In the heart of The Thar Desert the biggest stone of the crown of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer or better called as The Golden city is located. This is the largest district according to area of Rajasthan and is adjacent to the India-Pakistan border from its west side.
The story behind the establishment of Jaisalmer is quite interesting. In 1156 AD after the death of his younger brother Rawal Jaisal was searching for a more secure place for his new capital and he reached Trikuta a triangular rock. He met a sage Eesul who was living there and he sad him that once lord Krishna and Bhima came there and Lord Krishna said that one day his descendant will come there and will establish his kingdom. Rawal Jaisal was also a Yaduvanshi as Lord Krishna and after listening this story he decided to establish his kingdom there with the name Jaisalmer after his name.
According to census 2011 the total population of Jaisalmer is 6,69,919 of which the male population is 3,61,708 and the female population is 3,08,211. The growth rate is 31. 81% according to the census 2001. The density of Jaisalmer is 17 persons per kilometre square. The average literacy of the district is 57.22% of which the male literacy is 72.04% where the female literacy is 39.71%. The sex ratio is 852 girls per 1000 boys.
Places of interest
The Jaisalmer fort or Golden fort is known for its wonderful architecture and is a perfect place for history and Photography lovers. This fort is one of the largest forts of the word. The fusion of golden and yellow sand creates a magical view around it.
The evidentiary art of The Patwon ki haveli, Salim Singh ji ki haveli, Nathmal ki haveli, the beauty of Bada Bagh, calm and clean view of The Gadisar Lake, The never ending view of Sam Sand Dunes, The sunset and sunrise view of Khuri Sand dunes, The Silk Route Art Gallery of Thar Museum are, full of secrets Kuldhara village are some of the best places to visit in Jaisalmer.
Transportation in Jaisalmer
Auto rikshaws and cycle rikshaws, Private and government cabs are the main and sometimes a bit expensive transportation mediums inside the city. The government cabs also provides some travel cards and offers. City tour and site seeing buses are also available here at very cheap rents.
‘The palace on wheels’, a train with some unheard luxury facilities will take 7 days to tour you Rajasthan including Jaisalmer and nearby places.
How to reach
Jodhpur is the nearest airport (300 km away) to reach Jaisalmer via airways.
Government and private, delux and non delux each kind of buses and Broad gauge and narrow gauge both kind of railway tracks connects Jaisalmer with almost every major and minor cities of India.
There is only a small river(48 km) named as Kakni in Jaisalmer. This is spreaded over a flat surface.
Special about Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer is also famous among the adventure lovers. Dune bashing, parasailing and paramotoring, rajputana desert camping, luxury desert camping in khuri with camel safari, swiss tent camping, camel riding are some things that can be enjoyed in Jaisalmer and nowhere else.
The Indo-Pak border, night view from the Jaisalmer fort or Sonar Kila, The Desert festival are the moments to be remembered for lifetime.