Photoblog: The Desert City of Jaisalmer, India

Posted on August 19, 2010 by

Poised at the edge of the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is blanketed in golden-brown sand, evocative of Arabian tales and legends. The town itself is a wonder: Studded with stone forts and palaces that resemble sand castles, the enchanting city is one of Rajasthan’s secret gems. Its sandstone ramparts, tanned to a honeycomb color by the setting sun of Rajasthan, have given Jaisalmer its reputation as the “Golden City”.Jailsamer fort from the city

From the lakeside city of Udaipur, we head further north, deeper into the heart of Rajasthan. This region is known for its strong adherence to traditions of the past – man wearing colorful turbans, women in bright saris, cows roaming its streets. That’s precisely what makes Rajasthan such a compelling place to visit.

Jaisalmer Fort

Rising above the city of Jaisalmer is the golden-brown sandstone fort. From the fort, you can get a gorgeous panorama of the compact town and the surrounding Thar Desert. Jaisalmer’s skyline is packed with square sandstone housing and sharp towers of Hindu temples.

Peeking through windows of the Jaisalmer Fort 

Jaisalmer Foirt from above

Embellished with latticed balconies, peacock-shaped windows and mosaic tiles, the fort resembles a lavish palace more than a battle ground. The old Maharajas’ (kings) sleeping area, throne and jewelry are all on display.

Latticed windows and balconies of Jaisalmer Fort

Jain Temples

Within the fort itself lies several Hindu and Jain temples, each dedicated to a different god. Admire the intricate carvings or give offerings to the shrines built within. While traveling in India, I have stumbled upon temples of distinctive background, beliefs and practices. Amongst them, the Jain temples in Jaisalmer are some of the most unique I’ve seen.

Jain temples jutting out of the Jsailmer skyline

 

Jain temple in Jaisalmer

Lavish Havelis

Mansions built centuries ago have long lost their shine, but today, these havelis still stand strong, offering visitors a rare glimpse into the region’s prosperous past. The havelis’ intricately-carved exterior, elaborate latticed patios and beautiful fountains are evident to yesteryear’s glory.

Mansions, also known as havelis, in Jaisalmer

A fountan in the lavish haveli

Streets and People of Jaisalmer

Backdropped by the ubiquitous sandstone, the streets of Jaisalmer are beautifully livened up by colors.  The bright red, purple, orange saris and turbans that Rajasthani people adorn contrast immaculately against a blanket of yellow.

Multi-colored traditional costumes against the sandy brown backdrop

A street hawker in downtown Jaisalmer

 A mother-son pair in downtown Jaisalmer

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About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is the co-founder of WildJunket. As a professional travel writer with a special interest in offgrid destinations and adventure travel, she scours through the world in search for a slice of undiscovered paradise. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Guatemala, swam with sealions in the Galapagos and built a school in Tanzania.

25 Responses to “Photoblog: The Desert City of Jaisalmer, India”

  1. Yogi August 19, 2010 9:55 pm #

    Great article. I'm taking part in a charity Rickshaw Race at the beginning of next year and the start location is Jaisalmer. We finish in Kerala 2 weeks later. Man it's gonna be one hell of a journey…

    • Nellie August 23, 2010 5:13 pm #

      Wow a Rickshaw Race sounds very interesting! I can imagine it to be pretty rough. Good luck with that, and we\’ll definitely cheer you on!

      • Yogi October 27, 2010 6:36 pm #

        Oh yeah it's definitely gonna be rough. But that's part of the adventure :-)

  2. Marina K. Villatoro August 19, 2010 11:08 pm #

    Not just the palaces resemble to sand castles, the whole city looks as if it was made out of sand. I loved all those pictures but specially the one with the fountain.

  3. grace July 8, 2011 3:31 am #

    a beautiful castle. interesting assessed in terms of culture or history

    • Kanchana November 23, 2012 2:48 am #

      Ohh love all of those!! Pretty knobs make such a difference. We have a rllaey ugly piece of furniture that I\’ve had for ages and I just recently switched out the knobs and voila not gorgeous, but much, much better

  4. Jean July 15, 2011 2:42 am #

    The city as if, pigments itself with the golden yellow color of the loose sands and sturdy rocks. A saunter at the main market selling colorful dress materials, bedspreads, woolens, stone-carvings, ornaments, located right below the hill or walk on the lanes near Amar Sagar gate calls forth great charm.

    “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca
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    • Joel November 23, 2012 1:09 am #

      Congratulations on your first year. I’ve just today discovered your blog, menotined on Chromasia, and I’m glad to have stumbled over. You’ve some magnificent work, in regards to both composition and processing. Some interesting subject matter as well. I look forward to stopping in daily from here out to see what you’ve got to offer.

  5. Jean July 15, 2011 2:42 am #

    The city as if, pigments itself with the golden yellow color of the loose sands and sturdy rocks. A saunter at the main market selling colorful dress materials, bedspreads, woolens, stone-carvings, ornaments, located right below the hill or walk on the lanes near Amar Sagar gate calls forth great charm.

    “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca
    Travel Job

  6. Matt August 19, 2011 12:21 am #

    That place looks amazing. It just got added to my wishlist.

  7. Angela August 19, 2011 1:13 am #

    I so loved Jaisalmer, my favorite city in the Rajasthan. My first time in India, I so miss it :)

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  12. Nellie August 23, 2010 5:06 pm #

    Thanks Andi! Jaisalmer is my favorite place in India, esp its fort setting and honey color.

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