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Jaisalmer Fort, Rajasthan

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Jaisalmer Fort, Rajasthan
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Jaisalmer fort is a living marvel of architecture and history amidst sands.

Fort Rd, Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001
The fort complex has many places for eating where you can find delicious Italian and French eateries along with authentic local cuisines.
The massiveness of the fort could wear you down a bit in warm weather, so it’s always helpful to dress accordingly and carry some water.
The best season to visit the fort is from October to February.
Free of charge

Jaisalmer fort is a glorious sandstone structure, located in the Jaisalmer city in Rajasthan. Shining magically amidst the golden sands of the Thar Desert from over 800 years back, this fort is an epitome of the exquisiteness of Jaisalmer.


This fort takes its name from the Bhati Rajput ruler, Rao Jaisal, who built this majestic Quilla in 1156.  It is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan. Spread in a massive area of 1500×750 ft, it is one of the largest forts in the world. The fort rises high, scaling a height of over two hundred and fifty feet. This structure is well-reinforced fortress, guarded by a crenellated 30ft high sandstone wall with 99 turrets. It doubles its defense with another 15 ft imposing wall on the basement. It promises to share the wonderful history of battles and royal living; with you.


This fort is built right in the very heart of the city. Even today, here’s a whole population of people living within its walls. You will always find this structure alive with the hustle and bustles of the routines of these merchants, shop owners going about their daily business. You can cherish the authenticity of this quite old fort within its small winding roads alive with residences, markets, and famous temples. It is a marvelous blend of Rajput and Islamic architecture. The insides of the fort attract all tourists with its many buildings, temples and houses made out of soft yellow sandstone


Jaisalmer fort is an ostentatious tourist site with most engaging and phenomenal views of the surrounding grandeur. The architecture of this fort is marked unique with its balconies, many floors, archways, doors, and windows.


The Maharawals: From the many buildings in the fort complex, the Maharawals, in the Chauhata Square, are one of the most splendid ones. There, the magnificent marble throne of Maharawal is placed upon a flight of brilliant marble steps that catches your imagination like none other.


The Jawahar Palace: This is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Jaisalmer fort. The royal family used to reside in the unmatchable noble ambiance of this palace. The delicate construction of this palace fascinates every sight with the sheer beauty of its ornate design.


The four entrances to this fort – Ganesh Pol, Bhoot Pol, Ganesh Pol and Have Pol attract you with the effortlessness of their design and sculpture. The elaborate décor and carvings of the Havelis and the ethnic architecture of its temples mesmerize you beyond compare. The amazement of elaborate drainage system of Ghut Nali, and the device to assume the weather raised on the crest of its walls grasps tourist interest intriguingly.


With every sunset, this fort gleams like melting gold, captivating every eye falling upon it and camouflages itself in the golden expanse of the desert sand. This incredible beauty of the fort has earned it the title of Sonar Quilla from the locals. It is a World heritage site and a celebrated destination of Desert Festival. If you wish to celebrate the authenticity of the desert triangle, the Golden Fort of Jaisalmer is a must-to-visit fun tourist spot.

Opening hours

From early morning to 17:00 hours

How to get there

Jaisalmer is an easy travel from all parts of India. The fort is a very easy-to-reach central location.
The Autos and MUVs can get you to the fort at a very affordable price of INR 10 per head, or you can even take a pleasant 3-4 km walk to the fort.