India 2016 (part IX): Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan:

shops in the alleys of Jaisalmer Fort

shops in the alleys of Jaisalmer Fort

After my return from southern India, I stayed in Jaipur for two weeks and worked. I only left the city again on the 9th of March, when I joined a student field trip to Jaisalmer in westernmost Rajasthan.

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Jaisalmer is famous for its magnificent fort, but for us it served mainly as an overnight stop. We spent most of the coming four days doing research in the countryside. Close to the Thar Desert and the border to Pakistan, the climate is very dry and the landscape comparatively barren.

I had visited Jaisalmer already in January 2014, but one afternoon we returned early from field work and I took my chance to enter the old town again. Jaisalmer Fort was built in 1156 and occupies a prominent position on Trikuta Hill in the middle of the city. It is a wonderful feeling to stroll through the alleys of this UNESCO World Heritage Site – particularly since they are too narrow for motorized traffic! Especially fantastic are the intricate carvings in the building stones of many houses and temples!

Another evening we drove to Sam approximately 42 km west of Jaisalmer. The area is famous for its large sand dunes and consequently visited by many tourists to enjoy the scenery as well as camel rides or culture shows there. Even though the hustle and bustle of the visitors can become a little much at times, it is still a good and easily reached place to see the Thar Desert.

After four days working in the countryside around Jaisalmer, we had to endure the long drive back to Jaipur. Following another two weeks of work in Rajasthan’s capital, I already departed again for my next adventure… click here!

6 responses to “India 2016 (part IX): Jaisalmer

  1. What an excellent adventure you took us on, Matthias. Thanks so much for your extensive gallery of photos outlining this area of India. The architecture and carvings are so lovely, the wildlife (love the lizard) and lifestyle are fascinating. Your travels are impressive.

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