Jaisalmer - jewel of the Thar desert
Founded in the 12th century by Maharawal Jaisal of the Bhatti Rajput clan, Jaisalmer is a remote outpost in the Thar desert in Rajasthan. Its strategic location on the busy caravan trade route to Afghanistan and Central Asia made it a flourishing trade centre. The city is famous for its fort, known as the Golden Fortress, and other splendid buildings made of local yellow limestone. The fort is today a threatened structure, mainly due to seepage of water from the pipes used by numerous hotels and modern houses inside it.
Photos: SHAYAK RAYCHAUDHURI
Shayak Raychaudhuri is a Kolkata-based photographer and devotes most of his time to travelling and teaching photography through workshops. He loves to travel and experience the rich cultural heritage and diversity of India. Follow him on Facebook