Visiting Jaisalmer Fort, also known as Sonar Quila or the Golden Fort. Jaisalmer is one of the top tourist destinations in Rajasthan. It’s renowned for its unique charm and cultural richness. Here’s a guide to help you plan your tour to Jaisalmer Fort:
History Of Jaisalmer Fort
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this massive fort which is made up of yellow sandstone is the first choice of the tourists visiting Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer is also known as the golden city and a look at this marvel shining in the daylight just mesmerizes the tourists and this is also the reason why it is known as the ‘Sonar Quila’ or the Golden Fort. The construction of this fort dates back to the year 1156 CE when Rawal Jaisal , the founder of Jaisalmer ordered the construction of this stunning fort.
Architecture Of Jaisalmer Fort
The fort is situated on a hill which is about 250ft high and overlooks the city. This fort has experienced several instances of attacks, several captures and wars fought between the Mughals, the Bhatis and the Marathas who tried to capture the fort on several occasions. The fort is a multi storied structure and is so magnanimous that over 3000 people still live within the walls of this fort. The Jaisalemer Fort has also been mentioned in the works of the great Indian film maker and author – Satyajit Ray and is still a popular destination among the movie directors where they shoot the classic scenes for their movies. Roaming around the Jaisalmer Fort feels like you’re roaming around in the set of the movie Aladdin and The chivalry and grandeur of the maharajas of Jaisalmer can be experienced as one walks through the broad pathways. The ancient Jain temples which are inside the fort are not to be missed. There are total seven temples and each with some unique architectural beauty and are visited by Jain pilgrims and other tourists throughout the year. There are many roof top restaurants where one can have a gala time at the night under the star studded sky.
How to Rach To Jaisalmer Fort
- By Air: Jaisalmer has a domestic airport, Jaisalmer Airport (JSA), which is well-connected to major Indian cities like Delhi, Jaipur, and Mumbai.
- By Train: Jaisalmer is accessible by train from various cities in India. The Jaisalmer Railway Station is well-connected to major cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, and more.
- By Road: You can also reach Jaisalmer by road. The city is well-connected by state and national highways.
Best Time to Visit Jaisalmer Fort
The best time to visit Jaisalmer Fort is during the winter months, from October to March, when the weather is pleasant and cool.