JAISALMER : The western desert outpost of Rajasthan, the city of Jaisalmer is one of the most charming luxury travel destinations in Rajasthan. Jaisalmer is also known as 'the Golden City' thanks to the gleaming of the delicately crafted sandstone of the sandcastle-like fort and beautiful havelis by the setting sun. This enchanting Jaisalmer Fort is dramatically perched on a flat-topped hill. Jaisalmer is replete with several interesting Jain temples and havelis, notable among them being Patwon-ki-Haveli and Salim-ki-Haveli. The scenic Gadi Sagar Lake is worth a stroll. The city is also known for embroidery, fabrics, rugs, antiques, stonework and mirror work.
NATHMAL JI 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.
JAISALMER FORT :- The Jaisalmer Fort is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan after Chittaur, and commands the desertscape from its 250 feet high pedestal on the Trikuta Hill. Three strong walls protect the citadel. The fort has five palaces called Sarvottam Vilas, Akhai Vilas, Gaj Mahal, Rang Mahal and Moti Mahal. Jali or latticework screens of excellent craftsmanship shade interiors from the fierce heat and desert winds. The Rang Mahal has some exquisite murals painted on arches and spandrels. The fort contains one-third of the city’s population. Many houses provide budget accommodation to visitors and have curio shops.
SALIM-SINGH KI HAVELI : The Salim-Singh-ki-Haveli is a superb edifice whose two upper storeys had to be demolished and yet whose surviving structure has unsurpassed splendor. Particularly noteworthy are the rows of peacocks below the jharokhas (projected arched balconies).
NATHMAL KI HAVELI : This haveli has two identical-looking portions, which are, in fact, two different parts united by a common façade. The projected balconies or jharokhas are a perfect example of jeweler’s art applied to stone carving.
DESERT CULTURE CENTRE & MUSEUM : The Desert Culture Centre and Museum has a number of old coins, different kinds of textiles, traditional Rajasthani instruments, and some fossils that were discovered in the desert. It gives a visitor an insight into the history of Rajasthan.