No other city defines royalty the way Jaisalmer does.That’s precisely why the introduction to the state of Rajasthan is incomplete without an excerpt of Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer is a beauty in itself, crowned by the fort of Jaisalmer and dressed in the golden sand of the Thar.
And it’s not just the landscape of the city that makes it beautiful. The city boasts of inhabitants that colour up the city in bright and dazzling colours, making the city look much more exquisite.
The city has had a long royal history and the same reflects on the architecture of the city.
The crowning jewel of Jaisalmer is its fort, also known as Sonar Quila for its golden colour. The fort stretches for miles and is a treat for the eyes. The walls of the fort reflect upon the long history of the city. A sizable amount of people still live within the walls of the fort, making it all the way more jovial and inviting. The fort stands on top a hill, overlooking the more modern constructions beneath.
The market bustles with colourful fabrics,handmade pottery, bangles, earrings and other jewellery crafted into beautiful designs from silver and some other semi-precious metals.
Shopping is a must-do in Jaisalmer & jewellery and silk is a must-buy.
The fort isn’t just a bunch of old wall standing as a gloomy mirror of the past, but it is a rich and royal display of the princely life within. The walls surround the modern day houses and havelis, but what really catches attention are the temples and palace built within.
Nathmal ki Haveli is a sight to behold. The haveli is beautifully symmetrical and is covered in an array of intricate designs.
Salim Singh ki Haveli is another haveli that’s bound to captivate you. The haveli is beautiful and majestic, and to add to that beauty, it has beautiful peacocks standing on top of the top roofs of the house. The only thing wrong about it though is that you cannot enter the haveli since it is still inhabited by the family that built it.
The Jain temples captivate the eye of the beholder with the beautiful carving out of the sandstone and the majestic and huge designs at display.
For those who enjoy a quite and peaceful time out of the hustle and bustle of the city, Jaisalmer has its own treat. Surrounded by the midst of the Thar desert and getting out of the city into the quite golden desert isn’t something very tough.
This desert looks impeccably beautiful during sunrise and sunset, with the golden sand in perfect harmony with the red and yellow hues of the sun.
The night however is the time for party lovers to have a great time. And Jaisalmer has just what we need for that.Every year in February, an event known as the Desert festival is organised.This is perhaps the best time to be visiting. The event showcases dances by several folk dancers and other interesting events which also include a turban tying contest and the display of the music that Jaisalmer beholds.