Come explore a new area, open yourself to another culture. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, is like no other tourist destination in the country with a million sights. And at Hotel Rawalkot, Jaisalmer, we want to help you experience the desert, it's people and sights to the fullest possible. Some of the local attractions and interesting destinations we suggest are:
Location: In the very heart of Jaisalmer town
Attraction: Architecture, miniature paintings, handicrafts and bazaars
Jaisalmer Fort is a monument worth visiting and retaining in your postcard memories. Like various other cities of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer too provides facets of its own glorious heritage. Though you can find historical monuments located all over the city, Jaisalmer Fort immediately commands attention. The fort is made of the local yellow sandstone, and is also known worldwide as Sonar Quilla, title of a film by Satyajit Ray, the greatest Indian director. Jaisalmer Fort dominates the town.
Location: In a narrow lane near Patwa Complex
Attraction: Architecture and miniature paintings,
Timings: Early morning till 5 P.M.
The Patwon Ji ki Haveli is an extraordinary work of architecture and the most important among the havelis of Jaisalmer. This was the first haveli constructed in Jaisalmer and is actually not a single unit but a cluster of five small havelis. The intricate work is as fascinating as are the tales that surround the Haveli, also known as the 'mansion of brocade merchants'. The name probably comes from the fact the family dealt in threads of gold and silver used in embroidering dresses. However, some tales suggest much money was made from smuggling Opium and money-lending.
Location: In the centre of Jaisalmer
Attraction: Architecture and miniature paintings
Timings: Early morning till 5 P.M.
This Nathmal Ji ki haveli was commissioned to serve as the residence of Diwan Mohata Nathmal, the then Prime Minister of Jaisalmer, and is still considered the best in Jaisalmer in terms of grandeur.
Location: Near 'Tillon ki Gate' in Jaisalmer town
Attraction: Lake and birds
Quiet and seemingly like a mirage, Gadsisar Lake is one of the major tourist attractions of Jaisalmer. Contrary to popular belief, it is not an oasis but a water conservation tank made around 1400 A.D. by the then ruler of Jaisalmer, Maharwal Gadsi Singh.
Location: In the centre of Jaisalmer
Attraction: Architecture, chiefly balconies
Salim Singh ki haveli has been built on the remains of an older haveli from the late 17th century. The new building was built in 1815 and occupied by the Mehtas of Jaisalmer, the most influential family of their time. This haveli was commissioned by Salim Singh, the then Prime Minister of Jaisalmer.
Location: Near Badal Palace in the centre of Jaisalmer
Attractions: Minarets and architectural fusion
Tazia Tower of Jaisalmer is a major tourist attraction. After experiencing the vibrancy of the various examples of Rajputana architecture in Jaisalmer town, Tazia tower will come as a welcome surprise. The fusion of styles and its craftsmanship are simply eye catching.
A group of cenotaphs of Vyas Brahmins on a small hillock near the city, this spot offers a magnificent view of the city especially at sunrise and sunset.
Scattered across the vast scrubland that surrounds Jaisalmer city are some beautiful monuments.
Location: About 16 kms from Jaisalmer town
Importance: Jain temple ruins, Kalptaru and Peacocks
Lodurva is the ancient capital of the Bhati Rajputs and was once a flourishing habitation but lost most of its splendour when the Bhati rulers shifted their capital to Jaisalmer.Nevertheless, Lodurva remains a major attraction, drawing travellers to its age old ruins of Jain temples. Their splendour still clearly visible.
Location: 6 Kms from Jaisalmer town on Ramgarh Road
Attraction: Garden and Cenotaph
Bada Bagh, which literally means 'Big Garden', is located on the Ramgarh road. It was commissioned by Maharawal Jait Singh in early 16th century and completed by his son Lunkaran after his death.Bada Bagh has an interesting garden, a water tank, and a dam unique to the desert, one which underlines the importance given to water harvesting since generations. Cenotaph : in the vicinity of Bada Bagh are Cenotaphs, also known locally as chattris. These are memorials constructed on the cremation grounds of the ruling family and were constructed by the various Bhati rulers.
Location: 7 K.M. in the western outskirts of Jaisalmer town
Attractions: Lake and a Palace
Amar Sagar is a beautiful lake and is adjacent to a 17th Century palace called the Amar Singh Palace. Maharawal Akhai Singh built this palace in honour of his predecessor Maharawal Amar Singh. Next to the palace are pavilions with steps leading down to the Amar Sagar Lake.
Location: 17 kms from Jaisalmer town on National Highway 15
Importance: Fossil remains of Jurassic era from 130 million years ago
Jaisalmer is unique as it allows you to go back in time, to before human history was first recorded. There is so much of history that runs through Jaisalmer and its environs, then there is also the Akal Fossil Park. It takes you back to the prehistoric era, where a forest stood 180 millions years ago. Tectonic shifts and climate changes submerged this area into the sea, and the prehistoric tree trunks are now preserved in the form of fossils.
Location: About 42 kms from the main Jaisalmer town
Famous for: Sand, dunes and only sand dunes
No visit to the Thar Desert is complete without a desert safari. Which is why Sam sand dunes remain a major attraction for travellers to Jaisalmer. This is one place from where you can, metaphorically, lose yourself in the Great Thar Desert. Sam has a truly magnificent stretch of sweeping dunes, with sparse or no vegetation. The best way to get to Sam is, of course, on camelback. Join a camel caravan at Jaisalmer and ride along the breathtaking crests and troughs. Camp out in the desert and experience the colourful brilliance of the desert sun setting over the horizon. Organise a bonfire in the night with fellow travellers and revel in the earthy folk music and dance of Rajasthan.
Location: About 40 kms southwest from Jaisalmer town
Attractions: Camel safari, Mud houses and Desert solitude
Khuri sand dunes are a must visit destination for travellers to Jaisalmer. Some find the picturesque Sam sand dunes a bit crowded, so they opt for the sand dunes near Khuri village, just 40 kms from centre of Jaisalmer town. It is a peaceful place with houses of mud and straw decorated with the traditional patterns, unique to the Great Thar Desert. The Khuri sand dunes offer a memorable experience, providing unmatched space, silence, and solitude. Enjoy a leisurely camel ride, explore the desert, and get closer to the local way of living with thatched straw roofs, narrow streets and the local bazaar.
Location: 40 kms from Jaisalmer town
Activities: Jeep safari, Camping, Campfire and Bird Watching
The 3100 sq. km Desert National Park stretches over Barmer and Jaisalmer districts. The Desert National Park, a protected sanctuary, is considered to be the largest in Rajasthan and among the biggest in India. It is home to the magnificent Great Indian Bustard which can be seen in considerable numbers. It is also the official state bird of Rajasthan, and migrates locally in different seasons. The park area is a haven for migratory and resident birds of the desert. Short-toed Eagles, Tawny Eagles, Spotted Eagles, Laager Falcons and Kestrels are the most common among these.
A visit to Jaisalmer is incomplete without shopping for traditional local handicrafts, a number of which are available in the bazaar. Jaisalmer is famous for embroidery, Rajasthani mirror work, rugs, blankets, antiques, carved wood work, silver jewellery and old stonework.Vibrantly coloured fabrics, traditionally dyed in the tie-dye technique are available a plenty.Tiny curio shops abound in Jaisalmer town while the main shopping spots are within the fort and include Sadar Bazar, Sonaron ka Baas, Manak Chowk, Pansari Bazaar, Gandhi Darshan and Seema Gram. The government operated Khadi Gram Udyog Bhavan is a storehouse rich in all types of traditional products.
Colourful Rajasthan also offers a vibrant choice when it comes to cuisines and traditional food. The discerning traveller must try the various traditional Rajasthan dishes and foods that are easily available in this beautiful desert city. The rich cultural heritage of Jaisalmer is well reflected in its famous cuisine. Western Rajasthan has a distinct food culture, which is so very different from the other typical northern Indian cuisines.
The ker sangri (desert beans and capers), which is unique to a region that traditionally saw very little fresh vegetables, is an absolute must try. For those a hearty appetite, the tandoor thali tops: two chicken preparations (including the ubiquitous but delicious tikka), vegetable kebab, mint sauce, and naan. Sensitive stomachs can opt for the kadi pakora, flour dumplings cooked in yogurt sauce, or bhanon aloo, potatoes stuffed with mint paste and simmered in gravy. All washed down with the coldest and choicest beverages available in the state.