I am gonna start where I left my previous blog about the tour of Rajasthan. In the previous article I remember mentioning somewhere that after the Blue City, it was time for me to go to the White City of INDIA—- JAISALMER. So it was a more or less a six hour drive from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer. After reaching the hotel, I found out that my entire luggage was lost (which was later found in the kitchen of the hotel, heaven knows how). Keeping that apart, the road from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer was at first a city road but then eventually it became deserted, and the only living beings in the roads were sometimes camels and sometimes some small, almost dry bushes.
That is how we reached Jaisalmer at last and that evening I did my geographical survey there, which was kind of fun, as I got a chance to meet new people and know their lifestyles. That day went like that.
The next day I began exploring JAISALMER. I was most excited about this place from the beginning of the tour, as a thing very close to my heart, actually to all Bengalis’ heart is right situated at that place. ‘THE SONAR KELLA’ or THE JAISALMER FORT, which was the centre point of the first story of our beloved series ‘FELUDA’, later made in a film (1974 ).I made my way to the beautiful golden colored fort, made entirely of yellow sandstone and elegant at its best in the hue of yellow and the sun making it golden. The fort is vast and it took me entire 6 hours to roam the entire place. As I entered there , I could not find similarities between a lot of other forts that I have visited and this one, as it was more like a small replica of a city inside it. It has hotels inside it, even dwelling places, vegetable markets and a lot more. A strong innervations of nostalgia struck me as I roamed the place, and I wondered how can I have nostalgia for a place that I am in for the first time, and the answer was ‘’SONAR KELLA’’. There were two temples inside the fort as well and the architecture inside the temple was the most phenomenal thing , it was so sharply pretty that I could not take my eyes off it walls for several minutes. Every inch of every wall was engraved with deities and what surprised me is that, all of the millions little deities are also worshipped daily , which I knew observing ‘tika’ on their forehead. There is also a place , called ‘MUKUL BARI’, cheerily named after the protagonist of Satyajit Ray’s Novel mentioned earlier, and that was some heavy emotional attack for me. The guide also showed the place where the climax was shot. After these, I went to PATOWA KI HAVELI, which is not far from JAISALMER FORT and can be reached without exiting from the former fort. So I took the road towards the Haveli, which was something admirable, as one cannot imagine such a great piece of architecture in such a clumsy market .
So it was my morning and afternoon in Jaisalmer, in my next blog I shall write about the evening and night happenings.
I really enjoyed all the people greeting the Bengalis including me like ‘’ You made this fort famous ‘’ and ‘’You must know everything about this fort ‘’ and all.