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I arrived in the city early in the morning and by the time the sun was rising, I was already checked in to the hotel, drinking chai on the rooftop and taking sunrise photos of the fort. The distant vantage point of the fort proved to be the most flattering one. At the closer encounter, you mostly get to admire carpets and “pashmina” scarves displayed in the shops along its streets. Even the Palace was underwhelming. The only redeeming value inside the fort was the Jain Temple, but unfortunately, you couldn’t take photographs inside. At least I had a flashlight with me to illuminate the beautiful carvings, so even if I had the camera… I probably couldn’t do much with it in the dark.

More impressive than the fort and the palace were the havelis – residences of wealthy Jaisalmerians. In contrast to the fort, they were more intricately decorated and better preserved. Some are still inhabited (kind of like the Newport mansions), but others you can visit. The most impressive one is the Patwon ki Haveli, comprised of five different houses built by a wealthy merchant for his five sons and complete with the 19th century furniture and house wares.

Another interesting “attraction”, listed under the Eating section in the LP, is the government-run Bhang Shop, situated just outside the fort walls. It sells lassis, juice and cookies (regular and extra-strength). Even though the place never seemed busy, it was always, in the proper Indian fashion, fully staffed; customers never lingered for too long and if it was just one person running the shop, he or she would just be bored.

Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:Asia
Subcategory Detail:India
Keywords:fort, golden city, haveli

Jaisalmer fort at sunrise

Jaisalmer fort at sunrise

Sunrise

Sunrise

Sunrise

Sunrise

Jaisalmer fort at sunrise

Jaisalmer fort at sunrise

Jaisalmer fort

Jaisalmer fort

Bull in front of the Bhang Shop

Bull in front of the Bhang Shop

Right-rope walker

Right-rope walker

Jain Temple inside the fort

Jain Temple inside the fort

Canon balls display

Canon balls display

Fort walls

Fort walls

Wind turbines

Wind turbines

Come & Enjoy Bhang Shop

Come & Enjoy Bhang Shop

Fort at night

Fort at night