Hotel Monsoon Palace

On Fort, Vyasa Para, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, 345001, India
Hotel Monsoon Palace
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Travel Tips for Jaisalmer

Morning walk with the camels

by herzog63

Every morning we would have to walk the camels before riding them. We were told it was to get the camels stretched out and warmed up. It made sense to me and actually I enjoyed the walk in the morning. It gave MY legs a chance to get stretched out too as we didn't do any hiking, and sitting on the camel for several hours per day isn't the most comfortable thing to do!! LOL

kuldhara abandoned village

by mantru

As per our guide the story of this village is during the ministership of Salim singh,Salim singh once visiting this village his eyes fell on this young girl and wanted to get married,she was a Paliwal Brahmin , he went to her father and asked her hand in marriage and gave them the ultimatum to decide with in aweek,the villagers were not satisfied with the offer so one night 80 odd villages were abandoned overnight no body has any clue where they went.. i do not know whether this story is fact or fiction but there is one more info on these villagers..
History of Paliwal brahmins: Paliwals, originally Brahmins, were native inhabitants of Pali a small kingdom in the Thar desert .Sometime in 13th century, due to the meddling of the King of Pali into their everyday affairs and his atrocities, they migrated to a Village called Kuldhara in Jaisalmer. This is the first time when they were called Paliwal. Here they settled into 84 villages around the town of Jaisalmer.Paliwals were very benevolent people with a strong sense of community. Over a period, with the help of each other and collective trading practices with external traders, Paliwals prospered again. Their prosperity became famous and that caused them to become targets of Mughal invasions.Paliwals bravely fought off most of these invasions until the last one sometime in 18th century. It is not clear who the invader was but the day was Raksha-bandhan. A large number of paliwals were martyred. The war went on for days. On the last day, this Mughal invader ordered to put animal carcasses into all the wells which Paliwals used to get their water from. This caused this staunch religious Brahmin community to migrate from these villages. Overnight, they left the villages of Kuldhara and moved to other places. They also seemed to have left a curse on the village. The fear of which, stops the locals from venturing near these villages even till date.


by Willettsworld

After visiting the Parshvanath Temple at Lodurva, our driver took us to this little desert village called Chhatrel where he lived and where he was picking up his sister from and dropping her off at some wedding ceremony elsewhere. We wandered around the village which was split into two parts based on the Hindu and Muslim religions. The village featured traditional homes made out of mud and dung and topped with sticks as well as houses made out of more western/conventional materials such as bricks and concrete. This is what I had hoped to see whilst in India and I loved seeing how they were built as well as meeting the families who lived in them.

Great location

by Willettsworld about 8 July Restaurant

This restaurant has been run by an Australian since 1963 and they have things like vegemite on the menu! Came here for breakfast which was pretty good and it's got a great view from a high balcony over the main square in the fort. You can watch the local cows get in the way as well as the daily goings on within the fort.

Walkaround inside Jaisalmer Fort

by satchmo1963

You have to go through formidable gates before you hit the main centre of activities inside the fort of Jaisalmer. In sequence, these are named Akshay Prole, Ganesh Prole, Suraj Prole and Hawa Prole. The way each of the gates are placed in the overall structure is quite scientific (from the point of view of their functionality in thwarting raiders). After you cross one gate, you get a clear run of maximum 50 metres before encountering a hairpin bend. Tackling this bend, you immediately hit the next gate. The rationale behind such placement was that the enemy raiders would never acquire the requisite momentum to charge the fort because of these bends, compounded with the solid structure of the gates.

Walking on the cobble-stoned narrow lanes inside the fort is an experience by itself. Almost all houses that you see around you bear intricate carvings on sandstones amidst the jharokas. One such sample is appended.

Exquisite carvings on several temples in the fort are also noteworthy. One, specifically, dedicated to Jain tirthankaras, built around 700 years ago, is jaw-dropping.


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