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Jaisalmer

In 1156 A.D Rawal Jaisal, a Bhatti Rajput and a descendent of the Yadavas, left his fort at Lodurva aJaisalmernd founded Jaisalmer, on the Trikuta Hill. Jaisalmer is located deep in the heart of the Thar Desert. This golden city of Rajasthan abounds in ancient palaces, temples and quaint settlements. As the sun sets, the sandstone buildings emitSand Dunes Jaisalmer, Rajasthan a radiant glow, which refers Jaisalmer as the "Golden City". Indian travel agent gives special discounted hotel from budget hotels to Deluxe hotels in India. The main income of the Bhatti Rajputs of Jaisalmer was taxes levied on the caravans those crossed the territory on the way to Delhi and Sind. The caravans made them very rich. Many years Jaisalmer thrived without the outside influences. The emergence of shipping as the major means of transportation contributed to the decline of Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer is famous for its intricately latticed havelis, each with a different fade.

Jodhpur (285 km) is the nearest airport. Regular bus services link Jaisalmer to Jodhpur, Ramdeora and Bikaner. Jailsalmer can be reached by rail from Jodhpur. The perfect time to visit the golden city is during the Desert Festival, held in Jan/Feb. every year.

The Fort
This 12th century fort that withstood the ravages of time rises out of the sea of sand. Its rounded battlements of golden sandstone, echoes the colour of the desert. The fort has four approach gateways. Several entrances guard the Megh Durbar and the Jawahar Mahal, which bear the imperial symbols of the Bhatti clan's lunar lineage. Outside the fort, is the main market place called Manek Chowk. From Manek Chowk, one can walk into the lanes, where the famous carved havelis, beautifully sculptured Jain Temples of the 12th -15th century and five interconnected palaces can be found.Incredible India Tours with Indian Travel agent.

Tazia Tower
The pagoda - like five storeyTazia Tower rises from the Badal Mahal (Palace of Clouds). Each storey of the tower has a beautifully carved balcony. Muslim craftsmen built the tower, in the shape of a Tazia and gifted it to their royal patron.

Gadsisar Lake
It is a scenic rainwater lake surrounded with numerous beautiful shrines. The lake is a tranquil spot for outings.

Nathmalji ki Haveli
This late 19th century haveli displays intricate architecture and sheer craftsmanship. One very interesting fact about this haveli is that two brothers carved its two sides. Though not identical they are very similar and in perfect harmony. The interior walls are ornate with splendid miniature paintings. Yellow sandstone elephants guard the building.

Patwon ki Haveli
This is one of the largest and most elaborate havelis in Jaisalmer. Located in a narrow alley, it is five storeys high. It has exquisitely carved pillars and extensive corridors and chambers. One of the rooms is painted with beautiful murals.

Salim Singh ki Haveli
300 years old, this haveli was the residence of the powerful Mohta clan - ministers of the Jaisalmer rulers. The blue cupola roof with superbly carved brackets in the form of peacocks is distinctive, and an exquisite projecting balcony adorns the top storey.Indian Travel Agent offers Visit India and explore India.

Lodurva (15km)
Lodurva is the ancient capital of Jaisalmer and an important pilgrim centre of the Jains Some of the magnificent Jain temples are located here. The temples have intricate carvings on the arches at the main entrance. A 'Kalptaru' or a divine tree is the main attraction of the temple.

Wood Fossil Park, Aakal (17kms)
This park, located on the Barmer Road, takes you back to the Jurassic period with 180 million year old fossils - It is the geological landmark for the study of the Thar Desert.

Sam Sand Dunes (42 km)
No trip to Jaisalmer is complete without a trip to the sand dunes of Sam. The ripples on the wind-caressed dunes create an enchanting mirage. Camel rides on the sand dunes are a thrilling experience, as is the brilliant sunset.Tour Incredible India with Indian Travel agent.

Desert National Park

An extensive variety of desert bird life is to be found in the National Park. The most remarkable bird of the desert, the Great Indian Bustard can also be sighted here. The wildlife includes desert fox, wolf, blackbuck, chinkara, nilgai, and the crusted porcupine.

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