“Jaisalmer the Golden City”
It is located close to the Pakistan border and in close proximity to the well known as thar Desert. The city’s most prominent landmark is the Jaisalmer Fort, also called Golden fort. Unlike most other forts in India, Jaisalmer Fort is not just a tourist attraction but is a host to different houses shops, hotels and ancient haveli’s where generations continue to live.
HISTORY OF THE GOLDEN CITY –
Jaisalmer traces its inception to the 12th century. History tells about the Rawal Jaisal, the eldest heir of the Rawal of Deoraj who passed over for the throne of Lodurva and a younger half-brother was crowned king. Rawal Jaisal went looking for a new location to set up his capital when he came across sage Eesul. The sage told him about Krishna’s prophecy which said that a descendant of his Yaduvanshi clan would found a new kingdom at this same place. It was in 1156 that Rawal Jaisal constructed a mud fort ( Mitti ka killa), named it Jaisalmer after himself and declared it his capital.
EXPLORE THE BEAUTY OF GOLDEN CITY WITH HOWDY-
All you adventure lovers will love a visit to Khuri, some 50 km from Jaisalmer. You can indulge in camel safari far into the dunes which typically start around 3 pm so as to reach the dunes by the sunset. You can take an individual camel or share it with your companion. The things required for the stay at night, like utensils, bedding, food and water, are loaded on camels. Approximately, a 2-hour journey takes you to the isolated sand dunes in the heart of the desert. A mesmerising sunset will welcome you. Spend night at the dunes, eat local food prepared on firewood and admire the stars in the sky. Waking up to the open sky, vast expanse of sand dunes and morning bells of camels are things not to be missed during a visit to Khuri.
Lodurva, known for its Jain temple, is a small village approximately 15 km from Jaisalmer. It was once the capital of the Bhatti dynasty before Jaiswal founded Jaisalmer. Built originally in the 12th century along with the town, the temple was ransacked several times by invaders, including Muslim rulers, and was rebuilt in the late 1970s. The architecture will leave you awee struck and the freshly baked sweets along the road side will boost the hunger in you.
Lovely drive of 40 km from Kuldhara takes you to the Khaba Fort. The village looks very much like Kuldhara except for a fort on a hill overlooking the village. The fort offers a breathtaking view of the vast expanse of the village and surrounding areas.
Kuldhara, also known as the ‘Ghost Village of Rajasthan’ is considered to be one in the list of most haunted places in India. This unique mysterious place needs to be on your must-visit list for sure.
DESERT NATIONAL PARK
Desert national park is the representative of the desert ecosystem with exceptional beauty. An endless expanse of sand all over, broken rock formations and an interesting array of unique flora and fauna make the national park a must visit if you are around Jaisalmer.
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