Merging brilliantly with the golden hues of the desert, Jaisalmer Fort is one monument cum princely bastion that has always been the pride of the city. Owing to the yellow impression of the walls, the fort is also known as the Golden Fort or Sonar Quila.
Here is complete guide about Jaisalmer Fort
- Location: Fort Road, Manak Chowk, Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Jaisalmer Fort History
A world heritage site, Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan, was built in the 12th century. Like the Taj Mahal of Agra, this marvelous fort looks stunning by nightfall. Etched in yellow sandstone, the citadel has various attractions that reflect the mystical life of which the fort was once a part.
Jaisalmer Fort or Sonar Quila is Rajasthan’s second oldest fort and has seen many battles. Though it still holds the charm that leaves every visitor spellbound. Besides, the fort has been a part of the silk trade route from the 16th to 18th century.
Jaisalmer Fort Architecture
Perched atop Trikuta hills, the fort has architectural influences from Mughals and Rajputs. It houses prominent structures like the Raj Mahal, which had been the royal palace of the fort, aesthetic Jain temples, Laxminath temple, etc. Apart from these, Jaisalmer Fort is also famed for its carved yellow sandstone merchant Havelis, which are still in possession of the original builders.
This legendary fort in Rajasthan has high importance in Indian history. It has four entrances - Ganesh Pol, Akshaya Pol, Surya Pol, and Hawa Pol, each with its own significance. For instance, Surya Pol's name was given as the first rays of the sun over Jaisalmer used to hit this gate. All of them were intricately carved and ornamented, combining beauty and power.
Jaisalmer Fort Timings:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm, daily
Jaisalmer Fort Entry Fee:
- Indians: INR 50
- Foreigners: INR 250
- Camera: INR 50
- Video Camera: INR 100
Nearby Attractions of Jaisalmer Fort
- Other than the majestic Jaisalmer Fort, one can visit
- Bada Bagh
- Thar Heritage Museum
- Silk Route Art Gallery
- Desert National Park
- Gadisar lake
Besides attractions in the city, tourists can also embark on a desert safari to the Sam Sand Dunes, just outside Jaisalmer.
Interesting Jaisalmer Fort Facts
Having been a part of history, Jaisalmer Fort has some interesting facts you must know -
- The fort has both Mughal and Rajput styles of architecture, even though it was constructed during the rule of a Rajput king. Later, it was captured by an Islamic ruler, who added Mughal architecture to the fort.
- Jaisalmer Fort has three layers of walls due to safety reasons. They strengthened the fort’s foundation and made a strong defense against enemies.
- This majestic structure witnessed half Jauhar under the rule of Rawal Lunkarna in 1530-51. It was attacked by Amir Ali, the local Afghan clan’s chief, and due to less time, the rituals were not fully performed. That’s when the king decided to kill all the women himself.
- Allaudin Khilji attacked Jaisalmer Fort. Despite being a strong fort and strategic location, Jaisalmer Fort has seen a few Islamic invasions despite being a strong fort and strategic location.
How to Reach Jaisalmer Fort
Jodhpur Airport is the nearest to Jaisalmer city. It is connected to Delhi, Mumbai, and other major cities. Taxis and buses are available to reach Jaisalmer Fort. If coming by train, arrive at Jaisalmer Railway Station, which has good connectivity with trains coming from Mumbai, Jaipur, Delhi, etc. Private and local buses can be found anywhere in the city, or you can walk to the fort as it is only a few km away. Auto-rickshaws are also an option.