Jaisalmer’s first exceptional attribute is the dramatic fort perched on the hillside. Built in 1156 AD, it’s one of the largest forts in the world and the only one in India where people still live within its walls.
In the foreground, the small structures with pointed domes are chhatris, a structure that is commonly used in architecture and for building memorials.
Jaisalmer’s second exceptional attribute is that everything is made from yellow sandstone, and even new construction looks ancient.
The Jaisalmer Tourist Board is very serious about keeping local guides employed. Prem, being an out-of-towner, is not licensed to guide here. If any nonlocal guide or driver is seen guiding a tourist, he’ll immediately be arrested. Prem had to stay with the car while I explored the bazaar.
All the fortified towns have gates leading into the old inner city.