Trailing through Jaisalmer
When I entered the Jaisalmer Fort, it was a huge welcome with sunshine, birds
Still most of the times I could roam around the streets within the fort as the narrow lanes were washed with specs of rains and over casted sky up with heaps of colourful clothes down. Nature and the city played the contrasting roles of a drama of which I was a surprised visitor.
Starting from the location of my Zostel (about which I am soon going to write my reviews and experiences), to the roads around the famous Havelis, all the by lanes had a similar strong characteristics of being as narrow as the enormous old havelis built with interlocking architecture swiftly tucked by the sides.
Even the doors are colorful and well-designed perfectly complimenting the yellowish structures around. Most of the houses had pictures of God/ Goddesses painted over the walls outside with a peculiar custom of writing names of brides and grooms for a wedding. It seemed to me that this method is being used to broadcast the happening of a marriage in a family and saving the cost of inviting the neighbors.
You will also find many of the oldest Havelis have need turned to museums where one can find cultural artifacts. Baa-ri-Haveli (literally translated would mean Grandma’s House) is one such 450-years old cultural museum, where you need to pay a nominal entrance fee. This goes to the maintenance of the museum and the artifacts kept within.
Where to walk around:
- Jaisalmer Fort area (around the Jain Temple and the Old Canon View Point)
- Roads leading to Patwon ki Haveli and Nathmal ji k Haveli from the Sadar Bazaar Area
Glimpses of the Lanes:
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