One of the most remote towns of India, located deep in the heart of the Thar desert, it was founded by Prince Jaisal Bhatti.
On either side of the narrow lanes in Jaisalmer, are the sandstone mansions (which are still occupied), with stone carvings, screen windows, delicate pavilions & balconies. The balconies jutting out from either side almost touch overhead. The most magnificent mansions are Patwon ki Haveli with its latticed facade, Salim Singh ki Haveli built 3000 years ago with beautiful arched roofs, Nathmalji ki Haveli, Mumal ki Mehri.
The Gadisal lake & the hill was discovered by Jaisal. The Fort (Sonar Kila ), a triangular edifice was built in 1156 on the highest point of the Tricuta hill and is entered through the Suraj Pol. The Fort has 99 double tiered bastions and a group of five Jain temples built between the 12th - 15th centuries. Other places worth a visit are the Megh Durbar (Hall of Clouds) and the King's well.
Gharisar had once supplied water to the city. There are several temples and archways around it.
Sam, 45 kms away with its sand dunes is famous for the desert festival.
Lodurva 15 kms, was the previous capital, now in ruins. The Jain temples here are being rebuilt now.