The magical and fairy-tale like city of Jaisalmer, in the North Indian province of Rajasthan, is like something from the One Thousand And One Nights. The construction of the mighty fortress and subsequent creation of the city under Rajputen monarch, Jaisal, took place in 1155.
Today, the strongly fortified Jaisalmer Fort is entered by a total of three mighty gates that date back to the 16th century. The impressive Jain sanctuaries within the palace were partly built in the 15th century before the golden age of the Jaisalmers. Four Jain sanctuaries lead almost directly into each other thus, at first sight, they look like a single large temple complex.
Beyond the city walls are many interesting sights. On one side the splendid Thar Desert and, on the other, the traces of the region’s former monarchy. Tombs and many magnificent kenotaphs, that are decorated mainly with heroic motifs, adorn the barren landscape.
Festively adorned camels are a reminder of the colorful era of the caravan trains that once traversed the Thar Desert and helped to create the city’s wealth.
Today, Jaisalmer continues to be a magical and mystical city and in the centre of the Thar Desert, the glittering dream of the One Thousand And One Nights is still very much alive!
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