Over the years, the remote desert location of Jaisalmer kept it almost untouched by outsiders. The city is a mix of fascinating culture and harsh climatic conditions, together amounting to a memorable visitor experience. As the sun sets, the sandstone buildings emit a lustrous glow that gives Jaisalmer its sobriquet, the ‘Golden City’. Today, the city is a lively hub from where one can trek across beautiful stretches of sand, venture out on camel safaris deep into the desert, or (paradoxically) enjoy visiting nearby lakes and reservoirs. Attractions include Jaisalmer Fort, a splendid sight in the afternoon sun with its 99 bastions standing high over the city. One of the largest and the most elaborate houses in Jaisalmer is Patwon ki Haveli, five storeys high and extensively carved.
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