From Jodhpur we went as far West as possible without entering Pakistan to Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer is known as the Golden City because of the yellow sand of the Thar Desert that surrounds it and the yellow sandstone of all the buildings there. You can stay in Jaisalmer Fort but we stayed outside the city, only a 5 minute drive away. The fort is an endangered monument and the water that pumps through the city, around the fort, is causing it to self-destruct. In some small way I thought not staying in the fort was a good idea.
Jaisalmer was founded in the 12th century and served as a stop for trade caravans. Now tourism is its main source of revenue. There are plenty of camel and desert treks you can take. There’s even a festival in January and February. We opted out of the camel rides and stuck to exploring the city.
The city is a magnificent thing appearing out of the desert unexpectedly. Cars are not allowed within the city which is all the better so you can explore the city mindlessly. The best part of the fort was discovering the silversmiths Hari Om. They have a small store just as you exit the fort but also another within the city. Their work is amazing. I purchased two rings. One with a Ganesha and suns and the other with Om symbols all around. Unfortunately I lost the Om ring in the underground cistern in Istanbul.
There were several beautiful havelis too like the one at the beginning of this post.
From Jaisalmer it was on to Bikaner!