One of the most stunning and beautiful cities of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer is crowned by architectural wonders that boasts of its history, heritage, and regality. Named after Maharaja Jaisal Singh, this glorifying city is located amid the Thar deserts and its rich culture & tradition. The amazing colour oriented approach of the city makes it look like a Golden Jewel on Earth due to its yellowish contrast displayed from the architectures of Jaisalmer along with the golden sand dunes which blends well with that of city’s and reflects like a Golden City of Rajasthan.
Overlooking the city from the top of Trikuta Hill, there lies Jaisalmer Fort which is the most important tourist attraction in Jaisalmer Sightseeing Tour. Continue reading to know more about the Jaisalmer Fort before you go across the state of Rajasthan.
Jaisalmer Fort & History – Jaisalmer Fort was once an iconic hub of the Rajput Bhati clan which is also known as the Golden Fort or Sonar Quila. Because of its yellowish sandstone regal structure, it was named so. Raised by Rajput rulers of Maharaja Jaisal in 1156, this was once the centre of a historical encounter between the Bhattis and Mughals (Delhi Sultanate) and the Rathores of Jodhpur. Back to those days, the fort has undergone through multiple attacks on the fort by the Muslim kings like Ala-Uddin-Khilji and Mughal Monarch Humayun.
Present outlook – Today, the Sonar Quila is one of the noteworthy places to visit in Jaisalmer. It was also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in India. It is enclosed with narrow winding lanes, religious shrines, handicraft shops, guest houses, and restaurants. There are many entrance gates of the fort that consequently opens to the Dashera Chowk, the most popular square of the fort. Presently, the fortress is a residence of about 4000 + people of the old city.
Things to do/see in Jaisalmer Fort –
The grand fortress offers mesmerizing views of the Golden city from its top which is a perfect place to capture sunrise or sunset. Some of the most interesting things to see in Jaisalmer Fort include Maharawal in Chauhata Square, Raj Mahal, Jain Temple, Jawahar Palace, Tazia Tower, and Jawahar Palace – the former residence of the royal family. The museum showcases arms, dresses, utensils, and ornaments of Rajputana culture which will surely blow your mind for once. You can explore the quaint cafes & eateries and try out some sumptuous local cuisines or visit the shops to check out silver jewelery, vibrantly colored puppets, knick-knacks, and handicrafts.
Beyond this yellowish sandstone fortress, Jaisalmer is a hub of many other tourist attractions including the desert safari experience. So, plan your next journey to the city and enjoy Desert Safari Jaisalmer to the fullest while having the glimpses of folk cultures of Rajasthan.
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