Golden City

by Julia Laporte March. 04, 2019 395 views

Jaisalmer is an old fort nestled on a hilltop in the western state of Rajasthan. Its nickname “Golden City” stems from its yellow sandstone architecture and, situated in the heart of the Thar desert, it historically was a main trading post along the Silk Road. In the present, it is a charming place to visit and a nice change to many big cities in India with a population of only around 70’000 inhabitants.

Barabagh (meaning “Big Garden”) is situated just a few kilometers outside the city and houses the cenotaphs of past rulers and other royal family members. It is definitely worth a visit due to its beautiful and intricate stone carvings.

The entrance to the Jaisalmer Fort

The entrance to the Jaisalmer Fort

In the Jaisalmer Fort

In the Jaisalmer Fort

View from the Fort Palace Museum

View from the Fort Palace Museum

My husband in the streets of the Jaisalmer Fort

My husband in the streets of the Jaisalmer Fort

View from the Fort Palace Museum

View from the Fort Palace Museum

Beautiful stone carvings in the Jaisalmer Fort

Beautiful stone carvings in the Jaisalmer Fort

My husband in the streets of the Jaisalmer Fort

My husband in the streets of the Jaisalmer Fort

View from the Fort Palace Museum

View from the Fort Palace Museum

My husband in the streets of the Jaisalmer Fort

My husband in the streets of the Jaisalmer Fort

In the Jaisalmer Fort

In the Jaisalmer Fort

My husband in the streets of the Jaisalmer Fort

My husband in the streets of the Jaisalmer Fort

In the Jaisalmer Fort

In the Jaisalmer Fort

My husband in the streets of the Jaisalmer Fort

My husband in the streets of the Jaisalmer Fort

In the Jaisalmer Fort

In the Jaisalmer Fort

Barabagh; My husband and a ten-minute-guide on the left hand side

Barabagh; My husband and a ten-minute-guide on the left hand side

Barabagh

Barabagh

Barabagh

Barabagh

My husband exploring Barabagh

My husband exploring Barabagh

Barabagh

Barabagh

Barabagh

Barabagh

Barabagh

Barabagh

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Andi Saw 2 years, 2 months ago

Not sure if in #11 there are blankets or rugs, but it was really inspiring for a blanket I want to crochet! 
THANK YOU blue heart

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Julia Laporte Replied to Andi Saw 2 years, 2 months ago

I think they were bed covers for the most part but can used for decoration as well. You’re welcome! smile

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Greg Blaney 2 years, 2 months ago

This looks like a very spellbinding place. The architecture is like nothing we see at home (depending on where you live, of course) and it's surprisingly non-crowded. In photo #15 you mention a ten-minute-guide. Is that a literal description (i.e.: you only get the guide for 10 minutes) or is there another meaning? Great pictures, btw.

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Julia Laporte Replied to Greg Blaney 2 years, 2 months ago

We were pleasantly surprised by how few people there were in Jaisalmer and especially at Barabagh (only after we’d been there for about half an hour and had seen maybe ten other people a big bus with tourists arrived). The comment in #15 is literal; we didn’t want a full tour and basically just asked for the basic information to be able to appreciate the site and then have time on our own to just wander around and enjoy. We have had experiences in the past of lengthy and rather dull tours so we’re always a bit wary of with regards to tours offered. smile

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