Jaisalmer fort and its many colourful edges.

 I promise this is not just another write up about the Jaisalmer Fort, I am writing this experience because this Fort surprised me like no other. This incredible golden structure is one of a kind and not just because of how beautiful the architecture is but also because it is one of the few living Forts in the world. Nearly one-fourth of the old city’s population still resides within the Fort. For the better part of its 800-year history, the Fort was the city of Jaisalmer. This is one of the reasons why it draws millions of tourists to its doorstep.

I can never forget my first impression of this building rising out of the flatland, “literally like a mirage in the desert.” As I entered the Fort, the colors began to jump out from all directions. From the vibrant saris of the local women to the colorful turbans of men against the gleaming fort walls was just WOW!!

Alleyways inside Jaisalmer fort is filled with spirited people going about their daily chores. It’s hard not to get infected by the spirit inside. I went on exploring the Fort on foot watching warm and friendly shopkeepers, happy local folk singers, walls covered with patchworked bedspreads, and the sun shining brightly on it. Also explored the beautiful Jain temple, prominent havelies (mansions) of the wealthy merchants from the 1800’s. Then I finally reached the edge of the Fort with the mesmerizing view of the whole city. Looked like many blocks of golden Lego were brought together and turned into something magnificent.

There are cafes, restaurants, boutique hotels inside the Fort for a wholesome experience. This picture is of a Cafe inside the Fort is just one of the corners amongst many such colorful edges.

This golden city of windmills filled my heart with so much joy. If this incredible Fort was not enough, I then went on for a camel ride into the desert. Enjoyed a beautiful sundowner, before returning to the camp and relishing dinner around an open campfire with live folk music and dancing. I wish my images did justice to what my senses actually experienced in this extraordinary city.

Fun fact – The Jaisalmer windmill park is India’s 2nd largest operational onshore windmill farm, and it is a sight to behold.

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