"Jaisalmer - Enchanting, Magical, Mystical" State of Rajasthan Things to Do Tip by phadke2001

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  Jaisalmer Fort -Boulders sit on ramparts for enemy
by phadke2001

Jaisalmer is a city that should exist only in your imagination. One look and you know time has stood still from the medieval age. As you enter the panoramic view of Jaisalmer Fort takes your breath away. Magnificient or magical -its difficult to decide. One thing is certain, once you have seen it, you will never forget it. It has the same effect on you as the Pyramids. Thrusting towards the heavens, the fort has stood on top of the trikuta hill, watching the city for a millenium. It was built in 1156 by Maharawal Jaisal completely out of local yellow sandstone as a show of strength of the clan ruling the city. A city that was a strategic junction on the silk route and thus a prosperous hub for silks, spices, opium & host of other goods passing from east to west. The fort casts its spell on you whether you are seeing it from atop Salam Singh's Haveli at dawn, trying to navigate your way thru its labyrinthine streets or watching its beautifully lit 99 ramparts at night.
It is perhaps the only living fort in the world with 4000 people calling it home. This of-course puts a lot of pressure on the fort infrastructure and has led to the collapes of one of the ramparts. The resident population, both human and bovine dont help in keeping the fort clean and one wonders if it would be better if the fort were vacated and maintained as a monument like Mehrangarh. But then that would certainly destroy the magic that is Jaisalmer Fort.
The fort is visible from all parts of the city but there are places & times from where it appears more magical and offers fantastic photo ops. Go to Salam Singh Haveli in the early morning. Do not miss a fabulous view from the sunset point. Photo equipment-
SLR or Digital Camera. A zoom lens with reasonable wide & telephoto capabilities (28-300mm) Some filters - polariser, starburst, soft focus, yellow, split colour. A good tripod for night shots. A good bag to protect your equipment and a jacket for easy access to filters.

Address: You dont need an address.
Directions: Entry to the fort is from the First Fort Gate also known as Ganesh Prol since it is adorned by a small idol of Ganesh. Its best to walk to the fort from where ever you are in the city. Walking in this old city is half the fun of visiting it.

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  • Updated Jan 17, 2004
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