Jaisalmer, Rajasthan Tourism
Jaisalmer is located in the Thar Desert, and is pretty arid most of the year. Don’t let that discourage from visiting the city though. Jaisalmer’s lovely “Golden Fort” shimmering in the desert, is like something straight out of a fairytale. Hardly what you expect to find in the hot, barren desert – but that is Rajasthan for you, full of contradictions and surprises.

Attractions

Jaisalmer Fort

Start with the focus of Jaisalmer’s existence. The fort towers over the city, combining sheer loveliness with grandeur. While the “gold” bit is something of a misnomer, because the fort is made of locally quarried yellow sandstone, the shimmer and glitter can fool most people. Viewed from a distance, when the undiluted sunbeams hit the façade, the fort does indeed look burnished.

The Jaisalmer Fort, unlike other forts and palaces in Rajasthan, is part of the city life. It is not a “touristy” spot which does not concern the local population except apart from those who benefit directly from the tourist business. It is not some old forgotten structure that is of interest only to students of history. Jaisalmer exists because of the fort; its day revolves around the fort. The old bazaars are still there, as are the squares and narrow lanes. And people still live here. Jaisalmer Fort still protects and shelters.

Havelis

Located within the fort are the old mansions, or havelis. These havelis are famous for their intricate architecture and opulent interiors. The Nathmalji Ki Haveli and Salim Singh ki Haveli have famed miniature paintings of Rajasthan decorating the walls. What takes the cake is the Patwon ki Haveli, with beautifully decorated pillars and balustrades.

Gadsisar Lake

And if the desert heat starts getting to you, visit the cool environs of the Gadsisar Lake. The lake was created through rainwater harvesting, something that changed the life of the people of Jaisalmer. Today, families can be seen picnicking on the banks of this lake, which is an oasis offering relief to the people living in the shadow of the harsh desert.

How to Reach Jaisalmer

By Air : Jaisalmer Airport is linked to the airports at New Delhi, Mumbai, and the nearest city, Jodhpur. However, the runway is small and does not allow for commercial airliners to land here. Chartered flights are a popular option, though you need to check beforehand if the airport allows flights during that particular season.

By Train : You can travel by train or the luxury Palace on Wheels from New Delhi to Jaisalmer. Trains connect Jaisalmer to other Rajasthan cities such as Udaipur, Ajmer, and Bikaner.

By Road : Government run state buses or private luxury buses ply the highways and roads that connect Delhi, Jodhpur, and Bikaner to Jaisalmer. You can also hire jeeps and SUVs to travel.