Jaisalmer is by far the oldest of the ancient capitals of Rajasthan and dates back to 1156 A.D. Jaisalmer Fort, built of golden Jurassic stone, is still vividly medieval in character, and all the more because it continues to be inhabited. When the sun sets on the vast expanse of Jaisalmer, a golden hue is spread throughout the entire city of Jaisalmer, and hence the name "Golden City". The Havelis are ubiquitous in Rajasthan but nowhere are they as exotic as in Jaisalmer.

Most of the history of Jaisalmer has been preserved through oral tradition. The historical sieges of Jaisalmer are some of the subjects that are touched by hereditary bards. These bards sing the stories of breach that led to the sage and also stories of graveness in fairs and festivals. For years Jaisalmer was under the rule Bhatti Rajputs. Skillful in the art of warfare, these Rajputs were brave, powerful and were most feared in the land of Rajasthan.

There is an interesting legend that tells us about the foundation of the city. It is widely believed that Lord Krishna had foretold Arjuna that a remote descendent of the Yadav clan would build his kingdom atop Trikuta hill. The prophecy came true in 1156 A D, when Rawal Jaisal-a descendent of Yadav clan founded his new capital Jaisalmer, perched on the Trikuta hill.

Attractions in Jaisalmer

What one can do in Jaisalmer

Shopping in Jaisalmer can be a heady experience. Jaisalmer is famous for embroidery, Rajasthani mirror work, rugs, blankets, old stonework and antique. One can watch sun sets in Jaisalmer as these provide spectacular sights.

How To Reach Jaisalmer

The nearest airport that connects Jaisalmer to other parts is that of Jodhpur. One can also board a bus from Jaipur, Jodhpur, or Bikaner. The nearest railhead that connects Jaisalmer is that of Jodhpur. From here, one can hire taxi or a bus to reach Jaisalmer.

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