Archive for April, 2018


Beauties of Jaisalmer Fort.

What attracted me most in the fort were the local women selling their wares sitting on the footpath and steps of the fort. They add lot of colour and make the surroundings lively with their presence. It is difficult to miss these lovely ladies.

Check my earlier post on Jaisalmer fort.

They deck up very well, wear vibrant colours with a vermilion in their hair parting; a symbol of married women among Hindu community, the head is also covered with bright cloth , quite matching to their whole costume.  They also wear heavy jewellery around their  neck,  head,  nose and anklets on legs.  With a bright smile they coax customers to buy from them.

 I was captivated by their charm and got permission from them to take a few pictures.

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Jaisalmer fort

Jaisalmer fort, also known as the golden fort  or Sonar Quila, stands tall in the centre of the town,  it was built in 1152 AD and  it was known as Jaisalmer city and later as population increased the settlements extended beyond the four walls.

This magnificent fort is the one of the very few ‘living forts” in the world with about 3000-4000 inhabitants. A walk through the fort is a must to understand the life and culture of the people  living here. There is always  a festive mood here, the shops and street sellers displaying   colourful trinkets, the walls and doorways of houses decorated with colourful festoons and cloth, Tourist and dwellers meandering through the narrow lanes , the local women in their colourful costumes trying to coax the people to buy their wares. It is really a beautiful experience.

The  wood work and stone carvings in each every inch of this fort will make one spellbound and it  is a something to be experienced.

There are also street singers to enthrall the  crowd and one can enjoy the same here.

Yet another extremely impressive thing here is there are many  Jain temples with exquisite sandstone and marble work. There are about 600 to 700 idols here and cameras are allowed with a small fee.

I will reserve the temple pictures for my next post.

Now just let me take you through the Golden fort. Enjoy a few moments within the fort.

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Jaisalmer is known as Golden city because of the yellowish sandstone available here and the whole town wears a golden yellowish tinge. The houses, temples, walls, forts,  pathways or name any construction, it  is built of yellow sandstone. The town lies in the middle  of Thar desert and  faces extreme temperature variations.

The town has beautiful forts and Jain temples which throws light into the life of the people here. Will take you to more places through my posts.

Enjoy a few pictures, and check for yourself why it is called a golden city.

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