Jaisalmer – The Golden City of India (part1)

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 carved pillars
The carved pillars

The entire pillars of the fort are carved into designs that greets you the moment you turn in.

Me on the stairs of the fort
Me on the stairs of the fort
Windows of fort
Windows of fort

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.

A Watch Gun
A Watch Gun

An ancient gun overlooking a window guarding the courtroom can be seen in above pic

Different Types of Spears
Different Types of Spears

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.

British Rifles
British Rifles

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 arrow
Bows and arrow

Bows and arrows along with swords, spears and short knives played a chief role in their weaponry systems.

Ancient sculptures
Ancient sculptures
Silver furnitures
Silver furnitures

Silver furniture, such as table and chairs were used in discussion rooms of the fort.

Gallery on the terrace of the fort
Gallery on the terrace of the fort
Side walls of the fort
Side walls 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!

Landscape view
Landscape view

Check out the depth in this landscape view taken from the balcony on a room of the fort.

On of the arm of the fort
One of the arm of the fort
The flag of Rajputs on the top of the fort
The flag of Rajputs on the top of the fort
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The original purpose of this blog was promoting city cycling and popularizing urban green belt corridors, which it did for it's first one and a half year, since the year of it's launch - 2014. Now-a-days, that is, since the last two years, I haven't been city commuting on my bike, thanks to my city earning the world's most air polluted region title. And thanks to the redesigning of City roads, those are forked under construction since last six months, loosing a green cover of a whooping 9,100+ trees and the rising construction dust hazards. And lastly thanks to El nino of 2015 and El nina of 2016. I don't know if I have missed any other reason. The theme of the blog, hence, changed, into a bit of my own ramblings covering topics, such as - my travel blogging, Social issues in India, Climate change & biodiversity conservation.

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9 thoughts on “Jaisalmer – The Golden City of India (part1)”

    1. Hi saya! no, I was doing a relay trip and had only 6 hours to spend. While entering jaisalmer early morning (before the sun rise) same day, I got a glimpse that left me awe inspiring..I could see clear view of milky way arms up in the sky studded with series of vivid diamond-like stars..and much before the station could arive was the fort well-lit announcing its presence much ahead of arriving it.

      I plan jan/feb next year for a two-day tour of desert adventures in jaisalmer, partly because its desert festival period and I believe it would be fun riding camels in shivering winter evenings 🙂

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