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Jaisalmer is a former medieval trading center and princely state in Rajasthan, in the heart of the Thar Desert.

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Known as the “Golden City,” it’s distinguished by its yellow sandstone architecture.

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Dominating the skyline is Jaisalmer Fort, one of the largest fortifications in the world.

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Sunrise at Gadsisar Sagar Lake in Jaisalmer, which…

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…contrary to the popular belief,  is not an oasis…

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…but a water conservation tank…

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…made around 1400 A.D. by the then maharaja of Jaisalmer, Maharwal Gadsi Singh.

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Women in Jaisalmer Fort

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Men in Rajasthani Turbans enjoying afternoon tea.

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The Rajasthani Turban has a special place in the ritualistic life of the people. Called Safa, Paaga or pagri, it is a piece of cloth averagely nine metres
long. You could often get to know the region, caste and religion of the man, through the style of the turban worn.

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Kuldhara, near Jaisalmer, is a village, which has been abandoned since early 1800s and is believed to carry a curse of the residents who migrated
elsewhere. Salim Singh, the minister of the state, once visiting this village, fell for a young beautiful girl and wanted to get married to her.
The minister threatened the villagers that if they did not marry the girl to him, he would levy huge taxes. The chief of the village decided to abandon
Kuldhara and migrate elsewhere as against marrying the girl to Salim Singh.

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Man in Kuldhara playing a morsing, a wind percussion instrument, mainly used in Rajasthan, in South India and in Sindh (Pakistan).

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Boy and camel in the Thar desert