Jaisalmer town is situated in Thar Desert in Rajathan, quite close to borders with Pakistan. The town was founded by Maharawal Jaisal Singh, a Yadav king, in 1156 AD. It is named after him only. The very word “Jaisalmer” means “The Hill Fort of Jaisal”.
Jaisalmer is also referred to as the “Golden City” because most of the houses in the town and Jaisalmer Fort are made of yellow sandstone, giving a distinct golden-yellow colour to the whole town.
Jaisalmer Fort is the most famous attraction of this desert town. The Fort is still inhabited by several people living in its various twisted lanes. These are the people who were inhabited by the rulers of Jaisalmer over a period of time. There are shops and businesses lined up in the lanes looking to sell stuff to the tourists visiting. There is a Royal Palace as well. Visitors to Jaisalmer can take a tour of the Fort and visit some parts of this palace as well.
Jaisalmer once thrived on trade with those traders who traded through the famous Silk Route. However, after ports developed and overland trade routes disappeared from business map, importance of Jaisalmer declined drastically. A fresh lease of life was given to the town by rise in tourism. Almost whole population of the town now depends directly or indirectly on inflow of tourists for their livelihood.
Foreigners need visa to visit India. But there is no special requirements for visiting Jaisalmer. Indians do not require any special permission for visiting either. But all Indians need to carry a photo ID card with address. This is a must for check in all the hotels and resorts.
Rajasthani is the local dialect of common population. However, Hindi is understood and spoken by almost everyone in Jaisalmer. English is understood and spoken only by some of those who work in hotels and resorts. Senior hotel and resort officials can understand and speak English fluently.
|Currency used||Indian Rupee (INR). Some hotels may accept US Dollars, Pounds and Euro as well.|