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Jaisalmer Travel Guide

JAISALMER - Jaisalmer is named after its founder Maharawal Jaisal Singh, a Rajput king.

Jaisalmer means "the Hill Fort of Jaisal" and is sometimes called the "Golden City of India" because the yellow sandstone used in every architecture of the city gives a yellowish-golden tinge to the city and its surrounding area. Situated in the middle of the vast Thar Desert, it is crowned by a commanding fort etched in yellow sandstone, with all its awesome splendor, dominating the amber-hued city. The fort actually functions as intended and is still the site of an entire living area, home to a quarter of the city's population.

Jaisalmer still retains its medieval charm, which is evident in its colorful narrow streets, splendid forts and palaces, opulent havelis, and bazaars. The beautiful Havelis which were built by wealthy merchants of Jaisalmer are yet another interesting aspect of the desert city.