Gold is symbolic of a number of positive features such as wealth, prosperity, good health, self confidence, optimism. In addition to all these, gold promotes good understanding, increases personal power, encourages success and augments the spirit of relaxation and enjoyment of life. The spiritual influence of gold is that it infuses the virtue of generosity and elevates mind. Gold is linked with divinity and gods associated with the Sun. Jaisalmer, aliased as the Golden City is bestowed with a natural golden environment to make it a must-to-be-visited tourist destination.
Travelers now look holidays as a gift to themselves because they get it after hard days of work for earning pleasure and happiness of their families. Jaisalmer as a destination for travelers stands on the ridge of Yellowish sandstone and amuses the visitors with the tinge of golden color. Tourists enjoy the stark austere beauty while travelling on camel safari through the desert dunes.
The Trikoot Garh or
was built in 1956 on Meru Hills, by the Bhatti Rajput ruler Jaisal. The city wall made of golden colored sandstone sparkles like gold with sun light. This fort is not just on object of tourists’ spectacle but a live habitat for about a fourth of the population of the city. Inside this Fort complex lie the royal palace, the Laxmi Narayan temple and a number of Jain temples, of which, the ones dedicated to the 16th Tirthankar, Sahntinath and the 22ndrd Tirthankar Parshaanath attract more tourists’ attention.
Jaisalmer stands testimony of the prosperity and power in shape of well-carved havelis or palatial buildings. Salim Singh-ki-Haveli, built 300 years ago by Salim Singh the then prime minister of the princely state of Jaisalmer. Patwa-ki-Haveli is a golden colored palatial structure that was built during the 19th century by five brothers who were jewelry merchants. Sandstone elephants welcome the visitors to the 19th century Nathmal-ki-Haveli with rich carvings and imprints of the British rule.
Desert Festival of Jaisalmer is a special occasion for tourist during which, hey get the opportunity of coming closer with the local culture. The rhythm of the Kalbelia dances and folk songs and music are great events of the festival that every visitor enjoys to heart’s content.
A visit to Jaisalmer gives the opportunity to witness Pokharan, India’s first underground nuclear weapon detonation in the Thar Desert region stark. It is bordered to Pakistan on its southwest. Bikaner, Jodhpur and Barmer are other districts of Rajasthan, adjoining Jaisalmer.
Picnic with family and friends adds to sojourn at Jaisalmer. Surrounded by small temples and shrines, Gadsiskar is the most ideal destination for picnic. The natural scenery surrounding the rainwater lake holds the visitors in amazement.
Jaisalmer provides excellent shopping opportunities for exclusive items such as table cloths in mirror and jewelry work, puppets, footwear, goods made of camel leather, jackets, stonework, lamps and boxes made of wood, at the shopping destinations, Khadi Gramyodyog Bhawan, Pansari Bazaar, Gandhi Darshan and Sonaron Ka Bas.
A visit to Jaisalmer reminds visitors about the Satyajit Ray directed film ‘Sonar Kella’, a detective story based on Trikoot Garh or the Jaisalmer Fort.