Woman wearing their traditional sarees and silver jewellery outside traditional sand stone houses of Jaisalmer. Rajasthan, INDIA
Heavy ankle bracelets are common as well as nose rings and silver bangles.
Founded in 1156 Jaisalmer grew to be a major staging post on the trade route across the forbidding Thar desert from India to the west. It is known as the Golden City as the fort and town's buildings are built from the local yellow sandstone. The bustling narrow streets are lined with tradesmen selling their wares. Many of the smalll shops are occupied by descendents of the original owners. There are many exceptional Havelis (mansions of rich merchants - exquistely carved) both in the fort and the old walled town.