Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India
Why visit Jaisalmer?
After the ‘White City’ of Udaipur, the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur comes the ‘Golden City’ of Jaisalmer.
Originally the entire town was enclosed in the yellow sandstone fort (these days it’s only about 25% of the population) and, of course, made of the same sandstone that glowed gold in the late afternoon light, so the name is realistic as well as romantic.
Gadsisar Lake is an artificial rainwater pool built in 1400 AD to provide the town’s entire supply of water. The lake is surrounded by temples, shrines, statues and other attractive structures such as the Gate of Tillon, in the centre of the picture above.
Flights: Currently there are some limited flights to an ex-military airstrip though soon there should be a new civilian airport. Otherwise Jodhpur Airport is the nearest (300 kms away), with flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Udaipur.
Rail: Trains run to/from Jodhpur, Jaipur, Bikaner, Ajmer, Delhi and Mumbai.
Bus: Buses go there from all Rajasthan towns and cities.
Car/Taxi: Jaisalmer is not too far from Ajmer/Pushkar (200kms), Bikaner (240 kms), Jodhpur (300 kms), Jaipur (345 kms), Udaipur (275 kms).