Royal Weddings in Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer is an exotic and unusual destination wedding, for although built on the desert, this city with its golden sand dunes, exquisitely carved golden-yellow sandstone havelis, and warm colourful people is simply over whelming, and very inviting. Set against the backdrop of endless span of sand hills of all shapes and sizes, Jaisalmer city was founded by Raja Rawal Jaisal, a Bhatti Rajput ruler around 1156 A D. This golden city was an important ancient trading center, as it was strategically located on the camel trade routes, and presently is equally well-connected , making it a prime tourist destination.
Jaisalmer lies in the heart of the Thar Desert, and its rich cultural legacy is showcased through a number of ornate palaces and several finely sculptured Jain temples. Unlike other wedding destinations in the State of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer stands out because of its ancient and medieval era architecture in golden-yellow sandstone, leading to its other name, ‘The Golden City’. A visit to some of the popular attractions will leave you spellbound, and in no doubt that this is ‘The destination wedding’ for you!
Jaisalmer Fort and HavelisA fortress unlike others, the Jaisalmer fort, also known as Sonar Quila is an imposing 250 feet tall monumental structure, with a 30 feet crenellated sandstone high wall around it. The fort is built on Trikuta Hill. This alone should tell you, how guarded the locals were about their prized city. Within its fold, the fort’s high walls guard many havelis, temples, wells, and other heritage wonders. An important caravan en-route, the prosperity of the city is reflected through its architectural styles and designs.
Jaisalmer’s haveli served as the residence of rich and powerful Wazirs i.e. ministers and landlords. Slightly smaller than palaces, but nevertheless grand in riches, most havelis have been converted into luxury hotels. As a destination wedding, the city’s havelis offer an intimate environment.
Patwon-ki-Haveli is the largest and the most elaborate of Jaisalmer havelis. A collection of five smaller Havelis, Patwon-ki-Haveli is extensively carved with paintings and mirror work done on its walls. Another haveli, Salim Singh Ki Haveli was built by the Prime Minister Salim Singh in 1815. The haveli has a beautifully arched roof with carved brackets in the form of Peacocks. From its ornately done balconies, you can get a view of the colourful city.
Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli is a legacy of two architect brothers, who built each side; right and left completely in their own individual style, but yet managed to harmonize their architectural designs. The haveli’s inner walls are decorated with miniature style paintings and mirror work, and grand yellow sandstone carved tuskers stand guard to the haveli. The Tazia Tower was built by Muslim craftsmen as a gift to their royal patron. The five-tiered structure rises from Badal Mahal, and its balconies are exquisitely craved.
Although a Rajputana state, Jaisalmer city is known for its famous Jain temples, of which the most famous are the ones dedicated to Lord Shantinath and Lord Parshvanath. While here, do not forget to visit the Gadsisar Lake. Once here, you can enjoy the antics of the migratory birds. For an in-depth preview into the Rajasthani culture, visit the Desert Cultural center.
One of the reasons Jaisalmer is a prime destination wedding is the hospitality of its locals. Traditionally a city that extended a warm welcome to traders and travellers, Jaisalmer’s legacy of infusing its own lively spirit into its tourists is legendary.