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20 Beautiful Places To Visit In Jaisalmer


Jaisalmer kindles a picture of Rajasthan that is dotted with magnificent temples, innumerable old havelis, bounteous sand dunes and rich cultural heritage. When you witness the golden magical sunset in the backdrop of the Thar desert you’ll get to know why Jaisalmer is also known as the Golden city. Jaisalmer is a slice of royal heritage with its grand forts, castles, lakes and its delectable cuisine. The royal site is one of the not to be missed places.

1. Jaisalmer Fort

20 Beautiful Places To Visit In Jaisalmer-1 Rising from the desert sands, the Jaisalmer fort is one of the largest forts in the world! The fort highlights the beauty of Rajasthani architecture, and is a perfect example to look back into the royal times. This fort was built by Rao Jaisal, one of the prominent rulers who ruled over Jaisalmer. The fort is built from golden and yellow mixed sandstones inspired by the golden desert sands because of which it is known as 'Sonar Quila' or 'The Golden Fort.' The setting sun rays add to the golden hue of the Fort and makes it a magical view to witness. The best scenery can be enjoyed during the night hour with all the city lights in the downline. It is UNESCO world heritage site which houses restaurants, havelis and houses inside. If you're fond of mysterious places then a visit to Khaba Fort is a must. Khaba Fort is full of mystery, history and mysticism. It is set amid a barren desert village and dates back to 13th century. this fort is at a 30 minutes drive from Jaisalmer.

2. Bada Bagh

20 Beautiful Places To Visit In Jaisalmer-2 Bada Bagh literally means ‘Huge Garden’ and serves as a memorial where the royal family members were cremated. The garden consists of chhatris or royal cenotaphs built from red sandstones. Bada Bagh is a sprawling garden which adds a little greenery in the landscape of this desert city. The garden gets water by an artificially built dam commisioned by Maharwal Jaisal Singh. The place is isolated from the city and makes up for a good visit during the time of sunrise or sunset, for the spectacular views it has to offer!

3. Patwon Ki Haveli

20 Beautiful Places To Visit In Jaisalmer-3 Located in the main city, Patwon Ki Haveli is one of the architectural marvels of Rajasthan. Patwon Ki Haveli is amongst the largest and first havelis of Jaisalmer. Another interesting fact about this Haveli is that it is not just one fort but a cluster of 5 Havelis facing the Jaisalmer fort. The haveli is an abode to large collection of paintings and artifacts and the walls are decorated with intricate carvings and murals painted in golden color. The Haveli is a five-storeyed building, with large corridors and art works displayed all around! The Haveli adds to the architecture and cultural heritage of the city of Jaisalmer and its artistic splendor is enough to leave anyone spell bound. 

4. Sam Sand Dunes

20 Beautiful Places To Visit In Jaisalmer-4 In the city of desert and not feeling the deserts? Doesn’t sound right. To have a feel of the desert Sam Sand Dunes is the ideal location. Set off on a camel safari to these 30 to 60 meters tall sand dunes of Rajasthan. There is nothing better than watching the sunset while strolling through the desert on the camel’s back. Also, care to camp overnight in the area and enjoy the local folk dance and music, along with the other cultural events. This authentic desert site must be on your list of things to do in Rajasthan.

5. Gadisar Lake

20 Beautiful Places To Visit In Jaisalmer-5 Leave behind all the hustle bustle of the city and you will come across one of the peaceful locations of Jaisalmer. Located at a distance of 1 km from the Fort, Gadisar Lake has a tranquil atmosphere that will freshen you up! Built with the purpose of saving water, Gadisar Lake now is the place of temples and shrines. Due to its close proximity to Bharatpur you can spot various migratory birds flying around the lake to add an extra perk to your experience. You can go for a boat ride in the lake and enjoy the serenity of the place! 

6. Desert National Park

20 Beautiful Places To Visit In Jaisalmer-6 Are you the curious kind? The explorer? If yes, The Desert National Park is the place for you to unveil the interesting eco-system of the Thar desert. The craggy landform comprising of rocks, undulating sand dunes, Salt Lake bottoms, fixed dunes dotted with Padam Talao Lake, Rajbaug Lake, Milak Lake are home to a vivid wildlife! Black buck, chinkara, desert fox, desert cat can easily be spotted in the park. National Park has unusual bird life, including the endangered ‘Great Indian Bustard’, which is also the national bird of the state.

7. 'Khuri' Village

20 Beautiful Places To Visit In Jaisalmer-7 At a distance of 48km southwest of Jaisalmer, Khuri Villlage is within the Jaisalmer National Park. Khuri has extensive desert area of sand dunes, and is the next best alternative for Sam Sand Dunes. After exploring the National Park, you can stay overnight in the traditional huts and desert camps in the area. It doesn’t end there, go for camel safari and venture into the desert lands!

8. Amar Sagar Lake

20 Beautiful Places To Visit In Jaisalmer-8 Amar Sagar Lake is situated close to the Jaisalmer Fort and adjacent to Amar Singh Palace. The stairs of near the palace that lead down towards the lake. The palace was built in the honour of Amar Singh by Mahrawal Akhai Singh. The palace is a must visit site in its own and is a five storey building famous for its murals. Amar Singh who was an ardent follower of Lord Shiva built a Shiva Temple in the complex.

9. Thar Heritage Museum

20 Beautiful Places To Visit In Jaisalmer-9 The Heritage museum is full of interesting stories of local heritage and is a quaint place to be. You might not find any directions or sign boards which can lead you to this place as it is not a big place but a visit to this place is not wasted. There is a collection of interesting artifacts, gorgeous textiles, photos, historical scriptures and almost decades old handicrafts which cements the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan.

10. Akal Wood Fossil Park

20 Beautiful Places To Visit In Jaisalmer-10 Akal Wood Forest is the best place to visit for those who want to get in touch with the prehistoric era here. The park area is covered with huge fossilized tree trunks and seashells. Some of the oldest fossils are around 200 years old. Akal forest is one of the favorite tourist destinations.

11. Shantinath Temple

20 Beautiful Places To Visit In Jaisalmer-11 Shantinath Temple is one of the best examples of brilliant architecture and is one of the seven prominent Jain temples. It is situated inside the Jaisalmer Fort and dates back to 16th century. The temple is wrapped in serenity and tranquility and holds a religious significance among its believers.

12. Jaisalmer War Museum

20 Beautiful Places To Visit In Jaisalmer-12 For displaying the valor and courage of the soldiers of Indian Army and to commemorate the sacrifices of its heroes, Army has setup a historical war museum in Jaisalmer. The museum showcases the inspiring contribution of Indian Army mainly in the India-Pakistan war of 1965 and in the Longewala battle of 1971. The museum is located on Jaisalmer to Jodhpur highway and is a popular visiting spot among tourists.

13. Gadsisar Lake

20 Beautiful Places To Visit In Jaisalmer-13 This lake is named after Maharaja Gadsi Singh who constructed this lake in 1400 AD. The lake was then built as reservoir for harvesting rainwater and was a major source of water for the villagers. This place is popular among tourists who are searching for peace and tranquility away from the chaos of their daily life. This place attracts birdwatchers as it is flocked by many migratory and exotic birds during the winters. The lake is among one of the best picnic spots in Jaisalmer because of the pleasant gardens surrounding it.

14. Lodhurva

20 Beautiful Places To Visit In Jaisalmer-14 At a distance of 15 km to the north west of Jaisalmer lies Lodhurva village which is popular among tourists for its architectural ruins and sand dunes. Lodhurva is also famous for the Jain temple which is exclusive to the 23rd Tirthankara. The temple was destroyed by Mohd. Ghori and was rebuilt in 1970s and is serving as a reminder of city’s glorious past.

15. Pokaran Fort

20 Beautiful Places To Visit In Jaisalmer-15 Pokaran fort is built in yellow sandstone in 14th century by the chief of Champawat, Rao Maldeo. There are many elegant places inside the fort like Phool Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Rani Mahal and Museum which showcases pottery, armors, paintings and costumes. This fort is now morphed into a heritage hotel and you can easily get a glimpse a royal lifestyle here.

16. Longewala War Memorial

20 Beautiful Places To Visit In Jaisalmer-16 Just 12 km away from the border lies the spot where the battle of 1971 between India and Pakistan was fought. Longewala War Memorial or Museum was constructed right on that spot and is maintained by Indian Army. The museum showcases actual battle tanks, jeeps and weapons which were used in the war. The museum displays photographs of and after war scenes and it also houses reconstructed bunkers used in the war by the soldiers too. This place is the last point up to which civilians are allowed and holds a respect in the eyes of every tourist.

17. Tazia Tower

20 Beautiful Places To Visit In Jaisalmer-17 Tazia Tower is five story enchanting stories enchanting architecture wherein each story has its own significance. Each captivating floor has a delicately carved balcony which has its own individual design. Tazia tower is mounted on the top of Badal Palace which is famous for Rajputana architecture. The erection is made of wood, thermocol and paper. It is one of the major tourist attraction on the Jaisalmer tour.

18. Chandraprabhu Temple

20 Beautiful Places To Visit In Jaisalmer-18 This Jain temple is dedicated to Chandra Prabhu Ji, who is 8th Jain Tirthankara. It is one of the seven important Jain temples in the fort. The temple boasts its intricate geometric carvings and curved facades. If you want to soothe your visual senses the don’t miss out visiting this temple.

19. Desert Culture Centre and Museum

20 Beautiful Places To Visit In Jaisalmer-19 If you are the one who wants to know more about the culture and heritage of Jaisalmer Desert Culture and Museum is a must visit. The museum showcases artifacts, textiles, musical intruments and weapons which acquaints about the ancient culture of Jaisalmer. The museum also displays coins which dates back to medieval period.

20. Nathmal Ki Haveli

20 Beautiful Places To Visit In Jaisalmer-20 If you want to know how the rich merchants used to live in the old times then Nathmalji ki haveli is a must visit. This haveli was once used as the residence of the prime minister. The first floor of this haveli has beautiful paintings. The speciality of this haveli is that the left and the right wings were constructed by two different men, who were brothers. One cannot find the differences easily between the left and part easily because of its genius architecture. There are many other havelis like Salim Singh ki Haveli which is also one of the popular tourist attractions. This haveli was commissioned by Salim Singh who was the prime minister of Jaisalmer at that time.

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