Pushkar is far behind us now. Yesterday, we drove 500km across the Thar Desert, to beautiful Jaisalmer, a medieval fort town in the north-westernmost corner of Rajasthan, just below the border with Pakistan, that was once a major halting point along the trade routes between India and the rest of Asia.
Build almost entirely from the local yellow sandstone, Jaisalmer is famous for its lavishly carved mansions – havelis – a reminder of the wealth accumulated by the town’s merchants through taxation of silk, spices and precious stones that used to be carried across the desert on camelback.
Jaisalmer’s modern-day inhabitants are a cheerful lot, who carry out their daily routine undisturbed by tourism and appear to be always ready to laugh. Here, two women chat on the doorstep of their haveli. The warm colour of the sandstone in which most of the town’s buildings are constructed, is what gives Jaisalmer its title of “Golden City”.
Day 9 of our Pushkar Fair Photography Expedition 2014