Coonoor Tourism

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Coonoor is a Municipality in the Nilgiris District in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is Known for its production of Nilgiri tea. It is a beautiful Hill Station and also one of the popular places to visit in Tamilnadu. It is an ideal base for a number of trekking expeditions leading into the Nilgiris. The nearest airport is Coimbatore International Airport about 79 km from Coonoor town. Coonoor provides the travellers with the panoramic view of the lush green Nilgiri hills, with its ravines, valleys and waterfalls. The major attraction of Coonoor is Sim’s Park, a well-maintained Botanical Garden that houses several varieties of plants found missing in the other Hill Stations. It is spread over 12 hectares. Viewpoints and picnic spots around Coonoor include Lambs Rock, Dolphins Nose, St. Catherine Falls, Law’s fall, etc.

The botanical garden is partly developed in the Japanese style and derived its name from J. D. Sim, the secretary of the Madras Club in 1874. The key attraction of the park is the annual fruit and vegetable show held in May. 57th annual fruit show is to be held on 23 and 24 May 2015. Dolphin’s Nose is a wonderful viewpoint with picturesque views of the Hills of Nilgirs. It is one of the most visited Coonoor tourist places. Tourists can trek from Lady Canning’s Seat to Dolphin’s Nose. Lamb’s Rock is situated in Burliar village and it is one of the favorite picnic spots from Coonoor and also one of the best places to visit in Coonoor. Droog Fort is located a distance of 13 km from Coonoor and was once used by Tipu Sultan in the 18th century. Law’s Falls is a waterfalls located 5 km from Coonoor, on the way to Mettupalayam. Katary Falls has a power station. Coonoor is also one of the best Hill Stations near Bangalore.

The best time to visit Coonoor is March to June & September to October while the peak sason is April to June. Usually it takes one full day to visit Coonoor.

Popular Attractions in Magical Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is one of the most beautiful Hill States situated in India. Dense alpine forests, frosty snow clad peaks, deep gorges, verdant valleys, meandering rivers, enchanting mountain lakes, ancient temples and magnificent monasteries make Himachal is one of the top places to visit in India and also one of the best summer destinations in India. Shimla, Manali, Lahul, Kullu, Dharmashala, Dalhousie, Kasauli and Mcleod Ganj are the top places to experience Himachal Tourism at its best. This north Indian state also provides several amazing opportunities like trekking, mountaineering, paragliding, skiing, golf, river rafting and ice skating.

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Shimla

Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh and also one of the most enchanting hill stations in India. Lies at an altitude of 7238 feet, Shimla is popularly referred as the ‘Queen of Hills’ and also one of the best tourist places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. This lovely hill station was developed by the British as their summer capital. The Kalka – Shimla toy train is also one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. The Ridge, Mall Road, Vice Regal Lodge, Christ Church, Annandale, Chadwick Falls, Jakhu Hill, Kufri, Fagu Resort and Narkanda are the famous Shimla tourist places to visit. As Shimla weather is pleasant, tourists can visit throughout the year.

Manali

Manali is a stunning hill station nestled in the northern Himalayas near Kullu Valley. Located at an altitude of 2050 m, Manali is known for its snowcapped mountains, scenic beauty, history and culture. Often referred to as the ‘Valley of the Gods’, Manali is among the popular places to visit in Himachal and also one of the top summer getaways in India. Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, Hidimba Temple, Bhrigu Lake, Vashist Temple, Manu temple, Naggar Castle and Manikaran are the top tourist places to visit in Manali. Renowned as one of the famous Honeymoon destinations in India, Manali offers adventure sports like skiing, hiking, mountaineering, Paragliding, rafting, kayaking and mountain biking. Manali weather is predominantly cold during winter and moderately cool during summer.

Kullu

Kullu is a beautiful valley situated between the majestic Himalayas and river Beas in Himachal. Known as ‘Valley of Gods’, Kullu is one of the largest valleys in Himachal and also a popular place to experience Himachal Tourism. It is one of the best spot for adventure sports and offers some activities like trekking, river rafting, mountaineering, paragliding and hiking. Manikaran, Malana, Bijli Mahadev, Kasol, Kheer Ganga, Katrain, Kangra and Great Himalayan National Park are the major tourist places to visit in Kullu.

Dharamsala

Dharamsala is a smart hill station in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Situated at an altitude of 1,475 m, Dharmashala is the gateway to the Kangra valley. It is known as Little Lhasa or Dhasa, because of its large population of Tibetans and Buddhist Monasteries. It is one of the popular summer getaways in North India and also one of the popular tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh. Dharamshala consists of two distinct parts – Lower Dharamsala and Upper Dharamshala. Lower Dharamsala is a bustling civil and commercial center whereas Upper Dharamshala, known more commonly as McLeod Ganj, is the seat of Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. Chamunda Temple, Dalai Lama Temple, Namgyalma Stupa, Bhagsunath Temple, Norbulingka Institute, Gyuto Monastery and Indru Nag are some of the prime tourist attractions in Dharmashala.

Dalhousie

Dalhousie is a scenic hill station located in Dhauladhar mountain range of Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by snow peaked mountains, Dalhousie is one of the top places to visit as part of Himachal tourism packages. Dalhousie is known for its pleasant climate and charming beauty surrounded by beautiful snow-capped mountains. Ganji Pahari, Dainkund Peak, Khajjiar, Bara Pathar temple, St. Patrick Church, Satdhara Falls, Kalatop Sanctuary and Panchpula, are the top places to visit in Dalhousie. Garam Sadak, Jhandri ghat, Moti tibba and Sach pass are the ideal trekking places in Dalhousie.

Spiti Valley

Spiti Valley is a desert mountain valley located high in the Himalayan Mountains in the north-eastern part of Himachal Pradesh. Spiti Valley is the cultural center for Buddhists. Spiti is home to some of the highest villages, oldest monasteries and the most stunning landscapes. Kye Monastery and Tabo Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in the world are situated in Spiti Valley. Kye Monastery is the oldest training center for monks, founded by Dromton, a famous disciple of teacher Atisha in the 11th century AD. Kunzum Pass, Chandratal Lake, Dhankar Monastery, Suraj Tal Lake, Dhankar Lake and Pin Valley National Park are the popular places to visit in Spiti Valley.

Kasauli

Kasauli is a picturesque hill station in the Solan district of Himachal. It is well known for its pristine and unspoiled natural beauty. The name Kasauli came from Kausalya, a mountain stream which flows between Kasauli and Jabli. Kasauli is quite cheapest hill station compared to popular Himachal hill stations like Shimla & Manali. Christ Church, Monkey Point, Lower and Upper Mall, Sanawar, Sabathu Fort are some of the major places of sightseeing in Kasauli. Kasauli weather is pleasant in April to June and from September to November.

5 must visit places in Hampi

Hampi is a small village located on the banks of Tungabhadra River in the South Indian state of Karnataka. A renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hampi village stands within the ruins of Vijayanagara city, the former capital of the mighty Vijayanagara Empire. Also known as Pampa-Kshetra or Kishkindha-Kshetra, the name Hampi is derived from Pampa, the old name of Tungabhadra River. It is one of the top places to visit in Karnataka and also one of the best heritage sites in India.

Hampi is a most important place in terms of architecture and its history. Hampi was an extremely important part of Vijayanagara Empire and also one of the richest and largest cities in the world during 15th and 16th centuries. The ruins of the palaces and temples in Hampi stand testimony to the wealth and grandeur of the Vijayanagara Kings. The ruins of Hampi are spread over an area of more than 26 Sq.km and are divided into two broad areas; the Hampi Bazaar area and the Royal center.

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Virupaksha Temple

Virupaksha Temple, also known as Pampapathi Temple, is an ancient temple located at the western end of Hampi Bazaar in Hampi. Renowned as one of the oldest functioning temple in India, Sri Virupaksha Temple is a 7th-century temple dedicated to Lord Virupaksha, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. The temple is the part of the Group of Monuments at Hampi, designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the top places of pilgrimage in Karnataka and also one of the top places to visit in Hampi.

The sprawling campus of the Virupaksha temple is architectural grandeur which houses a huge courtyard, huge entrance towers, a beautifully carved mandapa and the main sanctum. The annual chariot festival in February and marriage festivities of Virupaksha and Pampa in December are the major festival at this temple. It is one of the best place in Bangalore and also one of the popular one day trip from Bangalore.

Hampi Bazaar

Hampi Bazaar, also known as Virupaksha Bazaar, is a located in front of the historic Virupaksha Temple in Hampi. About a kilometer long, the bazaar starts from the temple entrance and ends at the foothill of the Matanga Hill. Hampi Bazaar is one of the top Hampi tourist places. It has a series of old pavilions on both sides and was the place where merchants used to sell precious stones, jewellery, silk clothes, etc. during Vijayanagara Empire. Yeduru Basavanna, a huge Nandi is located at the eastern end of the street. There is also a photo gallery near the bull that displays the photos of Hampi taken by Alexander Greenlaw in 1856 CE.

Vittala Temple

Built in 15th century AD, Vittala Temple is an ancient monument located on the southern bank of the Tungabhadra River in the historical town of Hampi. Also known as Vijaya Vittala Temple, it is the most famous and popular tourist attraction in Hampi. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is well-known for its beautiful architecture and unmatched craftsmanship.

The entire temple complex houses several small temples, enclosures, pavilions and halls. One of the main attractions of the temple are its marvelously created pillared halls that reflect true wonders of architecture along with a gigantic stone chariot. This is one of the three famous stone chariots in India, the other two being in Konark and Mahabalipuram and is enshrined Garuda, the vehicle of Lord Vishnu. The Goddess’s shrine, the 100-pillared hall, the Kalyana Mandapa and the pillared corridor are other important structures with in the complex of Vittala Temple.

Royal Enclosure

The Royal Enclosure in Hampi is a huge fortified area that was once the seat of power of the Vijaynagara rulers. Spread over an area of 59,000 square meters, the Royal Enclosure contains the ruins of several palace bases, water tanks, temples, ornate platform and canals and many other structures. Some of the important structures of the Royal Enclosure are the King’s Audience Hall or Durbar Hall, stepped tank, an underground chamber and the Mahanavami Dibba to the commonly called Dasara Dibba. Now, it is basically a wide open ground consisting of a number of small shelters.

Hemakuta Hill Temple Complex

Hemakuta Temple Complex is a cluster of ancient temples situated on the Hemakuta hill just beside Virupaksha Temple in Hampi. This golden hillock is one of the most charming hillocks in Hampi and is dotted by over fifty ruined structures which include temples, mandapas, galleries and gateways of various sizes. More than 35 temples, built in 9th to 14th Century AD, are located on this Hill and are dedicated to Lord Shiva. It offers excellent view of Hampi Bazaar and Virupaksha temple. Hemakuta Hill is one of the top places of sightseeing in Hampi and also one of the best places to experience beautiful sunrise.

10 Breathtaking Places to Visit in Munnar

Munnar Tourism

Situated at an altitude of 1600 m in the Western Ghats, Munnar is the most charming hill station in Kerala and also one of the best summer getaways in India. Also called as the Swiss of South India, Munnar was once the summer resort of the British Governors of South India and also one of the best weekend getaways from Kochi. Anamudi (2695 m), the highest peak in South India, is situated near Munnar and is considered to be one of the top trekking places in Munnar.

Munnar Tourism is famous for its tea estates, exotic scenery, breathtaking waterfalls, abundance of flora and fauna and craggy peaks. Mattupetty Dam, Echo point, Kundala Lake, Top Station, Anamudi peak, Devikulam, Nyayamkad falls, Thoovanam falls, Eravikulam National Park and Attukal Waterfalls, are the top tourist places to visit in Munnar. Munnar is also well-known for Neelakurinji flowers, which blooms once in 12 years. Munnar weather is pleasant throughout the year, while March to May is the peak season.

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Top Places to Visit in Munnar

Photo Point

Photo Point, popularly known as Shooting Point, is a beautiful view point on Mattupetty road in Munnar. Known for its picture-perfect settings, Photo Point is an ideal spot for picnics andalso one of the top tourist places to visit in Munnar. Dense tea plantations, woods, small rivulets and undulating hills make this spot ideal for photography. These tea gardens are belongs to Kannan Devan Hills Plantations Limited owned by Tata Group and is a private property.

Mattupetty Dam

Mattupetty Dam is a concrete gravity dam located on Munnar – Top Station Highway in Munnar, Kerala. This is one of the popular places to visit in Munnar and also one of the top places most commonly represented for Munnar Tourism. The dam is surrounded by wooded hills and tea plantations, makes a great view. A speed boat ride in the waters of Mattupetty Lake is also a memorable experience. Mattupetty is also famous for its highly specialized dairy farm, an Indo-Swiss project or Livestock project.

Echo Point

Echo Point is a beautiful place situated on the backwaters of Mattupetty Dam amidst rolling hillson Munnar – Top Station Highway. This scenic place earns its name because of the natural echo that one can hear resonating in the undulating hills. Trekking and nature walks are the popular activities in this place with beautiful views of the green hills.One can also enjoy boating here.

Kundala Lake

Kundala Lake is a picturesque lake situated on the way to Top Station or Top Slip from Munnar.Surrounded by rolling hills and valleys, Kundala Lake is one of the most scenic places to visit in Munnar.  The lake is formed by Kundala artificial dam or Sethuparvati Dam and is considered to be Asia’s first arch dam. The unique experience of boating in Kashmiri boats in this lake is a special attraction. A golf course which belongs to Tata Tea Ltd is also located here.

Top Station

Top Station is a breathtaking place situated on Kerala – Tamilnadu boarder. From here, one can get the panoramic view of the Western Ghats and the valley of Theni district of Tamil Nadu. This is one of the popular Munnar attractions and also a popular trail for trekking in Munnar. Top Station got its name from the fact that it was the uppermost railway station located in the Kundala Valley in Kerala. Besides scenic views, this place is also famous for the Neelakurinji flowers, which blooms once in twelve years (next flowering year is 2018).

Eravikulam National Park

Eravikulam National Park is a national park located along the Western Ghats in the Idukki district of Kerala. Spread across an area of 97 Sq. km, it is the first national park in Kerala and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The National Park is home to the largest population of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. It also plays host to tigers, leopards, sloth bear, wild boar, 120 species of avifauna, a rare collection of trees, and shrubs amongst other wildlife.

Anamudi Peak

Anamudi Peak is a mountain peak situated inside the Eravikulam National Park of Kerala. Situated at a height of over 2695 m, Anamudi Peak is the highest peak in the Western Ghats and also one of the top trekking places in Munnar. Anamudi offers breathtaking views of Western Ghats and a lifetime experience with wonderful nature views. Anamudi, along with the Eravikulam National Park, is inhabited by the largest surviving population of Nilgiri Tahr, Gaur and Asian Elephant.

Nyayamakad Falls

Nyayamakad Waterfalls, one of the highest cascading waterfalls in Kerala,is located on Munnar – Udamalpet road close to the entrance of Eravikulam National Park. It is one of the best waterfalls around Kerala and also one of the top places of sightseeing in Munnar. The water cascades down from a height of about 1500 m through rocks into a big pool. Nyayamakad is surrounded with lush green forest, which will be a perfect spot for those who love adventure and want to have a trekking experience.

Devikulam

Devikulam is a small hill station situated near Munnar town of Kerala. Located at an altitude of 1800 m, Devikulam is famous for its cascading waterfalls as well as lake where Goddess Sita is supposed to have taken a bath. There are several tea plantations in and around Devikulam that add to the charm of the hill resort. Chinnakanal Waterfall and Lock Heart Gap are the nearest attractions to Devikulam. The lush green landscapes and the high cliffs of Devikulam also provide ample scope for hiking and mountaineering.

Thoovanam Falls

Thoovanam waterfalls is a natural waterfalls located inside Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. It is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Kerala and also one of the top visited places in Munnar. Formed over Pamba River, Thoovanam Falls is cascading down from a height of 1400 feet.

All You Need To Know About Ooty

Ooty Tourism

Ooty, also known as Udhagamandalam, is one of the popular hill stations in Tamil Nadu. Situated at an altitude of 7,440 feet, Ooty is popularly called as ‘Queen of Hill Stations’. It was served as the summer capital of the Madras Presidency during British rule. Its rolling green hills and pleasant weather make it one of the best hill stations in India and also one of the top summer destinations in South India.

Ooty Lake

Ooty Lake is a manmade lake built in 1824 by John Sullivan, the then Collector of Coimbatore. Situated amidst beautiful valleys, Ooty Lake is a major landmark in the town and also one of the top places to experience Ooty Tourism. Covers an area of 65 acres, Ooty Lake is one of the top tourist places to visit in Ooty. The average depth of this lake is 40 feet and the lake is fed by the mountain streams in the Ooty valley. The Boat house offers various boating facilities include row boats, pedal boats, motor boats etc. There is a Mini Garden with an amusement park for children with a toy train next to the Lake.

Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden is the most popular tourist places in Ooty. In 1847 CE, Marquis of Tweedale laid the foundation of this garden and is presently maintained by Horticulture Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu. It spreads over an area of 22 hectares with more than 650 species of flowers and trees.This is one of the top places to visit in Ooty and also one of the best botanical gardens in India. The highlight of the garden is a fossil tree that is believed to be 20 million years old.A summary festival held here in every year May with a grand flower show.

Wenlock Downs

Wenlock Downs is a vast expanse of grassy meadow and is a favorite picnic spot around Ooty. The downs spread across 20,000 acres of rolling lands that seems to be stretching endlessly. The Wenlock Downs are perfect for walking and hiking trails amidst this elegant landscape. The peak offers breathtaking views of mighty Nilgiris and the lake formed by the backwaters of Pykara.

Doddabetta Peak

Doddabetta (Big Mountain) is the highest point in Nilgiri Mountains and second highest peak in South India after Anamudi Peak near Munnar. Situated at an altitude of 2623 m,it is the junction of the Western and Eastern Ghats. One can have a magnificent view of the landscape and the whole of Nilgiri district. This is one of the top tourist places to visit in Ooty. The tourism department of Tamilnadu manages a Telescope House in the Doddabetta Peak which enables the visitors to get a better view. This TTDC Telescope gives a complete view of the surrounding landscape.

Kamaraj Sagar / Sandynalla Reservoir & Pine Forest

Kamraj Sagar Dam, also known as Sandynalla Reservoir, is a favorite picnic spot situated on the way to Wenlock Downs & Pykara in Ooty.The Dam and the serene location make it a heavenly place. This is one of the top places to visit in Ooty and a favorite haunt for the nature lovers. There is a Pine Forest adjacent to the main road through which the reservoir is accessed. The Pine Forest spread across several acres and is a nice place to take snaps & famous shooting spot as well.

Pykara Dam & Falls

Pykara Dam, built on Pykara River amidst dense forest, is a beautiful place offering breathtaking scenery. This is one of the best Ootytourist places and an ideal place to experience beautiful boat ride. Pykara Falls is a majestic falls formed by Pykara River on downstream of the reservoir. The falls cascade down through multiple layers on the rocky bed providing a unique beauty to the stream. This is one of the best waterfalls in Ooty and also one of the most popular tourist places in Ooty. There is a boat house, rest house and a restaurant that is run by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation.Boating in Pykara Lake is a memorable experience.

Rose Garden

The Government Rose Garden, formerly known as the Jayalalitha Rose Garden or Centenary Rose Park, was established in 1995 to commemorate the centenary of Ooty flower show. It is situated at an altitude of 2200 m on the slopes of the Elk Hill in Vijayanagaram area of Ooty town. This garden comprises five terraces in an area of 10 acres and houses some of the largest collections of roses in the country including miniature roses, hybrid tea roses, floribunda, ramblers, black and green roses and many other unique varieties.

Apart from the pleasant climate, Ooty is home to several tourist attractions. Ooty Lake, Botanical Garden, Rose Garden, Wenlock Downs, Pine Forest, Doddabetta Peak, Emerald Lake, Pykara Dam, Pykara Falls, and Avalanche Lake are the top places to visit in Ooty. The toy train, also known as Nilgiri Mountain Railway that runs from Mettupalayam to Ooty, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must be experienced as part of Ooty trip. Mudumalai and Bandipursanctuaries provide ample opportunity to explore the wildlife. The annual Tea and Tourism Festival (Jan) and Summer Festival (May) attract visitors in huge numbers.

10 Top Things ti do in Madikeri

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Madikeri or Kodagu is a district in Karnataka and Madikeri is the district headquarters. At an altitude of 1525 meters on Western Ghats, it is also known as the Scotland of India. Madikeri is the most famous hill stations in Karnataka and among the best hill stations near Bangalore. It is also one of the top destinations of Karnataka Tourism.

South Indian state Karnataka is a home for travelers with its pilgrimages, historical sites, waterfalls, beaches, hill stations, palaces and many other attractions. Coorg is one of the best hill station in south India.

Coorg is one of the best travel destinations in Kodagu district of Karnataka, it is also called as Madikeri. The name is came from Muddu Raja Keri (Mudduraja’s town), named after Haleri king Mudduraja. He ruled Kodagu from 1633 to 1687.
Mysure is the nearest town to coorg, which is 120 kms and Mangalore is 136 kms away.

List of Places to visit in Coorg

1. Raja’s Seat – A small view piont which is favourite recreation spot for Kodagu kings.
2. Madikeri fort – The fort was built by Haleri king Mudduraja.
3. Omkareshwara Temple – Temple was built by the king Linga Rajandra II in 1820,dedicated to lord Shiva.
4. Abbey falls – Most visited water falls in Karnataka with a breath taking view.
5. Dubare Elephant Camp – Elephant training center on the banks of Cauvery river.
6. Cauvery Nisargadhama – A river island & One of the most scenic places in Coorg.
7. Tibetan Monastery – Also Called as golden temple. After Dharmashala, second largest Tibetans settlement in India.
8. Nagarhole National Park – One of the best wild life sanctuary in south India.
9. Irupu Falls – Magnificent water falls in Brahmagiri hills.
10. Mallali Falls – one of the best water falls in Karnataka formed by Kumaradhara river.

Trekking & Adventures Activities in Coorg

1. Tadiyandamol Peak Trekking – Second highest peak in Karnataka.
2. Pushpagiri Hills/Subrahmanya Hills Trekking – Second highest peak in Coorg, at an altitude of 5626 feet.
3. Brahmagiri Hills Trekking – Most prefarable trek in Madikeri, at an altitude of 5357 feet.
4. White Water Rafting – water rafting at upper Barapole river. This is the top water rafting attraction in South India. It is also one of the top places to visit in Coorg.

10 Top Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

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Jaisalmer About this sound pronunciation, nicknamed “The Golden city”, is a city in the Indian state of Rajasthan, located 575 kilometres west of the state capital Jaipur. Once known as Jaisalmer state it is a World Heritage Site. The town stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone, crowned by a fort, which contains the palace and several ornate Jain temples. Jaisalmer is popularly called as the ‘Golden City of India’ because the yellow sand and the yellow sandstone used in the architecture of the city which provides a golden glow to the city. Jaisalmer is named after Maharawal Jaisal Singh, a Rajput king who founded the city in 1156 AD. The ruling dynasty is believed to have descended from the Yadava Prince Lord Krishna. The best time to visit Jaisalmer is from October to February while the peak season is from December to February. Summers are hot & dry and monsoon & winter offer pleasant weather to enjoy the golden city.

Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest fully preserved fortified cities in the world. It is situated in the city of Jaisalmer, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is a World Heritage Site. It was built in 1156 AD by the Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal, from whom it derives its name. The fort stands amidst the sandy expanse of the great Thar Desert, on Trikuta Hill. Before the days of the British Raj, the fortress city served as a refuge and way-station for caravans and travelers along the Silk Road. Its ramparts served as the backdrop for many battles in past centuries when the Silk Road still served as one of the main trade routes between East and West. It is one of the best places to visit in Jaisalmer.

Patwon Ki Haveli

Jaisalmer Railway Station, Patwon-ki-Haveli is situated in a narrow lane near the Patwa Complex in Jaisalmer. It is the first haveli to have been erected in Jaisalmer and also one of the top places to visit in Jaisalmer. The Patwon ki Haveli is considered to be the one of the largest as well as the finest haveli of Rajasthan.

Gadisar Lake

Gadisar Lake or Gadsisar Lake is an artificial reservoir in Jaisalmer. It was the only source of water for the Jaisalmer city in the olden days and also one of the best Jaisalmer sightseeing places. The Gadisar Lake was constructed by Raja Rawal Jaisal, the first ruler of Jaisalmer and later reconstructed by Maharawal Gadsi Singh in the year 1367 AD. It is said this rain water lake once provided water to the entire town.

Salim Sing Ki Haveli

alim Singh ki Haveli is an old edifice located at the heart of Jaisalmer city near Jaisalmer Fort. This beautiful architectural building is one of the major tourist places in Jaisalmer. Salim Singh ki Haveli was built in 1815 CE by Salim Singh, the then Prime Minister of the kingdom when Jaisalmer was the capital. It is said that once the Haveli of Salim Singh had two additional wooden storeys in an attempt to make it as high as the maharaja’s palace but the Maharaja did not take this attempt in good spirit. Currently it has only five stories as the upper two tiers were demolished as per the order of the king.

Desert Cultural Centre

Desert Cultural Centre & Museum is located on the Gadisagar Road in Jaisalmer. It is one of the popular tourist places in Jaisalmer. Various musical instruments and folk dance related costumes can be found in this museum. Costumes of the erstwhile maharajas and maharanis can also found in the museum.

Tazia Tower

Tazia Tower is located in the Badal Palace complex near Amar Sagar Gate inside Jaisalmer Fort. The intricate designs, minarets and architectural fusion of this tower make it one of the top Jaisalmer tourist places. Tazia Tower was constructed in the form of Tazia that are usually part of Muslim religious festivities. It was constructed in 1886 AD by Muslim carvers who presented it as a gift to the imperial Hindu king, Maharawal Berisal Singh.

Jain Temples – Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer has been enriched by its Jain community, which has adorned the city with beautiful temples, notably the temples dedicated to the 16th Tirthankara, Shantinath, and 23rd Tirthankara, Parshvanath. There are seven Jain temples in total which are situated within the Jaisalmer fort built during 12th and 15th centuries. Among these temples, the biggest one is the The Paraswanath Temple and is most attractive; others being Chandraprabhu temple, Rishabdev temple, Shitalnath Temple, Kunthunath Temple, and Shantinath Temple. Known for their exquisite work of art and architecture that was predominant in the medieval era the temples are built out of yellow sandstone and have intricate engravings on them. Jaisalmer boasts some of the oldest libraries of India which contain rarest of the manuscripts and artefacts of Jain tradition. There are many pilgrimage centres around Jaisalmer such as Lodhruva(Lodarva), Amarsagar, Brahmsar and Pokharan.

Bada Bagh

Bada Bagh, also called Barabagh is a garden complex about 6 km north of Jaisalmer on way to Ramgarh, and halfway between Jaisalmer and Lodhruva in the state of Rajasthan in India. It contains a set of royal cenotaphs, or chhatris of Maharajas of Jaisalmer state, starting with Jai Singh II

Lodurva

Lodrawa is a village in Jaisalmer district, Rajasthan, India. It is 15 km to the north-west of Jaisalmer. Lodrawa was the ancient capital of the Bhatti dynasty till 1156 AD, when Rawal Jaisal founded the Jaisalmer state and shifted the capital to Jaisalmer. Today, it is a popular tourist destination, known for its architectural ruins and surrounding sand dunes. Apart from that Ludrawa is also famous for the Jain temple dedicated to 23rd Tirthankara, Parshvnath destroyed in 1152 AD when Muhammad Ghori sacked the city but was reconstructed in 1615 by Seth Tharu Shah and further additions were commissioned in 1675 and 1687. The temples were rebuilt in the late 1970s, are reminders of the city’s former glory. Rishabhanath Temple and Shambhavanath Temple are also major attraction. Other places are Hinglaj mata temple, Chamunda mata temple, and old temple of Shiva.

Kuldhara

Kuldhara is an abandoned village in the Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan, India. Established around 13th century, it was once a prosperous village inhabited by Paliwal Brahmins. It was abandoned by the early 19th century for unknown reasons, possibly because of dwindling water supply, or as a local legend claims, because of persecution by the Jaisalmer State’s minister Salim Singh. Gradually, it acquired reputation as a haunted site, and the Rajasthan State Government decided to develop it as a tourist spot.