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Jaisalmer OVERVIEW

Jaisalmer - The Golden City found by Raja Rawal Jaisal in the year 1156 AD is beautifully settled in the heart of Thar Desert and shines like gold because of the use of yellow sandstone while establishing forts, palaces and other historical monuments. The place is famous for varied reasons - historical monuments, palaces, forts, jain temples, museums, art, culture, traditions, fashion, food dishes, adventurous activities in desert like camel safari, sunset, camp stay and luxury hotels exhibiting the royal hospitality that makes the city famous all over.


Places To Visit In Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer Fort

Listed amongst the largest forts around the world, Jaisalmer Fort is located on the Trikuta Hill and was built by Rao Jaisal, one of the mightiest rulers of Jaisalmer and due to its location at the golden stretches of the Thar Desert, this fort is also known as the ‘Sonar Quila’ or the ‘Golden Fort’. Raj Mahal, Laxminath Shrine, Merchant Havelis, the ornate Jain temples and the gateways are some of the major attractions of this fort. Inside the fort, there are stables and fortresses of erstwhile kings of the Rajputana pride.

Sam Sand Dunes

The most authentic desert dune sites in all India and truly deserves to be on your list of things to do in Jaisalmer. Sam is 45 kilometres west of Jaisalmer city where you can reach by hiring a vehicle, enjoy camel ride or choose to stay in desert camps built in 2 to 3 km radius of sand dunes. Sunset and sunrise are the best thing to see in the months of October till March during the renaming months, all the camps are closed.

Gadisar Lake

Constructed in 1400 AD by the Maharaja of Jaisalmer, Maharwal Gadi Singh tha lake was originally built as a conservation reservoir for rainwater harvesting; during the ancient times, and it happened to be one of the major water sources for the entire city. Located on the outskirts of Jaisalmer, it is an idyllic getaway to seek peace and tranquillity of mind, away from the bustling and chaotic city life. Fringed with several temples and shrines, the lake also serves as an ideal place for the birdwatchers.

Patwon ki Haveli

The place was built in the 19th century and holds a combination of 5 different havelis in one single premise and holds architectural marvel, intricate carvings and murals. The place has a museum with rare artifacts, furniture work, miniatures, mirror-work and a large collection of paintings and interestingly, used to be a hotspot for travelers all around the world. The haveli is also known for residences of merchants who sold gold and silver items, amongst which some threads were used in ornamental dresses.

Salim Singh ki Haveli

A famous tourist destination, Salim Singh-ki-Haveli is built on an older structure in the eighteenth century and was the residence of the Mehta family - one of the influential families in Jaisalmer during the early 18th century. It is believed that two extra floors were built in this building, but was apparently disapproved by the Maharaja and were eventually eradicated.

Nathmal ki Haveli

The place is derived from the late 19th century and has an extraordinary exterior, dripping with carvings. The 1st floor of the haveli has some beautiful paintings that are made using 1.5kg of gold leaf, the left and right wings were the work of two brothers- Hathi and Lulu. There are pictures engraved on pillars and walls that consist of horses, cattle, and depiction of flora among many other things. Holding many interesting facts, one must add Nathmal ki haveli on the sightseeing list of Jaisalmer.

Kuldhara Village

18kms away from the city, Kuldhara is a ghost village that has been abandones from the past few centuries and till date has no signs of human life, so it’s entitled as a haunted village. A clan of eighty-five villages, Kuldhara was once inhabited by the Paliwal Brahmins, but due to some adverse happenings, the natives evacuated the village within a night with no traces, where and how the villagers left their homes; only assumptions and wild guesses hinted their invasion to some of the nearby regions. Since then there has been no signs of human dwelling or any other activities within the surroundings.

Bada Bagh

Though it's been entitled as a desert city, the rulers made attempts to add some greenery to its landscape and built The Bada Bagh - an endeavour that stood the test of time and is now a sprawling garden. Located six kilometers from Jaisalmer, this garden complex is home to the royal tombs and is among the popular places to visit in Jaisalmer. An artificially built dam is the main source of water to this garden, commissioned by Maharawal Jaisal Singh, this artificial dam also served as one of the major sources of water for the inhabitants of the city.

Akal Wood Fossil Park

A kind of a destination that can be visited by people of all ages to explore the prehistoric era here. Once you reach the park, you will notice the area is covered with large fossilized tree trunks of various sizes and seashells. The largest of which is about 13 meters long and 1.5 meters wide. There are around 25 numb trees and some of the oldest fossils are about 200 years old. Since the climate here is hot and humid, it helps in preserving these fossils.

Jaisalmer War Museum

A museum built by the Indian Army is the first-of-its-kind on the western front traces with the evolution of the Indian Army and covers in detail it's inspiring contribution in mainly 1965 Indo-Pak War and 1971 Longewala battle including all combat operations and other nation building activities. The place showcase the bravery of the Indian Army and also to commemorate the sacrifice of its heroes displaying valour and courage of exceptional order during wars.

Lodurva Jain Temple

A village in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan, the place is 15 kms to the north - west of the city and was an ancient capital of the Bhatti dynasty till 1156 AD when Rawal Jaisal founded the Jaisalmer state and shifted the capital to Jaisalmer. This village has architectural ruins, surrounding sand dunes, Jain temple which is dedicated to 23rd Tirthankara, Parshvanath and got destroyed in 1152 AD when Muhammad Ghori sacked the city but was reconstructed in 1615 by Seth Tharu Shah and further additions were commissioned in 1675 and 1687.

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