Top 8 attractions to explore in Jaisalmer
The largest district of Rajasthan. Jaisalmer District lies in the Thar desert, which straddles the border of India and Pakistan.
It is believed to be one of the very few "living forts" in the world, as nearly one-fourth of the old city's population still resides within the fort. For the better part of its 800-year history, the fort was the city of Jaisalmer. The first settlements outside the fort walls, to accommodate the growing population of Jaisalmer, are said to have come up in the 17th century.
Famous for its sand dunes, Khuri is a small village about 50 km south-west of Jaisalmer . Khuri is less crowded and provides a more enjoyable experience. Yet to make a prominent mark on the tourist map, Khuri has escaped commercialization and the hordes that descend to visit the sand dunes.
Jain Temples situated in the Jaisalmer Fort are a must-visit site in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. You will find these temples to be very old and high pilgrimage as well as archeological value attached to them. These are a group of Jain temples dating back 12th and 15th centuries and are dedicated to various Jain Tirthankars (Hermits). On the walls of the temples, you can find animal & human figures, carved in the famous Dilwara style.
Patwon Ki Haveli is one of the most popular spots in Jaisalmer, which is not just a single building, but a combination of five different Havelis, each with a distinct quality of its own. With its unique architecture, Patwon Ki Haveli is one of the most significant Havelis in Jaisalmer and Rajasthan.
Salim Singh Ki Haveli was built in 1815 by Salim Singh, the prime minister of the kingdom when Jaisalmer was the capital. This mansion was not created with the help of cements and mortar- the stones are connected with strong iron rods. This is famous for its distinctive architecture.
Map of attractions in Jaisalmer