The golden city of Jaisalmer, which lies courageously as the western sentinel of India, is a place worth visiting. The golden ray of the setting sun draws a heavenly picture on the sands of Jaisalmer. The magnificent wood- and stone-carved mansions and buildings display the love of the Rajputs towards the fine arts. This desert city, is an important tourist destination today famous for camel rides across Thar Desert and its golden sand dunes.
Jaisalmer is a city of forts, havelis, and sand dunes with added attraction of camel rides. A trip to Jaisalmer is incomplete without this visit to most panoramic Dunes of Sam, where the wind is unceasingly carving out scenic patterns on this desert sand, truly the essence of the desert, the ripples of the Dunes create a enchanting mirage.
The annual desert festival take place in January and February each year and is a riot of colour and activity. Jaisalmer is also famous for its embroidery, Rajasthani mirror work, rugs, blankets, antique, stonework and camel safaris into the barren sand-duned desert.
Places to visit
Jaisalmer Fort : Built in 1156 by the Bhatti ruler, Jaisala, the fort stands atop the 80 m high Trikuta hill.
Jain Temples : Within the fort complex lie the beautifully carved Jain Temples built between the 12th and 15th centuries.
Laxminath Temple : It is located in a centre of the fort. The less ornate Hindu temple in the complex features an interesting dome that exhibits fine paintings.