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GADISAR LAKE

On the outskirts of Jaisalmer in the arid state of Rajasthan lies the filled to the brim Gadisar Lake like an oasis in the heart of a desert. Back in the middle ages, there were no canals or irrigation system or other scientific methods to bring water to the arid regions of Rajasthan. This reservoir was built by Raja Rawal Jaisal keeping in mind the need of his people. Located pretty close to the fort of Jaisalmer, the lake is frequently visited by travellers from all around India as well as foreigners.

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JAISALMER FORT

Jaisalmer Fort, nestled amid the golden sands of Thar Desert and steeped with rich past and heritage, is not just a fort but a mini-town with houses, temples, shops, and restaurants. Showcasing brilliant craftsmanship, it is one of the most renowned forts in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site. More than three thousand people live within the fort walls with multiple entrance gates on the path up top, the last of which directs you to the popular public square named Dashera Chowk.

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DESERT SAFARI

Jaisalmer is a frequently visited place by tourists. Out of the total number of visitors, almost 95% out of them go for tours of the desert safari. These tours are conducted either in the early morning or during the evening to avoid the scorching heat. Also, after one gets over with the safari tour, they can enjoy a delicious meal alongside gipsy musical dance program which is present at the desert camps at Sam. If anyone visits Jaisalmer, it is like a compulsion to go for desert safari and make the trip, even more, fun and memorable.

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BADA BAGH

Bada Bagh means ‘Huge Garden’. Maharawal Jait Singh’s period saw its construction, which was in the beginning of 16th century. His son Lunakaran completed the construction after the death of his father. The garden served as a memorial where the nobles and their families were cremated. The garden offers a stunning view. The place is isolated. If you visit the place during sunrise and sunset, you are guaranteed of beautiful moments, which you cannot avoid clicking.

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Patwon-Ki-Haveli

Patwon-Ki-Haveli is located in the main city. It was built by a famous trader named Guman Chand and his sons. This massive five-storied construction has five intricately decorated huge suites. The large corridors and the decorated walls are excellent representations of the art form that prevailed. The entire construction is made of yellow sandstone. The grandeur and the architecture of the monument add immense value to the cultural heritage of the city. Out of the five havelis, one is converted into a museum. The third haveli houses the works of local craftsmen of the bygone era.

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Nathmal-ki-Haveli

Nathmal Ki Haveli was built by two Muslim jeweller brothers not stone carvers on the order of the then prime minister. The brothers started working on the opposite sides of the building which lead to a similar but non identical left and right side. Apart from its extraordinary outer carvings, this haveli is known for its beautiful interiors filled with paintings and equipped with modern facilities. An amalgamation of Islamic and Rajputana architecture, Nathmal Ki Haveli is well justified as being one of the most beautiful haveli in Jaisalmer.

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Jain Temples

Located inside Jaisalmer Fort, Jain temples are a series of temples dedicated to Jain Tirthankaras and can be traced back to the 12th century. The temples are are known for their distinctive architectural style modelled after the Dilwara temple of Mt. Abu. Beautifully carved and well interconnected, these temples are a vision to behold and are completely made up of yellow

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Salim Singh Ki Haveli

Among all the havelis in Jaisalmer, Salim Singh Ki Haveli is known for its distinctive and eye catching architecture. It was built by the then minister, Salim Singh who wanted to make as high as the fort but was prohibited by the king. It has 38 balconies with their own distinctive style of architecture and a peacock shaped roof. This haveli provides a good glimpse in the past and the photographs taken here would be awe inspiring.

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Vyas Chhatri

The Vyas chhatri is a marvel in the midst of the sand dunes and exhibits the typical Rajasthani style of architecture. Dedicated to sage Vyas, who completed the Hindu epic Mahabharata, Vyas chhatri is the Rajasthan’s spin to monuments. It is also popular as one of the best places in Jaisalmer to observe a sunset.

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Barmer

Barmer is dotted with ancient buildings and old temples. The Barmer Fort, Chintamani Parasnath Jain Temple, Kiradu Temples, Rani Bhatiani Temple are some of the places that are famed for their architectural marvel. The Mahabar Sand Dunes is another place here that is perfect for an outing with your family and offers nice sunset views. The city may be in the heart of a desert but the heart of the city is vibrant and pleasant. Go ahead and enjoy these 9 places to visit in Jaisalmer. You are sure to love every minute of your stay.