Jaisalmer är en stad i nordvästra Indien
och är den administrativa huvudorten för distriktet Jaisalmer. Staden är
belägen i Tharöknen och befolkningen uppgick till 57 537 invånare vid
folkräkningen 2001. Jaisalmer var huvudstad för furstendömet och
vasallstaten Jaisalmer. De äldre delarna av staden omfattas av en
fästning som byggdes vid stadens grundande år 1156.
(senast besökt februari 23, 2010).)
Rising from the heart of the Thar Desert
like a golden mirage is the city of Jaisalmer. A commanding fort etched
in yellow sandstone stands with all its awesome splendours, dominating
the amber-hued city.
The city has an interesting legend associated with it, according to
which, lord Krishna- the head of Yadav clan foretold Arjuna that a
remote descendent of the Yadav clan would build his kingdom atop the
Trikuta Hill, His prophecy was fulfilled in 1156 AD. When Rawal Jaisal,
a Bhatti Rajput abandoned his fort at Lodurva and founded a new capital
Jaisalmer, perched on the Trikuta Hill Bhatti Rajputs of Jaisalmer were
feudal chief who lived off the forced levy on the caravans laden with
precious silks and spices that crossed the territory enroute Delhi-or
Sind. These seems to be straight out of the "Tales of the Arabian Night
' still enchants.
The life within the citadel conjures up images of medieval majesty
visible in its narrow lanes strewn with magnificent palaces, havelis,
temples and of course skilled artisans and ubiquitous camels. The
setting turn Jaisalmer into a beautiful golden brown is a spectacular
The perfect time to visit the golden city is during the Desert Festival
held in Jan/Feb. every year, when the city reverberates to the sound of
melodious tunes and rhythms. Folk dances, exciting competitions and
contest, especially the turban-tying contest.
Mr. Desert contest and camel races enliven the festivals colourful craft
bazaars are set up for the occasion and a sound and light spectacle is
organized with folk artistes performing against the splendid backdrop of
the famous sam sand dunes on the full moon night. Surely a
Every house, here, is exquisitely carved, having filigreed work all
over. These houses date back to 12th - 15th century. And hence Jaisalmer
is called 'the Museum city'.
Place of Interest
Golden Fort with 99 bastions - Known as SONAR QUILA or the Golden
fort, rising from the sand, the mega structure merges with the golden
hues of the desert ambience and the setting suns in its most colourful
shades gives it a fairy tale look. Its simply a magic. The bastions
envelop a whole township that consists of palace complex various
security sources and the Havelis of rich merchants.
Salim Sing Ki Haveli - This 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
Patwon ki Haveli - This is one of the largest and most elaborate
Haveli in Jaisalmer and stands in a narrow lane. It is five storeys 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.
Nathumal ki Haveli - Two architect brothers built it 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.
TaziaTower - The delicate pagoda like Tazia Tower rises from
Badal Mahal (Cloud Palace). Rising in its five-tiered splendour, with
each storey graced by a delicately carved balcony, the tower is of
historical significance. Muslim craftsmen built it in the shape of a
Tazia and gifted it to their royal patron.
Mool Sagar - On way to Sam Sand Dunes, is another natural point.
Lake, Garden, summer palaces constructed by Maharawal Mool Raj in 18th
Gadisar Lake - This tank, south of the city walls, once held the
town water supply, and befitting its importance in providing precious
water to the inhabitants of this arid city, it is surrounded by small
temples and shrines. The beautiful yellow sandstone gateway arching
across the road down to the tank is the Tilon-ki-Pol, built by a famous
prostitute, Tilon. When she offered to pay to have this gateway
constructed, the Maharaja refused permission under it to go down to the
tank and he felt that this would be beneath his dignity. While he was
away, she built the gate, adding a Krishna temple on top so that king
could not tear it down.
Gyan Bhandar a library founded in 1500 A.D. by Acharya Maharaj
Jin Bhadra Suri. This small underground vault houses priceless ancient
illustrated manuscripts, some dating from the 11th century. Other
exhibits include astrological charts and the Jain version of the Shroud
of Turin: the Shroud of Gindhasuri, a Jain hermit and holy man who died
in Ajmer. In a small locked cabinet are the images of Parasnath made of
ivory and various precious stones including emerald and crystal. There
are plans to shift the library outside the present location within the
Jain temple so it can be visited.
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Hotel Suraj - A
Real 500 years Old Haveli, owned by the Teacher's of Maharaja Family.
The Best Example of stone carving, along with gorgeous archways,mughal
style balconies viewing towards the Desert City of Jaisalmer. The Stay
at this Haveli Hotel takes you back to 15th Century.
About Hotel: - Hotel Suraj is a 500+ year’s old Haveli. It belongs to
the teacher’s of Maharaja of past time. It is the only as well as
biggest residential Haveli of Jaisalmer Fort. The Hotel is run by “Vyas
Family” (Brahmin Religion) who are living in the same Haveli since last
17 generation and more than 500 years. It is a wonder in it self that
the Haveli is ever lived since 1526 AD.
As the Hotel is a old haveli so all the rooms ceilings are being made
with wood and iron hooks in it and the grounds are being made with cow
dunk & yellow sand which make the atmosphere of the room’s fresh,
hygienic and cool.
All and all it is the best place to see the rationality of Rajasthan
with a bit of modern touch.
Location of Hotel: - Hotel
Suraj is situated in the south east corner of the “Trikuta Hill”. It is
situated very close by to world famous JAIN TEMPLES. It is situated in
the domestic area of Fort. As the Hotel is situated in the corner of the
fort so it provides magnificent views.
Location of Rooms: - The rooms of the Hotel are arranged around the
courtyard of the Haveli. The room’s are in all the directions of the
Haveli. All the rooms are we;; decorated with antique metal pots,
curtains and window seats. All the rooms are with attach bathroom and
with hot and cold shower (in winter only). All the rooms are fresh and
rich in atmosphere. All the rooms have windows or balconies, none of
rooms closed like cell or matchbox.
Facilities in Room:- (no extra charge) Fresh clean towels, bed sheets,
linen, pillows, toilet paper, soap, mosquito coil, mirror, candles etc.
Views from the Hotel:-
Hotel Suraj’s main attraction is that it is the biggest residential
house of the Fort & main of all “ HOTEL SURAJ is the second highest
location of Fort (After Maharaja’s Palace) so from the roof it provides
magnificent view of Jain Temple, Old City, Fort Houses, Lake and many
other historic points of the Town. Another plus point of roof is one can
watch Sunrise & Sunset from the roof.
All and all “YOU CAN ENJOY THE 360 DEGREE PANORAMIC VIEW OF JAISALMER
Contact Person: Chimmy
Address: Inside Fort, Next to Jain Temple, House Number 222,
Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India 345001
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