Jaisalmer - It haunts you for weeks after you return, this desert city of golden stands and strange spirits. It pulls at your heart-strings, beckons you, seduces you, making you want to go back again and again-this is Jaisalmer, often referred to as the desert jewel in Rajasthan's crown. The former capital of Marwar State, Jodhpur was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha who claimed to be a descendant of lord Rama. The massive fort – Mehrangarh – came first and around if grew the city of Jodhpur protected by a high stone wall with seven gates and countless bastions. A flourishing trading centre of the 16th century, the fortress city of Jodhpur is now the second largest city of Rajasthan. Jodhpur is still one of the leading centres for cattle, and boasts of fine reminders of history – palaces, forts. Temples, and historical monuments.