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Saturday, December 14, 2019

Jaisalmer: The Golden City

JAISALMER: The Golden City


About 

Jaisalmer is situated in the heart of Thar Desert, in the western part of Rajasthan
Located 575 km from its capital city Jaipur and 790 km from Delhi.
Forts and houses are completely made of yellow sand stones which shine as gold during day time and hence this city is also known as 'The Golden City'.
It has wide verity of things to offer like forts, temples, lake, museums and sand dunes. Folk music, cultural programs, and various other activities are bonus treat.

Climate 

Located in the desert the temperature varies to extreme ends. The average summer temperature during day is around 49 degree Celsius while at night it may fall to 5 degree Celsius.  While in winters the average temperature during day can be 23 degree Celsius which can fall to -5 degree Celsius during night.

Places to visit 

Jaisalmer is enriched by its beautiful forts, temples and museums.   

Jaisalmer Fort 
Built by Bhati Rajput ruler Jaisal in 1156, the Jaisalmer Fort is situated on Meru Hills named as Trikoot Grah.  It is the only living fort of India where people are still living. Its walls are made from yellow sand stone which looks as it is made of gold.
Temples

Jaisalmer fort has very beautiful temples inside. There are total seven Jain temples dedicated to the Tirthankaras, including Chandraprabhu templeRishabdev TempleParaswanath Temple, Shitalnath TempleKunthunath Temple, and Shantinath Temple. Among them the Parsawnath Temple is the biggest.

Museums

  • Desert Culture Centre & Museum
  • Jaisalmer Folk & Culture Museum
  • Government Museum
  • Jaisalmer Fort Palace Museum
  • Jaisalmer War Museum
  • Tanot Museum

Near by Places

Sam Sand Dunes: Here one can enjoy living actully in the desert as its situated in the heart of desert. One can spend a night in middle of Thar Desert living in camps and also get  to enjoy folk music and dance accompanied by mouth watering traditional food. There are different kinds of activities like camel ride, jeep safari and paragliding.
• Bada Bagh: It mean big garden which is situated on a small hill 6 km to the north of               Jaisalmer on the way to Ramgarh
• Lodhruva: Its
 is a village in Jaisalmer district which is 15 km to the north-west of                   Jaisalmer. Lodrawa was the ancient capital of the Bhatti dynasty until Rawal Jaisal founded the Jaisalmer state and shifted the capital to Jaisalmer in 1156 AD.
Battel of Longewala point: This is the plIndo-Pak war of 1971 fought between assaulting Pakistani forces and Indian defenders at the Indian border post               of Longewala, in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan

Connectivity & Itinerary  

Jaisalmer is situated in the western part of Rajasthan which is connected by buses, trains and flights. In this Delhi is considered as the hub and the itinerary is according to Delhi-Jaisalmer-Delhi
Bus: There are no direct buses from Delhi to Jaisalmer. however one can easily get a bus from Jaipur, Bikaner and Jodhpur.
Train: There are only two direct trains leaving from Delhi to Jaisalmer taking around 18-20 hours of journey.
Flight: Direct flights are available from Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Surat and Jodhpur.

Day 1: Reach Jaisalmer ,Visit the Jaisalmer fort, Temples and museums.
Day 2: Take a city tour, Bada Bagh and reach sand dunes by 4 pm (stay in dunes)
Day 3: Tanot Mandir, Longewala and return by evening

Budget 

Although its not easy to comment on budget, as it depends on many factors like number of persons, choice of hotel, food. But still I will try to make a rough estimate taking in a medium budget range.
Train Fare 3rd AC ₹1300 x Return = 2600
Flight Fare  5000 x Return = 10000
Hotel  1500 + Camp  2000 =   ₹3500
Food  ₹2000
Traveling  ₹1000
Tickets And Safari 1000
Total about  10000
Still this trip could be managed in less than this budget depending upon choice of hotel, food, train booking.




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