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Jaisalmer Fort

The next day on the train we still had a few hours of travel to do. The train stopped for people to get off and get a quick breakfast. I don't remember what it was called but it was some kind of fried chic pea falafel type thing with a hot chile in the middle.

Saw a cow and some goats by the train as well.
We all were standing talking and then the train blew the whistle to board. We started running to get closer to our car but the train started moving so we just hopped aboard. Fun!

When we finally arrived at Jaisalmer it was amazing! We are actually staying here for three days in a hotel called the Deepak Guest house which is actually part of the fort.

Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest forts in the world. It is situated in Jaisalmer city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It was built in 1156 AD by the Bhati Rajput ruler Rao Jaisal, from where it derives it name. The fort stands proudly amidst the golden stretches of the great Thar Desert, on Trikuta Hill, and has been the scene of many battles. Its massive yellow sandstone walls are a tawny lion color during the day, fading to honey-gold as the sun sets, thereby camouflaging the fort in the yellow desert. For this reason, it is also known as the "Golden Fort".This fort, popularly known as the 'Sonar quila' by the locals, is located in the very heart the city, and is one of the most breathtaking monuments in the locality.
Our Jeep and Rickshaws took us up these winding narrow roads to the hotel. I have a small video. We were all offered complementary chai, soda or water and were then taken to our room. we got a very lovely room

After we showered and settled in we had lunch on the rooftop deck and went for a city walk tour. It is so much quieter and friendlier than Delhi was. The people smile and say hello and even though many of them want your business they are really nice. You can look up and see the amazing craftsmen ship all around the inside of the fort. It feels safe to walk around here however you do need to watch for mopeds driving up and down the small ally streets. Oh and cows!!! I love seeing them everywhere here. Walking around, laying in the street just doing there thing not bothered at all by people or speeding mopeds honking their horns at them.
Next we took rickshaws to a place where I forget the name but it is outside the fort and it is where Hindu families can choose to take the ashes of their family members and then build structures almost like thumbs where the ashes are spread. You can also get a great view of the whole fort from a distance and watch the sun set. (In your mouth too)
That night we had a nice dinner at a rooftop restaurant and then went back to our rooftop bar at our hotel. The beer was colder there. We stayed up way too late with Monty and some of our other fellow travelers drinking beer and Dark Indian rum enjoying the really cool breeze and the awesome view of the town outside the fort.

Posted by Kelly Rose 11:06

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Everything looks amazing! So happy you both are having such a great time. The pictures look great! Can't wait to see more! Pet one of the cows for me!

by Kristy

You both look like you are truly enjoying yourselves. Great pictures and wonderful writing!

by Chris

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