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Abhimanyu Rathore

Abhimanyu Rathore

To Hospitality and Tourism01/06/2015

the 13th century, Jaisalmer escaped direct Turkic conquest due to its geographical situation in the desert region. The Rawals of Jaisalmer agreed to pay an annual tribute to the Turkic Sultans of Delhi. The first siege of Jaisalmer occurred during the reign of Alauddin Khilji, the Turkic Sultan of Delhi. It was provoked by Bhatis' raid on a caravan filled with treasure. According to local ballads, the Bhatis defended the fort for seven years until the enemy army forces breached the ramparts. Bhatis, facing certain defeat, proclaimed the rite of jauhar. Later, Sultan Ferozshah also besieged Jaisalmer after the rulers of Jaisalmer raided his camp at Anasagar lake near Ajmer. The siege led to another jauhar. Jaitsimha's son Duda perished in the attack. Duda's descendants ruled over Jaisalmer for about two centuries. Duda's descendant Lunakarna had a fight with Humayun when the latter passed through Jaisalmer en route to Ajmer.

Princely Jaisalmer[edit]

Main article: Jaisalmer State

Flag of the princely state of Jaisalmer

Facade of a mansion in Jaisalmer

Royal Cenotaphs at Bada Bagh, Jaisalmer

Sand Dunes Camels
On the eve of British Raj in India, Jaisalmer was subservient to the Marathas,[4] until it came under the protection of the British East India Company following the British victory in the Third Anglo-Maratha War. In 1818, the Rawals of Jaisalmer signed a treaty with the British, which protected Jaisalmer from invasion provided it was not the aggressor and guaranteed the royal succession. Jaisalmer was one of the last states to sign a treaty with the British. During the British Raj, Jaisalmer was the seat of a princely state of the same name, ruled by the Bhati clan of Rajputs. The present descendant is Brijraj Singh.

Traditionally, the main source of income was the levies on the caravans. However, the glory of Jaisalmer faded when Bombay emerged as a port and the sea trade replaced the traditional land routes. The partition of India in 1947 lead to closing of all the trade routes on the Indo-Pak border and rendered Jaisalmer a drought-prone desert backwater on the international border. Ironically, skirmishes between India and Pakistan gave Jaisalmer a strategic importance and made it serviceable as an army supply depot. Later, the Rajasthan Canal served to revive the surrounding desert areas. Roads and railroads were then built, knitting the hitherto remote town with the rest of Rajasthan. Later, the Government of Rajasthan decided to promote Jaisalmer as a tourist destination.

Abhimanyu Rathore
  1. Abhimanyu Rathore
    04/06/2015 #4Abhimanyu Rathore
    jaisalmer is biggest tourist destination. in jaisalmer First living fort in world where 300families are living.
  2. arun ar
    03/06/2015 #3arun ar
  3. Jessica Robinson
    03/06/2015 #2Jessica Robinson
    Really beautiful!
  4. Jennifer Martin
    03/06/2015 #1Jennifer Martin
    Wow, it sounds good! Thank you for telling us about it :)