Jaisalmer, also known as the Golden city of India as all homes here are built from yellow sand stones. And when you see the city of Jaisalmer from some distance, it will look like a city which is shinning with golden colour.
In this post, we have shared the list of all amazing tourist sites one must see, if they are planning to visit Jaisalmer and the sand dunes area of Sam. So lets start with:
1. Jaisalmer Fort
One of the largest Forts of the world, Jaisalmer Fort also known as Sonar Qila. Made from yellow sandstone, it appears golden in bright sunlight and hence it is popular by the name of Sonar Qila or Golden Fort. This World Heritage Site is a home to more than 3000 people. There are houses, temples, handicraft shops, guest houses and restaurants. This Historical living urban center was founded by King Jaisal in 1156 AD. The Fort has seen numerous battles in all the years of its existence.
2. Heritage Haveli of Patwon and Salim Singh:
Patwon Ki Haveli and Salim Singh ki Haveli are both were once the residence of wealthy businessmen of Jaisalmer. Patwaon ki Haveli is a beautiful example of Indo-Islamic architecture. These haveli’s were built by Marwari businessman Guman Chand Patwa for his five sons for the residence purpose. These people probably shifted to Madras or Bengal after seaports became more popular.
Salim Singh ki Haveli is a 17th century Haveli and families still live here. Both the Havelis are popular for the intricate carvings on their balconies.
3. Gadisar Lake and NK Sharma Puppet Show
Gadisar Lake is on the outskirts of Jaisalmer. There is a temple on the shore of the river. Ballads and traditional Rajasthani folk singers, manganiyars are always sitting there, dressed in white clothes and colorful turbans.
There is a Folklore Museum near the Lake which holds two sessions of a Puppet show. A retired teacher, NK Sharma started this center in 1984 to preserve the colorful culture of Jaisalmer. This museum is an exhibit of pure culture and an effort to preserve it for next generation.
4. Vyas Chhatri
Dedicate to sage Vyaas, Vyaas Chhatri is a beautiful example of Rajasthani architecture. Sage Vyaas was the writer of the epic book “Mahabharta”.
This place is cenotaph and is beautifully carved and the carvings here are so beautiful that they can easily behold the site of a tourist. One can shot the beautiful scenes of the city from this place. Sunrise and sunsets are most beautiful at this site. Early morning is the best time for a photo shoot of this cenotaph.
5. Bada Bagh
Commissioned by Maharaja Rawal Singh in the early 16th century, Bada Bagh is a Royal cenotaph, located around 6 km away from Jaisalmer the place has three different things to watch; a garden, a tank, and a dam.
There are various cenotaphs or chhatris here and each chhatri stands for a Bhatti ruler. The tradition started with Maharawal Jait Singh and continued till 1947. At that time a prince dies in mysterious conditions and the tradition came to an end.
6. The Sand Dunes of Sam
These sand dunes are located in a silky desert 41 km away from the city. The 2 km wide band is the most picturesque scenery and the short camel & jeep safaris are offered here to reach to sunset point. One hour ride of the camel in this desert cab be both thrilling and exciting. You are also welcome to stay in our desert camp and we arrange all the outdoor activities for you in advance.
7. Kuldhara Haunted Village
This village established around the 13th century and was a prosperous community once. In early 19th century, the village was abandoned by the villagers for unknown reasons. Local people believe that the village is acquired by the ghosts and it’s believed that the whole community vanished overnight in the deadly night. Legends claim that either dwindling water supply or the persecution of the King was the reason behind this disaster.
8. Kabha Fort
The ruins of this Fort are located near the Kuldhara village in Jaisalmer. Located deep in the desert, the Kabha Fort is around 35 km away from Jaisalmer. The Fort exhibits a different type of rocks and stones, and there is a small temple nearby. One can see 30-40 peacocks at this place. Early mornings are the best time to visit this place.
9. Tanot Mata Temple
Located in the western part of Jaisalmer, Tanot Mata Temple is dedicated to Hinglaj Mata which then transformed to Tanot Mata and then Karni Mata.
The temple was attacked with more than 3000 missiles during the Indo-Pak war of 1965 but no bomb exploded. It is believed that Tanot Mata saved this part of India and thus the temple has become more popular after the battle.
10. Local Markets of Jaisalmer
Wandering in the historical city and tourists can find the authentic Rajasthani items. Local markets of the city are famous for mirror-worked embroidered clothes, garments, blankets and oil lamps. Silver jewelry, jootis and puppets are the major attraction of this town.
Jaisalmer can be a shopping paradise if you are good in bargaining skills. The local food is mouth watering. It is so spicy that it can thrill your taste buds. Sadar Bazar, Pansari Bazar, and Manak Chowk are famous markets of Jaisalmer, which you should visit.