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A Tryst with Royalty - Bikaner & Jaisalmer - Day 3 - Jaisalmer A Saga in Yellowstone


arid land and a train passing through
Train Hauling the goods in the Desert on the way to Jaisalmer


A Tryst with Royalty - Bikaner & Jaisalmer - Day 3 - Jaisalmer A saga in Yellowstone


इस पोस्ट को हिंदी में पढ़ने के लिए यहाँ क्लिक करें 

A Tryst with Royalty - Bikaner & Jaisalmer - Dash to the Golden City

                  After a beautiful evening at The Laxmi Niwas Palace, Bikaner, we did not want to leave Bikaner, but the life wants you to keep moving. Everybody got up when the alarm went off. We had already finished most of the packing the previous night. After a morning stroll at the gardens, we got ready and went for the breakfast. The breakfast spread, as usual, was good and we ended up overeating. Finally, we took some parting shots of the Hotel and left the hotel. 


Parting Shot at Laxmi Niwas Palace with The guard in full rajput attire and Moustache
Parting Shot at Laxmi Niwas Palace with The guard in full Rajput attire and Moustache 



Peacocks on the Parapet of the palace
Peacocks on the Parapet of the palace
           The early morning Peacocks were sitting on the Parapet of Palace and were posing as if they wanted them to be clicked more and more.    



Another one posing for the photograph
Another one posing for the photograph

                         Jyotsna wanted to experience the highways of Rajasthan, so she took the steering. Soon we were out of the city and cruising towards Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer is nearly 325 km from Bikaner. There is no big city till Jaisalmer. there are only some nondescript far-flung towns except one that is " Pokhran", where India conducted its nuclear tests. You feel proud when you drive through this town, where India took the step to become the nuclear power.  We drove non stop to  Jaisalmer except for some loo breaks. The road was more or less good except for some places, where some road widening work was going on. 

                         Driving in an arid area with straight roads for miles together is a different experience. The traffic is very less on these roads. Sometimes an occasional bus or a train passes you. It took us a little less than five hours to reach Jaisalmer. 
Board at the entrance of Jaisalmer. The fort is visible in the middle.
Board at the entrance of Jaisalmer. The Fort is visible in the middle.

                          A soon as we reached the Outskirts of Jaisalmer, the iconic spot of Jaisalmer Fort Jaisal is visible. Even in the month of March, it was hot. Soon we checked into the hotel. It was a normal budget hotel and we took a family room. Rooms were very neat and clean and the best part was a very effective air conditioning and the view of Fort Jaisal from the room.

                       After Checking in, and freshening up, we went out. For Jaisalmer, we did not have any concrete plan, but the list of places to be visited and did not know where to start. We started driving towards the Fort. First, we located a small restaurant for Lunch. Lunch was a simple Rajasthani Thali, a non-descript thali with nothing much to write about. Then we hired a guide for 02 days to take us through the iconic spots of Jaisalmer. Before we start exploring the city a brief history of Jaisalmer.



A Tryst with Royalty - Bikaner & Jaisalmer - The History of Golden city.

             Jaisalmer the western most part of India and the largest district of Rajasthan has a history of belief, bravery, treachery and bloodshed. Jaisalmer was established by Rawal Jaisal of Bhati Clan. Prince Jaisal was appointed the regent to his nephew after the death of his elder brother. But he dethroned his nephew to established himself as King. The capital of Bhatis at that time was Lodurva, 16 km from Jaisalmer. Jaisal was afraid of uprising from other princes and wanted a Capital which was less vulnerable. 

                               On advice from a hermit named Eesul, who lived in a cave in Trikuta Hills advised him to set up his capital at his place of hermitage. Centuries ago Lord Krishna had predicted that a descendent from his clan Chanravansh will rule from Trikuta. As Bhatis consider themselves Chandravanshis, this strengthened Jaisal's resolve to set up the capital at Trikuta Hill. He decided to set up his new capital at this place and built the fort on the Hill and established Jaisalmer. The Oracle had also warned him that this place will be ransacked twice.

                          Jaisalmer was on the spice route to Persia and Africa. So it flourished as it served as a stoppage for the caravans and the rulers imposed taxes on caravans passing through Jaisalmer. The first fall of the Fort was when Bhatis looted the caravan containing the royal Baggage. Infuriated with this, Allaudin Khilji Laid siege of the fort for nine years trying to starve out the Rajputs. When Bhatis 
felt that the defeat was imminent, the womenfolk performed Johar and men clad in Saffron and intoxicated with opium charged upon the enemy fighting valiantly and meeting the heroic end.

                     The second fall was after the raid on Sultan Ferozeshah's camp near Ajmer. Again the history repeated itself and the Johar was performed once again.

                              Tomorrow we explore this place with such a history.

A Tryst with Royalty - Bikaner and Jaisalmer - Day 1- Ludhiana to Bikaner
A Tryst with Royalty - Bikaner & Jaisalmer - Day 1 - Karni Mata Mandir
A tryst with Royalty - Bikaner and Jaisalmer - Day 1 - Camel Research Farm , Royal Cenotaps
A Tryst with Royalty - Bikaner & Jaisalmer - Day 2 - Laxmi Niwas Palace
A Tryst with Royalty - Bikaner & Jaisalmer - Day 2 - Junagarh Fort - Part 1

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