Jaisalmer: a trip to the door of the Thar Desert
If you wish to see a classic blend of desert landscape with Royal architecture in India, Jaisalmer beckons you. A visit to this famed city is like looking through the Door of the Great Indian Desert called Thar in India. The Thar Desert is strategically located partly within the state of Rajasthan, partly in Punjab and a part also falls within the Sind which is in Pakistan. Jaisalmer is one of the most important cities in the tourist circuit of India.
This city is very well known connected by road, rail link with Delhi and the rest of India and reaching it is fairly easy, one of the excellent ways to see this place is on the famous luxury Palace on Wheels train that most foreign traveler prefer on this route. It is a visual delight to see not just the sight and sounds of Jaisalmer and most importantly some of the fabulous Forts that were built in the past. One such fort is the Jaisalmer Fort, which is supposed to have been built in around 1156 and is situated on Meru Hill. History is replete with mention of this fort having been the location of many historic battles over the centuries.
The city of Jaisalmer also received a shot in the arm when one of India’s leading film director Mr.Satayjit Ray shot a movie at the Jaisalmer Fort. The film really made famous the glory of this place and also because the fort was called the “Sonar Kella”-the Golden Fort. This name was derived from the Yellow also most gold coloured stones that form the edifice of this fort. This is one of the forts that have a huge population staying within them. Inside this fort are a lot of things to see such as the Laxminath Temple, the Jain Temples and of course the Royal Palace.
If you wish to take a peek at what the true desert culture of India is like then Jaisalmer is certainly the tourist destination par excellence. The walls, the people and the sights of this city tell the tale of the Strong Rajput people of this state and their proud history which has withstood the ravages of many armies across time. Here you will get to see puppet shows and hear the travelling bards sing their quaint eloquent tales. A museum that will tell you a story like no guide can recount from the history of this historic city.
From a religious point of view some of the temples here are a sight to behold and are greatly revered by people of the Hindu faith. Worth visiting are the Shantinath and Parshavnath both temples of the Jain religion.also do visit the pilgrimage centers at Lodarva, Amarsagar and Pokhran.apart from this a visit to the Chandraprabhu and the Rikhabdev temples is an absolute must to get a close look at religious practices and aspects. Visiting Jaisalmer allows you to get a very good look at the heart of India such is the intensity of the people and culture here.