The ‘Golden City’, Jaisalmer is a beautiful city in Rajasthan, India having derived this name due to the yellow sandstone available in abundance in the area. Jaisalmer is a window into the rich cultural heritage of India and is famous for its deserts and forts. It is home to the famous Thar desert and is one of the popular regions in India that offer desert safaris.
One of the most famous places to visit in Jaisalmer is the Jaisalmer Fort. Also known as the Sonar Quila (Golden Fort), it was built in 1156 AD by the Bhati Rajput ruler, Rawal Jaisal. This is one of the few living forts in the world, which means that people still stay within the fort area. The fort is 1500 ft long and 750 ft wide and is built on a hill that is 250ft high and is an architectural delight. Inside the fort complex, one can find palaces, temples, and houses made up of yellow sandstone. All the palaces and temples have ornate and intricate designs that are a must-see.
If you are an architectural enthusiast, you must also visit the 300-year-old Moti Mahal Haveli (Palace) that has a unique construction, with its roof constructed in the form of a peacock, the entryway has stone elephants guarding the gate and the front facet in a unique shape of a ship.
Another beautiful landmark in Jaisalmer is the serene Gadisar Lake, situated on the outskirts of the city. One can sit on the banks of the lake to just watch the lake, look at the birds or opt for boating.
Also, do not forget to visit the Longewala War Memorial, which has been built to honour India’s win over Pakistan in 1971 fought on these lands.