Jaisalmer also is known as “the Jewel of the Desert” or “the Golden City in India”, and the city by its history and exotic buildings is the most fascinating city of Rajasthan, other attractions are its incredible dunes and its safaris in the Thar Desert. Jaisalmer has several attractions as magnificent forts, enchanting palaces, havelis (mansions) and centuries old houses. Some of them are described here:
The fort located about 100 meters over the city, perched on Trikuta hill, and built around 12th to 15th centuries, is 80 meters tall and massive fort fort surrounded by a 9,2 meters high sandstone wall with 99 bastions, the fort has four gateways or called Pol that comprises Akhaiya Pol, Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol and Hava Pol. Inside the fort you can find Manak Chowk and Havelies, and you have a great view of the city.
Salim Singh Ki-Haveli
It is a beautiful Haveli built 300 years before, was the residence of the powerful Mohta clan and home of Prime Minister of Jaisalmer to Rawal Gaj Singh Salim Singh, the Haveli has a beautiful blue cupola roof with superbly carved brackets in peacocks form, the mansion has intricate carvings, a elaborate balcony and the haveli made from yellow stone.
This Haveli built around the 19th century, has an intricate architecture a display of sheer craftsmanship, and the interesting of this haveli is that its two sides were carved by two brothers, although the motif used by one is not similar to the other, but the design is balanced.
The Haveli is the largest in Jaisalmer, and the most elaborate and magnificent of all the Jaisalmer Havelies, the pillars are exquisitely carved and it has extensive corridors and chamber; in one apartment is painted with beautiful murals.
It is a rainwater lake, the lake is ideal for boating and now a picnic spot, the lake has several beautiful shrines around and spectacular avian variety.
It is a pagoda that rises from the Badal Mahal (Palace of Clouds), with beautiful Taazias, ornately decorated bamboo, paper and tinsel replicas of a bier.
Inside of the fort you find five Jain temples, which was built between 12th and 15th centuries, these temples have exquisitely carved Jain temples dedicated to the Jain Tirthankara-Rishabdev, Sambhavnath and Parswanath. The temple Lodurwa now is in ruins but before was a centre of the Jain Pilgrimages. The temples are an architectural marvel.