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
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