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Heritage around Jaisalmer
It's hard not to be impressed with the Golden City of Rajasthan. It is also hard to put into words as it is one of the places that you simply have to visit, both for its beauty and feel. Imagine a scene from a fairy tale: a beige sandstone fortress on a hill, wonderful architecture, friendly locals in brightly colored clothes and distant sand dunes. It's a place where you can't help but wonder what life must have been like in the past. Few other cities in India feel as regal as Jaisalmer.
Jaisalmer is not a big city, walking distance to everywhere, but tuk tuks are also convenient and cheap. We are happy to help you organize a perfect day around Jaisalmer that includes most of the attractions so you can get the most of your trip.
Start the day with a delicious breakfast in our rooftop restaurant, from which you have the best view of the Jaisalmer Fortress. After breakfast you can take a leisurely stroll to the fortress. Believe it or not, it's as picturesque as it is from afar. Spend some time just wandering around and getting lost in the winding streets. Jaisalmer is full of life on every corner. Many people still live in the fortress today. Various shops, hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions are also there. Make sure to visit the following attractions:
Fortress Palace (open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day)
This is Jaisalmer's former ruling residence. With the purchase of a ticket you have access to most of the palace. Highlights of the palace are; the mirrored and painted bedroom of Mulraj II, a gallery of 15th century sculptures and spectacular views of the whole city and beyond.
Jain Temple (Open until 12:00 noon for non-Jains)
There are a total of seven Jain temples from the 15th to 16th centuries in the fortress. Like the rest of the fort, they are made of yellow sandstone and decorated with intricate carvings. In one of the temples: Sambhavanth, there is an underground library from 1500 with old illustrated manuscripts.
This temple is only accessible to Hindus and is dedicated to the goddess Laxmi (goddess of wealth) and her companion Lord Vishnu. It is simpler than the Jain temples, but still interesting to see.
After seeing all the sights in the fortress, you can have lunch in one of the numerous restaurants. Although Jaisalmer is small, it has adapted well to tourism so you can find both Western and Indian cuisines. Take a short stroll outside the fortress to see more wonderful architecture. Start by visiting some of the havelis (traditional houses) including:
Patwa Ki Haveli (open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day)
If you are only visiting one haveli, this is the most beautiful. Built between 1800 and 1860 by five brothers. Today it offers a glimpse into the past lives of Jaisalmer's richest.
Nathmal Ki Haveli (open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day)
This haveli, which is still partially inhabited today, was once the home of the Prime Minister. It was built by two brothers in the 19th century who competed. This resulted in the best elaborated Haveli architecture in Jaisalmer.
Once you've reached your historical and architectural limit for the day, it's time to spend time visiting the colorful bazaars and testing your haggling. Be aware that the dealers here are professional at the art of haggling, but a little tenacity and a smile can usually get you a discount.
Grab a tuk tuk or head to Gadisar Lake in time for sunset. If you have time, you can stop at the Desert Cultural Center along the way or go to the daily puppet show later between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. Lake Gadisar was built by the first ruler of Jaisalmer and served to supply the entire city with water. Watch the sunset and take a stroll around the lake or take a boat ride so you can admire the shrines, chattris, and ghats surrounding the lake.
Gadisar Lake is less than 2 km from your home. You are cordially invited to have dinner, drink or simply relax on our roof terrace, from which you can enjoy the view of the Jaisalmer Fortress, which is beautifully illuminated after dark. We are happy to help you with any questions. Don't hesitate to ask for suggestions or help. We are happy to provide an official tour guide around Jaisalmer so that our guests can appreciate and understand the rich history, not just the aesthetic beauty of Jaisalmer. Our team of experienced guides are fluent in Hindi, English, Spanish, French and German and are happy to share our city and culture with you.
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