It was my first ever visit to Jaipur in 2007, when I completely fell in love with Rajasthan. I was amazed to have a glimpse of the Royal lifestyle of the Rajput. I had never seen so many colors in one place until my first visit to the “Pink City “of India. It was like a sudden explosion of colors everywhere. Everything about Rajasthan is colorful. Be it their colorful costumes, their culture, & their lifestyle. According to me, Rajasthan is the only state in India, which celebrates the colors extensively. A state which isn’t merely holding the glorious past in the pages of history, but also possesses a deep ethnic inheritance. Rajasthan truly symbolizes The Royal Lifestyle in India.
It was in the month of December when I decided to explore Jaisalmer. Situated almost 765 KM away from Delhi, Jaisalmer is known as Golden City of Rajasthan. Apparently, Jaisalmer means “The Hill Fort of Jaisal”. It was 11 am. I reached the Jaisalmer railway station. The first look of the station just stunned me. The yellow sandstone structured railway station was my first gateway to this popular tourist destination of Rajasthan.
A land of fascinating Sand Dunes, Forts, Palaces, Havelis, Historical monuments & stunning Jain temples, Jaisalmer is a place worth a visit. Standing tall with its marvelous architecture, Jaisalmer Fort is a breathtaking sight. It seems like a mirage from a historic era which gives a singular identity to the city of Jaisalmer. One of the interesting things about this fort is that this is the only living fort in entire Rajasthan. Families are still residing inside this fort. But frankly, I was really disappointed while exploring this magnificent fort. People living inside the fort make it even worse. I think that government should not allow people to be in a historical property as it not only comes in the way of sustenance, but contributes immensely in fading away its old charm. Having said that, one should not miss the rooftop of the fortress.
A sight well framed in my mind. An absolutely incredible view of the Jaisalmer city. The bird’s eye view of the Jaisalmer city from the fort is literally an introduction to “The Golden City “of Rajasthan.
Another most popular tourist attraction of Jaisalmer is Gadi Sagar Lake. An absolutely stunning place in the middle of the city. Built in the 14th Century as a water reservoir, this lake is surrounded by Temples, Chhatris & Ghats.
The well curved yellow stoned Chhatri in the middle of the lake was incredibly beautiful. In the pristine water, when bright sun rays pass through this chhatri and those migratory birds get off to the blue sky, it appears like a painting.
Gadi Sagar Lake is also known as the Tilon-ki-Pol. Being a curious soul , I wanted to know the story behind it’s Other name . What I came to know is rather interesting. According to the locals, It was a prostitute called Tilon who left her mark on Gadi Sagar Lake in the 19th century. She was a beautiful and wealthy prostitute at that time who is believed to have got the gate constructed.The locals of Jaisalmer protested against it and argued that they can’t go through a gate which has been built by a Prostitute. Witnessing this kind of protest, Tilon quickly got installed an idol of Lord Krishan at the height of the gate. It was because of the religious sentiments, the gate was not pulled down till date. I was fascinated by the story.
Patwon-ki Haveli was next on my bucket list. This Grand Haveli is known for its intricate architecture, those artistically carved windows, Pillars, Façade or the balconies and mirror works on the wall. In reality , Patwon-ki Havelis are cluster of five Havelis in a narrow lane in the middle of the city. This was considered as one of the architectural marvel in India.
Not only that Patwon-ki Haveli is one of the biggest and oldest Haveli in Jaisalmer. It is said that Patwas were immensely successful in their business at that time . It was Guman Chand Patwa who wanted to give each one of his five sons a separate Haveli, so he ended up constructing this grand Patwon-ki-Haveli.
It was around 3 PM when I reached Bada Bagh.Located from 6 KM north of Jailsalmer city, Bada Bagh is a garden of Cenotaphs. The beautifully carved, yellow sand stoned chhatris take all your attention. It was Maharaja Jait Singh who commissioned the construction of Bada Bagh in 16th century, which was completed by his son Lunakaran after his death. This site consists of a Tank, a Dam and a Garden. These Cenotaphs of rulers were a tribute to Bhatti dynasty.
Located in the middle of the deserted land , Bada Bagh is an absolutely gorgeous site. This is one of the picturesque place I have ever visited. If you look around , you can see those white Windmills. The landscape is truly mesmerizing . I did not realize how time slipped through my fingers while roaming around these chhatris. I could see the changing colours of the sky slowly.
When the sun left its last beam of lights in the Thar Desert, the profound sound of wind dominated the surrounding and those giant Windmills looking like white blossoms in the center of the deserted land of Rajasthan, it was one of those rare moments when I refused to blink.
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