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jaisalmer City Map

Introduction

Jaisalmer is amongst the last of the former princely kingdoms of Rajputana before the border between India and Pakistan. The people of Jaisalmer believe Lord Krishna prophecied to Arjuna that one of his descendants would establish a kingdom on Trikuta Hill. The Lord’s prophecy was fulfilled in 1196 AD when Rawal Jaisal, a Bhatti Rajput who traced his lineage to Krisnna’s Yadava clan, shifted his capital from Lodurva (16 km away) to Trikuta Hill. Jaisalmer’s past glories can be seen in its impressive golden fort on Trikuta Hill that dominates the horizon. Jaisalmer, the city of the golden fort is a fantasy in yellow sandstone in the heart of the Thar Desert. Rawla Jaisal, a Bhatti Rajput King, founded the city in the year 1156 A.D.Perched atop the Trikuta Hill, it stands tall against miles of gleaming sand. The sunset has a peculiar glow here. As the night descends, the sky goes up in flames, which fade leaving a few embers, till it becomes black. A breathtaking sight indeed! Every house, here, is exquisitely carved, having filigreed work all over. These houses date back to 12th – 15th century. And hence Jaisalmer is called ’the Museum city’.


Area 5.1 sq km
Altitude 225 metres above sea level
Temperature Summer-24.0 C-47.0 C Winter-5.0 C-26.0 C
Language Rajasthan, Hindi, English
STD Code 02992
Rainfall __ cm average yearly
Best Time to Visit October to March

How to get there

  1. Air :- The nearest airport is Jodhpur (285 km)
  2. Rail:-Rail connection with major cities of the country through Jodhpur
  3. Road:-Well connected by road with all the major cities of India. Direct bus services to Udaipur, Mount Abu, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Barmer, Ajmer and Jaipur. Ahmedabad and Bhuj (Gujarat),

Places to Visit


Gadsisar Lake Jaisalmer Fort Nathmailji ki haveli Salim's Singh Haveli
Jain Temple Manak Chowk Patwon ki Haveli

Excursion


Akal Fossil Park Amar Sagar Khuhri Lodurva
Sam Sand Dunes

Shopping

Shop for exquisitely carved wooden boxes in tiny curio shops. Traditional rugs, handwoven blankets and shawls in typical Rajasthani color and weave are also available. Mirror work, embroided article silver jewelry. Trickles and curios are other boys of Jaisalmer. The shopping spots are within the fort and include sadar Bazar, sonaron ka Bass Manak Chowk, pansari bazar, Gandhi Darshan, Seema gram, Rajsthani Govt. shop and Khadi Gramodyog Emporium. Jaisalmer is famous for embroidery, rajasthani mirror work, rugs, blankets, antiques and old stone work. Tie-dye and other fabrics are made at the Kahdi Gramudyog Bhavan.

Accommodation


Gorbandh Palace Hotel Rang Mahal Fort Rajwada Himmatgarh Palace
Hotel Heritage Inn Hotel Dholamaru Narayan Niwas Palace