Jaisalmer is one of the India's most precious jewels. Fortified in golden
stone, it rises like a mirage from the barren Thar desert of Rajasthan. The
unimaginable beauty and magic of dessert is still maintained because it is
untouched by the outside influences. The name Jaisalmer itself evokes a
vivid picture brilliant desert.
Palaces And Havelis
Jaisalmer is known for it's aesthetic palaces and Havelis. It was founded
on what was the cross-roads of lucrative trade routes, thus the rich
merchants engaged stone-craftsmen, who worked with great dedication on the
sandstone mansions they built, by filling up facades with sculptural
filigree, screen windows, delicate pavilions and beautiful balconies. Today,
these veritable art-museums are still inhabited, and their colorful
celebrations and festivals have placed Jaisalmer firmly on the world tourism
Desert Fair (14th-16th Feb, 2003) Jaisalmer exercises immense charm, but
with the staging of the annual Desert Festival (January - February), it has
also become one of the annual calendar.
Jaisalmer is famous for embroidery, Rajasthani mirror work, rugs, blankets,
old stonework and antique. The dye and other fabrics are made at Kadi
Bundar, north of the city.
The golden hued fort is a sentinel to the bleak desert scape from its 80
meter high perch on the hill,housing the entire township within its
ramparts. It has an enchanting cow-web of narrow lanes dotted with some
lovely Havelis, three beautifully sculptured Jain Temples of the 12th-15th
The Havelis Of Jaisalmer
Jisalmer is famous for its intricately latticed Havelis with conspicuous
facades. Some of the famous Havelies are Patwon-Ki-Haveli, which is the most
elaborate and magnificent of all the Jaisalmer Havelis, Salim Singh
Ki-Haveli, which have a blue cupola roof and an exquisite projecting balcony
and Nathmalji-Ki-Haveli has excellent craftsmanship of the stone carver,
which is illustrated in the gossamer quality of the screened windows.
Jaisalmer has the oldest and the most beautiful of the Jain temples The
world famous Parswanath Temple have sanctum, which are carved with animal
and human figures.
From Jaisalmer, it is possible to get an insight into desert life by
visiting Sam. It is great place to see patterns carved out by winds on the
sand. Camel rides on the sand dunes are an unforgettable experience as is