Jaisalmer Fort is the epitome of Indian artwork and design and military magnificence. It is the crowning glory of the Golden City of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.
It is 250 feet tall and is bound on all sides by the fortifying wall built of sandstone that climbs to a height of 30 feet. Carved of stone are 99 bastions which were used as platforms for guns. 92 of these bastions were built between the year 1633 to 1647. The fort would house the people within its huge ramparts. The palace of the Maharawals lie in front of the Chauhata Square. The Maharawal's marble throne is placed over a flight of marble steps. There is also a five-storeyed Tazia tower. This was decorated with Bengali styled roofs. For the defense of the people, another wall was constructed parallel to the first wall. A pathway lies in between the two. The entrance gates are named as Ganesh Pol, Rang Pol, Bhoota Pol and the Hava Pol.
The royal family resides in the Jawahar Palace. The market place in the fort is known as the Manek Chowk. Atop the ramparts lie constructed a structure that was used to forecast the weather. A flag placed centrally on it would denote the wind direction which depicted the weather through the year. The source of water were the wells constructed in the fort. With the increase of population, people established settlements outside the fort as well. However, the fort still remains the hub of activity.
The Jaisalmer Fort is a spectacular construction built in the desert and a starred attraction for tourists. Yellow sandstone lends the golden colour to the fort that lures tourists from all over the world.
The fort is located in the heart of the city and very near to Manak Chowk.
Best Time to Visit
Tourists who cannot bear the heat in Rajasthan can book their tickets for Jaisalmer in between October and March.
How to Reach
Tourists can take an auto-rickshaw or a cab.
Location of Jaisalmer Fort, Rajasthan
|Jaisalmer Fort - Entry Fee, Timing, Address, Official Website|
|Address||Fort road, Manak Chowk, Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan - 345001|
|Entry Fee||For Indians: 50 Rs. For Foreigners : 250 Rs. (with audio guide)|
|Timing||6:00 Hours - 17:00 Hours|
|Phone No (Official)||+91-2992-252404|