The land of yellow sandstone in Jaisalmer
Posted On February 22nd, 2017
With unique tales to impress while keeping up to the spirit to live, Jaisalmer is one of the most visited cities in India. Not only because it borders the Thar desert, the city has too much of the historical elements of the bygone era.
Famously known as Golden Fort of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer Fort was constructed by Raja Jaisal, Rajput ruler in the year 1156 AD. It is one of the largest forts in the world and its golden-yellow sandstone gives its golden look. It has been declared as an UNESCO World Heritage Site and turns into honey-gold colour as the sun sets which gave its nickname ‘Sonar Quila’. This western part of country has a very unique topography than the rest of the part and is undoubtedly any photographers’ paradise.
Bada Bagh was built during the time of Maharawal Jait Singh’s reign that is during 16th century. It was completed by his son Lunakaran and is one of the most clicked places of Jaisalmer. The garden served as a memorial where the nobles and their families were cremated and has amazing depiction of Rajasthani architecture.
Located in the main city is Patwon-Ki-Haveli which is a five-storied construction with intricately decorated huge suites. The yellow sandstone used with for the construction adds to the grandeur. Out of the five havelis, one is converted into a museum. The Thar Heritage Museum is yet another place to visit when in the main market of the city. History, culture, art and architecture of the famous Thar Desert is all well preserved and portrayed in the museum.
Desert Safari is undoubtedly the crux of the attraction in Jaisalmer. Sam Sand Dunes is the ideal location to set off for the Desert Safari. Enjoy the sunset at the western-most point of the country while riding the ship of the desert.
Gadisar Lake is another stunning example of Raja Rawal Jaisal’s contribution. Maharawal Garsi later reconstructed it in the year 1367 AD. The purpose was to provide people of the desert with water as these tanks stored it for them. The artistically carved entrance made of yellow sandstone makes it look more of an artistic monument than just a tank.
Silk Route Art Gallery is one of the choicest places in this city to do quality shopping. Clothes, patchworks, bags, shawls, antiques and the special accessories are worth spending your bucks for.
Vyas Chhatri is yet another marvel of architecture placed in the midst of the sand dunes and displays the typical Rajasthani style. Dedicated to sage Vyas, Vyas chhatri is the Rajasthan’s spin to monuments. In fact, it is one of the excellent venues for viewing sunset with the loved ones.
Among the largest parks in India, Desert Nation Park is one of them. However, its much unfriendly locality for species to survive, this park has only xerophytes. A jeep safari is the best way to enjoy the place.
From Jaipur, Jaisalmer is about 567 km away and has one direct train. RJ SH 19 and NH11 connect both the cities.