"Spectacular outpost" Jaisalmer by mallyak

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Jaisalmer, nicknamed "The Golden City", is a town in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The town stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone, crowned by a fort, which contains the palace and several ornate Jain temples. Many of the houses and temples are finely sculptured. It lies in the heart of the Thar Desert

Its like straight out of an Arabian Nights fable. The name Jaisalmer induces a dramatic picture of utter magic and brilliance of the desert. The hostile terrain not with standing the warmth and colour of people is simply over whelming. One of the main draws is the daunting 12th century Jaisalmer Fort. The beautiful havelis which were built by wealthy merchants of Jaisalmer are yet another interesting aspect of the desert city. And you can let your eyes caress the sloppy sand dunes while you ramble your way in a camel safari. The desert citadel is truly a golden fantasy in Thar Desert. Bhatti Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal, after whom the city finds its name, founded Jaisalmer in 1156. On advice of a local hermit Eesaal he chose the Tricut Hills as his new abode abandoning his vulnerable old fort at Luderwa just 16 kilometres northwest. In Medieval times, its prosperity was due to its location on the main trade route linking India to Egypt, Arabia, Persia, Africa and the West. The Bhatti Rajput rulers lined their coffer with gains from traditional taxes on passing by caravans and sometimes through illicit gains by rustling cattle.

  • Last visit to Jaisalmer: Mar 1995
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2009 at 3:34 PM

    Whoever carved this is a genius...I hope somebody can come over and carve some onto my house! I'm a fan of wood carvings...Norman :)

  • abi_maha's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2009 at 7:41 AM

    Cant seem to locate the moustache... :(

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Nov 3, 2008 at 8:07 AM

    OMG I don't believe that Moustache!!! Lovely page, Kashi-I want to go back to Jaisalmer,its a magic place.I saw the Havelis too. Great pics

  • norain's Profile Photo
    May 7, 2008 at 1:57 AM

    Lovely Jaisalmer!

  • goutammitra's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:23 AM

    I visited this in 80's but it has changed a lot then. Cell phones have come. I took that half day camel safari but now they have started charging very high. Ray has made a movie on Jaisalmeer Fort called " Sonal Kella" or Golden Castle!

  • Rupanworld's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    I am yet to visit here. But what's that Kashi. Everybody expects more tips from you. You describe so well. so, get to work, don't be lazy. Great pics & good tip

  • matt10gonzalez's Profile Photo
    Nov 30, 2007 at 9:21 PM

    WOw...I wanna go to Jaisalmer! I haven't been here yet. Add more Kashi! Haha! Add more! I wanna know what accomodation you stayed here too!


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