Places to Visit in Jaisalmer
Places to View in Jaisalmer
1. Sam Sand Dunes
Sam sand Dunes, located in the outskirts of Jaisalmer and a must visit when one is in Rajasthan. This is the closest place from where you can lose yourself in ‘the Great Thar Desert‘. Sam has a truly magnificent stretch of sweeping dunes, with sparse or no vegetation. It is a great place to see patterns carved out by winds on the sand. Camel rides on the sand dunes are an unforgettable experience.
2. Desert National Park
Desert National Park is one the best attraction of Jaisalmer. This is one of the largest national parks, covering an area of 3162 km². This place attracts large hoard of migratory birds due to its close proximity to Bharatpur. The two biggest draws at the park are the Great Indian Bustard and the chinkara. Bird watchers and bird photographers should not give this place a miss as well.
3. Khaba Fort
Once inhabited and suddenly deserted by Paliwal Brahmins for reasons unknown, the Khaba Fort is yet another of the spooky places Jaisalmer has to offer. Take a walk around the crumbling fort structure or visit the small museum that houses ancient village artifacts. The air over Khaba Fort hangs dull and broody, and yet the whizzing wind gives the place a spooky feel, as abandoned over two centuries ago, the place still sees sparse human activity.
4. Kuldhara Village
Rajasthan displays a picture of mystifying desert kingdom with many glorious forts, palaces and villages. But one more thing can be added to Rajasthan; its various abandoned and haunted places, and villages. One such place worth mentioning is the village of Kuldhara. This village is located 18 km (approx) west of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.
5. Amar Sagar Jain Temple
Amar Sagar Jain Temple is one of the beauty of Jaisalmer. The temples are made of bright yellow sandstones. Though in ruins, the splendors of these Jain temples are clearly visible. You will find temple walls decorated with the pictures of Lord Parsvanath, the 23rd Jain Tirthankar. The beautiful Jaali works make these temples a piece of marvel.
6. Lodrawa Jain Temple
Lodrawa (Lodurva or Lodarva) is a village in Jaisalmer district, Rajasthan, India. It was situated 15 km to the north-west of Jaisalmer. It is famous for its Jain temple – Lodurva Jain Temple. Nakoda is a major tourist’s attraction due to the age old ruined Jain temples. The most mesmerizing experience will be the peacock dance amid exotic Lodurva ruins.
7. Bada Bagh
Bada Bagh, also called Barabagh (literally Big Garden) is a garden complex about 6 km north of Jaisalmer on way to Ramgarh, and halfway between Jaisalmer and Lodhruva. The site has three different things to watch, a garden, atank and a dam. In the vicinity itself you will find Govardhan Stambh (pillar). This pillar was constructed to commemorate the construction of the Dam and the tank.
8. Wood Fossil Park
To understand the magnificence of the Wood Fossil Park in Akal in jaisalmer, one has to go back 180 million years, during the Jurassic Period of the Mesozoic Era. Akal at that time didn’t use to be the dry, arid land that we see today but a dense forested area with a hot and humid climate, similar to a rainforest. These are beautiful forest vistas and any forester around can show you.
9. Shree Tanot Mata Temple
Tannot Mata is a temple in western State of Rajasthan in District Jaisalmer of India. The village is close to the border with Pakistan, and is very close to the battle site of Longewala of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. Tanot mata turn out to be a popular tourist destination and a perfect place to explore in the Thar Desert.
Jaisalmer Sight Seeing
1. Jaisalmer Fort(Sona Kila)
Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest fortifications in the world. Jaisalmer Fort is a monument worth visiting and worth retaining in your conscious mind. Like various other cities of Rajasthan, in Jaisalmer too you will find different facets of its own glorious heritage. Though you can find historical monuments scattered all over the city, the Jaisalmer Fort will immediately command your attention.
2. Patwon ki Haveli
Patwon ki Haveli is a cluster of five small havelis. The haveli is dipped in an enchanting shade of gold and instantly draws your attention to the intricacy of its architecture. It is most famous for its fine wall paintings, beautiful jharokhas (balconies), archways and gateways. A walk through the haveli should not take more than an hour, and this can easily be covered in a city tour.
3. Salam Singh ki Haveli
Salam Singh Ki Haveli is very famous haveli in Jaisalmer. It was built by prime minister of JaisalmerMr. Salim Singh in 1815. This is six Floor haveli with distinct and a great architecture. The roof has been constructed in theform of Peacock. The haveli is situated beside the hills near the Jaisalmer Fort.
4. Nathmal ki Haveli
This Nathmal Ji ki haveli was commissioned to serve as the residence of Diwan Mohata Nathmal. The most interesting aspect of this haveli is the drawing of modern amenities such as cars, fans etc. It is said and believed that the Architect brothers dint see these things ever in their life and engraved it with mere help of their descriptions given by people who had seen it.
5. Jain Temple
Jain Temples situated in the Jaisalmer Fort are a must visit in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. There are groups of Jain temples dating back 12th and 15th centuries and are dedicated to various Jain Tirthankars. On the walls of the temples, you can find animal & human figures, carved in famous Dilwara style. One of the unique features is the vast chain of corridors that connects all the seven temples and has a number of stone sculptures and captions.
6. Gadisar Lake
Gadsisar Lake is one of the major tourist attractions of Jaisalmer. Just leave the madding crowd behind and venture towards the outskirts and you will find yourself next to the famous Gadsisar Lake.. If you are lucky and venture out in winters, you might get to see a variety of migratory birds. Due to its proximity to Bharatpur, some of the birds get attracted to this place also.
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