Jaisalmer, being founded in 1156, is a medieval town in western Rajasthan with a glorious past of acrimonious battles. Once the main trade route to rest of the world in medieval time, it appears today a city with age-old charm where residues of ruthless climate and mauling winds of the desert can be seen. A visit to Jaisalmer promises a backward journey to this once princely state where culture and traditions still charm you no end!
The Jaisalmer Fort is the most prominent tourist attraction here for its rich past and marvellous architecture. Situated atop a 250 high hill, the fort is among the oldest in the state-the second oldest- that offers a spectacular vista of the desert below. Encompassing five palaces within, the fort has enticing murals paintings and four huge poles to lend it lustre.
Besides the renowned fort, other tourist attractions in Jaisalmer include the Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli- a testimony to side-by-side symmetry- and the Salim Singh Ki Haveli, a 300-years old design with an arched roof. If the Patwon Ji Ki Haveli attracts tourists for its sheer size and intricate design and the Tazia Tower, for its five-tiered tower designs, then the Gadsisar Lake- a 14th century structure- charms for its historical value.