Jaisalmer Fair & Festivals
Desert Festival :- Desert Festival is the perfect occasion to take a glimpse into the royal past and affluent cultural heritage of Jaisalmer. This festival is celebrated every year in the month of February. The festival offers a breathtaking spectacle of folk dances, traditional songs and various competitions that virtually set the deserted land of Jaisalmer on fire. The festival exudes a delightful spirit and for three days the entire town is clustered with colorfully dressed people.
Jaisalmer Best Season
At an altitude of 793 meters, maximum temperature is 46 degrees Celsius and minimum 354 degrees Celsius. In winter the highest is 14 and lowest is 1-degree Celsius. Therefore the best season to visit Jaisalmer is between October and March.
Place to see in Jaisalmer
- Jaisalmer Fort
The Jaisalmer Fort is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan after Chittaur, and commands the desertscape from its 250 feet high pedestal on the Trikuta Hill. Three strong walls protect the citadel. The fort has five palaces called Sarvottam Vilas, Akhai Vilas, Gaj Mahal, Rang Mahal and Moti Mahal. Jali or latticework screens of excellent craftsmanship shade interiors from the fierce heat and desert winds. The Rang Mahal has some exquisite murals painted on arches and spandrels. The fort contains one-third of the city's population. Many houses provide budget accommodation to visitors and have curio shops.
- The Jain Temples
Three exquisitely sculptured Jain temples dedicated to Rishabhdevji, Sambhavanathji and the Ashthapadi temple are located within the fort. Their ornamentation, done in the style of the Dilwara temples at Mt. Abu, is marvellous. The emerald icon of Mahavira here is an unparalleled gem.
The Salim-Singh-ki-Haveli is a magnificent edifice whose two upper storeys had to be demolished and yet whose surviving structure has unsurpassed splendor. Particularly noteworthy are the rows of peacocks below the jharokhas (projected arched balconies).
Near the city centre is the Patwon-ki-Haveli. Its five suites built between AD 1800 and AD 1860 are evidence of Jaisalmer's legendary architectural wealth. The balconies are delicately chiseled, and oblique sunrays create enchanting and dramatic shadows. It is the grandest mansion in Jaisalmer, a veritable museum piece in the open.
This haveli has two identical-looking portions, which are, in fact, two different parts united by a common façade. The projected balconies or jharokhas are a perfect example of jeweler's art applied to stone carving.
- Desert Culture Centre and Museum
The Desert Culture Centre and Museum has a number of old coins, different kinds of textiles, traditional Rajasthani instruments, and some fossils that were discovered in the desert. It gives a visitor an insight into the history of Rajasthan.
- By Air
Indian Airlines operates flights to Jodhpur, Jaipur, Mumbai and Delhi from Jaisalmer.
- By Bus
There are many deluxe buses operating daily from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur, Jaipur, Bikaner.
- By Train
There are two trains IJPJ and Jodhpur express which operates daily from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur.