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Nathmal ji ki Haveli Tazia Tower Desert National Park Wood Fossil Park
Patwon Ji Ki Haveli Desert Culture Center Gyan Bhandar Khuhri Sand Dunes
Salim Singh ki Haveli Jaisalmer Folklore Jain Temples Lodurva
Mool Sagar Garden Government Museum Amar Sagar Sam Sand Dunes

Nathmal ji ki Haveli

 
natmalNathmal ji ki Haveli built in the 19th century. Interestingly, while one concentrated on the right, the other concentrated on the left and the result is a symphony epitomising the side by side symmetry during construction. Paintings in miniature style monopolise the walls in the interior. Mighty tuskers carved out of yellow sandstone stand guard to the haveli.Barring that, this haveli is still considered the best in Jaisalmer in terms of grandeur. There are other minute details worth appreciation. But the most interesting aspect of this haveli is the drawing of modern amenities such as cars, fans etc. It is said and believed that the Architect brothers dint see these things ever in their life and engraved it with mere help of their descriptions given by people who had seen it.

tazia tower

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tazia towerTazia Tower of Jaisalmer is one of the major tourist attractions.It is situated in the excellent 'Badal Palace' complex located near Amar Sagar Gate. These were the homes of the former royal family. The Tazia tower is a 5-storied structure where each story has significance in its own. On each floor there is a balcony that is famous for their individual designs. This was built by Muslim craftsmen and is based on the shape of Tazia. Tazia is actually the replica of Mausoleum of various Imams. They are made of wood, thermocol and colored papers. The architects gifted it to the then royal patrons.Each floor and each wall displays exquisite design and finest of carvings, giving insight into the rich creativity and imaginative skills of the master craftsmen. Set amidst the golden sand dunes of Jaislamer, the grandeur and magnanimous aura of Tazia tower is enhanced by the picturesque settings. Overall, the tower is a perfect place to observe and appreciate the mastery of bygone age, a different style from most Rajput architecture and an impressive sightseeing destination in the golden desert.

Desert National Park

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desert national parkThe Desert National Park is an excellent example of the ecosystem of the Thar desert and its rich fauna. The Sudashri forest post is the most ideal place for observing wildlife in the the Desert National Park. Sand dunes form less than 20 percent of the Park which consists of craggy rocks, pavements and compact salt lake bottoms, intermedial areas and fixed dunes. Its inhabitants include the blackbuck, chinkara, wolf, Indian fox, desert fox, hare and desert cat. Flights of sandfrouse start coming to waterholes from sunrise onwards. One also hear the morning call of the grey partridge. Blue tailed and green bee eaters, drongos, common and bush quail and Indian rollers are birds which are commonly found around waterholes.

Wood Fossil Park

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wood fossil parkThe Wood Fossil Park is a 21-hectare preserved area that takes you back to the Jurassic period when the whole Thar region lay under the sea. Fossilized logs of trees trunks lie exposed to view. Innumerable trunks lie buried deep under sand, 25 are seen and 15 are above the ground. The largest log is seven meters in length and 1.5 meters in width. This 300 year old Haveli of Jaisalmer's Prime Minister to Maharaja Rawal Gaj Singh Salim Singh, has a beautiful blue cupola roof with superby carved brackets in the form of peacocks. This extraordinary mansion in yellow stone is covered with intricate carvings and has an elaborate projecting balcony on the top storey. The mansion is one of the most notables of the array of havelis.

Mool Sagar Garden

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mool sagarMool Sagar, set up by Maharawal Mool Raj in 1780, is an eye pleasurable picnic spot in Jaisalmer. The place is credited with a cute, compact but attractive palace, a breathtaking garden with varieties of blooming plants and a fabulous reservoir. A medieval period Shiva temple assumed to be carved out of a pair of sandstones is a popular religious attraction here. The place was a summer recoil for the Royal family members. There are three important Jain temples in this palace. These temples are dedicated to the Jain Tirthankaras known as Rishabadev, Parsavnath and Sambhavnath. The place offers rich lush green environment in the desert.

Patwon Ji Ki Haveli

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patwaon haveliPatwon Ji Ki Haveli is one of the largest and most elaborate havelis in Jaisalmer and stands in a narrow lane. It is five storey high and is extensively carved. It is divided into six apartments, two owned by archaeological Survey of India, two by families who operate craft-shops and two private homes. There are remnants of paintings on some of the inside walls as well as some mirror work.

Desert Culture Center and muesum

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deert culture museumDesert Culture Centre and Museum is a treasure-trove of rich cultural lineage, artistic vividness and craftsmanship of Jaisalmer. A highly sought after destination by art lovers and history buffs, the museum displays far-reaching collections of ethnic artifacts, traditional instruments, huge collections of medieval coins and some rarest of rare fossils mined in Jaisalmer. For the visitors benefit, the museum organizes several special displays throughout the year. The Desert cultural center and museum displays numerous ancient scriptures, historical remains from royal age and archaic coins. A well-maintained museum by the tourism department of Jaisalmer, one may also observe and marvel the ethnic Rajasthani jewelry, textiles and handicrafts, musical instruments, weapons and arms and fossil works. "Karal’, the one of a kind utensil used for opium mixing is also popular amongst the visitors.

Gyan Bhandar

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gyan bhandarGyan Bhandar is situated in the centre of the city, it was originally established as an adjunct to the famous Jain temples. But over the years it has accumulated a wealth of historical treasures. Some of the oldest manuscripts in the country are preserved here.

Khuri Sand Dunes

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khuri dunesSeveral owners of private havelis and the Department of Archaeology have taken over the task of preserving the work, murals, wall paintings and art treasures in most of the noted havelis. Of special significance are the painted murals in 'Patwari ki Haveli' and its specially polished pillars supporting a 5-storey high ceiling. 'Salim Singh Ki Haveli' has an arched blue roof and a surfiet of peacock shaped brackets.

Salim Singh ki Haveli

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salimsinghhaveliSalim Singh ki Haveli was built about 300 years ago and a part of it is still occupied. Salim Singh was the prime minister when Jaisalmer was the capital of the princely state and his mansion has a beautifully arched roof with superb carved brackets in the form of Peacocks. The mansion is just below the hill and it is said that once it had two additional wooden storeys in an attempt to make it as high as the maharaja's palace, but the maharaja had the upper storey torn down.

Jaisalmer Folklore

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folkloreJaisalmer Folklore is situated on the banks of the Garsisar lake the museum is a gold mine of information not just about Jaisalmer, but the rich cultural heritage of western Rajasthan. Established in 1984 by a N K Sharma,the exhibits include everything from paintings and musical instruments to old coins, manuscripts, camel ornaments, postcards, photographs, curios and even fossils. It is a very informatory and intriguing Folk Art Museum, and is a must-see for tourists keen on learning about Jaisalmer's history art and traditions or for the intellectually inclined.

Jain Temples

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jain_templeJain Temples is situated in the Jaisalmer Fort are a must visit site in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. You will find these temples to be very old and high pilgrimage as well as archeological value attached to them. These are a group of Jain temples dating back 12th and 15th centuries and are dedicated to various Jain Tirthankars (Hermits). On the walls of the temples, you can find animal & human figures, carved in famous Dilwara style. These temples are built in the Dilwara style that is famous all over the world for its architecture. The style got its name from the famous 'Dilwara Temples' situated on Mount Abu, a famous Hill station and pilgrimage destination in Rajasthan. The Jain temples in the Jaisalmer Fort are dedicated to Rikhabdevji and Shambhavdev Ji, the famous Jain hermits known as 'Tirthankars'. Like all other structures in Jaisalmer, these temples are craved of yellow sandstones. The beautifully carves decorations on the wall will give you divine peace. The Astapadhi Temples that are situated in the same complex are a must visit too.

Lodurva

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loduvraLodurva, the ancient capital of the Bhattis, is 16 km from Jaisalmer. Its ruins are visited for the great Jain temple and the Kalpataru, a mythical tree of wish fulfillment. Lodurva has a great number of peacocks that hover around the temple walls lending spectacular colour to the dry and stony landscape. Amar Sagar is a grand artificial reservoir for water with a temple and a promenade on the bank that is a lovely place for a picnic.

Government Museum

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govrnment museumGovernment Museum, is located on Police Line Road near Moomal Hotel. It was opened in 1984. It houses a great collection of wood and marine fossils and gives an insight into the geological past of the area. Sculptures from the earliest townships of Kiradu and Lodurva dating back to the 12th century and the graceful youth of those times can be traced in the Government Musuem in Jaisalmer. Most types of common marine fossils, buried in shale, limestone, and sandstone and initially laid down in prehistoric seas, are likely to be found in the Government museum in Jaisalmer. Many of the hard-shelled invertebrates and early vertebrate animals are fairly well represented in the fossil record, while soft-bodied animals, such as sea anemones and worms, can also be seen in Government Museum in Jaisalmer. Other gorgeous places in Jaisalmer include the Gadsisar Lake, Manak Chowk, Tazia tower, Nathmalji-ki-Haveli, Patwon-ki-Haveli, Salim Singh-ki-Haveli, and Jain temples. Amar Sagar 5 km and Barmer is well-liked for its elite handicraft items. The best shopping items are embroidery works, wooden items, and silver jewelry.

Amar Sagar

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amar sagarAmar Sagar is a small and beautiful lake cum Oasis and is adjacent to a 17th Century palace called the Amar Singh Palace. Maharawal Akhai Singh built this palace in honor of one of his predecessors Amar Singh. Next to the palace are pavilions with a large stairs leading down to the Amar Sagar Lake. This haveli has been constructed in the pattern of apartments. The Amar Sagar is a five story high haveli and is famous for its murals. Wherever you go in this haveli, you will notice beautiful murals painted with delicate efforts. You can find many of wells and ponds in the surrounding which have a royal air about them. There is an old Shiva temple in the complex itself. Amar Singh built this because he was supposed to be an ardent follower of Lord Shiva, a Hindu God related to destruction.

Sam Sand Dunes

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sam sand dunesSam Sand Dunes is situated at a distance of 42 kilometers from Jaisalmer, Sam Sand Dunes is the closest point to witness the total sandy desert. You can also see the patterns and motifs created by the shifting sands and air. Moreover, Sam Sand Dunes also provide you with an unforgettable experience of camel rides and the sunset.