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Jaisalmer Desert Festival
This desert festival is an annual event organized every year in February for three days. The festival showcase the rich and colorful heritage of Rajasthan and its folk culture. There are folk artists dancing and singing, traditional acrobatics by gymnasts called Kalabaz, snake charmers, puppet shows, turban tying competition, camel races camel decoration.
Popular as Sonar Qila or the Golden Fortress, this fort is perched on top of the Trikuta Hill. Built with golden colored Jaisalmer sandstone, the fort was named after Maharawal Jaisal, its founder. In its confined area, there is an imperial palace, Dusshera Chowk, sand stone houses, colorful bazaars, Jain temples and havelis with intricate carving and engraving work to ponder about.
Sam Sand Dunes
This is the favorite spot among tourists for camel safaris, shifting sands and desert sunsets. About 42 kms from Jaisalmer, there is this village of Sam that offer an excellent experience of both the crests and troughs. Other than sand dunes, the major attractions here is the colorful jamboree of the Kalbelia dancers, puppeteers, Manganiyar singers and trinket vendors.
Jain Group of Temples
When coming to Jaisalmer by road, the first glance that attracts the vision is of the Shikhara's & their fluttering flags ( Temple Spires) of the Jain temples. These temples are located within the mighty Jaisalmer Fort. The entire group comprises of a total of seven temples dedicated to the Jain prophets. Showcasing some of the intricate work of carved stones, ornate pillar, roofs made from sandstone, arches and yellow colored Jaisalmer stone, the temple, with its magnificent arched gateways leave the visitors stunned.
Gadi Sagar Lake
Built by the first ruler of Jaisalmer , this is a man-made reservoir visited by many tourists. Surrounding the bank of the lake, there are artistically carved temples, shrines, ghats and Chattris. The serene lake offers a boat ride depending upon the level of water. Other than this, one can just sit on the ghats, listen to the songs of the lone Manganiyar playing Sarangi and witness the changing hues of the yellow sandstone banks with the setting sun.
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