Sights in Jaisalmer
Golden Fort, Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer Fort, also known as Sonar Kilar, or the Golden Fort, looks like a child’s giant sandcastle. But this is in fact the ultimate in desert forts, dominating the landscape for miles around from its spot at the top of Trikuta Hill. Go to the Golden Fort Page.
Patwon ki Haveli, Jaisalmer
One of the remarkable things about Jaisalmer is the havelis, or mansions, built by its wealthy merchants and nobles in the 19th century. They are famed for their exquisitely carved sandstone facades-a feat of stone-carving not matched anywhere else in India. Go to the Patwon ki Haveli Page.
Gadisar Lake, Jaisalmer
This tank, south of the city walls, once held the town water supply, and befitting its importance in providing precious water to the inhabitants of this arid city, it is surrounded by small temples and shrines.
Go to the Gadisar Lake Page
Gyan Bhandar, Jaisalmer
Gyan Bhandar is situated in the center of the city; it was originally established as an adjunct to the famous Jain temples. But over the years it has accumulated a wealth of historical treasures. Some of the oldest manuscripts in the country are preserved here. Go to the Gyan Bhandar Page
Salim Singh Ki Haveli, Jaisalmer
The third of the great havelis is the one built by the scheming Prime Minister, Salim Singh, in 1815. What makes it unique is the way it is narrow at the base, but suddenly flares out its cantilevered upper story. The haveli has a beautiful arched roof, capped with blue cupolas and superbly carved details. Do not miss its elegant peacock brackets.
Lodhruva Jain Temple, Jaisalmer
The ancient Bhatti capital of Lodhruva lies just 16 miles from Jaisalmer. You can still see traces of the ruins of the city in the desert, but the one monument that is intact is the Jain Temple of Parshvanatha.
Go to the Lodhruva Jain Temple Page
Mool Sagar, Jaisalmer
Maharawal Moolraj II built the Moolsagar complex in 1815 AD. You will find numerous wells, the Moolsagar Garden and a splendid Raj Mahal built on its premises. Maharaja Moolsagar was known for his patronage to art and artisans and that becomes pretty evident when you come across some great murals on the palace walls. Go to the Mool Sagar Page
Nathumal ki Haveli, Jaisalmer
Even more beautifully carved is Nathmalji ki Haveli, built by a Prime Minister of Jaisalmer as late as 1885. Its façade is a riot of ornamentation: flowers, birds, elephants, soldiers, as well as a bicycle and even a steam engine! It was carved by two brothers, Hathu and Lallu, each of whom completed one side of haveli.
Go to the Nathumal ki Haveli Page
Tazia Tower, Jaisalmer
An architectural tribute to the history of Jaisalmer is Badal Vilas, also known as Mandir Palace, the current residence of the Royal Family. This multi-storied structure, also referred to as the Cloud Palace, is located near Amar Sagar Gate and consists of a complex of buildings with elaborately carved facades.
Go to the Tazia Tower Page