Jaisalmer Fort is regarded as 'The Pride of Jaisalmer' and is located at the heart of the city. It is also known as the ‘Sonar Quila’ or the ‘Golden Fort’ as this yellow sandstone fort sparks like gold during sunset. It was constructed by Jaisal, a Bhati Rajput ruler on the top of the Trikura hill in the year 1156. Jaisalmer Fort houses many beautiful havelis or mansions, temples and residential complexes of the soldiers and traders. This fort is surrounded by a 30 ft tall wall. It is a huge fort having 99 bastions. Presently, it is a residential place for a quarter of population of the city.
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The fort complex has numerous wells which serve as the regular sources of water for its residents. The fort depicts ideal fusion of Rajput and Mughal architectural style. Like the other forts of Rajasthan, this fort also has different gateways like Akhai Pol, Hawa Pol, Suraj Pol and Ganesh Pol. Among all the gateways, the Akhai Pol or First Fort Gate is famous for its splendid architectural style. This gateway was built in the year 1156 and served as the entrance for the royal families and special visitors.
To reach this fort, visitors can hire an auto rickshaw or rickshaw from the city of Jaisalmer. The visiting hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.