Have you been to the land of sand dunes in India? Yes, Rajasthan is a land that amazes you with places that could compete with some of the foreign destinations and Jaisalmer tops the list. With its sand dunes, majestic forts and ornate havelis, Jaisalmer has won hearts of travellers from across the world.
One of the best reasons to visit the Golden City of Jaisalmer is to visit Jaisalmer Fort. Let us know more about this wonderful piece of art in Rajasthan.
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Jaisalmer Fort or Sonar Quila, is a yellow sandstone structure that was built in 1156AD by the Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal. The fort stands amidst the huge Thar Desert, on Trikuta Hill. The ramparts of the fort has served as the backdrop for many battles in the past, as the region (Silk Road) was one of the largest trade routes between the East and the West.
Due to the fort's location atop the hill, the fortifications and other parts of this stunning fort are visible from a long distance. One of the interesting features about this fort is that it is seen in a tawny lion colour through the day, which changes its shade to a honey-gold as the sun sets. It is indeed a marvel to watch the fort changing the shades as the day progresses.
The Jaisalmer Fort is a World Heritage Site that is also one of the largest desert forts of the world, and is also the second oldest fort in Rajasthan. The blend of Rajput and Islamic styles of architecture make the structure unique in its design and carvings.
Some of the attractions of the fort complex are the Royal Palace, the Jain temples, Laxminath Temple, Suraj Pol, Akhey Pol, Ganesh Pol and Hawa Pol. The complex also has several merchant havelis that were built here by wealthy merchants in Rajasthan. These havelis are known for their intricate carvings and other depictions.
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The fort also has some food outlets that travellers can try out here, the hotel is a multi-cuisine restaurant and the type varies from Indian to Italian and French. The Indian film director Satyajit Rai has been influenced by the fort that he wrote a detective novel based on the fort and also filmed it here.
Travel to this enormous fort in Jaisalmer and be mesmerised by this fortified city where people still reside, though the structure of the fort is slowly getting ruined due to the climatic conditions and sedimentary rocks of the place on which the fort was made.