One of the best ways to experience a city is to walk through it.\nAnd Jaisalmer with its charming architecture, narrow lanes and friendly bystanders is a treat to explore on foot.\nThe lanes are narrow and the buildings tall. They share walls in a way that each building is open only and the front and the back. Maybe this layout is designed to keep the sun out and provide shade for residents.\nStrolling cows & goats have as much of a right to be there as the cycles and scooters. In fact these animals have a special place in the lives of the residents. When the morning meal is cooked, an additional portion of all the dishes is cooked for the animals. These animals do not belong the family but are expected to stroll past the house. A plateful of the various dishes is offered to the animal before the family eats. This is a ritual followed every single day and is also seen in the small towns of Gujarat.\nAnd this practice has led to an evolution in the layout of the house exteriors: a concrete container is constructed just outside the house in which the cow\u2019s meal is served!\nThe layout of the house usually also has an open verandah facing the street on which people sit and share the news of the day doing \u2018timepass\u2019 and creating community bonds.\nThe architecture\u00a0 of Jaisalmer is famous for the intricate art but this article is about the tiny lanes.\nA few photos below:\nThe Strolling Cows:\n\nLunchbox of the Passing Cows:\n\n\n\nThe Chill-n-Chat Verandahs:\n\n\u00a0\nUnexpected sights just around the corner:\n\u00a0\n\n\u00a0\n\n\u00a0\nShrines along the way:\n\u00a0\n\n\u00a0\n\nThe auspicious Hindu symbol of Swastika \u2013 that is usually seen on entrances / new beginnings\nEvening Gatherings:\n\n\u00a0\n\n\u00a0\n\nPlaying cards to pass time:\n\nJust enjoying the street view:\n\n\n\u00a0\nAnd finally the amazing streets of Jaisalmer:\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nA city to return to again and again!\nGO BACK TO RAJASTHAN DIARIES\njm\nApr 2014\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post Streets of Jaisalmer appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.