The state of Rajasthan receives the highest number of tourists in India and the only reason I can think of is that it offers everything that tourists want to see when they come to the sub-continent. What are the images (the good ones) that come to you mind when you think of India. I would guess bright colors, a rich culture, overcrowded streets, grand palaces, exotic food to name a few. Rajasthan offers all of these and much more in a single platter and the town of Jaisalmer that we recently visited is one of most popular and rather exotic destinations. The desert safari that we took on the first day was simply spectacular and I hope you enjoyed reading about it in the last post Jaisalmer Day 1 : Desert Safari. The second day was all about exploring the city, do some shopping and of course explore the majestic Jaisalmer fort that stands in the middle.
Here I must quickly mention that before we went exploring the city and the fort the next day we visit the haunted village of Kuldhara, located just 20 Kms away. I will share our spooky experiences there in the next post but for now, let’s concentrate on the city fort.
They call it the “living fort” because people still reside within its walls. There are shops, restaurants and living quarters where people have lived for generations and I am sure the King never envisioned a time when there will be something called mobile towers right next to his queen’s palace. The labyrinth of cobbled streets and alleyways of the fort will take you to a different era and they are always packed with tourists but you can still go on your own little exploration, trying to find that little undiscovered spot. We tried and managed to find a restaurant on the very top of the fort from where you can get an excellent view of the Jaisalmer town below.
As I buried myself into a comfortable couch I could not help but wonder the engineering feat there people achieved hundreds of years ago when there were absolutely no machines. Today we have built skyscrapers that are more than 100 stories tall but still when we see architectures such as this we simply get awe-inspired. Perhaps we should have achieved much more had we progressed at the momentum that these people had set so long time ago. Going by that logic we have not done that well it seems. Anyways, It was a fantastic experience exploring the fort and I leave you with some amazing shots that we took. And yes, next is our appointment with the “unexplained.” Do keep an eye for that super exciting post.