|Panorama of Jaisalmer|
The position of Jaisalmer, founded in the year 1156, between Central Asia and India, on the camel-train routes, earned huge wealth to the city. The locals and merchants of the city built various magnificent mansions and houses, making use of carvings made of sandstone and wood.
The Rajput Jauhar in the 13th century made Jaisalmer experience sieges and sackings, thus, prevented huge harm from the Mughals. In the 17th century, due to cordial relationship with Delhi, Jaisalmer witnessed another golden age, and more of palaces and havelis were built during this time.
Culture & Cuisines:
|Men in traditional dress celebrating Jaisalmer Desert Festival|
The succulent and boneless strips of chicken, murgh-e-subz is stir-fried with shredded vegetables. This delicacy is simply not to be missed. Or else, you may taste ker sangria, a delicacy made of capers and desert beans. Ker sangria is very popular in the regions of Jaisalmer where meat was found in very low quantity. In case, you have a substantial appetite, you can order tandoor thali, which comprises of two chicken preparations, vegetable kebab, mint sauce, and naan. Kadi pakorao, dumplings made of flour cooked in sauce of yogurt, or bhanon aloo, mint paste stuffed potatoes and simmered in gravy, are some of the other specialties of Jaisalmer.
The craftsmanship of Jaisalmer is praiseworthy. The exquisite pieces of traditional silver jewelries, decorated leather products, printing works, fine and delicate embroidery work, etc., are some of the specialty of Jaisalmer when it comes to handicrafts. The traditional crafts of Jaisalmer reflect the essentials of people, festivals, and culture along with legacy of the ancient era.
|Lodurva, Jain Tample|
Best Time to Visit:
During the months from October to March, it is considered ideal time for visiting Jaisalmer. Apart from this, the city bustles with tourists across the year.
How to Reach
Jaisalmer, nestled in the core of Rajasthan, is one of the major attractions of India drawing tourists from every nook and corner of the globe. The place is well-connected with different modes of transportations like airways, roadways and railways.
• Airways: Jaisalmer does not have any airport. The nearest airport is Jodhpur Airport, 300 Km away. Jodhpur is connected to different metro cities via government or private airlines. As per your preference, you may hire cab or opt for train journey.
• Railways: Jasialmer has its own railway station, with direct trains from various regions of India. You may also reach Jaisalmer through the Palace on Wheels train.
• Roadways: The well-maintained roads make the connectivity of Jaisalmer to different regions of the state easy and convenient. There are Deluxe as well as ordinary buses and also private buses that are functional from Jaisalmer to Jaipur, Jodhpur, Mount Abu, Barmer, Ahemdabad, Bikaner, Jalore, etc.
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Written by Neelam Talreja