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    Jaisalmer Fort-visit this Ancient Wonder

    by lynnehamman Updated Sep 12, 2009

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    Built in 1156 by the Rajput ruler Jaisala (after which the city is named) , the fort has 99 bastions and stands on the 80m high hill of Trikuta.The last siege at this fort was in 1541, when Humayun took control of it. Being on the trade route, it was of strategic importance.
    Its narrow lanes and alleys have many small shops, stalls and bazaars in them.
    Along with the beautiful old havelis, there are also magnificent 12th century onwards Jain temples , a Hindu temple and many restuarants and hotels.
    Most of the restuarants have fine views over the city, and are heavily frequented by locals and tourists. A perfect place to have a drink or a meal, and watch the sun set.
    This fort is the second largest fort in Rajasthan after Chittorgarh, and the only living fort in the world. Sadly- its infrastructure is in peril

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    Jaisalmar-Spectacular outpost

    by mallyak Updated May 7, 2007

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    Jasialmer is a peaceful town with a spectacular citadel and splended palaces and havellis made of yellow sandstone which are splended examples of rajasthani stone work and these bulidings from it sgolden age stand clusted around its magnificent fort..Explore the Fort and its surrounding havelis an dlook for Salims singhs haveli, Patwon ki Havelli.The entrance of most havellis is on a plinth raised high above street level to prevent the dessert sand from blowing into the rooms.the outer of the havellis are lined with intricately carved facades and retain their traditional ambience.
    From jaisalmer take a jeep trip to the sam village and a camel ride on the Great thar dessert.For the adventerous try out a dessert safari. touts will try to sell you one.

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    Brave a Bhang Lassi

    by lynnehamman Updated Nov 13, 2008

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    Bhang Shop-Jaisalmer

    Bhang Lassi is an intoxicating traditional yogurt-type drink which is laced with a liquid form of cannabis. There are many different flavours, of which the sweet type is more popular. Liquid yoghurt(lassi) with a kick!
    Bhang Lassi is legal in Rajasthan, and is sold at Goverment approved outlets.
    Used at various religious and celebratory occasions by many Indians, it is extremely popular with western tourists. The Bhang shop at Jaisalmer is always doing a busy trade.
    Feeling in need of a pick-up? Go have a Bhang Lassi.

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    Camel safari

    by munki Updated Mar 20, 2005

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    Camel treck


    I went on a 2 -days camel trek with 2 French girls, 2 porters and 4 camels. We took a jeep at the start of the trek and stopped in a temple and village before meeting the porters and the camels.
    I have to point out that the porters were great; they really worked very hard to make sure we had a good time. I've never ridden a camel before but they are used to people and very docile. The desert views are great, sleeping by the dunes is an unforgettable experience and being the guess of the porters gives you a great opportunity to experience the hard life in the desert.

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    Camel Ride at Sunset

    by lynnehamman Written Oct 3, 2008

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    After our Ride
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    The camels are very messy,snorting & spitting as they trot along, and they make a lot of funny noises(?) but the ride was such fun. The guide was always close by in case we needed him. We did not.Sunset is the very best time for this activity.........it was breathtaking. On the horizon, we could see other more camel-riders,silhouetted. And the quiet serenity of nature all around.
    After the ride, the fireside meal at the camp ( we had around 40 people seated in a circle) was served, and then the real fun began!!Whirling dervish dancers,beating drums & cymbals, and fire-dancing....but beware, the dancers love to drag anyone up,and take part. I could not keep up, needless to say. But it was fun trying anyway. We were the only western tourists present, and got special attention...not something we like, though. All in all,it was a wonderful afternoon & evening. We got taken back by jeep to our hotel at about 10.30pm,tired, dirty but exhilirated.

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    Fun in the Desert- The Desert Festival, Jaisalmer

    by lynnehamman Updated Apr 8, 2009

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    IMPRESSIVE TURBAN & MOUSTACHE- RAJASTHANI STYLE
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    Every year (around Jan-Feb) the Desert Festival is a huge attraction around Jaisalmer.
    This colourful event attracts tourists and locals- and is filled with colour, music, dancing and competitions of various catagories.

    Snake charmers, acrobats, and puppeteers will mesmerise you.

    Camels, the ships of the desert, play an important role, and the camel races are wildly cheered on by onlookers. There is also an exhibition of polo-played on the backs of camels,with their owners dressed in traditional Rajasthani costume.

    Rajasthani folk culture is also proudly displayed. Rajasthani men, with their impressive moustaches, and beautiful women dressed in bright costumes sing plaintive ballads ,while the musicians vie for superiority playing their traditional instruments.
    Turban tying competition, along with 'Most Impressive Moustache' is extremely amusing. .

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    Camel herders villages

    by munki Updated Mar 16, 2005

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    You will make lots of friends by exploring the local villages. The photo opportunities are endless. I advice to have a pocket full of coins, saying that don't feel pressurized to give money for a photo. Follow your instincts and be more generous with the right people (the ones who don't ask for it).

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    Oasis around Jaisalmer

    by munki Updated Mar 16, 2005

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    Thristy camel


    The camel 'Rocket' decided to have a drink while we were in the safari. This was the only time the camels drank water. They were allowed to taste some local vegetation in the evening (the porters tied their front legs together with a rope to make sure they didn't go too far). Their dinner was a mix of grains from a sack.

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    Gadi Sagar tank

    by munki Updated Mar 16, 2005

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    Wild Boar drinking


    This water reservoir is at the south east of the fort. It is a nice break from the busy and noise city. It has some interesting ghats and temples. I walked around the lake and came across some interesting local fauna.

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    Haveli Salim Singh

    by tremendopunto Written Aug 23, 2006

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    beautiful architecture
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    This magnificent Haveli is still in private hands. For a little entry fee you get shown around this incredible architecture and the complete history gets explained. This sandstone building is made in a Lego kind of style, which means you could take it apart completely and built it up again somewhere else. The main use of it was that on the roof and balcony the decorations could be removed quickly and thrown down on enemies at the gates :-)

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    Salim Sings haveli

    by mallyak Written Feb 13, 2008

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    Salim Singh Ki Haveli

    This haveli was built about 300 years ago and a part of it is still occupied. Salim Singh was the prime minister when Jaisalmer was the capital of the princely state and his mansion has a beautifully arched roof with superb carved brackets in the form of Peacocks. The mansion is just below the hill and it is said that once it had two additional wooden storeys in an attempt to make it as high as the maharaja's palace, but the maharaja had the upper storey torn down.

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    Patwon-Ji-Ki-Haveli

    by mallyak Written Feb 13, 2008

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    This is one of the largest and most elaborate Haveli in Jaisalmer and stands in a narrow lane. It is five storeys high and is extensively carved. It is divided into six apartments, two owned by archaeological Survey of India, two by families who operate craft-shops and two private homes. There are remnants of paintings on some of the inside walls as well as some mirror work

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    The Golden Fort

    by Waxbag Updated Jun 28, 2007

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    Golden Fort of Jasailmer
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    My guidebook describes Jaisalmer as "a place that should exist only in the imagination." And this afternoon we found out why. As the day got on and the sun got lower we reluctantly left the cool of our fan for the Golden Fort. As we approached the walls and bastions from the dusty streets, we slowly started to get an idea of how large the fort is. But once we stopped through the First Fort Gate we were awed. Between the outside wall and inner wall is a large paved courtyard. The inner wall is massive with several bastions and towers from which boiling oil and missiles would fire down on any enemy that breeched the outer wall. Through the 40-foot Surya Gate you come to a 180-degree turn that leads through the equally thick Ganesha Gate. The paved ramp continued through the Hawa gate with the Maharajas Raj Mahal palace above. Winding streets lead through to houses, temples, shops, restaurants, and little boutiques. Its’ one of the only living forts in the world as over 300 families, one quarter of the city’s populations lives inside the fort. The fort has 99 bastions (lucky number?) that snake around the lower walls. Like Mehangarh Fort in Jodhpur, Jaisalmer’s Golden Fort was built in 1156 and maintained by fiercely independent rulers who accrued enormous amounts of wealth through imposing heavy levies on caravans passing through their territory. They made huge expenditures to create opulent palaces and impenetrable fortresses to protect them.

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    Desert Camping

    by abi_maha Written Jan 9, 2009

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    Sam dunes are some 40 odd kms away from the Jaisalmer city, as we had come from Jodhpur by car we drove straight to the Rajasthan Desert Safari camp for our desert experience. As soon as we arrived we were served some piping hot tea- most welcome as the camp was really cold what with a steady gust of wind blowing all the time! Quickly we got out our jackets and headed for the camel safari. We found out our camel's name was Bablu Bhai, who quickly dispensed us of our romantic ideas of a camel ride. Camels are all about snorts and farts really!! :O After a nice bumpy ride to the desert the guuy who owned the camel started regaling us with stories of how the camp owner hardly pays him enough and so expected some cash from us. This was the only irritating experience of this desert safari. We gave him some cash and asked him to please leave us in peace as we settled down on a nice dune ready to catch the sunset!
    The sunset was beautiful however the pesty camel owner was back to take us to the camp. All the way he kept telling us he was expectig more money, however this time round we told him to just talk to the camp owner if he were not happy with his remuneration as we had already paid the same a heady amount for this experience.Once back, they had lined up a series of rajasthani dance and music performances some of which were truly fantastic!! As women danced with fire, coal and various other items neatly balanced on their head we watched dumbstruck. Truly amazing to be able to watch people who were so talented. We had our buffet dinner and settled by the bonfire till late in the night.

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    Patwon Ji ki Haveli

    by abi_maha Written Jan 9, 2009

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    The Haveli
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    This is one of the largest and most elaborate Haveli in Jaisalmer and stands in a narrow lane. It is five storeys high and is extensively carved. It is divided into six apartments, two owned by archaeological Survey of India, two by families who operate craft-shops and two private homes. There are remnants of paintings on some of the inside walls as well as some mirror work. The intricate work on the walls of the Haveli are absolutely out of this world!! You can see a lot of this replicated in many houses across the city.
    patwa was a wealthy merchant who had many trading centres from China to Afghanistan. His haveli is truly an embodiment of his wealth and sucess!! The 5 storeyed building with it's myriad chambers are definitely worth a trip across the country!

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