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Jaisalmer is a poetry re-written on sandy deserts of “Sam”. Founded by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 A.D., Jaisalmer remained untouched from outside influences until it agreed to sign the Instrument of Agreement with the British.

Years back Jaisalmer was strategically located between India and Central Asia on the camel train routes making it rich and powerful. Then with the ongoing tensions & sealed border between India & Pakistan, the trade route died out. Jaisalmer’s economy dried out & the city was on the way downhill, before a Bengali film called ‘Sonar Kella’ revived interest on this far away desert city. Today Jaisalmer is more of a tourist destination....a place of rich legacy.

The Camel Trains led by grooms (people who look after and lead camels) no longer carry goods, exotic & essential across the hostile sands, by virtue of which they had come to be known as "Boats of the desert". These camels now, are mainly tourist carriers. Took this picture in the late evening as the sand began to take on golden hues.

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