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Jaisalmer MapJaisalmer, exotic, remote, & exquisite is a small bit of a paradox. Set so deep in the heart of the Thar Desert that would expect barren near-desolation, this frontier town is today of Rajasthan's best-loved tourist destinations. Local colour & heat prevail over the inhospitable & forbidding terrain, imbuing the medieval walled sandstone town that perches dramatically on a flat-topped hill with a special magic.

Jaisalmer was founded & its fortress built on an 80-m high hill in 1156 AD by Rawal Jaisal, to serve as the new capital of his territory. In medieval times, its prosperity was due to its location on the main trade route linking India to Egypt, Arabia, Persia, Africa & the West. The elderly fort city rises up like a immense & majestic sandcastle, its ancient & narrow streets & alleyways still preserving a traditional lifestyle with craftsmen still weaving & stone carving, shopkeepers trading & housewives gathering.

Jaisalmer Facts

• Area 126.27 sq. km
• Population 58,286
• Altitude 250 m above sea level
• Languages Marwari, Rajasthani, English and Hindi
• Best Time to Visit October-March
• STD Code 02992

Tourist Attractions in Jaisalmer

The golden rays of the setting sun, the colourfully decorated locals, the huge forts and mansions, the very fascinating craftsmanship, Rajput havelis, these whole make Jaisalmer a place of must visit in Rajasthan. Moreover a visit to the Jaisalmer Fort (the second oldest fort in Rajasthan after Chittaur), Patwon ki Haveli, (the grandest haveli of Jaisalmer), Desert Culture centre and museums gives you some glimpse of this tiny town’s past. The Jain temples meet your religious taste.
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