Jaisalmer Travel Guide

Jaisalmer Fort

The most famous landmark in the city, Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest forts in the world. Built in 1156 AD, the fort is also popularly known as Sonar Qila. Unlike other forts in the country, Jaisalmer Fort is a massive fort with a museum, shops, hotels, houses and eateries housed within. One of the biggest tourist attractions of the city, it is also a delight for photographers.
 

Nath Mal ki Haveli

Once the residence of Diwan Mohata Nathmal, who was the Prime Minister of Jaisalmer, this grand haveli has an interesting story behind it. It is said that the construction of this structure began from two sides at the same time. With huge life-size elephants carved out of yellow stone and intricately carved exteriors and interiors, this haveli is one you just can’t afford to miss!
 

Desert Culture Centre and Museum

Located close to the Jaisalmer city centre, Desert Culture Centre and Museum houses a large collection of traditional ancient scriptures, artefacts and instruments in addition to a vast collection of weapons, jewellery and handicrafts. The museum is maintained by the tourism department and is a must-visit for history buffs.

 

Desert National Park

One of the largest national parks in India, Desert National Park, situated near Jaisalmer extends over an area of 3,162 square kilometres and is home to a variety of flora and fauna including migratory birds such as kestrels, laager falcons, buzzards, vultures and more.

The main attraction at the park is the endangered Indian Bustard. A major portion of the national park consists of sand dunes and visitors can explore the park on a jeep safari.

 

Khaba Fort

Yet another fascinating and slightly spooky fort in Jaisalmer, Khaba Fort, was once inhabited by the Paliwal Brahmins. It was then suddenly deserted for mysterious reasons. The fort still has the ruins of the homes of some 80 families that used to live here more than 200 years ago.

When you visit the fort, you can take a walk around the crumbling structure and then take a tour of the small museum that carries ancient artefacts. Khaba Fort still carries an abandoned feel with very minimal human activity in the area. While you will see very few humans, you would be pleasantly surprised to see a number of peacocks around the fort.

You can combine your visit to Khaba Fort with a trip to Kuldhara Village.

 

Vyas Chhatri

A beautiful example of Rajasthani architecture, Vyas Chhatri as the name suggests, is dedicated to sage Vyaas, the writer of the epic Mahabharata. This local version of a cenotaph, is made up of delicate carvings that are a sight to behold.

This is also one of the most scenic spots to catch a sunset in the desert.

 

Amar Sagar Lake

Amar Sagar Lake is a lake retreat situated next to the 17th century citadel- the Amar Singh Palace. The palace was constructed by Maharawal Akhai Singh in honour of his predecessor Amar Singh.

You will see pavilions with stairs next to the palace that will lead you to the lake. The palace, which is a 5-storey building famous for its murals, has been constructed in a pattern of apartments.

The area has several ponds and lakes and an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. You will also see figureheads of animals carved in stone around the lake. It is believed that these figureheads are the protectors of the royal family.

 

 

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