Vyas Chhatri


This atmospheric assemblage of golden sandstone chhatris (cenotaphs), in an old Brahmin memorial ground on a rise on the northwestern edge of town, forms a popular sunset point from which to view the fort. Enter from Ramgarh Rd opposite the Himmatgarh Palace Hotel.

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2. Nathmal-ki-Haveli

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3. Kothari’s Patwa-ki-Haveli Museum

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The biggest fish in the haveli (traditional, ornately decorated residence) pond is Patwa-ki-Haveli, which towers over a narrow lane, its intricate…

5. Laxmi Narayan Temple

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6. Jaisalmer Fort

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This small 16th-century Hindu temple inside the fort is devoted to Surya, the sun god.

8. Fort Palace Museum

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Towering over the fort’s main square, and partly built on top of the Hawa Pol (the fourth fort gate), is the former rulers’ elegant seven-storey palace…