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.
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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.
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Reaching Jaisalmer is fairly easy
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
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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.
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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.
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Jaisalmer Fort Timing and Entry Fees
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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
- Jain temples
- Salim Singh ki Haveli
- Longewala war memorial
- Kothari’s Patwaon-ki-Haveli
- Tanot Mata Mandir
- Desert National Park
Also Read: Gir National and Gir Safari Booking