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  JAISALMER TOURIST INFORMATION

Jaisalmer stands tall in the desolate beauty of the desert, proudly welcoming visitors to an enchanting world of fable, color, and history. The view of Jaisalmer Fort, first seen from a distance of 15 km is stunning. In the early morning the ramparts, bastions and the long stretching walls dazzle gloriously. The yellow sandstone fortifications look magnificent. It is one of the most exotic cities of the Orient, standing in the heart of the desert for centuries, weathering with fortitude the vicissitudes of fortune and furious onslaughts of nature. The sudden emergence of the 76-meter high rock in the flat desert country crowned by the most awe-inspiring fort makes a majestic sight. Today, Jaisalmer is the personification of the old order influence the new.
 
 

  JAISALMER HISTORY

The history of spectacular Jaisalmer can be traced back to 1156 A.D., when Rawal Jaisal established his kingdom in the middle of the massive and arid Thar Desert. A descendant of the Yadu Vamsi clan, Rawal Jaisal was a Bhatti Rajput. The Bhatti Rajputs were more than courageous. According to a popular legend, Lord Krishna had prophesized that a descendant of the Yadav clan would establish his bastion atop the Trikuta hill and true to his prediction Rawal Jaisal built the massive Jaisalmer Fort on top of the Trikuta hillock. Jaisalmer became an important city on the Rajasthan map during the medieval era as it lay on a crucial and flourishing foreign trade route that connected India to Egypt, Persia, Arabia, Africa and the West. The kingdom of Jaisalmer supposedly amassed riches by imposing heavy tariffs on passing camel caravans carrying silks, spices and other precious items for trade from one continent to the other. Courage, valor and regal determination turned Jaisalmer into one of the most powerful Rajasthan states that survived inspite of being a waterless land. In fact entire Jaisalmer had just one water source in the olden days and that was the manmade Gadi Sagar Tank. The history of Jaisalmer is marked by royal intrigues, wars and desert romances.
 
 

  JAISALMER FACTS AND FIGURES


Jaisalmer Facts & Figures
Population  
Area 5.1 km² 
Altitude 225 metres
Rain fall 15 cm
Languages Hindi, English , Rajasthani
Best time to Visit October to March
 
 

  HOTELS IN JAISALMER

First Class Hotels
Fort Rajwada Rang Mahal Gorbandh Palace Royal Courts
Heritage Inn Rawal kot    
Budget Hotels:-
Himmatgarh Palace Mandir Palace Deoki Niwas Palace Desert Safari Camp
Desert Camp Bhikamkor Fort Camp Jaisal Castle Jaisalgarh
Kuldhara Resort Narayan Niwas Palace Thar Vilas  
       
 
 

  JAISALMER ATTRACTION

Nathmal ji ki Haveli Tazia Tower Desert National Park Wood Fossil Park
Patwon Ji Ki Haveli Desert Culture Center Gyan Bhandar Khuhri Sand Dunes
Salim Singh ki Haveli Jaisalmer Folklore Jain Temples Lodurva
Mool Sagar Garden Government Museum Amar Sagar Sam Sand Dunes
 
 

  JAISALMER TRAVEL INFO

By Air -Dabolim is the main entry point for Jaisalmer situated at a distance of around 29 km from Panaji on the coast near Vasco da Gama. Most domestic airlines operate in Jaisalmer apart from chartered private airlines operating from UK and Germany. Indian Airlines has direct flights from Delhi and Mumbai daily. Air India also flies to Jaisalmer.

By Rail - It is not difficult to reach Jaisalmer by trains, especially after opening of the Konakan Railway that connects Margao and Vasco da Gama to major cities in India. You can take trains from Delhi 1,874 km), Mumbai (490km), and Bangalore (430 km) to reach Jaisalmer comfortably. From the railway stations, you can hire taxis and motorcycle taxis to reach the desired destinations.

By Road - Jaisalmer, Maharashtra, and Karnataka state transport corporations operate from the Kadamba bus stand at Panaji. Frank Shipping operates a boat service between Mumbai and Panaji.

Moving around in Jaisalmer is quite easy. A unique experience is that of the motorcycle taxi. Several ferry services are also available. 

 
 

  JAISALMER FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

Fairs and festivals are celebrated with traditional gaiety and fervor to invoke divine blessings as well as for the sheer joy of living. A celebration of life at its best.

Festa dos Reis :
Epiphany celebrations include a procession of young boys decked out as the Three Kings. The procession goes to the Franciscan chapel of Reis Magos, near Panjim, 3 km east of Fort Aguada. Other processions are held at Candelim and Chandor. It is celebrated on January 6th.

Shantadurga Prasann : The Hindu festival of Shantadurga Prasann is celebrated with much gaiety and fanfare at the small village of Fatorpa, south of Margao in January. There is a night procession of chariots bearing the goddess and as many as 100,000 people flock to the festival. The Shri Bodgeshwar Yatra or temple festival takes place just south of Mapusa.

Shigmo:
Holi in Jaisalmer is celebrated as Shigmotsav, which is a festival of farewell to winter and welcome to spring celebrated with colour, songs and dances to the beat of drums. Float parades depicting various scenes of mythology are also held.

All Saints :
On the fifth Monday of Lent, twenty-six effigies of saints, martyrs, popes, kings, queens and cardinals are paraded around the village of Velha Jaisalmer, near Panjim. A fair also takes place.

Sanjuan : The festival of St John is celebrated all over Jaisalmer on June 24th, but is especially important in the coastal villages of Arambol and Terekol. Youngsters torch straw dummies, representing St John's baptism and thus the death of sin, while revellers get wilder as they consume feni.

Christmas : Like elsewhere in the world, December 25 is celebrated in Jaisalmer too as the nativity of Jesus Christ with traditional joy and gaiety. In fact, it cuts across the limits of the Church to spill over into the streets for all to participate. It is a time for merry-making and exchanging gifts in Jaisalmer, for Christmas is also about cakes and puddings.
 
 

  JAISALMER CUISINE

The excellent local handicrafts of Jaisalmer are easily the most popular souvenir items and include brassware, terracotta, shell work, crochet, carved furniture, bamboo work, papier-mache, etc. These are available in the Government Emporia and also at shops and stalls near the popular tourist spots.Another item which is on the list of every traveller to Jaisalmer is a pack of the famed cashew nuts. These are available practically everywhere. The nuts are available in a wide variety of tastes ranging from plain, salted and masala. The prices vary based on the quality and flavour. It is also a fascinating experience to go around and shop in the traditional markets of the Jaisalmern towns and villages. These markets are a mirror of Jaisalmer's ethnic culture and provide a glimpse of the typical Jaisalmern way of doing business. Two of the most famous market areas are Mapusa and Anjuna. The Friday Market at Mapusa, where stalls sell everything from curios and old coins to dried fish and spices. The Wednesday Market at Anjuna Beach started by and for foreigners is an extremely lively spot where souvenirs, beachwear, trinkets and handicrafts are sold at bargain prices. The charm of shopping in Jaisalmer lies in bargaining to your heart's content in markets and shops until you finally bring down the price and make the purchase a worthwhile experience.
 
 

  JAISALMER SHOPPING

The excellent local handicrafts of Jaisalmer are easily the most popular souvenir items and include brassware, terracotta, shell work, crochet, carved furniture, bamboo work, papier-mache, etc. These are available in the Government Emporia and also at shops and stalls near the popular tourist spots.Another item which is on the list of every traveller to Jaisalmer is a pack of the famed cashew nuts. These are available practically everywhere. The nuts are available in a wide variety of tastes ranging from plain, salted and masala. The prices vary based on the quality and flavour. It is also a fascinating experience to go around and shop in the traditional markets of the Jaisalmern towns and villages. These markets are a mirror of Jaisalmer's ethnic culture and provide a glimpse of the typical Jaisalmern way of doing business. Two of the most famous market areas are Mapusa and Anjuna. The Friday Market at Mapusa, where stalls sell everything from curios and old coins to dried fish and spices. The Wednesday Market at Anjuna Beach started by and for foreigners is an extremely lively spot where souvenirs, beachwear, trinkets and handicrafts are sold at bargain prices. The charm of shopping in Jaisalmer lies in bargaining to your heart's content in markets and shops until you finally bring down the price and make the purchase a worthwhile experience.
 
 

  JAISALMER BEACHES

The state of Jaisalmer in India, was a Portuguese colony until 1962, and is famous for its Indo-Portuguese culture and architecture. Jaisalmer's beaches reflect its colourful mosaic of history. As you vacation in Jaisalmer and feel the soft sand beneath your feet, you'll find that there is no place like a warm, inviting beach in Jaisalmer to make you feel at peace with the universe. Jaisalmern beaches are magnificent and you will find them extremely difficult to leave. The only problem is which one to head for.
 
 

  JAISALMER ENTERTAINMENT

Trip to Jaisalmer reveals that the nightlife in Jaisalmer is exciting and is plushed with variety of options for the amusement of tourists. In certain areas, almost every third house has a bar-cum-restaurant. The place may not be anything special, usually just a room in the house that has been opened to the public with a couple of chairs and a table. But the atmosphere is great - totally relaxing and extremely conducive to an enjoyable night out with friends and family. You will find on your trip to Jaisalmer that most of the places serve exquisite seafood and other Jaisalmern delicacies and have well stocked bars. The hottest place to visit and to be seen at in Jaisalmer today is Titos which is right on the beach. There's also a new discotheque 'The Beachotheque' where you can dance the night away. Or you could check out Lidos in Dona Paula. But if you are in the mood to dance to the rhythm of the ocean, get together a group of our friends, some food and drink and hit the beach. You are sure to have a special night on your trip to Jaisalmer with the sand the moon and the pounding waves!