Depending on the time of day, the sandstone of this fascinating city glows in a different shade of yellow and gold: Jaisalmer is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was once one of the wealthiest cities on the ancient Silk Road. The venerable sandstone fortress towers high above the lower town. Richly decorated havelis, typical merchant dwellings, tell the story of the legendary city and the people who built it.
Especially if you are an architecture and art lover, Jaisalmer will delight you at every turn. Stroll through the lively lanes and elicit the secrets of the desert city from the knowledgeable guides. Less
A fort still in use
One of the oldest dwellings
With many typical sacrificial temples
At Jaisalmer Fort, you will experience a living medieval fort that looks back on 800 years of history. Built by Rawal Jaisal on a plateau, the fort is still home to over a quarter of the city's population. Apart from a museum, the rest of the fort is still in daily use. The yellow, gold and honey tones of the sandstone are particularly beautiful. So it is worth visiting the fort at different times of the day on your Jaisalmer holiday.
Jaisalmer was an important trading post on the ancient Silk Road: the economic prosperity of the 19th century is expressed mainly in the elaborately designed havelis: One of the oldest havelis is the Patwon Ki Haveli, which is made up of five of these palatial dwellings. Visit the Patwon Ki Haveli in the early hours of the morning: The warm sunlight falls through the small windows and creates a great play of colours in the beautiful mirrors on display.
It is the small treasure outside the historical city walls of the fortress of Jaisalmer: The Salim Singh Ki Haveli stands out immediately with its 38 richly decorated balconies. It is one of the most magnificent residential buildings built in the heyday of the 19th century. From an architectural point of view, a visit to the Haveli is definitely worthwhile: however, thanks to its exposed location, you will also enjoy a beautiful view over the entire city all the way to the fort.
The Gadisar Lake not only provided Jaisalmer with water essential for survival, but was also of great importance for cultural and religious ceremonies. The typical sacrificial temples, which lie in the middle of the lake and can only be reached by boat, bear witness to this. Around the Gadisar Lake there is a hustle and bustle of traders. Pick up a souvenir from your Jaisalmer holiday and visit the Folklore Museum and the Desert Cultural Centre. Here you can learn all about life in the desert.
The picture-perfect Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli is a multi-storeyed and richly decorated residential house from the heyday of the 19th century. It was built by two brothers who each started work on one side. The differences are clearly visible. The Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli is much larger than its other brothers in Jaisalmer. Take enough time to explore the intricate elephant stone carvings and the royal display. Less
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