Rajasthan is such a rich state that visiting it once is simply not enough. It is a treasure trove for travelers, especially ones that love history. I have been to Rajasthan several times and this time too, my trip involved visiting Jodhpur and Jaisalmer.
Top Attractions in Jodhpur and Jaisalmer
Local sights of Jodhpur
We started from Delhi and reached Jodhpur in the morning. After a good breakfast, we did not waste any time and visited the famous Mehrangarh Fort.
Mehrangarh Fort was built by Rao Jodha around 1460 and is located around 125 meters above the city level with thick walled boundaries all around. There are seven gates in this fort, also include the Jayapol, which was built by Maharaja Man Singh, and the Fattehpol, which was built by Maharaja Ajit Singh. There is also a museum inside the fort which houses royal exhibits from bygone eras.
My next stop was at Jaswant Thada, which is an intricately carved cenotaph built in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Along with these two spots, the old markets and the clock tower took away most of my time on the first day of my trip.
Sand dunes of Jaisalmer
Our 2nd destination was Jaisalmer. We hired a taxi from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer, which is almost 300 km away and takes around 5 hours on the road. However, the roads are excellent and hence the ride was a very comfortable one.
After reaching Jaisalmer, we headed towards the Sam sand dunes as our time was a bit short. Enjoyed a jeep safari tour at the Sam sand dunes in the afternoon, it is an amazing way to enjoy a quick look at desert life. Other safari tours also includes a camel safari to Jaisalmer sand dunes which takes about two hours.
You can also check more details of a Jaisalmer tour at Maharaja Cabs, who offer a Jaisalmer tour package from Ahmedabad at good prices, if you are looking for affordable options, then check the JTP package for Jodhpur to Jaisalmer taxi and tours.
The next day I visited Gadisar Lake and Jaisalmer Fort, which are two of the most popular tourist attractions in Jaisalmer. The fort of Jaisalmer is also known as the Golden Fort because of the unusual golden sandstone structure which glitters in the sunlight.
Haunted village of Kuldhara
My next visit was at the haunted village of Rajasthan, the Kuldhara Village. It becomes empty by the time of sunset. It is believed that for some mysterious reasons, the village inhabited by the Palliwal Brahmins suddenly became people less overnight.
Everyone fled the village overnight for some unknown reason. Ever since then the government of India has declared with a notice, that no one should be around the village after the sun sets in the evening.
While coming back from the haunted village of Kuldhara, I stopped at the Khaba Fort, which although not very popular wtih tourists yet, it is an incredible architectural example of Jaisalmer and Rajasthan.
It is a spooky fort that was originally inhabited by the Palliwal Brahmins. It too was deserted suddenly for some mysterious reason around 200 years ago. It still has the ruins of the Palliwal homes for some 80 families and has lots of peacocks roaming around the fort in a carefree manner.
And later we picked a train from Jaisalmer to Ahmedabad and with that our royal voyages of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, Rajasthan was completed.