September 3rd, 2009 – by: jos-nijenhuis
At Gadisar lake
Today we start with a visit to the Gadisar Lake. This lake is a man made reservoir and was the only source of water for the Jaisalmer
city in the early days. I think after the Jaisalmer fort is it the most important attraction for tourist. The lake is surrounded by small temples. I just noticed that we should have walked around the lake, because the view from the other side to the fort must be spectacular. Too bad, a reason to come back someday. Around 10 we arrived at the famous Jaisalmer fort, also called: The golden fort! This fort is build in 1156 by the Bhatti rajput ruler Jaisala, and is build on the 80 meters high Trikuta hill. The fort has 99 bastions. It is a so called "living fort" because 25% of the citizens of Jaisalmer live inside the walls.
Inside you find a lot of houses, temples and handicraft shops. But the thing we liked is that there are no vehicles allowed here. There are a lot of guides there who will help you to explore the fort, but it is easy done on your own. So we walked inside and were looking for the Jain temples. Of course we had to take of our shoes and tourist like us could leave our shoes very close inside a store, hihi, why do they do that ? We have visited 3 of the Jain temples, and there should be 7 (? I didn't know) So after looking on a map I still don't know which we have visited. After this we found our shoes back and now they asked us to look around in his shop. Of course, that why they keep an eye on your shoes. But we didn't buy anything and we just walked through the small streets and looked at the poor people living there.
Woman asking for money
We found a nice spot a little bit higher and we had a great view over the city. They we continued bu just walking random streets and came to the other side of the fort were we found a canon and another great view over the city. But time flies and around 2pm our driver was ready to bring us back to the hotel, where we could have a cold drink and have some rest in this heat! But at 4pm we left again to visit another Jain temple in Laudrava, close to Jaisalmer. It looked not so big and interesting and we decided not to go inside. We just took a picture from behind a wall. We played a simple game with a few locals and then we drove back. We spend some time behind the computers at the Fifu guesthouse and were ready for the sunset watching from the top roof restaurant. We had diner there and spend some time with Fifu, one of the owners to explain how TravBuddy works. He liked it very much and he had already an account on TB (jaisalmer). He told us that he would write some reviews about Jaisalmer and the fort, with info from his father. THe last thing we did was writing cards to our family and friends, and we had a talk to 4 girls from Taiwan.