Jaisalmer – Of Forts, Golden Sands and More
It is nestled and famous for the golden sands of the Thar Desert, which is not just a fort but a mini-town with houses and dhabas serving delicious daal baati.The yellow sand dunes surrounding the fort, create a perfect ambiance for a camel safari or a jeep safari. The cascading sand of the desert makes sand surfing very exciting. You could find some shops for your souvenir shopping too.
Ever wondered how life would be like in those medieval times where people stayed inside the fort while the King’s men protected the borders?
This being one of the live Forts of the country, half the population still resides inside and you can get a chance to experience the same.
Patwon Ki Haveli
Patwon-ki-Haveli is among the biggest havelis in Jaisalmer towering over a narrow lane. The intricate stonework and all that you see around in its five sections have their history dating back to the late 1800s. Bada Bagh is a huge garden with a resplendent history dating back to the 16th century. Though the place is isolated, it offers splendid photo opportunities at sunrise and sunset which is one of the astonishing experiences is the Desert Safari. Sam Sand Dunes is an ideal spot to start your Desert Safari. The camelback safari provides significant intrigue and enjoyment for most visitors.
Gadisar Lake with its origin in 1367 is about one kilometre from the main fort. This lake supplies drinking water to Jaisalmer and on the banks of this lake, you will find a series of Chattris and holy shrines. The entrance to the lake is particularly attractive for its artistic carvings on yellow sandstone. Nathmal Ki Haveli is must visit haveli for the beautiful interiors and exceptional outer carvings. This is a real amalgamation of Rajputana and Islamic architecture. It is reckoned as the most beautiful havelis in Jaisalmer.
Situated at a distance of around 40 km from Jaisalmer (Rajasthan), Desert National Park is counted amongst the largest parks of India. Geographically, this park covers an area of 3162 sq. km extending from the borders of Jaisalmer, the park boundary reaches close to the Indo-Pak border.
You can expect everything here that a Desert ecosystem has to offer you. There are craggy rocks, intermedial areas, compact salt lake bottoms, and fixed dunes. In fact, the dunes makeup to almost 20% of the area under this park.
Desert National Park
Sam Sand Dunes
It is surely one of the most popular excursions in the city. The dunes are undeniably among the most picturesque in the region.
There is no point coming to the Thar Desert if you don’t go for the Desert Safari. That is why Sam sand dunes are becoming the major attraction in Jaisalmer. This is the closest place from where you can loose yourself in ‘the Great Thar Desert’. Sam has a truly magnificent stretch of sweeping dunes, with sparse or no vegetation. The best way to get here, of course, is on camelback.
Some people like to camp here, and some just roll in for sunset, to be chased across the sands by camel owners offering short rides.
At night you could sit on the charpai and gauge stars with your friends at some of the most luxurious camping in the desert.
You must witness the battleground where the Indian army not only valiantly protected its post but also managed to inflict heavy losses on the Pakistani army. By the end of the war, the Pakistanis had lost nearly 200 soldiers, loss of 30+ tanks and 500 additional vehicles.
One could see endless sand dunes with hardly any vegetation. Once you get closer to the border area (civilians cannot go beyond the Longewala check post) you can see a couple of tanks, and other war vehicles that were used in the war.
It is one of the most interesting and intriguing attraction sites that you should absolutely include in your list.
The village is rich with its fair share of legends and myths, is said to be one of the most spooky and haunted villages in India.
There have been stories of ghostly and paranormal activities in and around the village.
Must visit if you wish to be surrounded by an air of mystery.