17 November 2009

Jaisalmer - the golden city

After pink and blue, our final coloured stop in Rajasthan is the golden sandstone city of Jaisalmer.

The town grew to prominence as an important link on the overland camel train routes between India and the Middle East. The wealth that this generated enabled the town's merchants to build some grand, elaborately carved havelis.

The town is dominated by the massive sandstone Jaisalmer Fort which looks like a giant sand castle sat on a hill in the middle of the city.

Inside the fort, which dates from the 12th century, it's a maze of narrow twisting streets full of the usual Indian hustle, bustle, bazaars, temples and cows.

I think we've seen enough forts now after the last few weeks!

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