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Read about travel and tourism of Jaisalmer in this Jaisalmer travel/city guide.


The 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, lying on an old trade route connecting India to Central Asia is an important tourist destination famous for camel rides across the Thar Desert and its golden sand dunes.

Jaisalmer is a city of forts, havelis, and sand dunes with added attraction of camel rides. The main attraction is Jaisalmer Fort along with Jain Temple, Salim-singh-ki-Haveli, Patwon-ki-Haveli, Gadsisar Sagar Tank, Bara Bagh, and Jaisalmer Culture Center. The most famous local fair is the Jaisalmer camel fair that is held during the winter season of the year.

Jaisalmer Fort
The Jaisalmer Fort was built over the Trikuta hill and is the biggest and the most beautiful landmark of the city. Shops, stalls and a number of other business concerns, occupy the Jaisalmer fort. This fort accommodates quarter of the city's population. Just outside the fort is the Manakchowk, the famous marketplace of Jaisalmer. It is a good place for bargaining the local products.

Jain Temple
The Jain temple, a place worth visiting, is also situated inside the fort itself. The temple, made between 12th and 15th century, bears testimony to Rajasthan's unique artistry.

Havelis are the mansions built by the wealthy merchants, which are still in very good condition. The intricate craftsmanship is beyond comparison. The Havelis like the Patwon-ki-Haveli and Salim-Singh-ki-Haveli are remarkable for their exclusive cutwork, yellow and red stone treatment and the bracket-shaped decoration of peacocks.

Gadsisar Sagar Tank
Gadsisar Sagar Tank is a famous place for an outing. Earlier it used to be the source of water for the entire city. A number of migratory birds flock this place during the winter season.

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