Sights to see in Jaisalmer

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There are many places to go in India, from the heights of the Himalayas to the sultry tropical beaches of Goa. One corner of India that should not be neglected though is the state of Rajasthan, as its desert culture is often missed by many that tour India faster than they ought to.

Its most significant city is its capital, the majestic city of Jaisalmer. Sticking out like an island of civilization in the midst of sterile sand seas, this historically significant centre has endured assaults of nature and man over the ages, standing up as a proud survivor in the early years of the 21st century.

What are the major sight to see in Jaisalmer? These points of interest should not be missed by anyone that makes the trip to this special corner of the Subcontinent.

1) The Golden Fort of Rajasthan

Dating back to the 12th century, the golden fort of Rajasthan is not only still standing, but it still ranks among the biggest forts in the world after more than 800 years of existence. Built from the abundant sandstone that can be found everywhere in the surrounding desert, this ancient structure gleams with a radiance like few other landmarks in Asia, let alone in India. With almost 100 turrets that have protected this city in past centuries providing killer views of the city below, this is a sight that you just can’t afford to miss while in Jaisalmer.

2) Bada Bagh

Lovers of gardens need to check out Bada Bagh, as it has been a staple attraction in the city since the 16th century. Serving more as a memorial to this city’s past rulers than an actual garden (the shrubbery has long since shriveled up), the architecture present here is still well worth the trip six kilometres out of town. The views of sunrises and sunsets between the domes found here are well worth the effort, so be sure to get here at these times.

3) Patwon-Ki-Haveli

One of the most impressive facades in Jaisalmer can be found on a building known as Patwon-Ki-Haveli. Consisting of intricate stonework that will dazzle even the most cynical traveler, this structure was built by Guman Chand and his sons, which were considered to be among some of its most prolific traders.

Inside, its five stories have largely been converted into a museum, each of which was given over to each of the elder’s sons. Despite being raided in the years prior to its preservation, some artwork still remains on its walls, making this place well worth seeing, inside and out.

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