Top 5 things to do in Jaisalmer

Top 5 things to do in Jaisalmer

This entry was posted on December 12,2012 by Mridula dwivedi.
I have to admit this is a difficult list for me to draw particularly when it comes to choosing between 1, 2 and 3! But here I am with my top 5 things to do at Jaisalmer,, Rajasthan. And please remember it was almost a tie between 1 and 2.
Gadisar Lake
5. Gadisar Lake: I hardly expected a lake in the middle of Jaisalmer but there it was! Gadisar Lake is an artificial lake built by Rawal Jaisal (Kings are addressed as Rawal in Jaisalmer). At the entry to the lake is the Tilon-Ki-Pol (pol means gate in Rajasthani) and there is a legend associated with it. Apparently Tilon was a dancer in the king’s court but she wanted to be remembered and hence got the gate erected in her name. We went there during the day time but I can imagine how beautiful the chattris around the lake would look at the sunset when they turn golden and start reflecting in the water.
Lady in Red with a Big Nose Ring
4. The Bazaars and the Havelis: After you have seen the Jaisalmer Fort which features next in this list, take a stroll through the narrow lanes of the adjacent bazaar while you walk to see the old Havelis of Jaisalmer. I am not much of a shopper but it was a task to pull the other girls out of the shops where they went on bargaining about the price of camel leather handbags till eternity. The Havelis of Jaisalmer are beautifully carved and an architectural delight. There is an entry fee for the bigger ones.
Jain Temples
3. The Jaisalmer Fort: The Jailasmer Fort (also known as Sonar Kila and made famous by the Satyajit Ray’s movie by the name Sonar Kella, a Feluda Movie too) is built on a grand size and it is built to last. It is also one of the few forts where people still live within the fort premises. The Jain temples inside the fort are a marvel and not to be missed. To see the fort properly a lot of time is required. If I am given another chance to visit the fort I will go in the evening for the view of the city from the fort is worth clicking when the sunlight is good and not in the harsh noon light!
Ruins at Kuldhara
2. The Abandoned Town of Kuldhara: Before going to Jaisalmer I knew nothing about Kuldhara. Legend is that Paliwal Brahmins used to live in the village Kuldhara and they were quite a prosperous lot. The Samant or the King (various people stress one or the other) was giving them a tough time by charging high taxes. Push came to a shove when the ruler developed an eye for the Paliwal Chief’s daughter. The Paliwals decided to vacate Kuldhara overnight along with 84 other villages and Kuldhara is an abandoned village till date. The ruins are fascinating and in my opinion it is a must see place.
Lakhmana Sand Dunes
1. The Experience of the Sand Dunes: About 45 kilometers ahead of Jaisalmer are the famous Sam sand dunes. Adjunct to it is the Lakhmana Sand dune. Both offer fascinating vistas of the desert and camel safaris. The option to stay out in the open at the night with the camel men is also available even though I did not do it. We were there at the sunset and I am still remember the evening clearly. Some hotels would arrange for a local musician to play and serve light snacks if that is what you like. Either way you do it, it is going to be an unforgettable experience.
So if you had to do this list how would you arrange it? Would you add or delete something as well? Coming soon – An absolutely fantastic resort at Jaisalmer that will give you the real essence of experiencing a stay in a desert.
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