A top Hill Trikuta, in 1156 was constructed the Jaisalmer Fort that stands majestically today drawing visitors from all around the world. Trikutameaning a hill with three peaks bears on it the sun beam of Jaisalmer. Built by Maharaja Rawal Jaisal this megastructure is 250 feet high with 99 citadels. Entrance through this fort is via the four gateways of Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol, Bhoot Pol and Hawa Pol. Within the fortified city are enclosed numerous palace complexes, temples and havelis that leave a lasting impression on the visitors.


Amidst the four walls of the Jaisalmer fort are the exquisitely carved seven Jain temples. Believed to be built between the 12th and 15th century they are dedicated to the Tirthankars. Connected with passageways to one another, the first temple you’ll come across is the Chandraprabhu temple followed by Rikhabdev, Parasnath, Shitalnath, Sambhavnath, Shantinath and the last one is Kunthunath. Intricately designed in these temples are the exclusive Dilwara style paintings and they are truly the havens of peace. Built of yellowsand stone this holy shrine is a must for every itinerary.

Open to the general public from the wee hours of the morning up till 12 at noon one can be a witness to this monumental splendour. Surrounding the Jain temples are narrow passages where tourists can also buy different kinds of handicraft items and specialities of Jaisalmer. The reading buffs can also enjoy the vast literature about ancient Jain culture and Jain temples in the adjoining Gyan Bhandar library within the fort complex only.


A cluster of Havelies (Mansions of wealthy merchants) in a narrow lane near Fort in Jaisalmer. These 5-stories private homes are perhaps the most ornately decorated residence- the World has seen in last 150 years!

Seth Guman Chand Jain, a famous trader of 19th century, having business empire stretching from China to Egypt, got these Havelis constructed for his 5 sons. These are largest havelis in Jaisalmer and leave a visitors stunned by their eternal beauty. An architectural wonder, they feature carved exteriors, long corridors, pillared halls, painted ceilings and walls decorated with murals. A must visit on a trip to Rajasthan!


Located in the city’s central area is Salimji- ki -Haveli just a little below the hill is the residence of the then Prime Minister Salim Singh. Its roofs are carved as peacocks which make it quiet distinct from all the monuments. With a total of 38 intricately designed balconies the view of this place is a sight to behold. Believed to have been constructed on the remnants of an older haveli, its magnificence speaks volumes on the life style of the kings. A Rumour of the King destroying the upper two storeys of this place is a common tale one gets to hear. It is also called Jahaz Mahal as its front facade bears a resemblance to the ship stern.

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Things to do in Jaisalmer

  • Visit the Jaisalmer Fort

    A five-storied structure constructed in a traditional Rajasthani method. The rich heritage of the Jaisalmer fort can be seen portrayed in the novel written by Satyajit Ray which was later turned into a movie. The architectural pattern this fort is divided into three layers of walls. The outside layer is made up of solid stone blocks.The forts of Rajasthan are very intricate in nature.

    The second layer goes around the fort. The inward partition is the third layer which was used by Rajput warriors to hurl boiling water, oil, blocks of rocks on the enemies. This enigmatic structure is sure to keep your eyes wide open.

  • Visit the Gadsisar Lake

    Gadsisar Lake is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Jaisalmer. Leaving the crowd away, there is Gadsisar lake, which is the symbol of peace and prosperity. It was once a water reservoir to the whole of Rajasthan.

    The major tourist attraction of the Gadsisar Lake is the lake surrounding temples and migratory birds. If you are lucky enough you might just be able to spot a migratory bird. There are a number of temples around it making it a famous pilgrimage spot.

  • Visit the Diwan Nath Mahal ki Haveli

    Diwan Nath Mahal ki Haveli is a major attraction of exquisite architecture and with miniatures depicting the rich heritage and the artistic cultures in Jaisalmer. Formerly, it was the residence of Diwan Mohata Nathmal, former Prime Minister of Jaisalmer. The irregular shape of this Haveli is due to the simultaneous building of the haveli without proper tools to keep a track of its continuity.

    The most interesting and attractive aspect of this Haveli is the art of modern cars and fans which is different when compared to the other Havelis of Jaisalmer.

  • Visit the Salim Singh ki Haveli

    This Haveli is slightly different from the other Havelis in terms of art and sculpture. The roof of this Haveli has been built in the form of a peacock. At the entrance of the Haveli, there are tuskers made of sand stones guarding the haveli.

    This haveli has 38 balconies and each balcony has its own artistry. The name given to this Haveli is Jahaz mahal because of the front of the haveli resembling ship stern. Thrillophilia recommends a visit to this Haveli to see how beautiful art can be.

  • Visit the Raj Mahal

    Raj Mahal has its own blend of cultural atmosphere and alluring ambience. Located in the heart of the Raj Mahal, built by the Englishmen is the true story of the past luxuriance. It is a seven storied building with lattice work. A palace inside the Jaisalmer fort is winsome for every tourist and a must for any Jaisalmer tour. A residence of the Raja’s is sure to make you feel the part.

  • Visit the Patwon ki Haveli

    The Patwon ki Haveli is considered to be one of the most important Havelis of Jaisalmer because of two important things: it was the first Haveli to be ever built in Jaisalmer and it is a cluster of 5 different havelis making it one of the biggest Havelis. The other name given to this Haveli is the “mansion of brocade merchants” because the Patwa family used to deal in gold and silver.

    Currently, the Haveli is taken care of by the Rajasthan government. The gateways and arches of this Haveli are also masterpieces. The entire Haveli is made of yellow sandstone and the main gateway of this Haveli is brown.

  • Visit the Jain Temple

    Jain temple is located within the boundaries of the Jaisalmer fort. This temple is amust visit on a Jaisalmer tour. Thrillophilia can make arrangements for you to get inside the temple. The temple is rich in architecture and art. The Jain temple still holds the idol of Parshvanath which has been built from black stones.

  • Go for Camel Riding

    You miss a big chunk of the fun that can be experienced in Jaisalmer if you do not go for thethrilling desert safari. The biggest attraction and the closest place to the Thar Desert, Sam is widely stretched without any vegetation. You can also enjoy the camel hump rides through the beautiful desert.

  • Spot Wildlife in a Desert National Park

    Unlike the other national parks in India, this park lies barren and is formed by sand-dunes, rocky surfaces and salt lake bottoms. The park also has some of the fixed dunes spreading throughout its length and breadth.

    Home to some of the indigenous wildlife and avifauna species, this park represents a unique ecosystem. Chinkara, Indian Fox, Hare and Desert Cat are some of the most commonly found animals in this park. Amongst the birds, the Great Indian Bustard or the state bird of Rajasthan is found in abundance in this park.

  • Visit the Tanot Mata Mandir

    Located at around 150km from the city of Jaisalmer, this temple is one of the pious spots in Rajasthan and a must visit place in Jaisalmer. Presently managed and maintained by the Border Security Forces, this temple has successfully escaped the 1965 Indo-Pak war.

    It is in fact believed that none of the bombs dropped by the Pakistani army exploded within the surroundings of this temple. The temple now has a museum that displays the unexploded bombs.

  • Drive to the Indo-Pak Border

    After a spiritual visit to the Tanot Mat Mandir and the museum, you can make it to the Indo-Pak Border and witness the international borderline between India and Pakistan. However, before visiting the border, one needs to get proper documentations and permissions from the Indian Millitary and the local authority.

  • Experience Dune Bashing and Offroading

    If you are still thinking, dune bashing is a popular adventure sports of the Gulfs and the Arabs, you should think again! Thar Desert areas near Jaisalmer are also considered as ideal locations for dune bashing and off-roading as well. The Sam Sand Dunes are thronged by thousands of adventure junkies who has a yearning for these two sports and make it part of their Jaisalmer trip.

    The name Jaisalmer itself brings out the vibrancy and charm. It floods the heart with the true feeling of culture at one end and the feeling of royal exuberance on the other. The daylight hues, the yellow sands, the pink and red forts, the royal palaces, and the Arabian night dances are set to capture your hearts.

“Royal Treatment...”

Traveled to Jaisalmer with my wife on a anniversary vacation. This hotel is just before the Jaisalmer city begins. The hotel looks like a fort itself. We stayed there for 1 night. The hotel has a very rustic and traditional look and feel about it. The rooms and spacious especially the circular rooms. The view from the hotel of the city too is awesome. Food is good. We had a booking along with a meal plan hence our dinner and breakfast were covered in the price that we paid for it.

Abhijit (Pune, Maharashtra)
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