous sunset in the desert. Desert festival is organized in February and March. Make sure to check out this festival, it is filled with folk dances, camel races and so many other cultural events.
- Gadisar Lake
Gadisar Lake was constructed by the first ruler of the Jaisalmer, Raja Rawal Jaisal and later it was reconstructed by Maharawal Garsi in 1367 AD. The people of the desert city take water from this lake for their daily needs. You will see temples, holy shrines, chattris around the banks of this lake. The whole view is aesthetic and one of the best places to visit in Jaisalmer. You can also go for boat rides here.
Khur is a small village that is famous for its dunes; Khuri has some beautiful sunset viewpoints and makes the entire Thar’s ecosystem look ecstatic. It is one of the most popular places to visit in Jaisalmer. It is a great location for people who are looking to relax with fewer crowds. It is a bit far away from Jaisalmer (49.8km).
So, here are a few locations that you must visit when you visit Jaisalmer!