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Jaisalmer Fort in Rajasthan

Jaisalmer Fort in Rajasthan

Location: Jaisalmer fort, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Built by: Rawal Jaisal
Built-in: 1156 AD
Official site:

Something About Jaisalmer Fort

Golden Fort
Photo by Josephine Thomas on Unsplash

The gold among the vast stretched sand dune…..yeah you heard it right. I am talking about the famous Jaisalmer golden fort (sonar quila) constructed on Trikuta hill which will leave you aw-struck the moment you’ll lay your eyes on it.

The striking complex is also known as Sonar Quila for its golden walls and buildings constructed with yellow sandstone which glint just like gold when sun rays fall on its walls.

Why Jaisalmer fort is so famous?

Evening view of Jaisalmer fort in Rajasthan
Image by Hinterkappelen, (CC BY-SA 3.0)

So, summers are fading away and winters are coming Jaisalmer is the perfect place to explore sand dunes and the very alive fort Jaisalmer fort. Jaisalmer Fort is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan and it was built in 1156 AD by Rajput Rawal Jaisal. Jaisalmer fort is one of the six forts declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO group hill forts of Rajasthan.

The fort is 1500 ft long and 750 ft wide built on a Trikuta ( triangular)hill. The fort has 4 giant entry gates named Ganesh pol, rang pol, bhoota pole and Hawa pole. We can enter the fort via any of these gates and these gates lead us to the most famous square dhusharra chowk. There are countless Havelis, palaces and temples are there inside the wall of the fort. There is one museum inside the fort which display the antique and belongings of the royal family who use to rule over Jaisalmer and weapons, armoury, daggers, rifles and pistols used by the king

Interesting things about Jaisalmer fort

Jaisalmer Fort Evening View
Image By Const Crist, CC BY-SA 3.0

The world monuments fund comprises the fort in its 1996 world monuments watch ana again in 1998 and 2000 reports due to ultimatum increase in tourists who visit it every year. The fort is Rajasthan’s most popular tourist attraction with 5-6 hundred thousand visitors per year. Once we’ll enter the gate there are lots of exhibitory shops, like jewellery, carpets, artificial mehndi, mattresses, clothes etc we can buy anything of our choice.

There are 7 Jain temples and one Lakshmi Nath temple built inside the fort. The fort is India’s one and only living fort with more than 4000 people, who all are from the brahmin and Rajput communities still live in the fort. There are lots of amazing hotels and restaurants like hotel paradise palace inside the fort where we can eat, visit and stay.

Best time to visit Jaisalmer fort

The best time to visit the fort is in winter’s because the weather is quite pleasant there at this time.
The visiting hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
There is no entry fee for visiting the fort but if we want to click pictures we have to pay 50 rupees for the camera.
Jaisalmer is connected with prime cities. We can reach there via rail, road and air. The fort is 2.4 km away from the station and then we can hire auto-rickshaw from there which is the cheapest mode of transportation to reach the fort.

How to reach Jaisalmer fort

By Airway

Jodhpur Civil airport is the closest airport to reach this place and it is located about 284km away from the city. Another option is Jaipur International Airport and it is 572 km away from this fort.

By Railway

Jaisalmer station is the nearest railway station to reach this city and it is located 2.4 km from the fort. Another option is Jodhpur Station and it is about 282 km from this fort.

By Road

Jaisalmer is located on NH 11. We can reach here via rental car or bike from Jodhpur to explore this city in our way.

Distance B/T Rajasthan cities to Jaisalmer
Cities in Rajasthan Kms
Jodhpur 275 kms
Bikaner 270 kms
Ajmer 375 kms
Udaipur 492 kms
Jaipur 557 kms

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