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About Jaisalmer

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Temples & Religious Places

1. Jain Temple
Address: Khejer Para, Manak Chowk, Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001 Jain Temples situated in the Jaisalmer Fort are a must visit site in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. You will find these temples to be very old and high pilgrimage as well as archeological value attached to them.

These are a group of Jain temples dating back 12th and 15th centuries and are dedicated to various Jain Tirthankars (Hermits). On the walls of the temples, you can find animal & human figures, carved in famous Dilwara style.

2. Kale Dunger Temple
Address: Malka Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001
The Kale Dunger Temple is one of the most beautiful temples in Jaisalmer. It attracts devotees from all over the city. They can come here and pray in peace. It is one of the most visited temples and is active and filled with devotees throughout the year.

3. Tanot Rai Mata Mandir
Address: Police Lines, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001

This is a storied Hindu temple with colorful shrines & circa-1965 Indo-Pakistani War memorabilia on display.
This is also famous for teh arti conducted by the soldiers in the temple. It is a great mixture of god and warriors at the same place.

4. Katyayani Bhatia Mandir
Address: Gandhi Nagar, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001
Another temple that provides a peaceful surrounding to pray. It is active throughout the year and is visited by people coming from all across the city.


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Crops

Rajasthan’s economy is primarily agricultural and pastoral. Wheat and barley are cultivated over large areas, as are pulses, sugarcane, and oilseeds. Cotton and tobacco are the state’s cash crops. Rajasthan is among the largest producers of edible oils in India and the second largest producer of oilseeds.

Offices & Industries

The Government of India initiated departmental exploration for oil in 1955–56 in the Jaisalmer area. Oil India Limited discovered natural gas in 1988 in the Jaisalmer basin.

Musicians and dancers are also a major cultural export from Jaisalmer to the rest of the world.

Merasi (formerly Manganiyar, a derogatory term meaning “beggar”) musicians have played the world over, and Queen Harish, the dancing desert drag queen, is touring the world and has featured in international movies.

Jaisalmer is also known for its leather messenger bags, made from wild camels native to the area.


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Schools

Schools-
1. Emmanuel Mission Senior Secondary School
Address: Jodhpur Road, Indira Colony, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001
Phone: 094141 49701

2. Golden Era Public School
Address: Opp. BSF Camp, Indira Colony,

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001
Phone: 092520 66156

3. St. Pauls School
Address: Air Force School Rd, Postal Colony, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001
Phone: 02992 425 656

4. Loyal Public School
Address: Postal Colony, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001

5. Air Force School, Jaisalmer
Address: Air Force Station, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001
Phone: 02992 256 027


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Colleges

Colleges
1. Shri Mishrilal Sanwal Government Girls’ PG College
Address: Dedansar Raod, Near Dedansar Stadium, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001
Phone: 02992 250 636

2. Government Polytechnic College Jaisalmer

Address: Near Central Jail, Ram Gargh Road, Kishan Ghat, Rajasthan 345001
Phone: 082333 29769

3. Jagtamba ITI
Address: NH-15, Opp. BSF SHQ(s) Near Darbari Village, Barmer Road, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001
Phone: 02992 250 110

4. Air Force Institute of Technology
Address: Kota Airport Area, Dhauwa, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001

5. Nice College
Address: Near Bank of India & Madan Mohan Ji Temple, Dhibba Para, Jaisalmer, Gadisar Rd, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001
Phone: 097857 39097


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Festivals

1. The Desert Festival
The Jaisalmer Desert Festival is an annual event that take place in February month in the beautiful city Jaisalmer. It is held in the Hindu month of Magh (February), three days prior to the full moon.

The festival is celebrated amidst the beautiful dunes of the Thar Desert in the Sam dunes (42 kilometers from Jaisalmer). Romantic, remote and unspoiled, the location comes to life during the three day extravaganza of the delights of the desert.

2. Gangaur is the most significant and colourful festival which is celebrated with great zeal all over the Rajasthan and in some parts of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. However, it is mainly rejoiced by the women and girls. During this auspicious occasion, they worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati or Gauri by making clay idols of them. Married women pray for the well being, long life and welfare of their husbands and unmarried girls worship for a handsome and intelligent life partner. This festival is celebrated in the Hindu month of Chaitra, between the months of March and April, according to the Gregorian calendar.

3. Teej is another important festival which is rejoiced in Jaipur. On this day, women and girls wear new clothes, jewelleries and make designs on their palms and feet with mehndi (henna). They gather in group in a temple and perform special puja, aarti and offer prasad to Goddess Parvati. Women pray for their husbands whereas girls pray for their future husband. Women and girls perform folk dance, sing traditional teej songs and enjoy swinging. These three are the unique features of this festival.

4. On 14th January, the festival of Makar Sakranti is celebrated all over India. This festive time is rejoiced for various reasons but the main reason is the transition of the sun from Sagittarius (dhanu rashi), the zodiac sign to Capricorn (makar rashi). According to the Indian astrology, the northward journey of the sun begins on this day. People take holy bath in the Ganga River and then donate things to the needy people. Also, on this day, people enjoy the flying of kites. Complete sky is adorned with beautiful, big and small colourful kites. In Jaisalmer, it is declared as the state holiday. Various kite competitions are held in the city as well as across the state in which the most famous is International Kite Festival held by the State Government which goes on for three days. Many competitors from all over the world participate in this event.


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Places Around

1. Jaisalmer Fort
Jaisalmer Fort is situated in the city of Jaisalmer, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It 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.

For the better part of its 800-year history, the fort was the city of Jaisalmer. The first settlements outside the fort walls, to accommodate the growing population of Jaisalmer, are said to have come up in the 17th century.

2. Bada Bagh
Bada Bagh, also called Barabagh (literally Big Garden) is a garden complex about 6 km north of Jaisalmer on the way to Ramgarh, in the state of Rajasthan in India. Overlooking a mango grove sits a set of royal cenotaphs, or chhatris, of Maharajas of Jaisalmer state, starting with Jai Singh II (d. 1743).

Bada Bagh is situated on a small hill. The entry to Bada Bagh is from the bottom of the hill. The first row has a few cenotaphs. There are many more cenotaphs, which are accessible by climbing the hills. The cenotaphs are of different sizes and carved of sandstone. There are cenotaphs for rulers, queens, princes and other royal family members. Each ruler’s cenotaphs has a marble slab, with inscriptions about the ruler and an image of a man on a horse.

3. Desert National Park
Covering an area of 3162 km², the Desert National Park of Jaisalmer is the largest National Park in India. The National Park is a delight for bird watchers especially during the migratory months. Despite the fact that the area primarily offers scarce desert life vegetation, the Park plays host to many birds. This is mainly due to its proximity to the Bharatpur waters.

4. Jaisalmer War Museum
he Jaisalmer War Museum was conceived by Lieutenant General Bobby Mathews, AVSM, VSM, General Officer Commanding, Desert Corps and constructed by the Desert Corps of the Indian Army.

It was dedicated to the Nation by Lieutenant General Ashok Singh, PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ADC, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command, Indian Army, on 24 August 2015. The Museum displays war exhibits which include vehicles and equipment captured during the course of operations in 1965 and 1971.


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Transportation
Rail

Jaisalmer railway station is a major railway station located in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. The railway station is under the administrative control of North Western Railway of Indian Railways.

Station has 3 platforms and a total of 5 tracks. Jodhpur- Jaisalmer Railway was merged with the Western Railway in November 1951. Later North Western Railway came into existence on 1 October 2002.

Some of the prominent trains are-
Ranikhet Express
Corbett Park Link Express
Jaisalmer – Jodhpur Express
Jaisalmer – Lalgarh Express
Malani Express

AIr

Jaisalmer Airport is located 17 kilometres south-east of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, India. The airport operates as a civil enclave on an Indian Air Force base.

The airport has a single runway of 9,000 feet (2,700 m) in length and 150 feet (46 m) in width. Carriers that have previously flown to/from the airport include Vayudoot and Kingfisher Airlines. As of 2015, it was never used for civil flights and was closed.

Local

For local commute people use buses, cars, autos, bicycles etc.

Major Roads

National Highway 11 or NH 11 is a National Highway in India that links Jaisalmer ( Rajasthan ) and Jhunjhunu ( Rajasthan ). This 545 km (339 mi)-long highway passes through Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Ratangarh, Fatehpur and Jhunjhunu and also between Jaipur to Sikar Most of 545 km (339 mi) length of National Highway 11 is in the state of Rajasthan. NH 11 is an important tourism highway because it connects one of the most popular tourist destinations in India, Jaipur, Agra The UNESCO World Heritage site of Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur also lies on this highway.
National Highway 114 (NH 114) starts from Jodhpur and ends at Pokhran, both places in the state of Rajasthan, India. The highway is 180 km (110 mi) long and runs only in the districts of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer in the state of Rajasthan.


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Facts

1. Allauddin Khilji, Laid seize for 8 years on Jaisalmer fort.
2. Kuldhara Village: 84 Medieval village were abandoned by Brahmins in a single night. The remains can be still found.
3. Jaisalmer Fort was prophesised by Krishna.
4. The prophecy was one of the key reasons for Jaisal to eventually build the fort on the hill, and the legendary rock remains within its walls.

5. There is no event as tragic as the “half Jauhar” that happened under the reign of Rawal Lunkarna in 1530-51. Amir Ali, the chief of a local Afghan clan, was said to have attacked the fort. With the pretext of sending his wives to visit Jaisalmer’s queens, Amir Ali sent his warriors to infiltrate the fort.

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Important Contacts Nos.

Police Control Room- 100
Fire Brigade- 101
Ambulance- 102

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