Jaisalmer is called the Golden City, befitting its endless sand dunes, camel safaris and fort. Once it was the city of rich merchants as it was central point on the trade routes of medieval times and today it retains enormous dignity in a land of unrelenting sand and sun.
The city was recognised for the heroism of its rulers and for the aesthetic brilliance of their palaces and havelis. Built from golden sandstone, the fort is a testament to a long-lost era of desert highwaymen, bold ideas and big dreams and it is still a haven for travelers and a monument to its history.
High away on Trikuta hill, 99 grand bastions reveal exquisite havelis. The best stone-craftsmen in the land were imported by trade merchants to lend their expertise. Their legacy is found in facades adorned with sculptural embellishment, elegant screen windows, ornate pavilions and beautiful balconies.
The surrounding Sam Dunes are as much of a golden monument as the buildings, as they carve their way through the Great Thar Desert, creating patterns and forms that are painted brilliant tones by day and shrouded in mystery by night.
Add a flash of colour for celebrations and festivals and a sense of adventure with unique camel safaris and it becomes one of the most sought-after desert destinations in all of India.
Take a Camel Safari on Sam Dunes | Jaisalmer Fort – second oldest fort in Rajasthan | Jain Temples | Shopping for bedazzling mirrors and artistic embroidery
− Jaisalmer is one of the one of the last royal states in the region
− Many of the beautiful buildings are still resided