Introduction to Jaisalmer
Established in 1156, Jaisalmer is one of the few 'living' medieval fort cities in the world. The Rajput chiefs who controlled this city made their fortune by trading with and levying taxes on merchants whose caravans and camel-trains traversed the Thar desert, winding between Egypt, Persia and India. The city still retains its medieval flavour with richly embellished havelis, narrow lanes and colourful bazaars selling handicrafts from all over India.
Sightseeing in Jaisalmer
Sonar Kila, the Golden Fort, is undoubtedly the biggest attraction of Jaisalmer. A heritage walk through the Golden Fort will give you a glimpse into the palaces, temples and culture of Jaisalmer. Apart from the fort, there are many richly embellished mansions, monuments and cenotaphs, which you can visit by car. An hour's drive from the town will bring you to the sand-dunes of Sam and Khuri, both popular venues for sunset camel rides.
Jaisalmer is part of the desert tourist circuit, covering Jodhpur, Bikaner, Nagaur and the Shekhawati area. If you are planning a longer trip through Rajasthan or India, we would be happy to recommend a plan based on your interests. Usually our packages include itinerary planning, hotels, ground transport, guided tours as well as safaris and other experiences.
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