Lying straight amidst the never ending sand of Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is a city known for its charming history and the centuries’ old picturesque architecture. The city was founded back in 12th century by Rajput king, Mehrawal Jaisal Singh who wanted to make Jaisalmer his new Capital city.
Living up to the state’s rhetoric of Padharo Maare Desh, the locals here are warm and welcoming, thus adding to the reasons why the city is one of the most sought after cities by tourists from around the world.
The majestic, time-defying Jaisalmer Fort (also known as Sonar Quila) easily comes across as the main highlight of the city and attracts thousands of tourists every year to admire its edible pale-yellow sandstone and fusion architecture style. The city gets its popular name ‘Golden City of India’ from the same fort. Other attractions include the Jain temples, Jaisalmer Folklore Museum, Raj Mahal (Royal Palace) and Gadsisar Lake to name a few.
The climate here is usually dry and hot with exception of winters which are pleasant in comparison. The best time for tourists to visit the city is during the month of October to March while the common languages spoken here include Hindi, Rajasthani and Urdu. Except for one small river called Kakni (which also forms a lake Orjhil’), the city has no major source of water.
For tourists who wish to explore the city, local auto-rickshaws and bicycles remain the fuss-free and pocket-friendly bet for commute. When planning your visit, don’t forget to plan it accordingly to visit the famous Desert Festival that takes place every February.
Another hot favourite among tourists is the camel safaris in the desert located nearby.