The remote city of Jailsamer in India is where you must be headed if you want to explore artistic structures, temples and monuments, the reasons why it is a World Heritage Site.
For a city in India, Jaisalmer is one of the few cities in the country with a population not exceeding a hundred thousand. It covers a total area of 5.1 square kilometers and is nestled in the heart of the Thar Desert. The city was founded in 1156 AD by Maharawal Jaisal Singh, a Rajput king. The only way to get into the city is by train, bus, or car from a number of cities including Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Udaipur, and Ajmer. If you have weeks to spend traveling, you can take a 14 day trip camel ride from Bikaner!
Jaisalmer stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone, used in building houses and edifices, which is why the city exudes a yellowish-golden tinge, thus the moniker the Golden City. The city is overshadowed by the Jaisalmer Fort also known as Sonar Qila, a living fort where there are hotels, shops, old houses still lived in by families, and a royal palace. The fort is surrounded by ninety-nine bastions. The city's top attractions include the Bada Bagh, Patwaon-Ki-Haveli, Jain Temples, Jaisalmer War Museum, Kuldhara Abandoned Village, The Thar Heritage Museum, Maharaja's Palace, Mandir Palace, and Tanot Mata Temple. You must not miss watching Queen Harish, a cross-dressing performer who is known for Rajasthan folk dances, who regularly performs in Jaisalmer, his hometown.
If you are planning a trip to India, do include Jaisalmer in your itinerary. It is one city that must be visited. Contact us for more details.