Jaisalmer: Introduction of Jaisalmer, History of Jaisalmer, Tourist Attractions in Jaisalmer

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Introduction of Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer is the exotic city and is known for its forts and palaces of breathtaking grandeur and whimsical charm. Jaisalmer is situated at an altitude of 225 meters above sea level and covers an area of 5.1 square km. Jaisalmer is also known as "Golden City". Earlier the old city of Jaisalmer was surrounded by an extensive wall. But now nothing remains except the gates and the massive fort which rises above the city and is the essence of Jaisalmer. In summers the temperature is around 41.6 degree Celsius and in winters it is about 7.9 degree Celsius. Hindi, Rajasthani, Marwari and English are the languages which are spoken here.

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History of Jaisalmer

The "Golden City" of Jaisalmer was founded in the year 1156 AD by Rao Jaisala, a Bhati Rajput King. Ludurva was the capital of Bhati Rajputs before Rao Jaisal founded Jaisalmer. Ludurva was a flourishing town in 10th and 11th century AD. The Lunar clan of Bhatis were the Lord Krishna's descendant. There was royal rivalry and ferocity between the various Rajput rulers and the Bhati Rajputs of Jaisalmer were regarded as a formidable force throughout the region.

Tourist Attraction in jaisalmer

The main tourist attractions in Jaisalmer are the Jaisalmer Fort, various exquisitely carved havellis like the Nathmalji-ki-Haveli, and Patwon-ki-Haveli, Gadsisar Lake, fine Jain Temples, Ludurva, royal cenotaphs at Bada Bagh and Aakal, the fossil park.

How to reach Jaisalmer
By Air:
Jaisalmer is well connected to various towns and cities of Rajasthan. The nearest airport is Jodhpur which is about 285 km.


By Rail:
There are various trains that connects Jaisalmer with various small and big towns and cities of Rajasthan. 

By Road:
A good network of roads joins Jaisalmer with many destinations in and around Rajasthan.

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