Jaisalmer, the "Golden" city
Trip Start Feb 07, 2008
17Trip End Mar 31, 2008
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Where I stayed
Palace Hights (hotel name is as it appears on outside sign)
In the eastern most part of the state of Rajasthan (close to the Pakistan border)
Population = 60,000
Founded in 1156, Jaisalmer's strategic position on the camel-train routes between India and Central Asia brought it great wealth. The townspeople and merchants built great mansions exquisitely carved from wood and sandstone (the art of carving wood and sandstone is still alive today as you can see in our pictures). The rise in the importance of shipping and the port of Mumbai resulted in Jaisalmer's decline along with other factors such as water shortages and cutting of the trade routes through Pakistan.
Bordering the Great Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is a giant sandcastle with a town attached, an emblem of honor in a land of rough and tumble
Jaisalmer is known as the "golden city" because everyone uses natural gold colored sandstone to build houses, monuments, and other buildings. When the stone is polished, it shines like the amber gemstone. Most outside walls of buildings are not polished but you can still see the golden hue of the stone.
Sights that we saw:
3 famous Havelis owned by the royal family and still run by the descendents of the family.