Jaisalmer also known as “The Golden City” of state Rajasthan, is located 575km (357 mi) from Jaipur (Capital of Rajasthan). It is the largest district in the state and by territorial region, it is the third largest district in India. The city is built on a ridge of yellowish sandstone, and ancient Jaisalmer fort is the crown of the city.
Sculptured sandstone was used to build many houses and temples of both town and fort. Thar Desert (the Great Indian Desert) surrounds the entire city, having a total population of 78,000 (fort’s residents included).