Vyas Chhatri

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Vyas Chhatri, Jaisalmer Overview

Vyas Chhatri is an assemblage of golden sandstones, which stands as an edifice of Rajasthani architecture. It was built in order to honour Sage Vyasa, who compiled the 300,000 verses of the epic Mahabharata. His cenotaph is situated on the north of the structure. It is popularly known as the city's sunset point as it gives a birds-eye view of Jaisalmer. Located inside a structure called Bada Bagh in Jaisalmer, it is one of the most identifiable landmarks of the desert city.

It is situated on the northwestern edge of the town within a Brahmin Cemetery; the burial grounds of kings managed by the Royal family of Jaisalmer. The carvings and the elevated dome-shaped pavilions are a sight to behold. This elegant architecture of golden-hued sandstone over which the meticulously done intricate carvings is an awe-inspiring vision. Vyas Chhatri is a scenic spot for visitors who'd love to catch a sunset in a desert among the golden sandstone structures.

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While the Chhatris were built as cenotaphs of the yore, they are silent sentinels of the desert. One can see the faint outline of the Jaisalmer Fort from these structures. One of the best places to witness a sunset over Jaisalmer, Vyas Chhatri is a popular place among the tourists and locals alike. The carvings on the sandstone cenotaphs are worth exploring for their intricacy and clean execution. It is also not uncommon to see local folk musicians exploring melodious tunes on their instrument

The best time to visit Vyas chhatri is the months between October and March which is the winter period. As Jaisalmer is located beside the Thar Desert, the temperature in the summer (March to June) soars high and it can mar your experience of travelling. The monsoon season between June and September is also not a good option as the temperature does not change and in addition, there are bouts of rain. So, you should plan your visit to the Vyas Chhatri between the winter seasons.

  • Air: The Jaisalmer Airport at the South Western corner of the town is the most convenient airhead to reach the Vyas Chhatri. It was made operational for passenger flights in 2017. It has regular connections with Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Surat and is less than 12 kilometers from the Vyas Chhatri.

  • Rail: Jaisalmer Railway Station is the nearest from the Vyas Chhatri, located at a distance of less than 4 kilometers. It is the end point of the Jodhpur-Jaisalmer line on the North Western Railway. You will get regular train service from Jaisalmer railway station to important Indian cities like Jodhpur, Jaipur, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.

  • Road: The Vyas Chhatri is located within the boundaries of the city of Jaisalmer, with the Thar Heritage Museum and the Government Museum present close to it. The famous sandstone made jaisalmer Fort is also a 2 kilometers drive from the Vyas Chhatri. You can book a taxi, take a bus or auto rickshaw in order to go to the Vyas Chhatri.


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