Amongst all the places to see in Jaisalmer,
the Jaisalmer Fort is the largest. It is in fact, one of the largest
forts around the world. Located on the Tirukuta Hill, this fort was
built by Rao Jaisal, one of the mightiest rulers of Jaislamer. Due to
its location at the golden stretches of the Thar Desert, this fort is
also known as the ‘Sonar Quila’ or the ‘Golden Fort’.
Over the past few centuries, this fort has witnessed several battles
and has successfully endured its pride and glory of being one of the
magnificent forts in Rajasthan. However, kings and battles are no more
persistent and can be found on the pages of history books, leaving
behind their immortal legacy and bonding with this fort.
In addition to the beguiling beauty of the fort, it is also bejeweled
with several astounding monuments within it premises. Raj Mahal,
Laxminath Shrine, Merchant Havelis, the ornate Jain temples and the gateways are some of the major attractions of this fort.
The walls of this 250 feet tall fort are made of crenelated
sandstone and they soar 30 feet high from the ground. The golden yellow
reflections of these walls, which can be seen from a distance, have
gained it the title ‘Golden Fort’. Masking the fort in a yellowish fog,
the fort’s main entrance is a sight to behold. Elevated to about sixty
feet, the entrance is made from the finest quality rosewood. Inside the
fort, there are stables and fortresses of erstwhile kings of the