The Golden City of Jaisalmer ranks high on the itinerary of the tourists who visit Rajasthan. The city got the epithet of being the Golden City because of the golden hue of the setting sun against the famous Golden Fort of Jaisalmer. The fort is unique in grandeur and is made of yellow sandstone. The city was founded in 1156 by Rawal Jaisal. The high forts of the city protected it from British invaders.
When you visit the Golden Fort, you cannot help but gasp in the sheer majestic appeal of the place. The walls of the Fort are 80m high. The Fort consists of a maze of beautiful havelis, Jain temples dating back to the 12th century and five palaces. There are four gateways to the Fort, called Akhaiya Pol, Suraj Pol, Hava Pol and Ganesh Pol.
Next on your agenda should be the Gadisar Lake. This lake formed the main source of water in the olden times. Shrines and flower gardens flock the entrance to the lake. The lake is fed only by rain water. You can have outings and picnics here. We move on to Lodurva, the ancient capital of the Bhattis. It is some 16kms away from Jaisalmer. You can check out the ancient Jain temple and the mythical tree that fulfills your wishes, called the Kalpataru. The Akal Wood Fossil Park is another tourist destination. It has an area of 21 hectares. These logs of wood take you back to the age of the dinosaurs.
Another similar spot is the Desert National Park. The park is home to several species of fauna like desert foxes, porcupines and monitor lizard. The park preserves the ecological balance of the region. While you are in Jaisalmer, the Camel Safari and the Jeep Safari are experiences that you must never miss out on! There is no better way to get a feel of the desert lands than booking yourself for these safaris.