Jaisalmer One Day Sightseeing
The Golden City, Jaisalmer, is a city of wonders. The reason behind referring the city as Golden City lies in the color of yellow sandstone used to build up various architectures of the city, which brighten ups the city. Jaisalmer’s culture, tradition, and the history make the tourists curious to explore the city. What attracts the tourists most are the havelis, the World Heritage, Jaisalmer Fort and the sand dunes. There are several hidden facts which people gather once they visit the city and that’s what excites them. Did you know that Jaisalmer served as the accession to Arabian countries? Yes, it did. Once upon a time, it was a thriving trade center having good business relations with Persian countries. It is the reason for the existence of havelis and bungalows apart from structures built by local kings out there. Nowadays, it is difficult to find out time and plan for a vacation from the busy schedule, though it is much required to freshen up the mood. So, here is a list of Jaisalmer one day sightseeing places, to get you started:
1. Jaisalmer Fort
The Sonar Quilla, being the most famous mark of the city, is one of the largest desert forts in India and is considered to be among the most breathtaking monuments. The very interesting feature of this Golden Fort is that half of the city’s population resides inside the fort only. Some narrow lanes of the Fort direct the path to the wealthy Jain merchant’s old mansions. It was constructed by Raja Jaisal, Rajput ruler in 1156 AD, situated on Meru Hills. It has been recently declared as World Heritage Site, which brings to our notice its attribute. The golden yellow sandstone displays the mesmerizing look of the Fort which differentiates it from the rest. It features 99 bastions and highlights Rajasthani architecture. The main attractions inside the fort are namely, Raj Mahal, Laxminath Temple and sinuously carved Jain Temples.
2. Patwon ki Haveli
Patwon ki Haveli is one of the largest havelis of Rajasthan consisting of five small havelis. Initiated by a opulent banker, Guman Chand Patwa, it was completed by his 5 sons in around 55 years. The havelis are also known as the ‘mansion of brocade merchants’. It is most famous for its fine wall paintings, beautiful jharokhas (balconies), archways and gateways. A walk through the haveli takes less than an hour and can be covered in a city tour.
3. Nathmal ki Haveli
Once happened to be the residence of Diwan Mohata Nathmal, who was the Prime Minister of Jaisalmer, this grand haveli has an interesting story to tell you. It is said that its construction began from two sides at the very same time. With huge elephants carved out on the yellow stone and intricately carved externally and internally, this Haveli is one you must visit.
4. Gadisar Lake
Having a water body nearby indicates calmness and peace. The Gadisar Lake is surrounded by the small temples and shrines of Amar Sagar. This lake is an alluring place to visit since it provides a beautiful serene of the Golden City, especially during sunrise and sunset. The gentle breeze treats the visitors with peace of mind. This place is often one of the picnic spots for the residents of the city.
5. Sam Sand Dunes
The one thing that surely comes to our mind when we think about Rajasthan, is the vast desert. So, how can one trip be completed without experiencing the desert life?
Travellers often enjoy the exposure of camel safari in the huge stretches of the sand dunes and even the traditional entertainment by folk performers. The most sensual dance form ‘Kalbeliya’ is performed by the natives on the occasion of the Desert festival during the month of January/February. The sunset point is more viewed as it enhances the beauty of the desert and the moment.
6. Wind Turbines
Jaisalmer has one of the largest wind farms in India. So, you can stop your car, take a look at the huge wind turbines, and drive back to your next spot.
With only one day in hand, you can’t cover the entire city, but it is assured that the ones mentioned are surely going to fetch a noteworthy and lively experience.
Contributor: Anshuman Pathak