Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer

Like various other cities of Rajasthan, in Jaisalmer too you will find different facets of its own glorious heritage. Though you can find historical monuments scattered all over the city, the living Jaisalmer Fort, immense in size, will immediately command your attention.
Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer 
If you visit the fort at the crack of down, the beauty of the Jaisalmer Fort would mesmerize you. As the early morning rays dawn on the fort, they cast a midas touch. As far as your eye takes you the yellow sandstone fort turns magical golden yellow, lending the fort its name, Sonar or the golden fort. The Jaisalmer fort is dominating structure in the sand-scape.
The Jaisalmer Fort is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan after Chittaur, and commands the desertscape from its 250 feet high pedestal on the Trikuta Hill. Three strong walls protect the citadel. The fort has five palaces called Sarvottam Vilas, Akhai Vilas, Gaj Mahal, Rang Mahal and Moti Mahal.
The fort is a subtle fusion of Rajput and Islamic architectural styles. Two hundred and fifty feet tall and reinforced by imposing crenellated 30 feet high sandstone wall, it has 99 bastions built in 1956 A.D. The fort is approachable through one main entrance, followed by four gates namely, Suraj Pol, Ganesh Pol, Akshya Pol and Hawa Pol, each of which is hidden from the other.
Jali or latticework screens of excellent craftsmanship shade interiors from the fierce heat and desert winds. The Rang Mahal has some exquisite murals painted on arches and spandrels. The fort contains one-third of the city's population.
The fort also houses many old Hindu as well as Jain temples, beautifully carved havelis, the entire living area is well protected within the ramparts of the fort.
Vibrant Bazaars, coffee shops and quaint multi-cuisine eateries make the place throb with activity. As you meander through the cobbled pathway and narrow passages, the beauty of the fort will absolutely enchant you.
  • Jain Temples - The Jain temples situated in the Jaisalmer Fort are a must see. The ancient temples dating back to 12th and 15th centuries A.D. are dedicated to various Jain Tirthankars, and have high pilgrimage as well as archaeological value attached to them. Built in yellow stone, the Delwara style temples are dedicated to Rishabhdev and Shambhavnath, Parswanath, the famous Jain hermits known as Tirthankars. Astapadhi temples that are situated in the same complex, are a must visit too.

  • Gyan Bhandar - Gyan Bhandar is a small basement chambers inside the Fort. You will find some of the oldest manuscripts of India in this library.