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Published: March 28th 2019
Jaislamer FortDay1 I had planned a trip to Jaisalmer in the month of march for 3 days. I booked the flight from Ahmedabad to Jaisalmer on Friday morning through True jet – a new Airline. Flights are very cheap. I booked the flight @1500 for one way. I started the journey from Vadodara, I booked the cab from Vadodara to Ahmedabad Airport. We reach at Ahmedabad airport and boarded the flight @10:30am and reach the Jaisalmer Airport at 12:30pm. You will see thousands of wind mills from plane and it looks amazing. After reaching the Jaisalmer airport, it’s better to call a taxi from Jaisalmer city using internet which is cheaper than prepaid taxi. It will take around Rs. 500 to reach to Jaisalmer City and to your respective hotel. I have booked a decent hotel in Jaisalmer city since I had to just spend the night there. I booked the Hotel Marina Mahal, hotel is simple, but rooms are big & nice. Food is also very nice there. After reaching the Hotel, we booked the taxi for all 3 days @5300 which includes Jaisalmer city , sand dunes , Longewala post . 1st visit we did to Bada Bagh. Entry
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charge is 100 per person and camera charge is 100/-. Bada Bagh is place where the cremations of Royal family members were done. You will see various chhatris. Be ensured to hire a guide to get more details of Bada Bagh. After spending around 1 hour at Bada Bagh we proceeded to Gadi sagar lake which is artificial lake made by the Royal family. You can spend the time listening to the folk music sung by the local people. You can visit the Shiva temple located at Gadisagar lake. After that we went to kaku café from where you can see the Jaisalmer fort and sunset, have a beer and enjoy the evening. After the sunset we came back to hotel and had the dinner on time since the next day was going to be very adventurous and little bit hectic.
Day 2 So, next day we had some authentic Rajasthani breakfast Dal ki kachori and Mirch bada in Jaisalmer city along with the refreshing masala chass to kick start our day, than we visited the main fort of Jaisalmer, which is the is believed to be one of the very few (perhaps
the only) "living forts" in the world, as nearly one fourth of the old city's population still resides within the Fort. The Fort is equally beautiful from inside as it looked from outside. Entry Charge per person 100/-. Ensure to hire a guide to get more details on fort.We visited the main palace of Raja Rajput Rawal Jaisal, inside the palace we saw the royal rooms of raja, there innovative weapons that they used in wars. We also saw the Throne of king where enthronement of every new king is still done, we saw rooms that belonged to different queens of King, there leisure places, furniture of that time. After that we did some street shopping & than we went to The Patwa Haveli. The Patwa Ki haveli itself speaks of amazing architect of that time & tremendous hard work of the labor. Entry Charge per person 100/-. Ensure to hire a guide to get more details. The haveli has that jaw dropping carving all done in stone with all minute detailing. From inside it had all the luxury that added to its royalty. The Jantar Mantar with all the mirror work. What I found interesting there was
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the modern equipment that were used long ago like fridge, huge cooling fans, sewing machine gifted from Britishers, Belgium glass used in furniture, even the games like Ludo which they called chopat it just made me feel how smart people were at that time & how things have now changed & developed.So, after completing all royal part of Jaisalmer it was now time for us to visit the real Jaisalmer the desert safari in Sam sand dunes, which was 1 hour from city. We also visited Jain temple on the way to desert. We reached Prince desert Camp (A nice camp Near Sand dunes and at distance from a crowded place) where we were having pre-booking done @ 3000 per couple inclusive of breakfast & dinner & camel ride, we were welcomed & our tents were nice & clean having good washrooms. In the evening after having tea we were started our most awaited camel safari & headed towards the sand dunes. The sand dunes looked amazing all golden shining in the sunlight.it was the so relaxing to lie in sand, then we had jeep safari & did sand bashing which was all thrill & fun. We than bid goodbye
to sun observing the sunset sitting at the top of sand dunes. The day ended with Rajasthani folk music dance presented by the locals at prince desert camp along with snacks & cocktail followed by the tasty traditional Rajasthani food dal batti & churma, what else you need to complete a good day, sleeping under the sky gazing at stars & feeling the complete isolation from the world. DAY3 After having a sound sleep in the open desert, we started the journey towards Longewala post where war of 1971 fought which was at a distance of 125 Km. On our way first we went to Tanot Temple. All the army officers before joining the post first visit this temple & take blessing. It is believed that During the 1971 war Pakistan attacked the place with bombs, but the bombs did not explode, we even saw the fused bombs kept in the temple. Than we went to see the battle site Longewala post for which we required our IDs. We saw the documentary movie on the 1971 war there. Also, we saw the Pakistani tankers that crossed Indian border to attack & were captured.
One can really feel the struggle of Indian army, there bravery & the sacrifice they do to protect us and our nation. Than we enjoyed some unending desert landscape & windmills that were spread across the desert. We reached back Jaisalmer after having lunch at Ramgargh. We did some souvenir shopping & reached our bus stop to head back to Baroda. Jaisalmer is amazingly beautiful & welcoming town which offers you a historical glimpse along with beautiful sight seeing. The sand dunes made me feel like the time had gone still. One must certainly take their time out from our daily running routine & give oneself a relaxing treat by going to this small isolated golden land that has hundreds of stories to tell, welcoming people, good food & lots of peace.
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