Jaisalmer, one may also call it the Golden City is on the western most frontier of India in the state of Rajasthan which is very near to the border with Pakistan. Being the nearest city in the Thar Desert it is considered to be the driest place in India.
The major part of the local people of Jaisalmer are known as Bhati-Rajput that is named for renowed warrior ‘Bhati’. Deoraj, the most famous prince of the Bhati family was regarded as the original founder of the Jaisalmer heredity and with him the title of rawal commenced. In 1156 Rawal Jaisal, the sixth in order of succession from Deoraj, invented the fort and city of Jaisalmer making his capital as he turned his former capital at Lodhruba (about 15 km to the north-west of Jaisalmer).
The city was named after the name of its founder Maharawal Jaisal Singh, a Rajpur Kind in 1156 AD Jaisalmer" means "the Hill Fort of Jaisal". Jaisalmer is also called as "Golden City of India" because the yellow sand and the yellow sandstone used in all the architectures of the city gives a yellowish-golden tinge to the city and its surrounding area.
The city was under the rule by the Jaisalmer Fort and is uncommon comparing to the other forts in India. Desert Safari in the sand dunes of Jaisalmer is an unbelievable experience.
Mejor festival that Jaisalmer celebrates is Desert Festival during February every year.
Desert Festival of Jaisalmer is a colorful festival . You will get to see Cultural events, camel races, turban tying competitions etc amidst the golden sands of the Thar Desert.
Jaisalmer is connected to Aurangabad via Jodhpur and Udaipur. Note: Kingfisher Airlines started Daily Air service from Jaisalmer to Aurangabad via Jodhpur, Udaipur. Air services are normaly available in tourist season. For further details visit : www.indian-airlines.nic.in www.jetairways.com www.airsahara.netRAIL
Direct Trains are available from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur & Delhi via Jodhpur-Jaipur-Alwar. Bikaner and Jaipur.ROAD
Jodhpur (285 km), Bikaner (333 km), Udaipur (545 km), Jaipur (621 km).
Deluxe & Ordinary buses of Rajasthan Roadways & Private companies operate from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur, Jaipur, Bikaner, Barmer, Mount Abu, Jalore, Ahmedabad etc, Roadways main bus stand is opp. Rly station & a bus terminal near State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur Circle, Shiv Road. Tel-02992-251541 Private bus stand at Air Force Circle.