The Golden City

The golden city, or Jaiselmer, is one of my favorite cities in the state of Rajasthan, India. It got its name, the golden city, due to the amazing architecture, which is mostly made up of yellow sandstone, giving a yellowish golden tinge to the city.

This heritage city provides a lot of attractions to the visitors which include, the famous Jaisalmer Fort, which is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan and the impressive camel safari in the Thar desert.

The Jaisalmer Fort :

The Jaisalmer Fort also declared as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2003, is a quite historic fort, having a rich heritage. This fort is huge, usually bustling with people, having a ton of narrow alleys, temples, shops, hotels, rooftop cafes, and many more delightful attractions. Nearly one-fourth of the old city’s population still resides within the fort. Due to the sandstone, this fort turns into a beautiful color of honey gold during sunset, camouflaging with the desert, for this reason, many people also call it the Sonar Quila which translates to The Golden Fort. Apart from this, it has a lot of craftwork and art. One can see many handicraft shops and spicy street food in various corners of the fort.

The fort is usually very crowded during the day time, however, I also did a little night tour in the fort, in which I walked through the exquisite architecture, also meeting some of the local people who lived inside the fort, asking them about their lives, and then visiting a rooftop cafe, from which I witnessed an amazing view of the city, that was however quite peaceful than the daytime, but experiencing the fort in the warm sun has a very graceful charm.

The Thar Desert :

The camel safari, amidst the Thar desert, is a whole new experience… The safari includes, being amongst the camels and then riding on the back of the camels, which was quite thrilling. Then we stayed in the tents organized for us, and had an experience of camping in the desert.

Here are some pictures clicked by me :

— Ria Minglani

LAZISE, an Italian village

Lazise is a little village in the Province of Verona in the Italian region Veneto, located about 120 kilometres west of Venice and is located on the eastern shore of the beautiful Lake Garda.

I am sure not most people would have heard the name of this wonderful place and that is the reason I wanted to write about it. I was amazed by the unique beauty of this place. This charming village lies very near to the famous town Gardasee also called the Garda lake which has the world famous Gardaland amusement/water park.

I loved to explore the lively markets of this place, it had some remarkability to it, and trust me you could spend hours just roaming in the market, having an ice cream. Sounds like a perfect holiday, doesn’t it?

Exploring the streets

Well if you are interested in history you can also visit the lazise castello which is a beautiful historical castle on the shore of lake garda and has a very pleasant surrounding.

Well when it comes to hotels, there are a few camping hotels nearby. I stayed in the hotel called ‘Camping La Quercia’ along with my family. This hotel was situated on lake garda, was perfect for someone who likes camping.

I am really glad that instead of going to the famous towns in Italy, I explored something different, moreover this village was very characteristic and full of life and also conveniently near to Gardaland.

-Ria Minglani