Our previous host refers us to his brother’s guesthouse in Jaisalmer, so when we arrive at 5 am at the station, his jeep is ready to take us there. He is a cheerful person, born and raised in a small village in the Thar desert.
By 6:30 am the heat starts to be noticeable and we need to leave the hotel’s rooftop, which has great views of the golden-color fort above the city. Another great defensive Rajput structure, the Jaisalmer fort lies lower than its Jodhpur’s cousin at 63 m high and is surrounded by a town with numerous yellow sandstone havelis (old houses built by merchants) that are still inhabited nowadays. The importance of water is stressed in the explanations of the audio guide during our visit, and it’s no wonder the fort has well-thought systems of canals that recycled the scarce rain water to refresh the temperature inside it. It seems, though, that tourism, the current increasing population in Jaisalmer and the construction of roads and other infrastructures are endangering them and don’t work as well now, and the fort is starting to crumble.
The views from the upper level are great, with many Jain temples looming above the horizon, and with a homogeneus yellow sand color that extends for many kilometers. But the heat is too much and we can’t stay outside for long.
The fort is full of other galleries with expositions, ther is one with big and well crafted Gangaur idol. Also, before going out of the fort, there is a jewelry crafter who creates amazingly detailed rings and and trinkets. He shows us his work expecting us to buy some, we really think about it but at the end we just take pictures. This is budget travel after all!