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Author: Bindu Manchanda
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8172234341
It haunts you for weeks after you return, this city dominated by the majestic fort on a solitary hill built by Rawal Jaisal in the twelfth century A.D., making you want to return again and again. This is Jaisalmer, often referred to as the desert jewel in Rajasthan’s crown.
Lying outside the Golden Triangle that encompasses Jaipur, but no less richly endowed in history, arts and crafts, Jaisalmer remains even today somewhat inaccessible, mysterious and exotic. In this book, Bindu Manchanda portrays in sensitive detail historical fact and colorful legend, the character and joie de vivre of Jaisalmer’s people, the irresistible beauty of its buildings, and the joyful enchantment of its music, its festivals, arts and crafts. Her love for the city and deep understanding of its culture transport you beyond the pages to the narrow, crowded streets of Jaisalmer itself, to hear the songs of the Manganiyars and Langas, and savor the experience of watching a million stars in the night sky above the golden walls of the fort.
A travel section at the end gives you all the information you need on how to reach Jaisamer, where to stay, where to shop and eat, what to see and how to get around. More than 150 color pictures by Rajinder Bandari bring alive the text, ‘Jaisalmer: City of Golden Sands and Stranger Spirits’ is the first in the Harper Heritage series – books that extend beyond the realm of mere travel guides to encapsulate the true heritage, culture and history of a destination, that you will want to keep with you and return to long after your visit is over.
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7. Around Jaisalmer