Desert Fair (In February every
year) Jaisalmer exercises immense charm, but with the staging of the annual Desert
Festival (January - February), it has also become one of the annual
calendar. Essentially, it is a showcase of the region on the desert citadel.
A number of amusing events at the stadium include turban tying competitions
and camel races.
The city has an interesting legend associated with it, according to which,
Lord Krishna-the head of the Yadav Clan, foretold Arjuna that a remote
descendent of the Yadav Clan would built his kingdom atop the Trikuta Hill.
His prophecy was fulfilled in 1156 A.D. when Rawal Jaisal, a descendent of
the Yadav Clan and a Bhatti Rajput,abandoned his fort at Lodurva and founded
a new capital - Jaisalmer,perched on the Trikuta Hill.
Bahti Rajputs of Jaisalmer were fedual chiefs who lived off the forced levy
on the caravans laden with precious silks and spices that crossed the
territory enroute Delhi-or-Sind. These caravans earned the town great
The life within the citadel conjures up images of medieval majesty visible
in its narrow lanes stewn with magnificent palace, havelis, temples and of
course skilled artisans and ubiquitous camels. Folk dances, exciting
competitions an contests, especially the turban-tying contest. Mr. Desert
contest and camel races enliven the festivities.
Colorful craft bazaars are set up for the occasion and a sound and light
spectacle is organized wit folk artists performing against the splendid
backdrop of the famous Sam sand dunes on the full moon night. Surely a
not-to-be missed event.
The nearest airport that caters to Jaisalmer - bounded travellers is at
Jodhpur. Jodhpur is connected to many other indian cities by air.
Rajasthan Roadways run very comfortable deluxe & air conditioned buses
from Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner. The roads are very good and fairly
The nearest railway station that caters to Jaisalmer - bounded travellers
is at Jodhpur. Jodhpur is connected to many other indian cities by train.
In the city you can travel by un-metered auto-rickshaws, buses,
cycle-rickshaws or you can also use car cabs and car-taxi. The Rajasthan
Tourism Development Corporation operates regular bus service for local city
Rajasthan Tourist Development Corporation sets up a special 'Tourist
Village' at the time of Desert Festival. The festival take place between
late January and mid - February, depending on the Lunar calendar.
Jaisalmer is famous for embroidery, Rajasthani mirror work, rugs, blankets,
old stonework and antique. The dye and other fabrics are made at Kadi
Bundar, north of the city.
Things you can do
The setting sun turning Jaisalmer into a beautiful golden brown is a
spectacular sight.The perfect time to visit the golden city is during the
Desert Festival, held in Jan/Feb. every year, when the city reverberates to
the sound of melodious tunes and rhythms. The most intersting means of
exploring the desert around Jaisalmer is on a camel safari.
Places to see
The golden hued fort is a sentinel to the bleak desertscape from its 80
metre high perch on the hill,housing the entire township within its
ramparts.It has an enchanting cow-web of narrow lanes dotted with some
lovely havelis,three beautifully sculptured Jain Temples of the 12th-15th
century A.D. and five interconnected palaces.The fort is approached through
four gateways-Akhaiyal,Ganesh Pol,Suraj Pol and Hava Pol.
The most elaborate and magnificent of all the Jaisalmer havelis. It has
exquisitely carved pillars and extensive corridors and chambers.One of the
apartments of this five storey high haveli is painted with beautiful murals.
A pagoda like structure looming up from the Badal Mahal with
beautiful Taazias-ornately decorated bamboo,paper and tinsel
replicas of a bier, carried out in procession during Moharram by the
scenic rain water lake with numerous beautiful shrines around and a
spectacular avian variety. The lake is an idyllic spot for outings. Jain
The fort has three exquisitely carved jain temples dedicated to the Jain
Tirthankars-Rishabhdev,Sambhavnath and Paraswanath.Gyan Bhandar or Library:
Some of the oldest manuscripts of India are found in this library
established as a part of Jain temples.
Gaytime, Kalpana Restaurant and the 8th July Restaurant have been popular
for years. The Trio, a new restaurant next to the Bank of Baroda near the
Amar Sagar Gate.