Travel Blogs from Jaisalmer
Once again our driver couldn't get all the way to our hotel because of narrow streets, so we switched to a tuk-tuk just outside the gate to Jaisalmer Fort, the old city of Jaisalmer. Even then we had to walk the last bit, getting to the Victoria Hotel just as the sun was setting. The hotel is actually part of the city wall, so our room was within …
... was bliss. I'm serious, the fort at Jaisalmer can only be described as a massive sandcastle! But thankfully, without the sand. The ninety-nine bastions, that encircle the fort's twisting lanes, look just like someone has perfectly upended their bucket of wet sand (which is harder to do than you'd think) right in the middle of Jaisalmer's sandy plains. It's hard not to be enchanted by this desert citadel, and we're staying inside it! Beneath ...
... The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away"
--- Percy Bysshe Shelley
... was formerly the main water supply for the city. Bordering the lakeside were several small shrines, temples and ghats, as well as the imposing Tilon-ki-Pol gate at it's entrance.
... is the high presence of the military here, we are only 150 Ks from the Pakistan border, there were trucks with a lot of men in them and some serious looking big guns being towed around too. Our arrival into Jaislemer at lunch time was really nice they call this city the Golden City because most of the buildings are made from a golden sandstone. The hotel we are staying in is very nice and not too old, we enjoyed a lovely lunch (as usual a traditional ...