Golden City Tour of Jaisalmer

by Payal Mathur Travel Consultant

Golden City Tour of Jaisalmer, explore the glorious past of India in the princely state of Jaisalmer.

Jaisalmer is a city located in the state of Rajasthan, India. Practically half of the Jaisalmer city has existed inside the Jaisalmer Fort for centuries and is extremely famous for the reason that it is one of the few ‘living forts’ of the world today. The city was constructed only to the surroundings of the fort for the most part of its history, The Jaisalmer Fort is called as the ‘Sonar Quila’ by the locals and is esteemed to be one of the largest forts in the world. Jaisalmer city, also popularly called the Golden city is an architecturally, culturally and traditionally enthused city that speaks of the bygone princely charm of India.

Beyond the main Jaisalmer fort are the Maharaja Palace and beautiful Jain Temples that are true representations of Indian craftsmanship and architecture at its finest. Owing to the various magnificent sights symbolic of the culture and architecture of the princely state, Jaisalmer City in Rajasthan attracts numerous vacationers from India and around the world every year, contributing significantly to the Rajasthan Tourism.

Bada Bagh: Literally meaning the ‘Big Garden’, Bada Bagh is a monument that is widely renowned as being the final abode of the royals of the city of Jaisalmer. Numerous cenotaphs that have been built with an exemplary taste for architecture and aesthetic beauty stand tall being the silent testaments of the passage of time. The brilliantly crafted cenotaphs are built in a simple harmony that seems to unite the mortals with the immortals. The monument built from yellow sandstones is constructed with an articulate insight and intricate carving style that adorns the walls. The sunset view from the Bada Bagh is a sight to behold.

Gadsisar Lake: Located on the outskirts of the city of Jaisalmer, the Gadsisar Lake was built around 14th century AD as a source of water supply for the whole city. Located away from the main city and surrounded by numerous temples, shrines, and monuments, the Gadsisar Lake makes for an unbeatable tourist spot. It seems to be enriched with the calm and tranquility of the limitless seas when at peace. The lake is beautifully adorned on the sides by the shrines. In the bright daylight, it wonderfully reflects the distinct buildings and colors making it a picturesque sight that one silently adores. Numerous birds come near the lake seeking shelter during the winters making for an excellent view.

Vyas Chhatri: One of the more popular and widely known tourist sights in and around the city of Jaisalmer is the Vyas Chhatri. Famous for its amazing location and amazing architecture, the place is really sought after by photographers and filmmakers. The location affords some truly beautiful representations of the city’s glorious past. A version of the cenotaphs was built in memory of the world famous sage Vyas, writer of the Hindu Religious epic Mahabharata. The structure boasts of simple, intricately set carvings that add to the subtle and elegant charm of the place. The rising sun against the Vyas Chhatri creates a magnificent and breathtaking view as the sun rays slowly light up the enormous pillars and structures.

Patwon Ki Haveli: Finding its prominence among the most-visited tourist attractions is the Patwon Ki Haveli. Important as it is, owing to the grand architecture and palatial size, the Haveli is an enormous structure that actually consists of five Havelis clustered together. The huge structure which is believed to have been built over 50 years time stands erect even today as a testimony to the royal trader Guman Chand Patwa’s love for his five sons, who were the rightful owners of the palace when it was built. The painstaking care with which the architectural wonder has been erected, and the excellent wall paintings and mirror work that adorn most of the Haveli make for the exquisiteness and grandeur of the palace. All of this makes it a sight worth the traveler’s time and money.

Surya Gate: The Surya Gate is a popular tourist destination. Forming one of the four major entrance gates to the Jaisalmer Fort, the Surya Gate has gained immense fame over the years as a tourist destination. The main entrances of the ‘Sonar Quila’ namely Akhai Gate, Surya Gate, Ganesh Gate, and Hawa Gate have attained prominence among the holidaymakers visiting the city and fort. The alleys, passages, and walls of the gates all forming a long stretch of the monument in itself have numerous articulately designed carvings that decorate the walls and add a regal touch to them. The Surya Gate is abundantly famous among tourists as the sheer size of it reflects the majesty and splendor of the place.

Souvenir selection is an extremely easy task when visiting the city of Jaisalmer, as the city is so vibrant and traditional that the city markets are the exact impression of the people, their life its traditions, colors, and beliefs. The market comprises of exquisitely made antique pieces that reflect the spirit of the city. Anything ranging from clothing to accessories is sold in the local markets, where one can street shop and revel in the vibrant colors of Rajasthan at comparatively affordable prices. Local Rajasthan arts and crafts, the truly beautiful representation of the craftsmen of Jaisalmer can be bought in the market easily at really inexpensive rates. Products of different types made from mirror work and thread work are extremely famous and are sold extensively in the markets. The prices range from low and affordable to expensive rates for some high-end brilliantly crafted specimens.

Tourism in Rajasthan has gained a lot of popularity owing to the discovery and maintenance of the different heritage sights in the cities of Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Udaipur, and others. Jaisalmer consists of many other beautiful sights worth the holidaymaker’s time like The Heritage Museum, Khaba Fort, Salim Singh Ki Haveli, etc. that add to the traveler’s tour immensely.   

About Payal Mathur Freshman   Travel Consultant

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