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About Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort, Golden Fort of Rajasthan

Deep inside the heart from the Thar Desert is Jaisalmer, one of the final princely bastions in the region. Founded on what was the cross - street of profitable trade routes, this remote settlement arrived to get celebrated for your valour of its rulers, and for the aesthetic feeling represented by their palaces and havelis. The rich merchants engaged stone - craftsmen who labored delicately around the sandstone mansions they constructed, filling up facades with sculptural filigree, display windows, delicate pavilions and gorgeous balconies. Today, these veritable artwork - museums are nonetheless inhabited, and their colourful celebrations and festivals have placed Jaisalmer Fort firmly on the globe tourism map.

Background & Architecture - Constructed in 1156, the Jaisalmer Fort is the second oldest in Rajasthan. Rising to 250 feet with strong & imposing crenellated sandstone 30 feet high wall, the fort has 99 bastion, 92 of which were built between 1633 & 1647. The wells within the fort are still a regular source of water.

The golden - yellow sandstone fort of Jaisalmer crowns the Trikuta Hills for over 800 years now. Inside its walls, defended by 99 bastion, lies the old city, nearly a quarter of modern Jaisalmer. Seen from outside, the sight must be almost identical to what was seen by merchants on their overland camel caravans to central Asia. Once this desert outpost was an important gate for that trade route, and Jaisalmer grew wealthy on the proceeds. But the advent of commercial shipping relegated the town to relative obscurity.

The fort stands almost 30 metres over the city and houses an entire living area inside huge ramparts. Walking through the narrow lanes is an experience worth savouring.

The fort is approached through Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol, Bhoot Pol and Hawa Pol. Also, within it are many gorgeous havelies and a group of Jain temples dating from the 12th to the 15th centuries.