As far as wildlife is concerned, the Indian peninsula is a continent in itself where the sheer diversity of the wildlife astounds you with more than 350 species of mammals and 1200 avifauna species in the country.
The people want to do only one thing in the cities during the summers – they want to get away from it. They want a cool getaway in India itself where they can have some respite from the scorching heat of the plains.
The fort of Jaisalmer is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan coming only after the fort of Chittor. Made of yellow sand stone the fort is also called the 'Golden fortress of Jaisalmer'; the reason being that when the sun rays strike the walls of the fort, they radiate a golden shimmer which is breathtaking in its beauty.
Located on a 250 feet high hilltop, the Jaisalmer fort offers an enthralling view of the desolate desert all around it. The palace within is reached using four gates namely, Suraj Pole, Bhuta Pole, Hawa Pole, and Akhai Pole or Ganesh Pole. The builders purposely gave the pathways of this fort, sharp turns so as to make it invincible.
There are a total of five interconnected palaces inside the fort complex including Akhaj Vilas, Gaj Mahal, Moti Mahal, Rang Mahal, and Sarvottam Vilas. The splendour of the Jain temples located inside the Jaisalmer Fort, will give the Jain temple of Dilwara a run for their money.
Havelis of Jaisalmer
The Havelis of Jaisalmer are mesmerizing architectural gems that are unique to Jaisalmer. Originally the houses of rich merchants, these Havelis of Jaisalmer are brilliant in their design and decoration.
These Havelis have projected balconies and carvings that are charming as well as ethereal. Most of these Havelis were owned by merchants dealing in Jewellery and brocades, and this fact is illustrated in the intricate designs of the Havelis. The Havelis of Jaisalmer are a perfect example of excellent craftsmanship and flawless conception.