Jaisalmer is one of Rajasthan's most exotic and unusal towns. "A living museum" and the "Golden City" are just two descriptions which has been applied to the desert put-outs. Places of visit are beautiful mansions built by Jaisalmer's wealthy merchants are known as Havelis, Gandhi Sagar Tank,was once the water supply of the city, fort built in the year 1156, the fort crowns the 80m high Trikuta Hill and Jain temple and what to,say about camel safari on desert.
The town is encircled by thick sandstone walls which were built in 1750. There are four pols or Gates in the wall, opening into the town - Malka pol, Amar Sagar pol, Baron pol and the Gandhisagar pol. Amar pol on the western side is the principle entrance to the town, leading to Gandhi Chowk. The town within has a Fort perched on the hilltop with the Palaces, Jain Temples and Havelis, scattered throughout the town. Bada Bagh, 6km north of Jaisalmer has fruits and vegetables grown in the oasis around a large old dam. Sam Dunes, 40km west of Jaisalmer, is popular for camel rides.
- Altitude : 486 meters
- Climate : Summer: Mean Max : 41.6.0 degree C Mean Min :25 degree C
- Winter : Mean Max :23.6 degree C Mean Min : 7.9 degree C
- Clothing : Summer light tropical; Winter: light woollen
- Best Season: October to February
- Languages : English, Rajasthani, Hindi.
PLACES TO VISIT
- Jaisalmer Jain Temple
- Patwon ki Haveli
- Salim Singh ki Haveli
- Nathmal ki Haveli
- Gadi Sagar tank & museum
- Jaisalmer Fort
- Desert Festival in February.
- Overnight Camel Safaris.
- Sam Sand Dunes
- Wood Fossil Park
- Desert National Park
- Khuri village
HOW TO GET THERE?
Air: Indian Airlines links Jaisalmer with Jaipur, Jodhpur, Delhi and Mumbai. Hotel Moomal, an RTDC hotel, houses the office of Indian Airlines.
Rail: The Jodhpur Express and the IIJP connect Jaisalmer with Jodhpur.
Road: All buses start from Hotel Neeraj, which is very conveniently located. There are frequent deluxe buses to Jodhpur and Bikaner. A 13-hour ride will take you on the only deluxe bus to Jaipur. One can book on these deluxe buses through most travel agencies in the city. You can hire a jeep from the Gandhi Chowk for Khuri or Sam, and share it with others to split the cost. Autorickshaws and rickshaws ply in the city. A bicycle on hire is a nice way to get around the city. These are available just outside the main gate of the fort.