A throwback in time, the bustling city of Jaisalmer still stands as it once did many years ago. From the rich sand dunes to the last of the “living” forts in yellow sandstone, the golden days of the maharajas still come alive as you explore the city.
Raj Mahal: Situated inside the Jaisalmer Fort, Raj Mahal is a picturesque palace, also one of the oldest in Rajasthan. The fort is a wonder given that even today a majority of local residents live and work within the strong walls of the Jaisalmer Fort. Raj Mahal is an impressive palace boasting of intricate jaali work (typical to Rajasthan), sprawling balconies, gardens and traditional Rajasthani paintings done in painstakingly by artistes several years ago. Home to the royal family members, Raj Mahal, with its jharokhas (small windows) and architectural finesse, defines splendour.
Jain temples: A major tourist attraction, the Jain temples, built in the 12th century, is a shrine of calm, peace and quietude. Built with intricate carving work in yellow sandstone, a visit to this temple will ensure that even as you walk in feeling burdensome, you will definitely walk out with an extreme sense of serenity
Laxminath temple: Also housed inside the Jaisalmer Fort, this temple is dedicated to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth in Indian mythology, and her husband, also the creator of the universe, Vishnu. Built in the late 14th century, the temple is worshipped by not just residents but also by many tourists who come to visit it.
City Haveli: Jaisalmer is famous for its rich historic havelis (mansions) that have been constructed with utmost care in yellow sandstone. Fitting examples in amalgamation of architectural schools, these havelis show off multitudes of little windows, intricately carved and solid wooden doors along with richly decorated work in the interiors of the mansions.
Duration: One day
Nature of the trip: A glimpse into the culture of Rajasthan through camel rides and camping
There is no better way to describe Jaisalmer than to saddle up on a camel in the middle of the Thar Desert, hear the sound of the moving sand dunes as the hot breeze wafts by and ride through some villages close to Jaisalmer. As the evening sets, the locals light bonfires in the middle of the desert, you can’t miss the last orange-golden rays of the sun, the breeze – and the bed of sand — getting cool. Take out your camera to capture the silhouettes of the camels, close your eyes and grip fistfuls of sand in the palm of your hand.
Duration: ½ day
Nature of the trip: Culture/ Religion
In our sturdy vehicles, we drive you through some of the landmark villages outside Jaisalmer to allow you to witness their typical way of life. Interact with them and observe closely the lives of these communities, their daily routine, their local colourful costumes.