This is a picture from atop the fort in Jaisalmer, the Golden City of Rajasthan.
Today, Jaisalmer is a remote outpost in the desert and actually the last city in India before the desert and then the border with Pakistan. The original city was founded in the 12 century as a trade center along the busy caravan route to and from Afghanistan. The local yellow sandstone is spectacular, especially as the sun sets. It is an outstanding example of Rajastani stonemason’s art which appears as delicate as lace.
The mansions and palaces or Havelli, were built and owned by wealthy merchants who were competing for the most spectacular facade. The first floor was a warehouse or business and the family lived above. This was due to the continuous blowing sand which was a constant and uninvited guest.
The narrow streets of this old neighborhood retain the workmanship and charm of a time gone by. There seem to be more cows and pigs wondering around the windy streets of Jaisalmer than in previous cities. This increases the need to be keeping an eye where you are walking as well as trying not to miss the architecture and fine stone carvings. Winding through the narrow streets, the enormous fort is ever present guarding from above.
Just a tease about the fort and its imposing structure.. . . . . .
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