The origins of Jaisalmer go back to the 12th century when Rawal Jaisal, a Rajput chieftain of the Yadav clan, abandoned his old fort at Lodurva and laid the foundation of a new city on a triple-peaked rock. The Golden Fort and its inner citadel crown the 80-meter-high hill and are approached through the Sun Gate. Within the fort is a seven-story palace with its Megh Durbar, or Hall of Clouds. Also in the inner enclosure is a group of finely carved Jain temples that date from the 12th to the 15th centuries. The glory of Jaisalmer faded when sea trade replaced the old land routes, but an “Arabian Nights” quality remains in Jaisalmer’s streets and marketplaces. The narrow streets of the walled city preserve a traditional way of life as craftsmen still work in ancient arts, including stone carving and silver jewelry.
India Private Journey
Days 1-2 follow the regular India Private Journey itinerary.
Delhi / Jaisalmer
After a morning for independent exploration in Delhi, fly to Jodhpur, where you make a drive of 4 to 5 hours, with stops along the way, to the desert city of Jaisalmer. Overnight at hotel...BLD
Jaisalmer is a golden city that rises out of the yellow sands like a mirage. Remote and desert-bound, it lies on the ancient trade route that linked India with the trading centers of Central Asia. Camel caravans laden with precious cargos of spices and silks crossed the dangerous mountain passes of the north and halted in Jaisalmer, bringing it great wealth. Jaisalmer’s princes and merchants displayed their riches in exquisitely carved and ornamented palaces and mansions within the old walled city. Enjoy a full-day tour, visiting the traditional havelis (mansions) of the merchants and the hilltop Golden Fort. The narrow streets of the walled city preserve a traditional way of life as craftsmen still work in the ancient arts, creating beautiful weavings and stone carvings, silver jewelry, and embroidery...BLD
A drive of about 4-5 hours brings you to Jodhpur. Continue with India Private Journey itinerary (Day 3)...BLD
Continue with India Private Journey itinerary (Day 4 onward)
Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Walking tours and cultural exploration
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