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On the ridge of beautiful yellowish sandstone stands the imperial city of Jaisalmer. Also known as the ‘Golden City’ Jaisalmer is an extremely popular tourist destination which is located in the city of Rajasthan.

Historical Background

The city of Jaisalmer is named after its founder, Maharawal Jaisal Singh. When translated, the name Jaisalmer means, “the fort of Jaisal”. Most inhabitants of Jaisalmer, today, are descendants of Bhati Rajputs. This is because Jaisalmer was ruled by the Bhati Clan of Yadu. In the year 1293, the city was attacked and destroyed by Ala-ud-din Khilji. Then the Bhati clan separated and moved to different areas around Jaipur. It was only during the reign of Rawal Sahal Singh that the princes of Jaisalmer regained their power and continued to rule the region.

A great tourist destination, paradise for art lovers and a perfect holiday destination

The city of Jaisalmer is located in the heart of the desert and is a popular tourist destination in Rajasthan. Because of its innumerable palaces and forts, Jaisalmer provides a great pathway to the regal history of the Rajputs and therefore, attracts many tourists from across the world. One can even experience fun camel safaris through the deserts during his or her visit to Jaisalmer. Many palace resorts and beautiful landscapes surrounding the city make Jaisalmer a great getaway for travelers.


Dance and Music is given great importance in Jaisalmer. Export of folk art is a major industry by itself. In Jaisalmer, one can experience folk art forms including traditional music and dances like the Kalbelia dance. Besides performing arts, Jaisalmer takes great pride in its textile and handicrafts industry. Once can buy exquisitely colored jewelry, fabric, shawls, clothes and artifacts from the local markets in Jaisalmer. The desert festival held in the month of January or February is a congregation of artists from all over Rajasthan and is a very colorful and energetic event.

Climate and best time to visit Jaisalmer

Because of its location, Jaisalmer has very severe summer and winter conditions. The best time to visit the place is between February and April when the weather is quite moderate and tolerable.

  • Jaisalmer Fort
  • Jain Temples of Jaisalmer
  • Desert Cultural Centre
  • Gadsisar Lake
  • Tazia tower