Jaisalmer Fort – castles in the air

Jaisalmer is dominated by its fort. It’s often likened to a giant sandcastle rising from the precipitous rock face. When you see it, you can see why.

The fort is part of the old city, walled in by nearly a hundred bastions. There are several Jain temples in there and a royal palace too.

The fort and camel safaris are the main attractions apart from the golden sandstone town itself. Understandably it’s become a commercial centre for tourists. There are restaurants and shops selling clothes, ornaments, leather goods, and dazzling embroideries in the fort.

No amount of commercialism, however, diminishes the fort at the heart of what is called the Golden City.

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