Jaisalmer Fort of Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India
in antiquity and resonating an unmistakably regal ancient aura stands the
250 ft tall Jaisalmer Fort overlooking and complementing well the seemingly
endless expanse of the Thar desert. The Fort, second oldest in Rajasthan,
sums up the vision of a landscape hewn with camels, caravans, sand dunes and
hordes of tired travellers - so typical of a desert - and a mighty one at
Clearing The Sands Of Time
Cradled in the medieval fortress town of Jaisalmer that was once a
prosperous trade route connecting Egypt, Arabia, Persia and India, is this
10th century fort. The region was one of the last bastions of princely power
fabled for the valour of its rulers and the aesthetic treasures of their
palaces. The legacy is clearly felt in the ruins and remains of the glorious
past, housed most covetedly in the fort premises.
The Jaisalmer fort, standing tall and aloof almost 30 mt above the city,
emanates a golden-yellow halo, further accentuated by the 30 ft high
sandstone walls and 99 turrets. The Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol, Bhoot Pol, Hawa
Pol are its many entrances. The spacious enclosure houses beautiful havelis
and 12th-15th century Jain temples. The wells within the fort still provide
a regular source of water. Today the fort enclosure is populated with
merchants, houses, temples and shops all busy in thier daily hum-drum.
A visit to this antique land and its grand citadel on the luxury
train "Palace On Wheels" can be overtly exciting. Camel safaris
and the desert festival every February should not be missed. Winters are the
best time to go and we at Top Tours and Travels can be your preferred hosts.
Don't Miss these out.....
» Parswanath Temple -This is the oldest and most
beautiful Jain Temple here. The walls of the sanctum have brilliant carvings
of animals and human figures. There is a small dome, which is crowned by an
amalak and a waterpot containing a lotus flower.
» Gadsisar Sagar Tank - Once the source of water
for the entire city, it is now a popular picnic spot. A number of migratory
birds flock to this locale during the winters. Boating cruises are available
on Gadsisar - a rainwater lake.
» The Havelis - The main marketplace is hewn with
famous carved havelis like Patwon-Ki-Haveli, Salim Sing ki-Haveli,
Nathmalji-ki-Haveli and so on. These are embellished with intricate
latticework, especially the Patwon-ki-Haveli and Salim-Singh-ki-Haveli are
remarkable for their exclusive cutwork, yellow and red stone treatment and
the bracket-shaped decoration of peacocks.
» The Desert Culture Center and Museum - This is
where you can ruffle through the pages in the history of Jaisalmer. The
museum displays a collection of old coins, different kinds of textile,
traditional Rajasthani instruments and some fossils that were found in the
About 5 km from the city is the nearest airport that has regular flights to
and from Delhi, Jaipur and Jodhpur from September to March. The next best
option is the Jodhpur airport at 285 km which has flights all year round.
The network of roads and railways that connect Jaisalmer are excellently
linked to the major cities of Rajasthan and its neighbours.