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Jaisalmer War Museum, Jaisalmer Overview

Jaisalmer War Museum was established in the military station in order to honour the soldiers of the 'Battle of Longewala' that was fought in the year 1971. It embraces the bravery and sacrifices of the Indian Army. It was inaugurated and opened for public viewing on 24 August 2015. It took place on the day of Golden Jubilee commemoration of the India-Pakistan war in 1965. The museum popularly known as JWM, houses two information display halls, an audio-visual room and a souvenir shop. It also has an Honour wall that has engraved the names of gallantry award winners of the Param Vir Chakra and Maha Vir Chakra. Along with tanks, guns and military vehicles, the display has a repertoire of trophies and vintage equipment. 

The place also includes murals of soldiers who lost their lives during the war and the weapons used for the same. The audio-visual room screens the movie about the battle in which Major Kuldip Singh Chandpuri, a recipient of Maha Vir Chakra gives a detailed account of the soldiers who fought the war. Located 2 hours away from Jaisalmer, on the Jaisalmer-Jodhpur highway, the memorial is a salute to Indian Army.

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History of the Museum

The idea of establishing the Jaisalmer War Museum was conceived by an Army Officer, Lieutenant General Bobby Mathews to showcase the military history of India, its wartime experiences and the sacrifices made by the Indian Army. Because Jaisalmer has a rich military tradition and has witnessed a number of historic battles in the past, the city was chosen to build the war museum. A flat barren piece of land in the Jaisalmer Military Station was finalized for the museum and under the guidance of Lieutenant General Bobby Mathews, the structure was constructed. In August 2015, Lieutenant General Ashok Singh, the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Southern Command dedicated the Jaisalmer War Museum to the country.  

Exhibit at the Museum

Jaisalmer War Museum has an impressive collection of exhibits which include weapons, vehicles and other equipment from several battles and wars that the country had fought. There are photographs displaying the genesis of the Indian Army, Indian Army Cycle Warriors of World War I, exhibits of Siachen Warriors and a model of an Artillery Gun Team from Operation Vijay. In the outdoor area, war equipment including fighter jets, Indian Army tanks and tanks captured from enemies can also be seen. The museum also houses an audio-visual hall where information about the battlefields, the warriors and the training can also be seen.

There are two main halls in the Jaisalmer War Museum. The first if the Loungewala Hall and the second is the Indian Army Hall. The exhibits from the Battle of Loungewala (1971) can be seen at the Laungewala Hall along with the displays of other Indian Operations like the Indo-Pak War of 1971 fought on the Western and the Eastern Sectors. The central foyer of this hall also has the 106mm RCL Gun on display. This gun was very helpful in stopping the initial armour assault during the battle. The Indian Army Hall has exhibits of 1948, 1965, and 1999 wars. Along with the equipment, the artefacts also provide information about disaster relief, aid to the public and national development.

How To Reach Jaisalmer War Museum

Jaisalmer War Museum is located near Jaisalmer Jodhpur Highway in Thaiyat, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. From the city centre, it is located about 13.5 kilometres to the north-east and there are two routes that lead to the museum (via NH 11 and via Ramgarh Bypass – NH 11). For outstation tourists, the Jaisalmer Bus Station is 11 kilometres away, the Jaisalmer is 10.5 kilometres away and the Jaisalmer Airport is about 20 kilometres away from the War Museum. They can commute by auto rickshaws, local buses, private cabs or government-operated cabs to reach the museum.

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kiran kakadiya 12 months ago
Its amazing place to visit our history of soldiers. Also it is maintained and running by soldiers and selling some good products as well, so please do visit this place once. If any one have contact information of it, I need it to buy something from its store.

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