The golden city of Jaisalmer,
which lies courageously as the western sentinel of India,
is a place worth visiting. The golden ray of the setting sun
draws a heavenly picture on the sands of Jaisalmer. The magnificent
wood- and stone-carved mansions and buildings display the
love of the Rajputs towards the fine arts.
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 1156AD. 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 fedual 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 raying contest.