Its like straight out of an Arabian Nights fable. The name Jaisalmer induces a dramatic picture of utter magic and brilliance of the desert. The hostile terrain not with standing the warmth and colour of people is simply over whelming. One of the main draws is the daunting 12th century Jaisalmer Fort. The beautiful havelis which were built by wealthy merchants of Jaisalmer are yet another interesting aspect of the desert city. And you can let your eyes caress the sloppy sand dunes while you ramble your way in a camel safari. The desert citadel is truly a golden fantasy in Thar Desert. Bhatti Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal, after whom the city finds its name, founded Jaisalmer in 1156.
In Medieval times, its prosperity was due to its location on the main trade route linking India to Egypt, Arabia, Persia, Africa and the West. The Bhatti Rajput rulers lined their coffer with gains from traditional taxes on passing by caravans and sometimes through illicit gains by rustling cattle.
Today, this is the only fort still in habited. Approximately 3000 people live within its walls. Unfortunately, it is listed as UNESCO's endanged list. With the locals, and tourist hotels, and restaurants are taking a toll on the poor fort. It wasn't built for all that water! The fort walls are in danger of crumbling, and the Indian government has tried to convince the locals to relocate. But to no avail - tourism is their business, but eventually tourism could be their undoing. Be a responsible traveller, and stay at one of the hotels outside the fort, and visit it instead of staying there