Jaisalmer, named after Maharawal Jaisal Singh is a small town in Rajasthan, and is dubbed ‘The Golden City’. It is located in the middle of the Thar Desert and is famous for the several temples and forts in and around the town. It gets its epithet from the yellow sand and sandstone that has been used used in the architecture of this area. It has a very rich Jain heritage, and there are many popular Jain temples in this town.
Places to Stay
Jaisalmer is a very popular tourist destination and thus has several good hotels. BRYS Fort Jaisalmer (Tariff – Rs. 5000), Chandra Nivas (Tariff – Rs. 1000) are some of the well known hotels.
The official language of Jaisalmer is Hindi. Rajasthani is also spoken by the locals.
The most important event of Jaisalmer is the Desert Festival which is held in January or February. The best time to visit Jaisalmer is early in the year due to the climate.
Places of Interest
There are several places to visit including Jaisalmer Fort, pilgrimage centres like Lodarva, Amarsagar and Pokharan, Gadsisar Lake, Desert National Park, Sam Sand Dunes, Lanela, Akal Wood Fossil Park and Desert Culture Centre and Museum.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Jaisalmer is at Jodhpur (300 km).
Jaisalmer has its own railway station, and The Palace on Wheels has a designated stop there. Trains from Jaisalmer Railway Station are connected to Delhi, Jodhpur and Jaipur among other destinations.
There are daily bus services to Jodhpur, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Bikaner. The most popular bus service is the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation. Private operators are also available. Get discount coupons for bus tickets to your favourite holiday destination by logging on to travel websites like Ticketgoose.com.
Palanpur is a city and a municipality of Banaskantha district in the state of Gujarat. It is 126 kms from state capital Gandhinagar towards south. The city is one of the largest cities in North Gujarat after Mehsana. Palanpur is known as "flower city" because of perfumes (Itar) available here. It is also known for its textile retail market and diamonds. A number of primary industries including dairy & marbles are situated in or around the city.
Places to Stay
Some of the budget hotels in Palanpur Cappal Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 400), Way Wait Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1300), Hotel Bilipatra (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Green Woods Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official language of Palanpur is Gujarati. People also speak Hindi.
Navratri (October), Diwali (October or November), Holi (March), Vasant Panchmi (January / February), Rakshbandhan (August) and Uttarayan (January) are the important festivals celebrated in Palanpur.
Places to Visit
Some of the places to visit are Balaram Palace (31 kms), The Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary (15 kms), Sun Temple (96 kms), Gayatri Temple (5.2 kms), Jain temples (1.2 kms), Ambaji temple located in Ambaji (55 kms) Kedarnath Mahadev Temple (32 kms) and Balaram Mahadev temple (14 kms).
How to Get There
The nearest international airport is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, Ahmedabad (142kms)
Abu Road Railway Station is nearest major railway station (53 kms) to Palanpur.
Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC), Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) and some private travel services have regular buses to Palanpur. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Sifat Tours & Travels, Soni Tours & Travels, Shreenath Travelers and Neeta Tours and Travels. Online bus booking site like Ticketgoose.com provides tickets with best deals.