As it was the last day of our trip, we thought why not make most out of it. At sunrise we went up on the roof for a fabulous view of Jaisalmer fort and city. Cold winter breeze with hot tea in hand and mighty ‘Sonar Quila’(jaisalmer fort) in front, could the morning be any better?
After getting ready and having breakfast, we set out to see the only living fort in India – Jaisalmer fort.
It is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan after Chittor and still has one –fourth of Jaisalmer’s population still living and working inside it. It was amazing to see the fort bustling with activity, a great contrast to other forts that only tell tales of the past. Once inside, we first visited the very famous Jain temple, and we were awestruck with the sheer brilliance of its architecture. It is built similar to Dilwara temple, with each pillar having sculpted figures. Artisans have covered all the stones with beautiful and elegant carvings.
We said our morning prayers and did a tour of the temple taking in its beauty and calmness.
After half an hour or so, we came out of the temple to the streets of fort that were filled with shops of various kinds selling handmade paintings, diaries, jewellery, souvenirs. We bought few souvenirs for friends and home as a reminder of Jaisalmer fort.
Houses after houses made of yellow sandstone, glowing in bright sunlight like they were made of gold; was the sight that greeted us from the lookout points of the fort. We could now, standing here, truly get why Jaisalmer is called ‘Golden City’. Watching people going about doing there day to day work as we passed through the narrow lanes of the fort, was fascinating.
After setting the image of mighty Jaisalmer fort, we started our return journey to Jodhpur.
Next we stopped in Khichan, which comes under Jodhpur district. This place is famous for the sighting of Demoiselle cranes. When we go for bird watching, it usually means through binoculars and you would be lucky if you see 4-5 together, that’s exactly what I expected. But what i saw was something i had never imagined. There on the bank of small lake were thousands of grey coloured cranes just sitting as if waiting for audience. What a sight!!!
I had never seen so birds together at a time in a single place. Wow just wow!! We bought bird seed and started feeding it to birds; some flew to our side and started pecking on their food.
It was such a pleasant sight. After an hour of fun and frolic, we resumed our further journey. The last stoppage of our trip was Osianji Jain temple. What can be better way to end a trip than visiting such a divine place? The best feature of this temple is its spire. It’s really unique piece of architecture; its minute carvings, intricate elegant design is just marvellous.
We prayed in Jain temple and also visited the Sachaya Mata Mandir.
After the divine Osian, we straight headed to Jodhpur railway station; marking the end of this wonderful 5-day trip that was filled with fun and frolic along with the exploration of the Incredible Rajasthan.