Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Places to Visit in Jaisalmer - Sight Seeing in Deserts of Jaisalmer - Best Unexplored places to visit

Jaisalmer Sight Seeing - How to Plan a Trip to Jaisalmer Rajasthan

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Sonar Kila or The Golden Fort
The Golden Fort or "Sonar Kila", in Jaisalmer is one of the most beautiful historical monuments in Rajasthan. It is built of sandstone of the jurrassic period on the Trikuta Hill, the name derived as it is the tripple peaked hill. The majestic and magical Golden Fort grows out of a rock in an swelling sea of sand.

This grand fort in Jaisalmer is overwhelming and is protected by jagged high walls. There are four gates in the Sonar Kila known as the Akhaiy Pol, the Ganesh Pol, the Suraj Pol and the Hawa Pol.

The Sonar fort inside also has many old Hindu as well as Jain temples and brilliantly engraved havelis. The entire living area is well protected within the battlements of the fort.

Jain Temples Jaisalmer
You will be fascinated to see the string of old but outstanding Jain temples opulently carved and ornamented. These temples date back to the 12th-15th centuries, and are highly inspired by Indian mythology. The major temples are Sri Sambhavnathji temple, Chintamani parswanathji Temple, Sri Sheetalnath temple, Sri Rishabhdev temple, Sri Shantinath temple, Sri Ashtpad temple, Sri Chandraswami temple and Sri Mahaveer Swami temple.

Gyan Bhandar or Library
The Gyan Bhandar Library is has been established as a part of the Jain temples, boasts of some of the rarest and old manuscripts.

Gadisar Lake
Gadisar Lake in Jaisalmer used to be one of the major suppliers of potable water in the region. It is a rain water lake and is a big attraction for the visitors in the desert city. There are some holy shrines and well laid gardens bordering the lake. Diverse and rare beautiful birds can be seen fluttering about over here in Gadisar Lake.

Havelis in Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer boasts of world renowned Havelis which are marvelously designed and carved
Nathmalji Ki Haveli, Patwon Ki Haveli, Salim Singh Ki Haveli, Badal Vilas - Mandir Palace


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Located about 16 kms from the main town of Jaisalmer is Lodurva. Lodurva was the ancient capital of Desert City Jaisalmer and is also an important Jain pilgrimage site. Enchanting Toran or the arch at the main entrance of the Jain temple is spectacularly carved and is a piece of excellent craftsmanship. Lodurva has yet another attraction and that is the replica of the divine tree "Kalptaru".

The Wood Fossil Park is located about 17 kms from Jaisalmer is a paleontologists delight. You would be amazed to see the fossils here dating back to 180 million years. Hence the Park bear testimony of the geological past of the region.

Just about one hour drive from Jaisalmer is located the Sam Sand Dunes about 40 Kms. The vast swelling sand at Sam are exquisite, and allure the tourists from all parts of the country and world. The sand dunes will change gears and shift very soon and are spread all over the place. Enjoy the breathtaking camel safari here at Sam Sand Dunes and get the first hand feel of the desert life. Sam Sand Dunes is a photographer’s delight and numerous movies have also been shothere as it is a popular site among the film makers. Watching the sun at the sunset point here is an memorable experience.

About 45 kms from Jaisalmer is located the famous Desert National Park. The desert Park is set in the backdrop of rocky landscape. The view of the shifting sand dunes and scrub covered hills is unforgettable. You can see the Chinkara Desert Fox, Bengal Fox, Wolf and Desert Cat at the Desert National Park.

Then there is Sudashri forest post located at about 70 km from Jaisalmer is the ideal place for watching the wildlife of the park. The avian population of the park is vibrant and amazing. The important birds that you can witness at the Sudashri Forest Post are Bee-eaters, Sand grouse, Partridges, Larks and Shrikes.

There are migratory breeds like Demoiselle cranes visiting the park in winters. One of the most important occupants of this park is the "Great Indian Bustard", the tall and heavy bird is the epitome of confidence and grace.

There are various varieties of reptiles like monitor lizard, spiny tailed lizard, saw scaled viper, rustle viper, krait etc.

Just about 5 km from Jaisalmer is one of the delightful sites Amer Sagar. The lake and the beautifully carved Jain temples provide an aesthetic touch.

Bada bagh is located about 6 kms from the town of Jaisalmer. On the borders of the beautiful artificial lake surrounded by dense trees, has royal cenotaph with flamboyant carving and carved images of a former ruler on horse-back.

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