Jaisalmer is an exotic place in the heart of Thar desert. Rajasthan is known to be the land of kings and Jaisalmer lives up to the glory of the state. It is the largest district of Rajasthan and the third largest in India after Kutch and Leh. Jaisalmer is located about 560 kms from the state capital Jaipur and hugs Pakistan in south-west, forming the borderline of 471kms with the neighbouring country. The city of Jaisalmer was founded by a Rajput king named Mahrawal Jaisal Singh, from which it derives the name. Due to the usage of yellow sand, yellow sandstone in the architecture of the city, it is often called as the Golden City of India.
Jaisalmer is also known for its mesmerizing havelis that depicts the royal and luxurious lifestyle of the Rajput rulers. There are three havelis that are worth mentioning. The Salim Singh ki Haveli boast of arched roofs decorated with peacock shaped brackets. Nathmal Ji ki Haveli was built by two architect brothers. It’s a beautiful example of symmetrical construction in which miniature style paintings and mighty tuskers are carved out of yellow sandstone. Patwon ki Haveli on the other hand is the most elaborately built mansion. The five-storey building is unique for its mirror work art and beautiful paintings.
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