No wonder Rajasthan is a hub of historical monuments mainly gigantic fortresses which reflects the glory of Rajput kings. The fortification in Rajasthan that resembles a great architecture and is featured as the world’s only living fort is “Jaisalmer Fort”. An elegant sandcastle in Jaisalmer is the prominent attraction of Jaisalmer sightseeing tour that draws tourist attention the most while being in the city. Jaisalmer Fort is also known as Golden Fort or Sonar Quila because of its mesmerizing yellowish sandstone structure which gives the golden yellow tinge. This beautiful castle reflects various shades in a day that are worth visiting in the city.
About Jaisalmer Fort
Golden Fort is a historic fortress which is the incredibly a great reflection of awesome historical architectures in Rajasthan. It is the most important site of Jaisalmer that is completely made up of yellow sandstone reflecting lion-yellow color during the day and honey bright color in the dark night. The Jaisalmer fort at evening is truly ravishing and magnificent. Standing on Trikuta hill in blistering the Thar Desert with a height of 250 feet and 99 bastions in the fort, Jaisalmer Fort was built by Bhati Rajputs in 1156 AD.
History behind Jaisalmer Fort
Jaisalmer Fort was constructed by Rao Jaisal – a Bhati Rajput ruler in 1156 AD after whom the fortress got its name as “Jaisalmer”. In the late 13th century, Ala-ud-din-Khilj attacked the fort and grasps it for 9 years. Thereafter, Rajput women committed suicide during the clasp of the fort. In 1541, Mughal Emperor Humayun invaded the city of the fort and had the dominant role in trade in medieval ea with Arabic, Egypt, African, and Persian countries. During the British rule, Bombay came forward in the face of the major part of the trade that causes the decline of trade from the fort city. Later it took an important sight at the time of 1965 & 1971 wars with Pakistan, after which the entire population shifted in the fort. The population of more than 4000 locals including Brahmins and Darogas has started residing in the premises of the fort.
Major attractions of Jaisalmer Fort
Jaisalmer Fort is enclosed with many monuments which show the delicacy and glory of Rajputs. This fortress is famous as like Taj of Rajasthan due to its magnificent sight which turns more pleasant at full moon night. The architecture of this fort has many attractions inside the fort that includes:
In the full moon night, the city explores melodious tunes, rhythmic songs, folk dances, cultural programs, and many exciting competitions that are worth experiencing in Jaisalmer. Mainly camel races, colorful markets, and Mr. Desert contest are the major attractions for tourists.
Other attractions in Jaisalmer
Besides, Jaisalmer Fort, there is a lot of places to visit in Jaisalmer and things to do in the city. Havelis in Jaisalmer mainly includes Patwon ki Haveli, Salim Singh Ki Haveli, and Nathmalji ki Haveli that offers an eye-catching attraction of every traveler. Apart from this, you will explore Gadisar Lake, Bada Bagh, Sam Sand Dunes, The Thar Heritage Museum, and Jain Temples while exploring the city. Kuldhara Village is one of the most notable attractions of Jaisalmer which is now an abandoned ghost village.
Jaisalmer offers various thrilling adventures to enjoy in the dunes along with exploring the wonderful historical attractions and Jaisalmer Fort is the most prominent attraction of the city. The Golden Fort of Jaisalmer evokes the tales of the previous era and is a part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site under the Hill Forts of Rajasthan which you will explore in Jaisalmer. No trip to Jaisalmer is complete without experiencing the desert charm in Desert Safari Jaisalmer which is a must-do thing in the city. So, if you are planning your holidays in Jaisalmer, then you must include Jaisalmer Fort and desert safari in your travel bucket list to get the best experience in the city.
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