Fort Derawar

I’ve never heard before from Fort Derawar in the desert of Cholistan [in Pakistan], but then I discovered on Flickr’s daily EXPLORE page the photos of Agha Waseem Ahmed. Something of this architecture awakes a basic instinct deep in my soul, longing for safety. Do you know those feelings?
The 3 photos all were shot by Agha Waseem Ahmed, who kindly gave permission for my non-commercial use:
1
The Caravan Returns Home......
2
Determined ! (Explored)
3
On the move ! (Explored)
related:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derawar_Fort:
“The walls have a circumference of 1500 metres and stand up to thirty metres high. The first fort on the site was built by Hindu Rajput, Rai Jajja Bhati of Jaisalmer. It remained in the hands of the royal family of Jaisalmer until captured and completely rebuilt by the Nawabs of Bahawalpur in 1733…”

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23 responses to “Fort Derawar

  1. The fortress is amazing – as if it grew out of the sands – 1001 Nights-style.

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  2. Stunning! It seems as if the buildings grew out of the sands. The people and camels in the forefront make the picture even more interesting.

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  3. elisaruland

    Wow, these could be movie shots – a surreal beauty.

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  4. It looks like a giant child had a giant heyday with a giant sand pail!
    Fascinating!

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  5. Even I am hearing / reading / seeing this fort for the first time – but then India is full of palaces and forts… The camels look wonderful!

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    • Agha

      This is not In India ! but in Pakistan .

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      • Oops! 🙂 I read the references to Jaisalmer and thought it was India! It wasn’t long ago when it was the same land… Great captures!

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        • you made me smile with
          http://kasturika.wordpress.com/2012/09/29/the-guide/
          “Our focus shifted from the monument, to the dog.
          We paused, and the dog paused as well…”
          P.S.:
          what do you think of the youtube video below in the comment:
          Bollywood from India? What language?

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        • Agha

          Historically speaking , India (or Hindustan) is a derivative of the word “Sindhu” , name that Aryan called in awe for the great river flowing from Himalaya to Arabian sea . ( Sindhu means great ocean in Sanskrit) as the Aryan never witnessed such a vast river in their native land . The word Sindhu was pronounced as Hindu by Persians in Avasta language (Sanskrit and Avasta are sister languages) later on Greeks during Hellenistic age after the exploits of Alexander called Sindhu or Hindhu as Indo and lateron Indus ( therefore we have the word Hindustan i,e Hindu + Aastan i,e Land of Sindhu river) practically Pakistan is the real land where river Indus flows not the the present day so called India ( in its constitution India is not called India or Hindustan but Bharat in the name of prince Bharat in the epic tale of Maha-Bharat) . Ironically Pakistan is the real India but not the land that we now call as India .

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  6. Agha

    This one is an old song from 80s shot in the locality of Derawer Fort.

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  7. Agha

    Honored !

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    • I added now the third photo – as the intro: it is my favorite composition, with the women in the foreground, the camels in the middle, the fort in the background – a composition good for a painting – and in the youtube video indeed a painter is working too! I’m sure, your photo-composition is better …

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  8. I Am Jasmine Kyle

    This is JUST stunning!

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  9. Now that would be an amazing place to see!

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    • thank you, Gilly, for sharing one of your GHANA experiences!
      http://lucidgypsy.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/travel-theme-architecture/
      Are some animals there trying to get inside the mosque? They should know: “Of course non-Muslims were not permitted to go inside…”

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      • Agha

        Although we are living in information age but we are still misinformed . There is no restriction for non-Muslims to go inside a mosque . I cam show you places where even a hindu mander and a mosque share a common wall . I repeat in real Islam there are no such restriction and if such things exists the its not because of any Islamic teaching but because of intrusion of particular local cultures , traditions and whims only . Regards

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  10. WOW! An amazing place.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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  11. Thanks for sharing this, Frizz. Agha Waseem Ahmed is a fabulous photographer…I especially love the first shot!

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  12. Beautiful photographs of an impressive site — thanks for sharing them, Frizz!

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