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Jaisalmer: The City of Golden Sands and Strange Spirits

Bindu Manchanda (Author)
Synopsis It haunts you for weeks after you return, this city dominated by the majestic fort on a solitary hill built by Rawal Jaisal in the twelfth century A.D, making you want to return again and again. This is Jaisalmer, often referred to as the desert jewel in Rajasthan’s crown. Lying outside the Golden Triangle that encompasses Jaipur, but no less richly endowed in history, arts and crafts, Jaisalmer remains even today somewhat inaccessible, mysterious and exotic. In this book, Bindu Manchanda portrays in sensitive detail historical fact and colourful legend, the character and joie de vivre of Jaisalmer’s people, the irresistible beauty of its buildings, and the joyful enchantment of its music, its festivals, arts and crafts. Her love for the city and deep understanding of its culture transport you beyond the pages to the narrow, crowded streets of Jaisalmer itself, to hear the songs of the Manganiyars and Langas, and savour the experience of watching a million stars in the night sky above the golden walls of the fort. A travel section at the end gives you all the information you need on how to reach Jaisalmer, where to stay, where to shop and eat, what to see and how to get around. More than 150 colour pictures by Rajinder Bhandari bring alive the text. Jaisalmer : City of Golden Sands and Strange Spirits is the first in the Harper Heritage series – books that extend beyond the realm of mere travel guides to encapsulate the true heritage, culture and history of a destination, that you will want to keep with you and return to long after your visit is over.
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About the author

Bindu Manchanda

Bindu Manchanda has been deeply involved with work on heritage conservation in her role as Director Projects, INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage). Her primary focus has been on the preservation of the architectural and cultural heritage of Jaisalmer. She has also been working with communities living in and around heritage precincts, helping them develop skills for self-empowerment. She is the secretary of the Jaisalmer Heritage Trust and has authored a well-received book, Jaisalmer.

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Bibliographic information

Title Jaisalmer: The City of Golden Sands and Strange Spirits
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8172234341
length 171p., Plates; Glossary; BIbliography.