With the start of the year, we planned for a Road Trip from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer. The sunny winters were kind of ideal weather for the journey. We reached Jodhpur early in the morning. The day started with the sightseeing tour of Jodhpur.
Sites of Jodhpur:
One of the largest Fort of India, Mehrangarh Fort was built in 1460 by Rao Jodha. The Palace is known for intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. There are seven-gated in this Fort. A big part of this Palace is now a beautiful museum, and it is one of the most well-stocked museums.
Umaid Bhawan Palace:
Perched on Chittar Hill, the highest point of Jodhpur, this Palace is maintained and renovated by Taj Hotels. Around 30% of this Umaid Bhawan is still the residence of Royal family. There is a museum as well.
Jaswant Thada is a cenotaph built by Raja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur. It serves as the cremation ground for the Royal Family. The grounds of the place are featured with gazebos, a tiered garden, and a small lake.
On route from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer:
Next day we left for Jaisalmer in the morning. The distance between two cities is 286 km, and that is covered via NH125 and NH11. We came across some fantastic sites on our way.
This temple lies on Jodhpur Jaisalmer route 120 km ahead of Jodhpur, near Pokhran. This temple is dedicated to Baba Ramdevji, and annual fairs are held in the month of August and February. The devotees keep visiting the temple all around the year.
Osian, an old town of Jodhpur, is an oasis. This Osian town has many temples and is known as Khajuraho of Rajasthan. There are many Brahmanical and Jain temples which date back to 8th and 11th centuries.
This is a remote location of Jaisalmer and is mainly known as India’s first underground nuclear weapon destination. The word Pokhran means ‘Place of Mirages.’
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Sites of Jaisalmer:
After a well spent night in Jaisalmer, the next day we went for sightseeing in Jaisalmer. We started with
One of the largest, preserved fortified Fort of India, this is a World Heritage Site. Built in 1156AD, Jaisalmer Fort is made of yellow sandstone and appears golden in the yellow sunlight. That is why it is known as ‘Sonar Qila’ or ‘Golden Fort.’
Desert National Park:
this Park in a perfect example of an ecosystem. 20% part of its park is covered with sand dunes. There is abundance of birdlife especially migratory birds. Sam Sand Dunes is popularly known for its desert camps.
The primary tourist attraction of region was a water conservation tank originally. It is surrounded by a fair number of temples and shrines and is considered as a pilgrimage.
Patwon ki Haveli:
This Haveli (private mansion) is quite popular among all Havelis of Jaisalmer and is a beautiful example of architecture. It is a cluster of 5 small Havelis.
Longewala War Memorial:
Just 12kms away from Pakistan, this is the last point till civilians are allowed. It is the spot of Battle of 1971.
A descendant of Royal clan of Jaisalmer, commissioned to create a dam in Jaisalmer, which created greenery in this region. This park is a cenotaph or Royal Chhatris of Maharajas of Jaisalmer.