Jaisalmer Sightseeing

Jaisalmer Sightseeing

Jaisalmer is the “Golden City” and the sandstone streetscape is a beautiful maze of shops and restaurants.  It is a city steeped in history and breathtaking design.  Here is a list of places to explore but the magic of Jaisalmer is best captured through guided tours if you like we are happy to organize these for you.

Jaisalmer Fort – 1 km from the hotel

Jaisalmer Fort rises like a sandcastle out of the desert standing 250ft (76m) above the city.  The impressive structure is the heart of Jaisalmer city. It is believed to be one of the very few remaining “living forts” in the world, as nearly one-fourth of the old city’s population still resides within the fort.  It was once contained the King’s palace but now the residence of the city inhabit it.  There is a maze of winding streets within the walls like one rambling bizarre.  There are also wonderful lookout points where the old cannons stand, once used to protect the fort.  From these vantage points, you can take in sweeping views of Jaisalmer city below and out beyond to the desert.

Jaisalmer Palace – 1 km from the hotel

Situated inside the fort is the old residents of the Royal Family that has been converted into a museum with royal artifacts that give a glimpse of the historical life of the Royals in this region.  The intricate carvings are impressive but the sweeping views from the rooftop are perhaps the highlight of the building.  Wandering through the palace you can’t help but imagine what life would have been like once upon a time.

Patwa Ki Haveli - 1.8 km from the hotel

Patwa Haveli is the most magnificent of all Havelis in Jaisalmer. With stone carvings as intricate as honey-colored lace, Patwa Haveli stands tall in the midst of a narrow little lane and is wonderfully evocative of 19th century Rajasthan. It was built between 1800 and 1860 by the Patwa brothers who were brocade and jewelry merchants.

Salim Singh Ki Haveli - 1.2 km from the hotel

Salim Sigh Haveli was built in 1815 by the prime minister Salim Singh.  It is a sight to behold with 38 intricately carved balconies and a roof that is arched in the shape of a peacock. When you enter you are greeted by two elephants carved from stone and the walls are lined with imperial paintings.

Nathmal Ki Haveli - 1.6 km from the hotel

This Haveli was once the Prime Minister of Jaisalmer, Diwan Mohata Nathmal’s, residence. Built-in the late 19th century, this haveli is ornately decorated with stunning carvings. What makes this Haveli so interesting is that it was designed by architects Hathi and Lulu, who were brothers. Each brother designed a different wing, and while the works are similar they are not identical and showcase the competitive craftsmanship of the two brothers.

Gadisar Lake - 1.2 km from the hotel

Gadsisar Lake – Excavated in 1367 by Rawal Gadsi Singh, it is a scenic rainwater lake surrounded by the small temples and shrines of Amar Sagar. Earlier, this lake was used to be the main water source of Jaisalmer. You can now hire paddle boats to explore the lake and it’s a favorite of locals and tourists to watch the sunset over the water, with gentle reflections of the impressive temples and shrines.

Tazia Tower and Badal Palace - 1.4 km from the hotel

The Badal Palace has a cloud-like appearance and the Tazia Tower rises from it.  Each of the five stories of the tower has uniquely crafted balconies, reflecting the architectural styles of the time.  The design is magnificent and each floor contains elements representing the royal families who once inhabited it. This tower is quite different from the usual Rajputana architecture of Rajasthan and a favorite amongst local and international travelers keen on architecture, history, and design.