Our dry, dusty, desert adventure in Jaisalmer [video]

Jack enjoyed watching the elderly man playing his instrument Jack enjoyed watching the elderly man playing his instrument

What boy grows up not wanting to live in a fort? In Jaisalmer I got to live that little boy’s dream, although it was a slightly different experience to what I imagined growing up. Jaisalmer Fort has a large residential community living within it’s walls, running the shops, hotels, restaurants and tour operators running their businesses for tourists on a daily basis.

More of the charming alleyways in Jaisalmer Fort

More of the charming alleyways in Jaisalmer Fort

We stayed in a great little place called the Ganesh Guesthouse, and from there we explored the narrow, snaking alleyways within the fort, and begun our desert camelback odyssey. Outside the walls is the township of Jaisalmer, a dusty, dry, buzzing little town that has it’s interesting sites, but on the whole isn’t a special place to spend too much time.

A family we met at a gypsy village during our desert safari

A family we met at a gypsy village during our desert safari

What makes Jaisalmer so great is it’s so different to most other parts of India. It’s fascinating to be able to live within the fort, albeit for a short period of time, explore the desert on camelback, and roam the dirt streets of the town. It makes a nice change from the chaos that ensues in the big Indian cities, and while Jaisalmer might not be the prettiest place in the world, it makes up for it with it’s own unique character.

Click the link below to watch a video of our stay in Jaisalmer…

MUSIC: “Fractals” by Pinkle

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