As the sun ascends, the city is transformed into a shimmer of golden Colour play, as most edifices in the city are made of yellow sandstone, thus giving the city its nickname “ The Golden City ”. It lies in the heart of the Thar Desert. Jaisalmer as a city is in total harmony with its soil, its terrain and the lifestyle of its people
How To Reach
Fondly known as the Golden City, Jaisalmer attracts a huge number of travelers from all around. It is festooned with stunning palaces, attractive havelis, magnificent Jain temples and the very popular sand dunes of the Thar. Reaching Jaisalmer is an easy task.
Jaisalmer Airport is a military airport and thus only chartered flights fly to and fro from here. The nearest domestic airport is Jodhpur Airport located at a distance of 285 km from Jaisalmer city. Regular flights connect this airport to important Indian cities like Udaipur, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai. Rent a private or prepaid taxi from the airport. The nearest international airport is in Delhi.
Located 2 km eastwards of the city, Jaisalmer railway station is connected widely with network of regular trains to important cities of India such as Mumbai, Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur and so on. From outside the airport, you can rent a can or can hire an auto-rickshaw.
A good, well-maintained network of roads connect Jaisalmer to nearby cities of the state and the country. Travelers have option of buses and private taxis. Jodhpur, Jaipur, Bikaner, Barmer, Mount Abu, Jalore and Ahemdabad are the nearby cities to which Jaisalmer is connected.
Places To Visit
The journey to Jaisalmer takes up from the train. All the way to Jaisalmer each and every place we run by are scenic and refreshing. The sleeper compartment of the train might give you some sort of discomfort, but all along the track there will be at least one local man in the train from Jaisalmer who can explain you the whole tale of Jaisalmer ( who better than a native can talk about this.) and also the present scenario of the city . Knowing the history of Jaisalmer will help you explore the city as its fullest. The first sandstone structure you going to witness is the golden railway station. From there on you will get a notion of how things are going to twist out.
One of the most significant thing is the matter of accommodation. All the resorts and hotels in Jaisalmer are Haveli ( a mansion) designed. All of them tried to maintain the traditional architecture of the city as it is. This architecture symphony helps the backpacker to feel the essence, elegance and royalty of Jaisalmer. So staying in one of these will make us feel ourselves majestic.
The Rajmahal, Jaisalmer Fort, Chandraprabhu Temple, Parsvananth Jain Temple, Salim Singh ki Haveli and Nathmal ki Haveli reflect the unique architectural style that were adopted by the imperial Rajput rulers. These are the must visits in Jaisalmer. The forts, palaces and religious shrines are exquisitely ornamented with fine and delicate works. The unavoidable site in Jaisalmer is nothing but The Jaisalmer Fort. Jaisalmer Fort locally known as Sonar Quila is one of the largest forts in the world. Just walk through the lanes inside Jaisalmer fort to get surprised. There you will see local artisans, temple priests , even camels and cows. Above all, the breathtaking vistas from the fort will grant you the same feeling of a gratified King who conquered the world. You can visit the fort from 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM for free of cost.
Travel Tips for your South Indian Visit
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