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Jaisalmer Trip advisor for Rajasthan   2-3 days
Day 1
Started the day with a walk to the imposing Jaisalmer Fort. It is positively the most exotic fort that we have ever seen anywhere in the world and it was almost like stepping into the pages of Arabian Nights. Not just us ordinary mortals, it even inspired the legendary Indian film-director Satyajit Ray of international acclaim, to make a movie Sonar Kila (Golden Fort).

Built with local sandstone and without any mortar. the shifting sands of the desert cover the base of its 99 closely-spaced semi-circular bastions creating the fabulous illusion of a fort rising out of the desert.

We explored the still inhabited interiors of the fort - walking through the different lanes and bylanes and saw the Jain Temples, the Palace and the numerous curio shops.

After lunch, we explored the other parts of the beautiful Golden City of Jaisalmer. Sandstone is extremely fascinating - a tawny lion colour in the day, it turns into a magical honey-gold at sunset. Now, just visualize an entire city made with ONLY this stone and you would be able to understand why we were absolutely floored!
 
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Golden Fort - Jaisalmer - Click to enlarge
The semi-circular bastions of the breathtakingly beautiful Jaisalmer Fort provide the perfect
backdrop to the Tazia Tower. Click to enlarge.
It's as if a master-craftsman took one huge piece of sandstone and patiently carved out the entire city. Each and every building is built with yellow sand stone and is very exquisitely carved with intricate jaalis (latticed grilles). Amongst them, the Havelis (mansions) of Diwan Nathmalji, Salim Singh and of Patwa Brothers stand out as architectural masterpieces.
Jaalis - Jaisalmer - Click to enlarge
Jaipur
Jaisalmer Day 1 continued...
Rajasthan Diary
is a Fictional Travelogue of a couple's visit to
the vibrant,
colorful and
historic state of Rajasthan, India. Click on any of the links below to read the travellers notes.
Destinations
Ajmer & Pushkar
Bharatpur
Bikaner
Bundi
Chittaurgarh
Jaipur
Jaisalmer
Jodhpur
Kota
Mount Abu
Ranakpur
Ranthambhor
Shekhavati
Udaipur
Awards
People
Wildlife
Rural Bazaars
Music & Dance
Shopper's Paradise
Forts & Palaces
Fairs & Festivals
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