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Jaisalmer Tour (Rajasthan)
(4 Days / 3 Nights)

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1: Jodhpur - Jaisalmer (about 290 km)
Today arrival in Jodhpur and transfer to Jaisalmer.

Day 2: Jaisalmer
Sightseeing in Jaisalmer - Gadsisar Lake, Desert National Park and Ludurva Temples.
         Sum Sand Dunes              Jaisalmer Fort            Sum Sand Dunes            Royal Chattris

Day 3: Jaisalmer

Sightseeing in Jaisalmer - Carved havellis, Jaisalmer Fort, Jain temple, and Sam Sand dunes.

Day 4: Jaisalmer - Jodhpur (about 290 km)

Today we drive to Jodhpur. Transfer to the airport or railway station for onwards journey.
(End of Tour)
       Clock Tower, Jodhpur            Jaswant Thada        Umaid Bhawan Palace       Umaid Bhawan Palace

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Jaisalmer, in the north-western part of Rajasthan which is known as the Thar or the Great Indian Desert, was once the capital of the Bhati Rajputs. With its temples, fort and palaces – all constructed of yellow stone-amid the arid vista of yellow sands, this desert city in a remote corner of India has a langorous charm and atmosphere associated with the Arabian Nights.

Jaisalmer, 113 km. (70 miles) by road from Pokaran, is the terminus of the Jodhpur-Pokaran line of the Northern Railway, and 158 km. (98 miles) from Barmer on the same railway.

Built by Rawal Jaisal in 1156, the city is named after him. It stands at the southern end of a low range of hills and is enclosed by a stone wall, 5 km. (3 miles) in circuit, with bastions and corner towers. There are two main entrances, one on the west and the other on the east. Within the city are numerous buildings with excellent carvings and beautiful facades with elaborately carved balconies.

The Fort
To the south, on a hill overlooking the town, is the fort, perhaps the oldest fort after Chittorgarh in Rajasthan. The hill on which it stands is
76 m. (250 ft.) above the surrounding country and about 457 m. (1,500 ft.) long and 229 m. (750 ft.) wide. Its base is encircled by a wall of solid stone blocks 4.5 m. (15 ft.) high, above which the hill projects and supports the ramparts forming a double line of defence. The bastions are in the form of half towers surmounted by high turrets and joined by short, thick walls; these again support battlements, thus constituting a complete defensive arrangement, 9 m. (30 ft.) above the hill.

The fort is approached by an entrance on the city-side and its walls enclose the old palace, some Vaishnava and Jain temples, and a large number of houses. The Maharawal’s palace is a big pile of buildings crowned by a huge umbrella of metal, mounted on a stone shaft, a solid emblem of the dignity of the Bhati Rajputs. The outer and inner faces of the palace are relieved by balconies and cupolas decorated with carvings and stone traceries.

The impressive Jain temples in the fort are decorated with sculptures of gods and goddesses, dancing figures and mythological scenes.

Gyana Bhandar
Established as a part of the Jain temples, the Jin Bhadra Suri Gyana Bhandar has an invaluable collection of some of the oldest manuscripts known in India. It has 1,126 palm-leaf manuscripts and 2,257 paper manuscripts, a few dating back to the early twelfth century. The longest and best preserved palm-leaf manuscript, written in black ink, is 9 m. (38½ inches) long. Its painted wooden covers are of great interest.

Besides the Jain religious texts, this library has manuscripts on various systems of Indian philosophy, works of poetry, drama and rhetoric. Fragments of a commentary on Kautilya’s Arthashastra, belonging probably to the fourteenth century, is a particularly valuable document.

Laudrava, the old capital of Jaisalmer State 16 km. (10 miles) from the town, has the ruins of a few Jain temples.

Kiradu, 26 km. from Barmer (160 kms from Jaisalmer), is known for an exceptionally rich but greatly damaged group of five temples built in the eleventh-century Kathiawar styal of temple architecture. The temples show the influence of Gupta art, specially in the design of the small turrets of the shikhar and in the use of carved motifs on the pillars. No other temples in this region are so richly wrought and there are no better examples of blending of exuberant art and intense devotion.
Among the five temples, the one dedicated to Vishnu is the oldest but the shrine of Somesvara is best preserved. The skeletons of the magnificent pillared halls, the vase-and-flower motif of Gupta art, and the traditional mouldings of the basements still bear testimony to the patience devotion with which these monuments must have been built.

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