Last weekend, I got the honour to visit Jaisalmer, aptly crowned as the golden city of India.
The miniature model above may give you a glimpse on the magnitude of the Jaisalmer fort. A city lives within the fort and around it. Such huge fort made from native golden sandstones.
The entire pillars of the fort are carved into designs that greets you the moment you turn in.
Even the windows are beautify crafted with designs that keep you hooked. Imagine how these walls may have glowed back in time during nights when the lamps lit the walls as human shadows passed behind them.
An ancient gun overlooking a window guarding the courtroom can be seen in above pic
Ancient armours are kept inside the rooms of the fort as exhibits for the visitors to speculate upon what weapons were used by Rajputs during their wars with other clans.
Above you can see British Rifles with really long barrels used for gunning down enemies from quite a distance. Rajputs were against using guns and most of their wars were fought without guns. However, with changing times and changing strategies they too adapted to the modern war tactics.
Bows and arrows along with swords, spears and short knives played a chief role in their weaponry systems.
Silver furniture, such as table and chairs were used in discussion rooms of the fort.
The side walls of the fort all beautifully crafted with art and designs. Wonder how the artisans would have climed these and spend hours behind carving the art on the sandstone with no room for error. We modern people refrain from even painting our home walls and hire a service. Imagine, this is a fort wall!
Check out the depth in this landscape view taken from the balcony on a room of the fort.