Jaisalmer War Museum | Desert camp in Jodhpur

The Jaisalmer War Museum, popularly known as JWM is dedicated to the war heroes of our nation. The memorable establishment was ideated under Lieutenant General Bobby Mathews and was developed by the Indian Army’s Dessert Corps. It is a memorial to demonstrate the immense strength of Indian soldiers, their contributions, and sacrifices in times of war. You can plan a day trip to Jaisalmer while staying at Manvar desert camp in Jodhpur and visit the war museum.

Jaisalmer was chosen for the development of the museum as it has suffered a long stretch of wars and battles including the Battle of Longewala in 1971. The museum holds many collections from the wars and was opened for people in the year 2015 on the golden jubilee of the India-Pakistan War. War equipment, armor, vehicles, and more can be found in the museum.

The Jaisalmer Museum has also dedicated a wall for all Param Vir and Maha Vir Chakra holders. An Audio-Visual room, Indian Army Hall, and the Laungewale Hall are present inside the museum. A Hunter Aircraft that contributed tremendously to destroying the enemy tank in the battle of Longewala is a major attraction. Displays of Indian Armies’ strategies during the India Pakistan War in 1971 in the museum are also interesting pieces to watch. There’s a souvenir shop and cafe in the Museum.

History of Jaisalmer War Museum:

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Lieutenant General Bobby Mathews had the idea of creating a museum as a tribute for the war heroes of the Longewala Battle in 1971. The Jaisalmer War Museum by the Indian military’s Desert Corps is the result of the same idea. The museum was constructed particularly in Jaisalmer’s desert land because of the fact that it is one of the most war-affected regions of India.

Apart from the Battle of Longewala, the army civilization and culture in this area is quite extravagant and hence, Jaisalmer certainly deserved an honor like this. Just a two-hour drive from Manvar Desert camp in Jodhpur, the Jaisalmer War Museum is a must-visit to pay homage to the rich heritage of the Indian Army.

Although the museum was created and furnished under Lieutenant General Bobby Mathews, it was Lieutenant General Ashok Singh who finally opened the museum for the general public.

Exhibit at the Museum:

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There are a number of exhibits and displays at the Jaisalmer War Museum that clearly allow the visitors to encapsulate the distinctions of our war heroes. One of the major attractions of the place is the display of the Hunger aircraft that was successfully able to take down enemy tanks in the war against Pakistan. The two display rooms Laungewale Hall and Military Hall showcase images of various skills and tactics used by the great militants to win over a number of battles.

The Audiovisual room also dictates a number of stories about India’s war heroes and their esteem contributions. Fighter jets, guns, many types of equipment, weapons, vehicles used by the military are also a part of the display at the museum that truly exhibits the glory of India’s greatest war heroes.

Laungewala Hall:

The Laungewala Hall showcases the progression of the Battle of Laungewala as it took place on the night of 4 December 1971and Indian Army operations on Eastern and Western Sectors during the 1971 Indo-Pak War. The 106mm RCL Gun is displayed in the Central Foyer that had an important role in stopping the initial armor assault during the battle

Indian Army Hall:

The Indian Army Hall showcases the wars fought in 1947-48, 1965, and 1999 (Kargil). The Hall displays arms and ammunition captured and equipment used during wars by the Indian Army. Various facets of the role of the Indian Army in national development, disaster relief, and aid to civil authorities are well documented in the Indian Army Hall.

Rajasthan has a 1070 km-long border with Pakistan which makes the state very sensitive and prone to war. While staying at Manvar desert camp in Jodhpur, you can also experience witnessing an international border.

Notes:

The museum is open all year round and there is no entry fee. The museum screens a short documentary for which there is an entry fee. There is a cafeteria on the premises. A large free parking area is also available.