Located in the heart of Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is known for its beautiful Havelis, which are still present in a beautiful condition. One way to discover the tradition and culture of Rajputana Dynasty is through exquisitely designed Jaisalmer Havelis.
Built by the wealthy merchants of Jaisalmer, the Havelis of Jaisalmer represents the gorgeous Rajputana architectural skills, artistic visualization and aesthetic beauty. Located on the either side of the lanes of Jaisalmer, the Havelis are best described as a storehouse of brightly coloured and artistically presented miniature paintings, murals and frescoes. A brilliant sample of architectural advancement can be seen in the Jaisalmer Haveli in the form of pillared halls, stone courtyards with water fountains, carved stone screens, exotic stone pavilions, and famous mirror work of Rajasthan. There are many Havelis situated on the surroundings of Jaisalmer city but the Patwon Ki Haveli and the Salim Singh Ki Haveli are the two most elaborate and magnificent Havelis present in the city.
Patwon Ki Haveli
Built in the year 1805 by a merchant called Guman Chand Patwa, the Patwon Ki Haveli is the largest and most elaborate Haveli in Jaisalmer. The Havelis are built in yellow sandstone with a different design on every window and arch. There are extensive corridors and chambers all supported by exquisitely carved pillars.
Salem Singh ki Haveli
Built by the then Prime Minister Salim Singh, a 300 years old architecture stands erect with beautifully arched roof and superbly carved brackets in the form of peacocks. Situated just below the hill, the Haveli also comprises of two wooden storey in order to make it as high as the Maharaja's Palace.
Jaisalmer Fort :
Located on the turf of Trikuta hill, Jaisalmer
Fort is a 12th century old magnificent and invincible monuments in Rajasthan.
Jaisalmer Fort is 250 ft tall structure surrounded by a 30 ft high sandstone
wall with 99 bastions and also comprises of the famous Jain Temple, a place
worth visiting on the Jaisalmer tour.
Gadsisar Sagar Tank :
A famous tourist spot in the Jaisalmer,
Gadsisar Sagar Tank attracts hundreds of migratory birds during the winter
The Desert National Park :
Spread over an area of 3,100 sq
km near Jaisalmer, The Desert National Park is one of the largest national
parks in India, known for its fragile ecosystem and unique flora and fauna.
Sam Sand Dunes :
Heaven in the Desert is what Sam Sand Dunes
known for, situated in the center of Thar Desert, Sam Sand Dunes are major
tourist attractions near Jaisalmer. A perfect place to enjoy camel safari
and an opportunity to see the beautiful sunset.
How to Get There
By Air :
Nearest airport is Jodhpur Airport, located at a
distance of 285 kms from Jaisalmer. Indian Airlines has a twice-weekly service
to Jodhpur from Delhi.
By Rail :
Nearest railway station is Jaisalmer, which is
well connected to Jaipur, 10 hours journey from Jaisalmer. Palace on Wheels
is the most luxurious way to travel to Jaisalmer.
By Road :
Jaisalmer is situated on the National Highway no.
15, and is connected to all major cities of Rajasthan.
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