Jaisalmer is effortlessly beautiful. Though I rest my case here :) but am going to write more ;)
Jaisalmer, also called the “Golden City” of India, is an enchanting and exotic little fort-town of Rajasthan. It is a city of culture, food, ancient sand castle forts, stunning Jain temples, pigeons, sand dunes, sun and camel!
What I especially loved was that it was so tiny that I could just walk around the whole city. Half of the city was actually inside the massive sandcastle fort of Jaisalmer!
We arrived in Jaisalmer late evening on 27th Dec, after a 5 hour long bus journey from Jodhpur. We reached quite tired after a rather rock ‘n’ roll bus ride & wished to retire in our hotel.
As soon as we de-boarded the bus the autowallahs literally jumped on us! We were suddenly surrounded by hundreds of them (I don’t know where they all came from … From inside the bus the bus junction looked quite deserted!). We were treated like celebrities, & I felt grateful for that, only that I did not enjoy the attention so much! One of the autowallahs actually picked up our bag & rushed with it towards his auto! We ran after him, with the rest of the autowallahs running behind us! It was bizarre! I haven’t described the scene too well I know, but it was a moment when I wanted to cry & also laugh!
So, anyways … we were practically ‘forced’ to sit in his auto. The driver told us that our hotel was only about 5 minutes away from the bus junction which made me very happy, only to realize later that everything in Jaisalmer was about 5 minutes away from wherever we were!
Our hotel – ‘Nirmal Haveli’ – was lovely. It actually looked like a haveli! & our room was beautifully lit up in colorful lights & the sunrays coming through the curtains gave varied colors to the room & its sandstone walls. We loved it – highly recommended to all travelers.