Located in the heart of the Great Indian Thar Desert, also knoen as ‘The Golden City’ due to its bounteous golden dunes and castles clad in golden honey sandstone was founded in the 12th Century by Maharaj Rawal Jaisal who later established his kingdom in the same place. Jaisalmer is named after Maharaj Rawal Jaisal. Jaisalmer is situated in the Southwestern zone of Rajasthan; it happily resides in the southern region of Thar Desert acts as the guard to western Rajasthan (and India’s) frontier.
The major attractions are Jaisalmer fort which is rising like a sunbeam from the golden sands of the desert, is the second oldest fort of Rajasthan. A sight to behold, this living fort is one of the marvels of Rajasthani Architecture, especially of the stone carver's art. Gadissar Lake is an artificial water tank origin dates back to 1156 AD. Surrounded by small temples and shrines, it also gives a view of the exquisite archway, Teelon ki Pol - one of the main entrances to the lake and the city. Vyas Chhatri, also known as the city of Sunset Point, it houses the cenotaph of Sage Vyas who compiled the famous epic Mahabharata. Moreover, it gives you a bird's-eye view of the picturesque beauty of Jaisalmer. Salim Singh ki Haveli, Patwon ki Haveli, Nathmal ki Haveli Evoking a vision of chivalry and valor, these some havelis were built by wealthy merchants. Famous for their intricately- carved facades, the workmanship of Jaisalmer's Havelis present a beautiful amalgam of Rajput architecture and Islamic art.
Others are Sam Sand Dunes, Desert National Park, Bada Bagh and The Desert Festival is one of the most popular cultural events on the annual festival calendar of Rajasthan. The colorful event is held every year at Jaisalmer in the months of January/February. The festival is a showcase of the performing arts and crafts of Rajasthan.
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