Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Jaisalmer is a city located in the North-Western part of India in the state named Rajasthan. It’s also known as the Golden city of India. Jaisalmer is known as the golden city because of its architecture and when the sun’s rays fall on the land they just look like the Golden beneath your feet. Jaisalmer is 575 kilometers(375mi) away from Jaipur the capital of Rajasthan.

Jaisalmer has the famous Jaisalmer Fort which is famous as this fort is also known as the living fort this is because the people live inside the Fort. There are shops for food, clothes and much more. Jaisalmer Fort is The fort’s massive yellow sandstone walls are a tawny lion color during the day, fading to honey-gold as the sun sets, thereby camouflaging the fort in the yellow desert. For this reason, it is also known as the Sonar Quila or Golden Fort.

Top 5 Amazing Places to Explore in Jaisalmer

The great Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort is the second oldest forts of Rajasthan which was built in 1156AD. The fort has 4 big doors which were an important part of its history. The doors are large and mostly closed in order to protect the fort from intruders and the fort is built on a hill which makes it harder for intruders to make a great force from outside and makes it difficult to open the doors of the fort.

The fort has many cafes having great food and also have Italian, French, and native cuisines. The fort got famous by a director who wrote a book named sonar kella named Satyajit Roy. He later filmed the movie too in the same fort.

Patwon ki Haveli

Patwon ki Haveli is one of the most important Havelis of Jaisalmer. The first among these havelis was commissioned and constructed in the year 1805 by Guman Chand Patwa and is the biggest and the most ostentatious. All five houses were constructed in the first 60 years of the 19th century. The havelis are also known as the ‘mansion of brocade merchants’. This name has been given probably because the family dealt in threads of gold and silver used in embroidering dresses. However, there are theories, which claim that these traders made a considerable amount of money in Opium smuggling and Money-lending.

Patwon Ki Haveli

It’s a series of five incredible mansions that were built by a wealthy merchant in 1805 and was the first and largest Haveli complex to be built in Jaisalmer! 

This was, by far, one of my favorite places that I visited. Not only do these lavish houses have beautiful details but there is also an incredible museum and spectacular views to be had from the top.

Gadisar lake

Gadisar lake is an artificial lake that is 1.5 kilometers away from Jaisalmer Fort. It was constructed by King Rawal Jaisal. The lake is with the water of Indra Gandhi Canal which helps the lake to survive in intense summer.

Gadisar Lake also has boating services for tourists. There is also a market near the lake where you can find street food, clothes, accessories and much more. With that, there’s a man who plays a piece of amazing music.

Kuldhara Village

Kuldhara is an abandoned village in the Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan, India. Established around the 13th century, it was once a prosperous village inhabited by Paliwal Brahmins. It was abandoned by the early 19th century for unknown reasons, possibly because of dwindling water supply, an earthquake, or as a local legend claims, because of the atrocities by the Jaisalmer’s state minister Salim Singh.17 kilometers from Jaisalmer, nestles a town called Kuldhara, which was once prosperous but now, it lies in ruins and all that is left are various open houses in the state of despair. At first sight, this curse ghost town, Kuldhara, gets the thinking caps on and immediately increases people’s faith in metaphysical and paranormal activities.

There are many stories about this village discussed in many places of India. The guides but dictates this not as a haunted village because the back story according to guides is this village comes under a king who discriminated and exploited this village, The King every day takes a girl from this village just for fun. Men were beaten on the suspect of a crime. Due to these activities, the people of Kuldhara village overnight abandoned the village and move to different places. There is a Temple in Kuldhara village which is taken care of by a priest. But when you visit this village by yourself you’ll feel a haunted vibe which creates a big controversy about the Kuldhara Village which makes this place worth exploring the place in Jaisalmer.

Kuldhara Village

Tanot Mata Temple

Tanot Mata is a temple in the western state of Rajasthan in District Jaisalmer of India. Goddess Aavad, the daughter of Mamadia Charan (Gadhvi), is worshiped as Tanot Mata. As per the oldest Charan literature, Tanot Mata is an incarnation of the divine goddess Hinglaj Mata. The village is close to the border with Pakistan and is very close to the battle site of Longewala of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. Contemporary folklore credits the temple for the outcome of the battle.[1][2] Tourists cannot go beyond this temple to see the Indo–Pak Border unless they get the relevant documentation in advance from the District and Military Authorities. It is now a tourist destination in India. The area is said to have oil and gas reserves.

The temple is some 122 kilometers (76 mi) from the City of Jaisalmer, and it takes about two hours to reach by road. The area has a high average windspeed and as a result, there are now a large number of wind-based renewable energy projects in the area. The road to Tanot is surrounded by miles and miles of sand dunes and sand mountains. The temperatures in the area can go up to 49 °C and the ideal time to visit the place is from November to January.

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