Nestled in Trikut hills of Rajasthan, Jailsalmer was founded by Raja Rawal Jaisal of the Rajputana clan approximately in 1156 A.D. The city has witnessed reigns and rules of Afghans, Mughals and the British. The town stands on the ridge of yellowish sandstone and is referred as golden city because of this yellow stand stone used in all the architecture of the city giving the place a tinge of golden look.
The climatic condition of the city is greatly influenced by its location i.e. It is located amidst Thar Desert. It experiences arid climate throughout the year. The summers (April-August) are hot and sultry with temperature during the day soaring up to 42°C. The city receives very scanty rainfall and has dry weather. Winters (November – February) are pretty cool and dry with minimum temperature falling till 7°C. However the climatic condition of the city is favourable for tourists throughout the year.
Located amidst thematic Thar Desert, Jaisalmer has being all time tourists favourite where tourists from all over the globe swarm to witness its picturesque beauty. It is perfect example of Royalty in Modernity.It has many breathtaking sightseeing places that mesmerises the onlookers viz.
- Jaisalmer Fort
- Patwan –ki-Haveli
- Bada Bagh
- Khaba Fort
- Salim Singh –ki- Haveli
- Kuldhara Abandoned Village
- Gadsisar Lake
- Vyas Chhatri
- The Thar Heritage Museum
- Surya Gate
Jaisalmer apart from being the impeccable tourist spot of Rajasthan is also the shopper’s paradise. It is famous for embroidery, Rajasthani mirror work, rugs, shawls, beautiful carpets and covers, mirror work dresses, silver work, embroidered articles, opium bags, traditional wedding dresses, attractive wall hangings, camel leather items, handicrafts, camel bone jewellery, fossil stone containers etc. All these are really worth a steal!
The city has rich cultural heritage and its festivals showcases unique socio-cultural traditions and customs. It unravels the heirloom legacy of the bygone era. Jaisalmer is the cosmopolitan city with local population comprising of Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, Muslims and even Christians. Majority population are the Hindus. The traditional folk music and dance forms vital aspect of all the social and cultural celebrations. The Kalbeliya dance of snake charmer community unravels the rich and authentic imagination of the dancers. Other prominent dances are Ghoomar dance and Kathputli dance.
The local population comprising of Marwaris celebrate all the Hindu festivals with much usto viz. Diwai, Dusshera, Navaratri, Shiv ratri, Holi, Karva chauth etc are celebrated with religious fervour and joy. The Desert festival of Jaisalmer reflects the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the age old era.
Cuisines of Jaisalmer tickle your taste buds and leave your spellbound. The cuisines unravel the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan. The city has in its platter gamut of dishes cooked in light oil with red hot chillies making them spicy and yummy. Some of mouth watering dishes are Ker Sangri, Bhanon Aloo, Kadi Pakora, Murgh-e-Subz etc.
The city offers some decent stay options including heritage, luxurious, economical and budget hotels depending on the hue. To enthrall by the camels, impeccable architecture, magnificent culture and mouth watering cuisines must plan a trip to this cultural hub of the west- Jaisalmer.