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Jaisalmer, nicknamed “The Golden city”, is a town in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is a World Heritage Site. It was once known as Jaisalmer state. The town stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone, crowned by a fort, which contains the palace and several ornate Jain temples. Many of the houses and temples are finely sculptured. It lies in the heart of the Thar Desert (great Indian desert.
Arrive at Jodhpur station by 6.30 am from Mumbai. Group takes a road journey from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer in 2×2 AC bus, which will take under 5 hours.
Breakfast will be enroute to Jaisalmer and check in to Hotel.
After lunch, start exploring Jaisalmer. Proceed to visit Jaisalmer Fort known as SONAR QUILA- rising from the sand, the mega structure that merges with the golden hues of the desert ambience and the setting suns in its most colourful shades gives it a wonderful look. It’s simply a magic, the bastions envelops a whole townships that consist of palace complex, various security sources, and the havelis of rich merchants carved with an incredibly light touch. Several temples and the residential complexes of the armies and traders are placed strategically on the trade route, from where the ancient caravans passed en-route passing all the riches for the prosperity.
Patwon Ji Ki Haveli This is one of the largest and most elaborate Haveli in Jaisalmer and stands in a narrow lane. It is five storey high and is extensively carved. It is divided into six apartments, two owned by archaeological Survey of India, two by families who operate craft-shops and two private homes. There are remnants of paintings on some of the inside walls as well as some mirror work.
The most elaborate and magnificent of all the Jaisalmer havelis, it has exquisitely carved pillars and extensive corridors and chambers. One of the apartments of this five story high haveli is painted with beautiful murals.
In the evening return to the hotel for Dinner.
Post breakfast group proceeds for sightseeing in the city.
Kuldhara Abandoned Village has one of the spookiest stories. A city in western Rajasthan lies the ruins of a village which was called Kuldhara. The village was established in 1291 by the Paliwal Brahmins. But one night in 1825 all the people in Kuldhara and nearby 83 villages vanished in dark. It is said that evil minister in the ruling kingdom saw the young daughter of the village chief. He wanted to marry her and forced the village chief for marrying his daughter. He gave them a deadline for the marriage after which he would forcefully enter the village and take their daughter. All the chiefs of 84 villages met one night and for pride and honor decided to leave the villages in the dark of the night.
Today the ruins of these villages can still be seen. The government today maintains the ruins as a heritage site. A walk through the village is akin to wandering onto the sets of a ghost movie. Only, this one is for real.
Gadisar Lake in the city of Jaisalmer was originally conceived as a water conservation tank to fulfil the water requirements of this acrid city, by the then maharaja of Jaisalmer, Maharwal Gadsi Singh, around the year 1400 AD. Being of such paramount importance, it is perhaps natural to find many shrines and temples dotting the precincts of the lake that have with time become spots of pilgrimage. The most popular among them is perhaps the Tilon Ki Pol, a yellow sandstone gateway that was made by a courtesan by the name of ‘Tilan’, despite the contempt of the Maharaja. Tilon dedicated the structure to the Lord Satyanarayan, or Krishna, by placing the statue of Vishnu in the year 1908, which resulting in its declaration as a Krishna Temple, anddespite the King’ repeated attempts, ensured its subsequent survival.
Vyas Chhatri is a specimen of really intricate carvings and delicate designs. To the curious, Chhatris are the Rajasthan’s spin to cenotaphs, and this one is dedicated to sage Vyas, who completed the 300,000 verse long epic, Mahabharata and dedicated it to Lord Ganesh. A sight your lens will fall in love with, the Vyas Chhatri also offers unprecedented views of the sprawling city of Jaisalmer.
After breakfast, drive to Sam Dunes. Post check in at desert camps explore the dessert. One can enjoy the camel ride, folk dance and gala Rajasthani dinner
After breakfast, you will be driven to Jodhpur for the train back to Mumbai.