Hey guys if you like visit the rustic pull of the desert, then you will love visiting this old city of havelis and forts; Jaisalmer. It lies few kilometers away from Pakistan hence you get to see an Islamic influence in music and dance.
Jaisalmer: The desert city
It is named after Maharawal Jaisal Singh, a Rajput king founded in 1156 AD. It has yellow sandstone flanked by a fort surrounded by Aravalli hills and Jain temples. Did you know? Roadies and many of your favourite sitcoms are shot here. It also has several old libraries with many rare texts on Indian history.
Places to see in Jaisalmer
There are many places to see in this city surrounded by the Thar desert and a cultural paradise of many things see below:
It is one of the most fully fortified cities of the world. It is a UNESCO world heritage site built in 1156 AD built by Raja Jaisal Singh; it is built on a hilly expanse of the Tirukuta hill surrounded by the Thar desert. It served as a refuge and a retreat for travellers going to Silk . It has three layers of walls. One, built by stones; second by wall snakes and third served as a entrapment for the upcoming attacks from where oil and water was hurled at enemies. It has been attacked many times by subsequent invasions of Turkish and Mughal rulers; the East India Company and Afghans leading the fort’s Rawals to the depletion of resources. It also has a series of Jain temples dedicated to many Tirthankaras.
It is a garden complex of chattris dedicated to the Jaisalmer Rajas. It also has a lake. Cenotaphs were memorials dedicated to the memory of the Rajputs.
Patwon Ki Haveli
This is a very interesting haveli in Jaisalmer; built by the minister of Rana Jaisal Singh built for his sons and entire family. It has a cluster of five havelis built of yellow sandstone built in typical Rajput style built in 1805. It is also known as ” mansion of brocade merchants” as they gave monetary support to it.