The sand fort of Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer Travel Blog

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We spent two nights in this furthest big city in the far west of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer. Practically we are in the middle of desert. The most visible thing here is the fort, which seems to be a big sand castle when you have the first look on it from the bus. This city is only 100 kilometres from the Pakistan border and that’s why Indian army has lots of troops in this area.

In this place I think you can find the most aggressive sellers. Everybody tries to sell you something or asks you for money. I believe the Muslim population has an effect on this.


We are in the Thar Desert. But desert doesn’t mean always dunes, here there’s a flat, stony land where, atop an isolated sand and rock hill was founded the old Jaisalmer fort, where inside lived all the population of the small town.
Water was the most important treasure, it was recycled four-five times before be used for irrigation, until nowadays, when the long Indira Ghandi channel started to bring fresh Himalaya water from hundreds of kilometres. Now the city has expanded around the fort, there is a constant army presence and the mass of tourists pollutes the few sand dunes forty km outside the city.

Jaisalmer is a nice place where to stay, no industries, no other towns around for several kilometres, maybe it’s quiet compared to other cities here, but as tourism is the only economic input, everyone is sooooooo pushy! Normally hotel guys try to catch us when we get off from the bus, but here they came up ten minutes before the stop to promote their places. And also the desert wasn’t desert at all: every step we were asked to have a camel ride, we couldn’t lay on the dunes without millions of children trying to sell soft drinks, dancing and singing.

No hope for this country.

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