Obviously we had to go visit the fort, which is one of the few living forts (still inhabited by a substantial number of people) remaining in India.
As with most other cities in the state of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer was also an independent Kingdom (Rajasthan means literally the place of Kings). This is the main Royal Palace of the fort. This is now a museum. Although he has lost all his formal powers, Jaisalmer still has a king (or Maharaja as they are usually called) but he doesn't live in the palace any more.
Atmospheric alleyway typical of the fort. Everywhere within the fort there are such small, narrow lanes.
View to one of the many great havelis of the city from the fort.
Susanna looking out at the Golden city relflected in her glasses.
Susanna listening to the sounds of an old kettle or stove (or something like that).
Sus playing basket with one of the local Fort boys.
Me, acting as a basket.
A lemon and seven chillies. You see this hanging many places all over India. It is meant to ward of evil spirits.
Since the fort is a living one it is filled with houses, shops and - as everywhere in India - temples. The most interesting is this complex of small Jain Temples with a very intimate, labyrinthine and slightly claustrophobic atmosphere. I loved it.
Play of the light on some carved Jain figures.
Just inside on the courtyards of the eight or so temples. Since the room was very tight, I could not capture this whole scene in one picture, so this image is actually stitched together from two different pictures. They don't line up a 100% but for my first try I think it worked out well enough.
The two images before being stitched together. Not quite the same impression of the place seeing them individually I think.
Another part of the Jain complex and another example of two images put together. This was an incredible miniature dome structure with the upper balcony almost reachable from the downstairs hall. But once again it was impossible to capture it in one image so I put two together. Since the images didn't match up complete I couldn't avoid the white space in the corner, but still quite happy with the result. I will experiment more with this in the future. I like the priest lying casually on the floor (Notice the idol bathed in cool blue light just above him) and the other priest leaning on the balcony railing above.
And again the two images that went together to create the one above. Again I think the composite image gives a much better impression of the place.