Jaisalmer


This city is located in the state of Rajasthan. It is well connected to other cities in Rajasthan by road. Direct trains are available to Jodhpur, Delhi via Jodhpur – Jaipur – Alwar. The nearest airport is Jodhpur.

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This spectacular city was founded in 1156 A.D., when Rawal Jaisal set up his kingdom in the Thar Dessert. Later in 14th century, Mughals emperors invaded this region, though Rajputs fought bravely. When British ruled, this region did not prosper and suffered several disasters during Indo- Pak wars. When Indira Gandhi Canal was developed, it started gaining importance.

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Jaisalmer is also called “The Goldern City”. The name Jaisalmer induces a dramatic picture of utter magic and brilliance of the desert. Nothing else is like this on this planetand no place would even look like it. It’s like straight out of an Arabian Nights fable. The people of Jaisalmer exhibit a spirited enthusiasm for life, color, folk music, dances and more One of the main draws is the daunting 12th century Jaisalmer Fort.The beautiful havelis which were built by wealthy merchants of Jaisalmer are yet another interesting aspect of the desert city.

Jaisalmer is famous for its tablecloths in mirror work and trinkets. Puppets and joothies are other popular items. The puppets in Jaisalmer make an excellent souvenir. You can also shop for a host other items, which include textile, camel leather items, woven jackets, wooden boxes and ornaments.

See an explosion of radiant colors, exuberance, art and joy in every animate and inanimate thing that you can find during your cultural holidays in Jaisalmer. Be it mud huts with straw thatched roofs, havelis, palaces, camels, festivals and fairs or the people of Rajasthan, all express some form of happy color that adds to the glory of splendid Jaisalmer. The nearest airport in Jodhpur 300 km. Direct Trains available from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur & Delhi via Jodhpur-Jaipur-Alwar. Deluxe & Ordinary buses of Rajasthan Roadways & Private companies operate form Jaisalmer. The tranquil Jaisalmer sands sparkle in molten gold and spring to life at different times of the year to celebrate festivals such as Basant Panchami, Teej, Desert Festival, Dussera and Holi.

Festivals in Jaisalmer are marked with animated merrymaking, joy and ritualistic activities. Almost all fairs and festivals in Jaisalmer accord a special status to camels, the lifelines of desert Rajasthan. Folk dances and open-air music performances enchant you into an enigmatic desert spell.

Camel and horse sports, healthy competitions, traditional cuisine, ethnic craft stalls and a wide variety of colorful desert paraphernalia greet you.

The main Jaisalmer festival is of course the Desert festival that radiates all that is bright and beautiful about Golden Jaisalmer. Celebrated in the month of February every year, the desert festival in Jaisalmer draws crowds from far and wide and scintillates with colors of joy and frolic.

See performers, musicians and folk artists perform with vigor and unrivalled enthusiasm at the festivals and fairs of Jaisalmer. The fire dancers at the annual Jaisalmer Desert Festival are heart stealers.

 

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