Jaisalmer is a remote outpost in the Thar Desert in the western portion of Rajasthan. Camel train routes between India and central Asia brought great wealth to the town. The rise in shipping trade pushed Jaisalmer into decline and the subsequent partition with Pakistan cut off the trade routes altogether.
In the mid and late sixties, war with Pakistan revealed Jaisalmer's strategic importance and brought paved roads and electricity.
Rajasthan, the "Land of the Kings" is India at its most exotic and colorful. Typical garb for Rajasthanis includes colorful turbans for men and fluorescent colored saris for women.
The architecture of Jaisalmer is exquisitely carved from a golden-yellow sandstone. Combined with the bright clothing which is the norm there, this makes for a timeless and exotic atmosphere.