The massive, turreted Golden Fort dominates Jaisalmer’s skyline and the vast surrounding desert. Founded in the 12th century, the fort stands on a high hill, enclosed by a thick wall and reinforced with bastions. Within these bastions is a complete township of cobbled streets strewn with palaces, havelis or mansions of rich merchants, and temples. Walking through the narrow lanes provides visitors with an extraordinarily medieval feel which is unique in modern India.
What to see
- Bada Bagh with the Royal Cenotaphs;
- The Fort(O800 hrs to l3OO hrs and 1500 hrs to 1700 hrs);
- Gadsisar Lake;
- Manak Chowk: The main market place;
- Mool Sagar;
- Salim Singh-Ki-Haveli;
- Tazia Tower
Rail: Jaisalmer is connected by rail with Jodhpur which in turn is connected with major cities and towns in India.
Road: Jaisalmer is connected by motorable roads with Ajmer 500 Km, Barmer 153 Km, Bikaner 330 Km, Delhi 897 Km, Jaipur 638 Km, Jodhpur 290 Km and Udaipur 663 Km.
Area: 5.1 Sq.Km.
Altitude: 225 Metres. Temperature: Summer - Max: 46 Deg.C Min: 34 Deg. C Winter - Max: 14 Deg.C Min: 01 Deg. C Rainfall: 10 Cm. Season: October to March.
STD Code: 02992.
Ludruwa (16 Km): The ancient capital of Jaisalmer, it is a centre of Jain pilgrimage.
Wood Fossil Park, Aakal (17 Km): The 180 million years old fossils stand witness to the geological cataclysms that have taken place in the Thar desert. (Timings: 0800 hrs-1800 hrs).
Sam Sand Dunes (42 Km): The sand dunes are a photographers delight. Camel safaris are, conducted here to give tourists a feel of the desert.
Desert National Park (45 Km).The wildlife includes the Black buck, the Great lndian Bustard, Chinkara, Desert fox. Foreign tourists must obtain prior permission from the District Magistrate, Jaisalmer.
Barmer (153 Km): A small and lively desert town, known for its hand block printing industry, carved wooden furniture and colourful costumes