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Explore Jaisalmer, The Golden City
Jaisalmer "The Golden City", is a town in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The town stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone, crowned by a fort, which contains the palace and several ornate Jain temples. Many of the houses and temples are finely sculptured. It lies in the heart of the Thar Desert Maharawal Jaisal founded the fort & town of JAISALMER in the year 1156 AD after having shifted his capital from Ludharva (18 Kms away from Jaisalmer) to a safer place. The ruling family of the erstwhile Jaisalmer State belongs to Bhati Clan of Yadu Rajputs of Chandrawasnshi (Lunar) race who claim descent from Lord Krishna,the defied hero who ruled at Dwarka. The historical origin of Bahttis can be inferred from the couplet which says that the Yadu Rajputs ruled and constructed Forst at Kashi, Madhura, Pragvad, Gajni, Bhatner, Digam, Dirwal, Lodurva and ninth in Jaisalmer.

The Jaisalmer Fort : The golden-hued Jaisalmer Fort or old name Tirkuta fort 'Sonar Qilla' is visible miles away from the town. With its 99 bastions, the fort presents a breathtaking spectacle in the afternoon sun. In fact the fort is a part of the desert citadel, walking up and down the cobbled and narrow lanes, one gets the feeling of a different age altogether..

Jain Temples : The fort of Jaisalmer has three exquisitely carved Jain Temples dedicated to the Jain Tirthankaras - Rikhabdevji and Sambhavnathji. Gyan Bhandar or Library : Some of the oldest manuscripts of India are found in this library established as a part of Jain temples.

Gadisar Lake : The Gadisar Lake was once the water supply of the city and there are may small temples and shrines around it. The small museum here has displays of folk art. .

Patwon-Ki-Haveli : It is one of the largest and most elaborate houses in Jaisalmer. It is five storeys high, extensively carved .

Nathmalji-Ki-Haveli : This haveli of Jaisalmer dates back to 19th century and was reputed as a Prime Minister's house. Though the motif used by the one is not similar to the other, yet they are in harmony. One has to look closely to spot any dissimilarity. The superb craftsmanship of the stone carver is illustrated in the gossamer quality of the screened windows.

Salim Singh-Ki-Haveli : It was the residence of the powerful Mohta Family, the hereditary ministers of the Jaisalmer rulers. The blue cupola roof is distinctive, a facade which is carved all over and an exquisite projecting balcony adorning the top storey. . 
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