Best place to visit in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan: The Jaisalmer Fort

Best place to visit in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan: The Jaisalmer Fort

Have you ever been to Rajasthan? Traveled to Jaisalmer? No? Oh! You might be in for treat here. Read about the mighty Jaisalmer fort aka Golden Fort aka Sonar Qila as locals call it. It is the best places in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan to lookout for! Keep reading.

If you are reading this article then you must be planning to visit Jaisalmer or it might be on your checklist of Rajasthan.

It’s a treat, I am telling you.

The desert, the local cuisine, the colorful outfits and a sense of belonging. This is the essence of Rajasthan.

Since long, Rajasthan has been famous for its Desert known as Thar desert and marvelous forts of famous kings who once used to live here.

entrance of jaisalmer fort, golden fort, rajasthan,
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When I first visited Rajasthan, my first destination was Jaisalmer. It was with my family and I was too young to analyse what a beauty the city was.

When you go here, I advice you to see every nook and corner of the city.

I still remember the famous “dal bhati churma” I had never experienced any thing like this dish.

The moment you enter the city you can feel the amicable enviroment of the place.

People are too nice to ignore and they welcome you with open arms in their home.

You might be getting picture of a rural area when you think of going to Rajasthan but it is far from just rural.

This state is travel hub and Jaisalmer is just one of the many crown jewel.

Jaisalmer City

street of jaisalmer fort,
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Let me put the word to the beauty of this city. (Though you will see why it is almost impractical to define its beauty)

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan is drapped in golden yellow and with the sun rays, falling on the forts and deserts during sunrise and sunset, this places is treat.

Founded in the 12th century by Bhati ruler, Rawal Jaisal, the city of Jaisalmer is named after him.

You can also call it The Golden City as it is called in India because of the yellow colored forts made of yellow sandstones and ofcourse the yellow desert.

The yellow sandstone reflect the golden light from sun in a beauty way that it looks like a mirage.

The city is located in the western part of India in the heart of the Great Thar Desert sharing its boundary on one side with Pakistan.

Jaisalmer is situated in the arid geography having an average rainfall of about 8 inches annually.

Water scarcity is problem here but locals have managed it very well.

People here experience a wide range diurnal and annual temperature. In winters temperature can range from 10 degree Celsius at night to around 30 degree celsius during the day.

Whereas in summer, temperature can reach upto 50 degrees during the day time and experience mild cold at the night.

you get the picture right?

You all can remember the famous movie of actor Dharmendra : Border

The city holds a population of around 78,000 including those living in the Jaisalmer Fort.

If you ask me, the best time to visit Jaisalmer is between October and March but I recommend visiting in December.

Reaching Jaisalmer is fairly easy

You have several options.

You can take a direct flight. Bus and Train journey are also available.

I advise you to travel here by train.

The long route and scenic beauty, train will take you to many other places before reaching here.

Places to visit near Jaisalmer

You can visit many other places near Jaisalmer.

Jodhpur, Kota, Jaipur, Ajmer, Alwar, Ramdevra, Pokharan etc.

If you are traveling to Jaisalmer by train do visit the Ramdev Pir in Ramdevra village. It is just 10 Km from Pokhran. The Nuclear testing site in India.

Ramdev Pir in Ramdevra is one of the greatest and richest temple in Rajasthan. Famous for Lord Krishna, the village essence will make you fall in love with the place.

Jaisalmer Fort

This is the majestic beauty of Jaisalmer.

Nothing said can actually contemplate the real magnificence of this structure.

For you I can try.

You keep reading.

The Jaisalmer fort was built in 1156 CE by Bhati Ruler, Rawal Jaisal.

It is built on Trikuta hill. The average height of the hill is 250 ft from the ground which makes the fort one of the highest placed fort in the world.

The average height of the outer was is about 30 ft.

The wall structure around the fort consists of 3 walls. The outer, the middle and the inner. They run through a perimeter of around 4 Km.

This is because of the safety and security purpose at the time of external aggression during a war.

Streets of Golden fort in Jaisalmer,
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The Jaisalmer fort is also known as Trikuta Garh and Sonar Qila.

Because of its golden yellow color due to yellow sandstone and sun rays falling at the time dawn and dusk walls appear to be shining like gold.

That is why it is known as Sonar Qila.

The Fort houses a population o around 2,000 people who basically live in houses inside the fort and carry their business of shop and hotels for tourist.

The fort is also listed as UNESCO world heritage site.

Other forts of Rajasthan included in the World Heritage Site are  Amber Fort. Chittor Fort, Gagron Fort, Jaisalmer Fort, Kumbhalgarh Fort and Ranthambore Fort.

Main 4 entrances include Hawa Pol, Ganesh Pol, Rang Pol and Jawahar Pol.

All the entrances lead to Dahesra Chowk situated in the middle of the Jaisalmer fort.

The streets are in zig-zag fassion and are full of tourist mainly foreigners.

The Jaisalmer fort is a great for sightseeing.

Housing many shops but one of the main attraction inside the fort is the Maharawal Palace.

Maharawal Mahal was the residence of ruler.

There are 7 Jain temples inside the fort.

One the Jain temple was built by Askaran Chopra of Merta city of Nagaur, Rajasthan. It has more than 600 idols and scriptures.

Jasialmer palace rajasthan, jain temple,
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For the worship of Lord Vishnu and goddess Laxmi there is a Laxminath temple inside the Golden Fort.

The Jaisalmer fort or the Golden is also known fort its architecture.

The architecture of the fort is a blend of both Islamic and Rajput culture.

You are going to be surprised to know that the fort was also attacked by the infamous Allaudin khalji.

entrance of Jasialmer fort, golden fort, sonar qila,
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Jaisalmer Fort Timing and Entry Fees

Jaisalmer golden fort palace night view of street,
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The Golden fort is open for tourist from Monday to Sunday

Entry Fee for Indian citizen: Rs. 50

Entry Fee for Foreigners: Rs. 250

Other places to visit in Jaisalmer

  • Desert Safari
  • Bada Bagh
  • The Thar Heritage Museum
  • Gadisar Lake
  • Nathmal-ki-Haveli
  • Jain temples
  • Salim Singh ki Haveli
  • Kuldhara
  • Longewala war memorial
  • Kothari’s Patwaon-ki-Haveli
  • Tanot Mata Mandir
  • Desert National Park


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