Jaisalmer literally means “the Hill Fort of Jaisal”. The desert city is also called the Golden city thanks to the color it gets from the yellow sandstone used for construction of the buildings. Jaisalmar is one the last big towns in Rajasthan closest to the India-Pakistan border and stands in the heart of the Thar Desert.Luxury Desert Camp Jaisalmer has come a long ways since being an important town along the ancient camel-train route ran through India and Central Asia Non Touristick Camel Safari In Sam. Over the centuries, the fortunes of Jaisalmer have risen and fallen thanks to the geo-politics of the region and, of course, emergence of newer trading routes. The rise in sea trade, especially during the British Era, lent a crippling blow to Jaisalmer. With Independence and the resulting hostility with Pakistan it seemed like Jaisalmer would fall off the map sooner rather than later. But it was during India’s darkest hour that Jaisalmer’s fortunes rose once again. During India’s wars with Pakistan in 1965 and again in 1971 the Indian government realized the importance of Jaisalmer’s strategic position along the border.
Soon, the town that was almost forgotten found its place on the map once again. The economy of Jaisalmer that once relied on the ancient trade routes was now fuelled by the military installations that mushroomed over the years. Tourism also contributed a great deal to the livelihood of Jaisalmer’s people. Sam Camping Even though Jaisalmer requires a long detour — the closest big city is Jodhpur, almost 300 km away, and it easily takes at least six hours or an overnight trail to travel the distance — the well-paved roads by Border Roads Organisation (or BRO) make the journey infinitely easier than it would have otherwise been.
At the end of this journey stands the majestic fort of Jaisalmer that has been included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2013. This fort is what forms the center of all tourist activity in Jaisalmer. But there is a lot more to Jaisalmer than the fort. There are the spectacular havelis that have been constructed from the same golden sandstone as the fort, there are the sand dunes which attract hundreds of tourists domestic and international alike and there are the legends… of evil diwans and beautiful damsels and the story of a village that was abandoned almost overnight and remains so even centuries later. But we are getting ahead of ourselves. The story of Jaisalmer begins, as several fairy tales do, with a prince seeking to prove himself Sam Sand Dunes Jaisalmer.