Golden City of India

Jaisalmer is sometimes called the "Golden City of India" because the yellow sand gives a yellowish-golden tinge to the city and its surrounding area. It is full of majestic images that transfer visitors into the towering fortresses.

Jaisalmer is sometimes called the "Golden City of India" because the yellow sand gives a yellowish-golden tinge to the city and its surrounding area. It is full of majestic images that transfer visitors into the towering fortresses shining in the sun, ornate Havelis (enclosed massive houses) under the clear blue skies, tawny sand dunes drifting down by camel riders, shy women with multicolored dresses and silver jewelry. In 1156, Rawal Jaisal, a Rajput king founded the fort and city of Jaisalmer and named them after him. Jaisalmer is located on the border of India and Pakistan in West Rajasthan, right in the heart of the Thar Desert. The Jaisalmer fort is situated atop Trikuta Hill and has been a witness to many acts of valor and bravery during fierce battles.  Its high walls are made up of yellowish sandstone, a color that glows during sunset. Inside the fort you can visit the Raj Mahal (Royal palace), some exquisitely beautiful Jain temples and the Laxminath temple. Jaisalmer is also famous for its Havelis. The most famous one is the Patwon-ki-Haveli built by a rich merchant. The other beautiful Havelis are Salim Singh-ki-Haveli and the Nathmalji-ki-Haveli. Apart from these attractions, Camel safaris in the nearby desert are also famous among tourists because it gives one the opportunity to view the austere beauty of the desert at close quarters. For a traveler, Jaisalmer keeps unraveling its beauty with every moment and there is always more to see and more to do here.

Attractions in Jaisalmer, around and from Jaisalmer

  • Bada Bagh It was commissioned by Maharawal Jait Singh in the early 16th century and completed by his son Lunakaran after his death. The site has three different things to watch, a garden, a tank and a dam.

  • Desert National Park The Desert National Park is an excellent example of the ecosystem of the Thar Desert and its rich fauna. The Sudashri forest post is the most ideal place for observing wildlife in the Desert National

  • Gadisar Lake It was the only source of water for the Jaisalmer city in the olden days. A manmade reservoir, the Gadisar Lake in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan was constructed by Raja Rawal Jaisal, the first ruler of Jaisalm

  • Jain Temples In Jaisalmer The Jain temples in Jaisalmer are located within the Jaisalmer Fort premises. These temples date back to the 12th century.

  • Jaisalmer Fort Known as a Sonar Quila Built in 1156 A.D on Trikuta hill. The fort is also called Sonar Quila or Golden Fort because it is made up of yellow sandstone and seems to ignite into a golden flame when scor

  • Patwon Ki Haveli This is one of the largest and most elaborate Haveli in Jaisalmer and stands in a narrow lane. It is five storeys high and is extensively carved.

  • Sam Sand Dunes Sam Sand Dunes, 42 away km from Jaisalmer, is the most popular excursion to see the total sandy bush less desert. It has a truly glorious stretch of sweeping sand dunes. It is best to be here at sunri