Jaisalmer- A Desert Region of Rajasthan

Jaisalmer is a desert city and instantly invokes number of images in the mind of travellers. The word itself provokes an image of deserted land with camel swiftly moving on the golden sands. The city is almost enticing and for domestic travellers as it is to foreign tourists. Standing in pride with its colossal forts, palaces and havelis, Jaisalmer showcases the artistic sense of the Rajput kings.

Fort of Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest forts in the world. It is situated in Jaisalmer city in the Indian state ofRajasthan. It was built in 1156 AD by the Bhati Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal, from where it derives it name. The fort stands proudly amidst the golden stretches of the great Thar Desert, on Trikuta Hill, and has been the scene of many battles. Its massive yellow sandstone walls are a tawny lion color during the day, fading to honey-gold as the sun sets, thereby camouflaging the fort in the yellow desert. For this reason, it is also known as the "Golden Fort".

Gadi Sagar Lake
Gadi Sagar, a man made reservoir built in 1156 AD, is one of the most favorite tourist attraction in Jaisalmer. It was originally constructed by the King Jaisal and later it was reconstructed by Maharaja Garsi Singh in 1367 AD, making a new name 'Lake Garsisar'. During the Rajput clan period, it was the only resource for the drinking water in Jaisalmer.
The lake is marvelously placed in a picturesque surroundings and an imposing sandstone entrance known as Tilon-ki-Pol opens to the lake. A grand Krishna temple is also placed at the gate. The banks of the Gadi Sagar enclose superbly maintained gardens, temples and majestically carved Chattris.
During the imposing festivities of Gangaur festival, the Gadi Sagar liven up with illuminations and the eye catching processions. This lake is a stop over for many migratory birds on their way to lakes in Kerala. The tourists can enjoy the exciting boating in this lake.

Havelis Jaisalmer is renowned for its elegantly carved latticed havelis wiyh conspicuous facades. The most striking off these are: Nath mal ki havali Patwon ki havali Salim singh Ki havali Taziya Tower-Mandir Palace

Sam Sand Dunes
Sam Sand Dunes, 42 away km from Jaisalmer, is the most popular excursion to see the total sandy bush less desert. It has a truly glorious stretch of sweeping sand dunes. It is best to be here at sunrise or sunset, and many camel safaris spend a night at the dunes. The best way to see this and other sights around Jaisalmer is to take a came safari. The standard trip lasts for 4 days and three nights, and offers the opportunity to explore the area in authentic and leisurely fashion, with entertainment by folk performers, visits to villages, and chatter from colourful guides thrown in. However you can also day trip and go by car. Hordes of tourist arrive just before sun set. Camels can be hired easily and you may be able your favourite picture with a lone camel on a desert track and the setting sun in the backdrop. Despite the tourist throng the place has not lost it magic. The desert festival held sometimes in February each year is a big draw and it is full of fun, colour and laughter, cultural events and competitions.

Excursions
Amer Sager 5km
Badabagh 7km
Ludharva 16 km

Desert National Park 40 Km / Wild Life
Set in the backdrop of a rugged terrain ,with shifting sand dunes and scrub–covered hills, it is an excellent example of the desert ecosystem. About 20% part area comprises of craggy rock and compact salt lake bottoms which make a very comfortable living for the chinkara and black buck. The other prominent of fauna of the park are Desert fox, Bengal fox, Wolf and Desert Cat.