Jaisalmer sits on an expanse of history that has been carefully recorded by the bards of Rajasthan from the 12th century, when Rawal Jaisal of the Bhati Rajput clan built this 'golden' citadel in 1156 AD.
It is closest to the India-Pakistan border and stands in the heart of the Thar Desert. Jaisalmer being an important town on the prosperous trade routes of the Great Thar Desert, hosting caravans into India, some of them plying the subsidiary routes of the great Silk Road, connecting China and Asia to the capitals of Europe. Over the centuries, the fortunes of Jaisalmer have risen and fallen thanks to the geo-politics of the region and, of course, emergence of newer trading routes. The rise in sea trade, especially during the British Era, lent a crippling blow to Jaisalmer.
There are many touristic places in Jaisalmer like, Gadi Sagar Lake, Kuldhara Abandoned Village, Jaisalmer Fort, Bada Bagh, Jaisalmer War Museum, Desert National Park, Vyas Chhatri, Mandir Palace, Jain Temple, Camel ride at Sand Dunes, Nathmal Ki Haveli, Patwaon Ki Haveli and Salim Singh Haveli.