Photographer's Note

This enchanting city of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan has been credited as the 'Golden City' because of the honey colour imparted to its yellow sandstone ramparts by the setting sun of Rajasthan. The main attraction of Jaisalmer's architecture lies in the decorative latticework covering their sandstone facades. The merchants built magnificent mansions (Havelis), all carved from wood and yellow sandstone. These havelis are perhaps, the last truly Indian buildings, designed without a tint of European architecture. These colossal residences can be found elsewhere in Rajasthan, but nowhere are they as attractive as in Jaisalmer. One can walk along the cobbled stone pathways to see the most elaborate and magnificent havelis almost everywhere in the old city.

The exquisite architecture adopted in Jaisalmer is quite surprising and distinctive and has developed over the years. It is modelled to suit the demands of residence in the desert and, at the same time, utterly ornate and pleasing. The living quarters have been constructed of thick blocks of stone to provide insulation against the sun and heat, but these have been well merged with the walls and battlements to give a picture of one huge fortification. A closer inspection reveals a riot of fine detail carved on the locally quarried yellow and red sandstone that is remarkably easy to make into intricate designs and shapes and yet hardens with weathering as the time passes by. The blend of the heavy with the very fine is a unique feature of the architecture of Jaisalmer, which has to be seen to be believed!

This little boy was watching his friends play on the street! I was attracted by the green door which contrasted strongly with the sandstone colours.

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Additional Photos by Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
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