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History of jaisalmer

Jaisalmer was ruled by Bhati Rajputs in the 9th century. The Rathore clans of Jodhpur and Bikaner were their major opponents. The region experienced frequent battles between the clans. In the 12th century, the throne was passed to Rawal Jaisal, who named the fort after himself. In 1294, Turkic ruler Alauddin Khilji marched his army upon Jaisalmer. The Bhatis protected the fort for 8 years. When they were on the verge of defeat, a rite called ‘jauhar’ was performed where 24,000 women killed themselves on a funeral pyre. In the 14th century, Firuz Shah Tughluq of Delhi besieged Jaisalmer. In the 15th century, the Bhatis reoccupied the place again and continued to rule. During the Mughal era, Rawal Lunakarn fought with Mughal emperor Humayun. After the collapse of the Mughal empire in the 18th century, Jaisalmer was under the Marathas before becoming a princely state under the British, after the third Anglo-Maratha War in 1818. After the independence of India, Jaisalmer acceded to the union of India, on May 15th, 1949. Following the partition of India, trade routes to Pakistan were reduced. The establishing of the border gave a strategic importance to the place and it serves as a major army base.

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  • Theme of Jaisalmer [Heritage, Adventure]
  • You'll love Jaisalmer for [Camel ride, Forts, Handicrafts]
  • Watchout for [Overpricing, Heat]
  • Best Time To Visit
    October - March
  • Altitude 738 ft. above sea level

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    Boundless Rajasthan - Deluxe
    4 Nights, 5 Days
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    Rs.34,002
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    Rs.27,000
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    Majestic Rajasthan Forts & Palaces + Camel Safari - Deluxe
    4 Nights, 5 Days
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    Rs.32,667
    Per Person on twin sharing
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    Affordable Holidays
    6 Nights, 7 Days
    Starting From
    Rs.19,250
    Per Person on twin sharing
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    7 Nights, 8 Days
    Starting From
    Rs.19,999
    Per Person on twin sharing
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    Family Holidays
    8 Nights, 9 Days
    Starting From
    Rs.20,200
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Places to stay in jaisalmer

  • Hotel Lal Garh Fort and Palace
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    Rs.2,950
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Popular Flights To jaisalmer

    • BOMMumbai
      JDHJodhpur
    • Indigo
      6E-104
    • 06:05 13:25
      1 Stop
    • 07h 20m
      1 Stop
    • Rs.4,321
    • DELDelhi
      JDHJodhpur
    • Vistara
      UK-683
    • 13:35 15:00
      Non Stop
    • 01h 25m
      Non Stop
    • Rs.5,005
    • MAAChennai
      JDHJodhpur
    • Indigo
      6E-6013
    • 09:20 12:00
      Non Stop
    • 02h 40m
      Non Stop
    • Rs.5,100
    • BLRBengaluru
      JDHJodhpur
    • Indigo
      6E-6217
    • 05:55 12:00
      1 Stop
    • 06h 05m
      1 Stop
    • Rs.5,525
    • LKOLucknow
      JDHJodhpur
    • Indigo
      6E-769
    • 06:55 13:25
      1 Stop
    • 06h 30m
      1 Stop
    • Rs.6,260
    • RPRRaipur
      JDHJodhpur
    • Indigo
      6E-2454
    • 19:30 10:50
      1 Stop
    • 15h 20m
      1 Stop
    • Rs.6,318
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jaisalmer Travel Talk Sharing travel experiences - one story at a time

Famous Celebrations That Make Jaisalmer An Immersive Cultural Destination!

Famous Celebrations That Make Jaisalmer An Immersive Cultural Destination!

Here are the festivals that will offer you an immersive cultural experience in the golden city of Jaisalmer!

12 Sep 2018  | 3-minute read
Jaisalmer Through Its Exquisite Handicraft And Dance Forms

Jaisalmer Through Its Exquisite Handicraft And Dance Forms

If you wish to explore the cultural richness of Jaisalmer, find out all about its beautiful handicraft and folk art scene.

29 Aug 2018  | 2-minute read
Charming Sunsets And Architectural Masterpieces At Jaisalmer’s Golden Fort

Charming Sunsets And Architectural Masterpieces At Jaisalmer’s Golden Fort

Explore the heritage and culture of the golden city of Jaisalmer through its ‘living’ Fort.

20 Aug 2018  | 2-minute read
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