Jaisalmer, the Golden City • Rajasthan, India

Immerse yourself in the heart of the "City of Gold", Jaisalmer, in Rajasthan, in northern India. Lose yourself in its narrow streets to the melodies of a talented street musician, and admire the skill of a young tightrope walker at the foot of the majestic fort. Soak up the peaceful atmosphere of Lake Gadisar. In a video of less than 14 minutes, discover this city with a thousand facets, witness to a rich and fascinating history. An enriching visual experience, complemented by detailed historical explanations on our page. A unique and unforgettable trip to the heart of Rajasthan awaits you. Wait no more, experience Jaisalmer like never before.

This film was made on the basis of photos and videos taken during the trip India • Rajasthan and Varanasi (EN)

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00:38 • Gadisar lake

02:06 • street musician, sarangi player

05:58 • Jain temple

08:58 • a young artist

10:18 • Jaisalmer fort



The city of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan in northern India was founded in 1156 by Maharawal Jaisal Singh, who gave it its name. Located in the Thar Desert, on one of the Silk Roads, Jaisalmer derived much of its wealth from taxes on caravans transporting their goods from the Far East to Turkey and the Arabian Peninsula. The sand color of the houses has earned it the nickname "city of gold".

Jaisalmer was the capital of a state that bore the same name, a residue of the Bhati Empire which spanned part of Afghanistan, Pakistan and northern India.

The creation and development of the port of Bombay (Mumbai) was to give a fatal blow to the land silk routes of northern India and at the same time to the city of Jaisalmer.

In 1818, the state of Jaisalmer became a British protectorate and when the colonizer left, Jaisalmer joined the Indian Union while retaining some autonomy at the start.

The proximity to Pakistan as well as the sometimes tumultuous relations between India and Pakistan explain a fairly massive military presence in this region which has become strategic with the dismantling of the British Empire.

Jaisalmer fort

The city of Jaisalmer was born in troubled times when attacks were not uncommon. Whether they were carried out by the Persians or by the tribes of Central Asia, these very regular raids to seize the wealth of the country forced the inhabitants of the region to defend themselves and to build a safe capital, well in the world. shelter behind imposing fortifications.

Jaisalmer Fort is one of the most impressive fortification systems in perfect condition and still inhabited today. Jaisalmer is sometimes compared to Carcassonne in France for this characteristic.

The construction of the fort coincides with the creation of the city, and dates from the 12th century.

Jain temples

Jaisalmer has several remarkable Jain temples. The Jain community was large in Jaisalmer and this is probably due to the fact that the Jains have always been successful traders. There are often strong Jain communities on the Silk Roads. Jain temples are very often real jewels, masterpieces of sculpture and painting.

artists in Jaisalmer

The city of Jaisalmer is also famous for the quality of its artists and musicians. In this film, a short excerpt shows a street musician playing the sarangi and an astonishing young equilibrist at the foot of the fortifications.

about the place, Jaisalmer:

Jaisalmer's nickname is "the City of Gold" because of the color of its sand stones. The city was founded in 1156 and owes its name to King Rawal Jaisal. It is located in the heart of the great Indian desert (the Thar Desert) and has about 80,000 inhabitants.

Its imposing fort and the Jain Chandraprabhu temple are among the most interesting monuments sheltered by the small town.



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on a facade of Jaisalmer fort, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan • India
street musician, Jaisalmer • India • Rajasthan

street musician

Sri Jaisalmir Lodravpur Parshavnath Jain Temple, Jaisalmer • India • Rajasthan

young tightrope walker in front of the fort, Jaisalmer • India • Rajasthan

young tightrope walker in front of the fort

Jaisalmer fort, Jaisalmer • India • Rajasthan

Jaisalmer fort


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