Ok, so here's the truth: While there ARE camel races in Jaisalmer, we did
not participate or watch any such races. That said, we did
get to ride a camel through dunes to a magnificent sunset point (see pictures).
Gadi Sagar served as the water supply for the city of Jaisalmer at one time... now it's an essential tourist stop where you'll see many a guide repeating the story of the prostitute who built the gate (see above) and outwitted the maharaja.
Fort is supposedly
the only fort
in the world
you will find
an actual town
still in existence.
Within the confines
of the fort walls
live in homes
that are hundreds
of years old,
though the curious
buy their wares
are a relatively
newer phenomenon. By the way, you can still find plenty of cows
in the fort (see
the picture above).
Some other impressive sights from Jaisalmer: there are exquisite havelis (beautiful golden sandstone homes built by wealthy merchants) scattered throughout the town. An interesting Jaisalmer custom is to paint wedding invitations/announcements on the walls of the groom/bride's parents' house.
The Sam village is located near the Thar Desert and serves as a major site for camel safaris into the desert. We took an hour-long camel safari into the desert to watch the sunset. A wonderful experience if you can brave getting on a camel (not too bad except when it gets up/sits down) and also bravel the various smells unleashed by these beasts (they can get pretty nasty).
I hope these pictures did not boar you...