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Jaisalmer District, Rajasthan

Jaisalmer, nicknamed “The Golden city”, is a city in the Indian state of Rajasthan, located 575 kilometres (357 mi) 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. Many of the houses and temples are finely sculptured. It lies in the heart of the Thar Desert (the Great Indian Desert) and has a population of about 78,000. It is the administrative headquarters of Jaisalmer District.

Geography of Jaisalmer District, Rajasthan

It is the largest district of Rajasthan and third largest in the country in area.

Jaisalmer District lies in the Thar Desert, which straddles the border of India and Pakistan. It is bounded on the northeast by Bikaner District, on the east by Jodhpur District, on the south by Barmer District, and on the west and north by Pakistan.

The district is located within a rectangle lying between 26°.4’ –28°.23′ North parallel and 69°.20′-72°.42′ east meridians.

The length of international border attached to the district is 464 km.

Jaisalmer is almost entirely a sandy waste, forming a part of the great Indian desert. The general aspect of the area is that of an interminable sea of sandhills, of all shapes and sizes, some rising to a height of 150 ft. Those in the west are covered with log bushes, those in the east with tufts of long grass. Water is scarce, and generally brackish; the average depth of the wells is said to be about 250 ft. There are no perennial streams, and only one small river, the Kakni, which, after flowing a distance of 28 m., spreads over a large surface of flat ground, and forms a lake orjhil called the Bhuj-Jhil. The climate is dry and healthy. Throughout Jaisalmer only raincrops, such as bajra, joar, motif, til, etc., are grown; spring crops of wheat, barley, etc., are very rare. Owing to the scant rainfall, irrigation is almost unknown.

Economy of Jaisalmer District, Rajasthan

In 2006 the Ministry of Panchayati Raj named Jaisalmer one of the country’s 250 most backward districts (out of a total of 640). It is one of the twelve districts in Rajasthan currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF).

Event Destination

Jaisalmer is one of the most preferred event organizing destinations in Rajasthan. Rodies (India’s T.V. show), Balika Vadhu, Maharana Pratap, and several movies were shot in various locations and famous fort structured hotels of Jaisalmer.

Visiting Places of Jaisalmer District, Rajasthan

Jaisalmer is the largest foreign tourist attractor district in the Rajasthan. Per year about 276,887 tourists visit the district, out of which about 100,000 tourist are foreigners. Some of the tourist attractions in the Jaisalmer are:

-Fort & inside fort-Jain Temples,Royal Palace & two heritage havelis (haveli shreenath,haveli suraj)
-Patwa Havelies.
-Salim Singh’s Haveli.
-Nathmal’s haveli.
-Madir Palace (Tazia Tower).
-Gadsisar Lake.
-Govt. museum & the folk museum.
-Thar desert

Every year Desert festival is being celebrated for the tourists. Ramdevra is also a big attraction for the Baba Ramdevji’s pilgrims. Every year on Mahshivratri in Myajlar Khyala math held festival. Shree Alakh puri ki samadhi in jhinjhinyali is big attraction of Udaisinghont Bhati rajput.