The desert kingdom, the Golden City. A medieval trading post, Jaisalmer is known by many epithets and is answerable to all. Taking its name from the yellow sandstone from which it is built, its magnificent 12th-century fort rises out of the Thar desert like a shimmering mirage. The destination of choice for travellers wanting to experience a camel safari, this ancient principality boasts much more: from its intricate handicrafts to its opulent havelis. Travel between November and February, when the weather is at its coolest, though bring something warm as evenings will be fresh.