If splendor is what the traveler in you is searching for, then Jaisalmer will definitely leave you breathless. This sun-kissed city in Rajasthan is all drenched in the beauty of the yellow sandstone it is famous for. It is because of this yellow golden hue that this city dawns, it is called the Golden City of India. The artistic excellence across the city of Jaisalmer is something to be looked forward to.
The Jaisalmer fort which still has a quarter of its population inside the fort has small pavements leading you to the grandeur of age old havelis and their splendid architecture. The Jaisalmer fort built by the Bhati ruler Jaisal speaks its own history. Made out of the yellow sandstone, this seven-story Raj Mahal exudes artistry for the famous lattice work by the craftsmen during Raja Jaisal’s rule. The fort built in 1156, has withstood many a wars and speaks of Jaisalmer’s vibrant history and Rajputana culture.
Besides the palace, there are several havelis like Patwon-ki-Haveli, Salam Singh-ki-Haveli, Nathmalji-ki-Haveli and Haveli Shreenath. The must visists in Jaisalmer also include Gadsisar Lake built by Maharwal Gadsi Singh and Tazia Tower near Badal Palace. Tazia Tower is five storied structure. Every storey in the tower has a significance of its own because of its unique design.
But, if you think the city is all about the Rajputana culture and tradition, there is more to the city. The city is also famous for its Jain heritage. Some of the notable sculptures and architecture adorn the temples dedicated to the 16th Tirthankara, Shantinath, and 23rd Tirthankara, Parshva. The exuberance of its culture and tradition is also rich enough to leave you mesmerized. The three day desert festival gives u a full circle view of Jaisalmer’s culture.
One gets a rear chance of the famous Kalbeliya folk dance, Manganyar musicians and Gair and Fire dancers unraveling their talent in this festival. The moustache competition is something you must watch out for in this festival. The typical Jaisalmer food also offers its travelers a wide variety in its cuisines. The food is typically spicy which includes ker sangria, daal bhati, laal maans, ghewar and tarfini, enough to trickle your taste buds. Jaisalmer is very close to the Thar Desert which makes take an adventurous camel safari. The dusty and rugged terrain with desert sand dunes makes it a picture perfect setting to get retreat from the busy city life.