Thursday, April 28, 2011

Maharajas & Me - Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer, the "Golden City", is located in the Thar Desert in the western part of Rajasthan and boasts one of the largest forts in the world.  The Jaisalmer Fort, built in 1156, is not just a tourist destination - people (about 1/4 of the total population of Jaisalmer) still work and live within it's walls.  Exploring the twisty alleys and crumbling ramparts of this living fort is fascinating, but overcrowding and constant use (by residents and tourists) means that Jaisalmer Fort is deteriorating rapidly

View of Jaisalmer Fort from the roof of our hotel
Inside the Fort
Crumbling ramparts
Cows and motorbikes vie for space in the narrow alleys
Jain Temple inside the Fort.
Fort resident

Shops line the alleyways

We bought a few paintings from this young, extremely soft-spoken artist
His brush was made out of squirrel tail hairs!

All of our photos from Jaisalmer (including the camel safari and camel festival) are available here.

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