The city has an interesting legend associated with
it, according to which, lord Krishna- the head of Yadav
clan foretold Arjuna that a remote descendent of the
Yadav clan would build his kingdom atop the Trikuta
Hill, His prophecy was fulfilled in 1156 AD. When Rawal
Jaisal, a Bhatti Rajput abandoned his fort at Lodurva
and founded a new capital Jaisalmer, perched on the
Trikuta Hill Bhatti Rajputs of Jaisalmer were feudal
chief who lived off the forced levy on the caravans
laden with precious silks and spices that crossed the
territory enroute Delhi-or Sind. These seems to be straight
out of the "Tales of the Arabian Night 'still enchants.
The life within the citadel conjures
up images of medieval majesty visible in its narrow
lanes strewn with magnificent palaces, havelis, temples
and of course skilled artisans and ubiquitous camels.
The setting turn Jaisalmer into a beautiful golden brown
is a spectacular sight.
The perfect time to visit the golden city is during
the Desert Festival held in Jan/Feb. every year, when
the city reverberates to the sound of melodious tunes
and rhythms. Folk dances, exciting competitions and
contest, especially the turban-tying contest.
Mr. Desert contest and camel races enliven the festivals
colourful craft bazaars are set up for the occasion
and a sound and light spectacle is organized with folk
artistes performing against the splendid backdrop of
the famous sam sand dunes on the full moon night. Surely
a not-to-be-missed events.
Every house, here, is exquisitely carved, having filigreed
work all over. These houses date back to 12th - 15th
century. And hence Jaisalmer is called 'the Museum city'.