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Jaisalmer

 
Jaisalmer is an important ancient trading center and one of Rajasthan's most exotic and unusual towns.
 
Situated in the middle of the picturesque Thar Desert, the Jaisalmer city has a premiere position among the tourist attractions scattered all over the desert land of Rajasthan. Because of its strategic location on the camel trade routes Jaisalmer was once an important trading center and part of the Silk Route.The town stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone, crowned by a fort, which contains the palace and several ornate Jain temples. 
 
 
Many of the houses and temples are finely sculptured. Jaisalmer is sometimes called the "Golden City of India" because of the yellow sand and the yellow sandstone used as building material, which gives a yellowish-golden impression of the city and its surrounding area.

Jaisalmer Fort
is one of the city’s main tourist attractions. The original fort was built in 1156, making it the second oldest in Rajasthan. The fort was reinforced by later rulers and has 99 bastions, 92 of which were built between 1633 and 1647; its perimeter is protected by three walls. The lower wall is of solid stone blocks which reinforce the loose rubble of which Trikuta hill is composed. The second wall snakes around the fort, and between this and the third wall, the warriors hurled boiling oil and water, and massive round missiles on their unwitting enemies below. Wells within the fort still provide a regular source of water. Even today, you will find that nearly one fourth of the old city's population resides within the fort. It is fascinating to wander around this living fort. It is packed with houses, temples, handicraft shops and honeycombed with narrow, winding lanes, all of them paved in stone.

The Jaisalmer city is also known for its old mansions, better known as Havelis. Among many of them you will find Salim ji ki haveli and Nathmal ji ki haveli as the most striking. There are other monuments too, which are equally important because of their distinct and individual architecture. The amalgamation of ancient and the medieval era architecture is really unique.
The annual Desert Festival offers a breathtaking spectacle of camel shows, adventurous rides, folk dances, traditional songs and various competitions that virtually set the deserted land of Jaisalmer on fire. The festival exudes a delightful spirit and for three days the entire town is clustered with colorfully dressed people.
 
 
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