by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 A.D., Jaisalmer is situated deep in the heart of
Thar Desert and abounds ancient palaces, temples and quaint settlements. As
the sun sets, the sandstone buildings emit a lustrous glow, that make
Jaisalmer the "Golden City".
: Jodhpur (285 km) is the nearest airport.
: Regular bus services link Jaisalmer to Jodhpur, Ramdeora
Built in 1156 A.D., the Jaisalmer fort is the second oldest fort in
Rajasthan after Chittaurgarh. It was founded by the Bhatti Rajput chieftain
Rawal Jaisal. The fort is made in soft The ramparts, bastions and the
long-stretching walls of the fort dazzle gloriously during early morning and
at sunset. Two hundred and fifty feet tall and reinforced by an imposing
crenellated sandstone wall 30 feet high, it has 99 bastion, out of which 92
were built between 1633 and 1647.
The five story edifice adorns itself with balconies and windows that
displays some of the finest masonry work, while the interior is painted and
tiled in typical Rajput style. The main attractions within the fort are a
group of beautifully carved Jain temples built between the 12th and 15th
The fort stands almost 30 meters over the city and unbelivebly houses an
entire living area within huge ramparts. It is approached through Ganesh
Pol, Suraj Pol, Bhoot Pol and Hawa Pol.There are several entrances, called
'pols' that guard the Megh Durbar and the Jawahar Mahal, which bear the
imperial symbols of the Bhatti clan's lunar lineage. Outside the fort, is
the main market place called Manek Chowk.
These days the fort is crowded by a population of merchants and shop owners
living within its walls. The small lanes are surrounded with number of
houses, temples, and shops. Jaisalmer fort essentially boosts life with the
people who goes about their daily routines. Many tourists make it to this
exotic town where camel safaris are popular as is the annual desert festival