Exploring Jaisalmer and the beautiful "Golden" Jaisalmer fort.

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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.
Jaisalmer fort.
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.

Vlindeke says:
So true: Incredible India!
Posted on: Oct 19, 2009
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At Gadisar lake
At Gadisar lake
Jaisalmer fort.
Jaisalmer fort.
Woman asking for money
Woman asking for money
Jaisalmer fort
Jaisalmer fort
Pigeon, just outside our bedroom
Pigeon, just outside our bedroom
The Lake
The Lake
Entrance to Gadisar lake
Entrance to Gadisar lake
At Gadisar lake
At Gadisar lake
At Gadisar lake
At Gadisar lake
Gadisar lake
Gadisar lake
At Gadisar lake
At Gadisar lake
At Gadisar lake
At Gadisar lake
At Gadisar lake
At Gadisar lake
A lot of fish in Gadisar lake.
A lot of fish in Gadisar lake.
At Gadisar lake
At Gadisar lake
At Gadisar lake
At Gadisar lake
At Gadisar lake
At Gadisar lake
Jaisalmer fort.
Jaisalmer fort.
View over Jaisalmer
View over Jaisalmer
View over Jaisalmer
View over Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer fort. Where the local pe…
Jaisalmer fort. Where the local p…
Inside Jaisalmer fort.
Inside Jaisalmer fort.
Inside Jaisalmer fort.
Inside Jaisalmer fort.
Inside Jaisalmer fort.
Inside Jaisalmer fort.
Inside Jaisalmer fort.
Inside Jaisalmer fort.
Inside Jaisalmer fort.
Inside Jaisalmer fort.
View over Jaisalmer.
View over Jaisalmer.
Canon
Canon
View over Jaisalmer.
View over Jaisalmer.
Anna-Isabel
Anna-Isabel
Jaisalmer fort.
Jaisalmer fort.
Jaisalmer fort.
Jaisalmer fort.
Jaisalmer fort.
Jaisalmer fort.
Jaisalmer fort.
Jaisalmer fort.
Jaisalmer fort.
Jaisalmer fort.
Woman
Woman
Jaisalmer fort.
Jaisalmer fort.
Jaisalmer fort.
Jaisalmer fort.
Going to a Jain temple
Going to a Jain temple
a temple
a temple
The Temple
The Temple
Waving woman
Waving woman
Jaisalmer fort.
Jaisalmer fort.
Rooftop restaurant FIFU-guesthouse
Rooftop restaurant FIFU-guesthouse
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Watching the sunset
Anna-Isabel and Jitu, one of the o…
Anna-Isabel and Jitu, one of the …
Giving a present to the workers wh…
Giving a present to the workers w…
Anna-Isabel between the 2 workers …
Anna-Isabel between the 2 workers…
Anna-Isabel and Jitu
Anna-Isabel and Jitu
My postcards to all over the world.
My postcards to all over the world.
Jaisalmer
photo by: lrecht