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Jaisalmer is one of the most beautiful desert towns of India. The hostile terrain notwithstanding, the warmth of the people is simply overwhelming. One of the main draws is the daunting 12th century Jaisalmer Fort. The beautiful havelis which were built by wealthy merchants of Jaisalmer are another interesting aspect of the desert city. The old city used to be completely encircled by a wall but much ofit has crumbled for want of building material in recent years. In Medieval times, its prosperity was due to its location on the main trade route linking India to Egypt, Arabia, Persia, Africa and the West.Over the years the remote location of Jaisalmer kept it almost untouched by outside influences. In the 13th century Ala-ud-din Khilji, Emperor of Delhi captured the fort in an effort to take back the treasure taken by the Bhatti Rajput from his imperial caravan train.When the fall of the fort was imminent, the women of the fort committed Jauhar, an act of mass self-immolation, while men donned saffron robes and rode to war and certain death. In the days of Raj, Jaisalmer was the last to sign the Instrument of Agreement with the British.Ages have gone by and the monuments of Jaisalmer have withstood the buffeting winds of the desert all through. Jaisalmer is a paradox of beautiful culture and harsh climatic conditions; these together leave a lasting impression on visitors. Here one can have best of the woollen products as well as other cottage industry products of Jaisalmer.

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Hindi and Rajasthani are the most widely spoken languages in Jaisalmer.

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