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“Time Travel to Desert Kingdom -Marwad” 5 of 5 stars
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“Time Travel to Desert Kingdom -Marwad”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2007

If you are traveling to India take 2 days out specially for Jaisalmer Rajasthan. Ideal time is Jan 31 to Feb 2, when the Desert Festival is organised by the tourism deptt of Rajasthan state. The place has an ancient fort, 800 years old tobe specific, many heritage mansions (Havelis as they are called here) all built in golden sand stone which is the locally found. The fort is magnificient with 4000 families still staying inside it many of whom run hotels, restaurants, cyber cafes and handcraft items, souvenier shops, exotic indian spices shops. The Havelis are very interesting to see, magnificiantly built with beutyfull stone carvings, windows (zarokhas). The main haveli complex known as Patwa havelis have 5 havelis each built over a period of 12 years. Some of these are maintained by a private trust and by govt. Other havelis known as Nathmalji's and Salim Singh's are in very pathetic state not well maintained by the owners. It is very sad to see the present generation of one time ministers and aristocrate families strugling to live by running petty shops and collecting meagre entrance fees from the tourists. The desert festival is though a complete feast with many cultural programs full of performances by genuine and authentic folk artists. Rajasthan is a very colorfull place with lot of music and dance in the ives of people something I guess they required to balance the otherwise tough and monotonus desert life. The programs are however organised ina an open stadium and is very dusty and cold. Do not forget to carry dust-masks to wear around the nose and mounth and drinking water bottels and some warm clothes. For children it could be rather irritating due to noise and dust. There are many small and mid budget hotels with friendly and hospitable staff. Rajasthani people are very affectionate to their guests,infact their famous punchline "Padharo Mharo Des" means welcome to my country .Food is very cheap and full of variety. Try the local vegetables 'Ker Sangri' and 'Gatte ka sag'. While you stay here on one of the days you may travel to the actual desert area -Sam or Khudi villages at 40 KMs from the Jaisalmer town. Wath the sunset and take a camle ride if it amuses you. The first time you travel here will give you an impression of having time-travelled to a 500 years old place and you may still like to linger here for few more days or plan a future visit with quite and longer stay later.

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Chandigarh, India
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“Worth travelling the distance”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2005

Jaisalmer is not easily accessed; there is no direct flight and the drive from Jodhpur, the nearest airport, is about five hours one way. However, the view of yellow sandstone buildings and the 'golden fort' makes it worth going the distance. A walk through the lanes of the town is like being in an open air art gallery with the carved yellow sandstone lattice facades of the traditional buildings vying with each other to attract attention.

One word of caution about Mandir Palace, the present day home of the erstwhile royal family. A portion of this building is being used as a heritage hotel. The building is one of the most attractive in the city with an intriguing incorporation of some European architectural elements in the traditional Rajasthani style. It is well located and gives a lovely view of the fort from its rooftop at night. The food served by the hotel's restaurant is very good, and you have the option of eating at Trio, the most famous restaurant in town, just outside the entry to the palace. Unfortunately, however, the management of the place is quite sloppy. Some of the rooms are awfully bad. We had the misfortune of spending one night in room 102, which is nothing more than an covered verandah. When we raised a stink the management moved us to 201 next morning, which is quite a decent room. In general the place has an air of being uncared for and is best avoided.

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Anand , Gujarat
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“Oasis in desert - The Jaisalmer”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2005

Its like a oasis in the desert- golden city jaisalmer -the name is justified as everything from homes to temples to sand dunes are bright yellow in colour and appears golden in appearance .
particularly the the golden fort, Bada bagh cenetopes and Gadsisar lake but last and not the least is the sunset at Sam sand dunes , its majistic and cannot be described in words .
To watch sunset at Sam sand dunes is a opportunity to commune with the nature. Camel safari and Camel riding is one of the unique experiences that can be enjoyed only at jaisalmer .
there comes artistic haveli's particularly Patwon KI Haveli. Deewan Nathmal Ki Haveli and Salim singh ki haveli and Jain Temples of Jaisalmer with excellent stone works and spiritual peace.
The golden fort of jaisalmer is the only residential fort in the world and its good to be there particularly Maharaja's Palace and Jain temple.


Hotels are numerous with rates and facilities that suits you most and similar is the case with restaurents.
In the moderate range of hotels I personaly find HOTEL SWASTIKA , CHAINPURA STREET, to be peaceful, reasonable and friendly.Morning tea is served free and camel safari arranged by hotel is one of the finest with enough and hygenic food mineral water , blankets ,mats etc.Mr. Arun Ballani is the manager and a person with good sense of humour and fine administrative skills.
As far as infrastructure is concerned it is well connected to all major cities by Road and Railways .

STD Booth are also numerous but cyber cafe's are less in number and only few of them provide good speed with reasonable price ,.Fortunately few of them are good particularly SUMIT CYBER CAFE at Gandhi Chowk.
In a nut shell i can say that its worth and indispensible to visit this desert city ,if you are in Rajasthan.

DO VISIT RAJASTHAN AND MUST VISIT JAISALMER -THAT IS THE SUMMARY

Amit ballani

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anand
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“jaisalmer-golden city with platinum hospitality”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2004

Its like a jewel in the desert- golden city jaisalmer -the name is justified as everything from homes to temples to sand dunes are bright yellow in colour and appears golden in appearance . particularly the the golden fort, Bada bagh cenetopes and Gadsisar lake but last and not the least is the sunset at Sam sand dunes , its majistic and cannot be described in words . To watch sunset at Sam sand dunes is a opportunity to commune with the nature. Camel safari and Camel riding is one of the unique experiences that can be enjoyed only at jaisalmer .
there comes artistic haveli's particularly Patwon KI Haveli. Deewan Nathmal Ki Haveli and Salim singh ki haveli and Jain Temples of Jaisalmer with excellent stone works and spiritual peace.The golden fort of jaisalmer is the only residential fort in the world and its good to be there particularly Maharaja's Palace and Jain temple.


Hotels are numerous with whatever rates and facilities that suits you most and similar is the case with restaurents.In the moderate range of hotels I personaly find HOTEL SWASTIKA , CHAINPURA STREET, to be peaceful, reasonable and friendly.Morning tea is served free and camel safari arranged by htem is one of hte finest with enough and hygenic food . minerale water , blankets ,mats etc.Mr. Arun kumar is the manager and a person with good sense of humour and fine administrative skills.
As far as infrastructure is concerned it is well connected to all major cities by Road and Railways .

STD Booth are also numerous but cyber cafe's are less in number and only few of them provide good speed with reasonable price ,.Fortunately few of them are good particularly SUMIT CYBER CAFE at Gandhi Chowk.
In a nut shell i can say that its worth and indispensible to visit this desert city ,if you are in Rajasthan.

Amit ballani

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