Rajasthan-II Day 3

Our today’s destination was to reach the Golden city – Jaisalemer. We woke up by 6 am & get ready by 730 am. We checked out & after breakfast we started for Jaisalmer by road in a taxi that we had already booked. The drive was 4-4.5 hrs & one can see difference in scenery from lil to almost nil vegetation, also from blue to
golden houses.

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We reached Jaisalmer at 1200 hrs & checked into our hotel called Renuka. Once we had settled our luggage to our rooms, we went to have lunch in nearby Jain Dharamshala.

After lunch. We straightaway started the sightseeing of the city. Our first stop was Tazia tower & Badal Palace.

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It’s a small complex, which has a museum. The entrance doors, passages, walls, windows & staircases have such great work, that we just kept looking at it. The designs are unique & very royal. The museum has only few things, but the silver chair, the royal bed were really worth a watch. After seeing the tazia tower we left for haveli’s.DSC_0374

After forts & palaces, the next things that adds the grandness of ‘Royal Rajasthan’ is it’s haveli’s. Jaisalmer’s havelis are quite famous, especially Nathmalji’s & Patwa’s haveli.

We first visited Nathmalji ki haveli. It is beautifully built & the engravings were wonderful.

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But it is only to be looked at from outside. The owner doesn’t permit people inside for a tour. Next & the best haveli was Patwaon-ki-haveli. It is the kind that strikes your mind when you first hear a Rajasthan Haveli.

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It is huge & beautiful both inside & outside. From the main gate, the small street leads to the haveli passing through gully market, where people are selling artificial jewellery, hand made calander, posters, idols of gods & godess, little puppets to decorate houses & lots of other stuff like that.

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The haveli is empty as in nobody resides there now, but is well preserved by the govt. of India. The structure is still sturdy, nobody can say that it was constructed in 1800’s. it is actually a cluster of 5 smaller havelis. This yellow sandstone architecture is marvelous in every way. The carvings on windows & arches is unique & amazing. It keeps you wishing that I wish to owned such a haveli. We spent an hr or so, exploring the nook & corner of haveli, clicking pics, imagining ourselves as royalaties, having fun. The terrace of haveli provides a great view of the life around it. The late after noon sunrays adding to its beauty, making it shine like its made of gold.

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After having our fill of the Patwaon-ki-haveli, we went to Gadi Sagar lake.

We went for a boat ride in the lake & saw the sun set while boating. It was wonderful. The golden view of sun then turning orange, then red, it’s reflection in the lake was just a perfect way to end the day. So pleasant & peaceful.

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After the ride, we roamed a little on the bank, then went to see puppet show, organized by Desert culture center. It was an awesome show. It was funny, entertaining, a total must watch!!

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Later after having dinner, we went back to our hotel & retired for the night.