Golden Fort Jaisalmer – Photo Essay In and Around the ‘Sonar ka kila’

India, Photography, Rajasthan

This is a photo story from inside and around the Golden Fort Jaisalmer.

I love everything about the Golden Fort Jaisalmer – it’s history, architecture, heritage, people, home-shops and restaurants with the ‘bloody good‘ views they promise.

This photo essay of the Golden Fort Jaisalmer is to highlight the non touristy local life in and around the ‘Sonar ka kila‘ as it is fondly called by the Rajasthanis.

local herders making hay while the sun shine somewhere around the golden fort Jaisalmer

Origin of the phrase – Making hay while the sun shines ! 

local people outside the golden fort jaisalmer

Local man outside the Golden Fort in Jaisalmer – Substance Abuse is common among Rajasthani men from the Govt. Approved Bhang to the secret ‘Dodda’ trade.

Old Vespa scooter inside jaisalmer fortVintage Scooter inside Jaisalmer Fort – Can you tell if it’s a Vespa or a Bajaj?

jaisalmer fort rajasthan massage on love bed for travelers

Locals stay inside the Jaisalmer Fort premises and use parts of their houses for commercial activities. The 12 year old boy in the picture above, offers “MASSAGE ON HIS LOVE BED!

panoramic view of jaisalmer city from inside jaisalmer fort

Jaisalmer City Panoramas from one of the cannon viewpoints in Fort Jaisalmer.

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Jaisalmer Fort Jain Temple – Interestingly, there is no Jain population in Jaisalmer.

jaisalmer fort architecture seen at Jain Temple inside the Golden Fort

The architecture and intricate carving on a section of the Jain Temple in Jaisalmer.

canon at Jaisalmer Golden fort

The cannon at one of the cannon points inside sonar fort Jaisalmer.

scooter vespa broken down inside jaisalmer fort

Always brings back memories, Remember the famous ad, Hamara Bajaj? Always makes me nostalgic.

local religious people on the streets of Jaisalmer City

A perfect congregation on the streets of Jaisalmer

inside of a tuk tuk or auto rickshaw in Jaisalmer

Tuk Tuk in Jaisalmer – ATITHI DEVO BHAVAH. “Come as Tourist, Go as a Friend.”

Little boy looking out of a window of a hindu temple in Jaisalmer

Little boy looking out of a window of a hindu temple in Jaisalmer.

contrasting pictures taken at the lake in Jaisalmer - one depicts religion and the other alcohol

Taken at Gadisar Sagar Lake – This picture sums up India, doesn’t it? The old vs the New. 

rooftop views of jaisalmer city

You will get great views from most of the roof top restaurants in the Jaisalmer Fort. Don’t expect too much from food, the Cold Coffee sucks, Just go for the view ! 

peepal leaves inside Golden Fort Jaisalmer

Peepal tree leaves inside Jaisalmer Fort. Budhha is said to have attained nirvana below a peepal tree in Bodhgaya.

clothes drying inside jaisalmer fort rajasthan

On the Inside – Jaisalmer fort of full of tourists in the season but only when you’re game to explore the place its worst time, will it reveal some inside stories !

details and carvings on the cannon inside Jaisalmer Fort

The stately Cannons inside Jaisalmer Fort.

local food in jaisalmer mirchi

Mirch, a Rajasthani staple – Chillies of all shapes and sizes are used to make Pakoras, Pickles, added to Dal or just had on the side. 

view of gadisar sagar lake from a rajasthani jharokha

A Jharokha (Windows used in Rajputana and Rajasthani Architecture) overlooking the Gadisar Lake, also called the Gadsisar Lake.

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My Couchsurfing friend at Gadisar Lake.

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On the other side of Gadisar Lake.

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Vintage Collector’s Delight – An antique and silver Jewellery shop at the main market, just outside the Jaisalmer Fort. It sells everything from gems, vintage locks to cameras.

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      • Hi Prem!Happy to read from you! I have already tetexd to Jitendra. We did also have a short talk, but very bad connection: Sorry Jitendra, did not understand much unfortunately I have also sent the higher resolution pics from Jaipur to Jitendra by email, I will forward them to you!We arrived in Jaisalmer very well, though a lot of night driving was required. But the clutch worked until the very end! (look at the blog post )Just today we arrived back in Germany. I’m a bit exhausted now. But trying to get back to work StephanBTW: Here is a rough translation of what Prem wrote: Hello Jan and Stephen,How are you.Has the Riksha from Jaipur to Jaiselmer achieved after repair in Jaipur.Do you remember me from Jaipur?We helped you with the repair in Jaipur by my brother.Tell how it turned out.Greetings,Prem

  • Hi, great shots and nicely summarized.
    Couple of things which I would like to add. The lapku (locals acting like pseudo guides chasing cars and harassing tourists) culture is destroying tourism like any thing. Most of the local vendors are against it as well.
    Also, the mythical stories of magical healing power of habur limestone is something you force yourself to believe.

    No doubts, the best time to explore the city is I’m the off season.

    Cheers.

    • @Mohsin
      That might be true, however I did not encounter the lapkus. The thhing with tourism in India is that with the advent of its boom and the money that is bringing in into the small towns, all the locals want a slice of it but are unaware of working towards it in an ethical manner. It’s sad but like other things in India, this is an evil that will take time to sort out.

      Again, I travel with locals and with like a local so no one tried to convince me about the healing powers of the limestone. However, they sold little pieces of limestone saying that it can be used to make yogurt. That’s a little hard to believe too but I did try it, and surprisingly it works !

    • That might be true, however I did not encounter the lapkus. The thhing with tourism in India is that with the advent of its boom and the money that is bringing in into the small towns, all the locals want a slice of it but are unaware of working towards it in an ethical manner. It’s sad but like other things in India, this is an evil that will take time to sort out.

      Again, I travel with locals and with like a local so no one tried to convince me about the healing powers of the limestone. However, they sold little pieces of limestone saying that it can be used to make yogurt. That’s a little hard to believe too but I did try it, and surprisingly it works !

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