Raising from shimmering desert, Jaisalmer Fort is truly a mirage, miracle
of red sand stone and testimony of the warier spirit and bravery of Rajput
rulers. This mighty fort on on Trikuta Hill is considered among the grandest
and largest forts of the world. It was built by the Bhati Rajput ruler Rawal
Jaisal in 1156 AD. This fort has been always a subject of strategic
importance. In Medieval period, the fort was a station on trade routes and
today, it is the location of Indo-Pak border in Thar Desert. The fort has
witness several wars including the attack by Ala-ud-din Khilji, the Muslim
ruler of Delhi Sultanate.
Quick Facts Location : in the western most part of Rajasthan State : Rajasthan Altitude : 225 m Built by : Rawal Jaisal Time : 1156 AD Climate : 41.6-25D o C (summer) (23.6-7.9 o C (winter) Best time to Visit : January/ February
within the Fort
Raj Mahal (Royal palace)
Former residence of the royal family, Raj Mahal is a marvelous palace
standing as specimen of Rajasthani architecture. Decoration of murals and
paintings on the walls, corridors and balconies is absolutely amazing. Now,
it houses a museum and heritage centre.
The fort houses seven Jain Temples which are dedicated to the revered Jain
Tirthankaras. The walls, pillars and columns of these temple are stunningly
adorned with sculptures and marble.
Laxminath temple is simple and magnificent in construction. It is located
in the center of Jaisalmer fort. The exquisite feature of the temple is it
has a beautiful dome exhibiting the fine paintings and carvings.
Havelis of Jaisalmer Fort
Havelis inside the fort are one of the biggest attraction among the
tourists. These havelis are adorned with excellent murals and paintings in
miniature style. Some famous havelis include Patwon Ki Haveli, Salim Singh
Ki-Haveli, Nathmalji-Ki-Haveli Gadi Sagar Tank etc.
Four Massive Gateways
Akshaya Pole, Suraj Pole, Hawa Pole and Ganesh Pole are four massive gates.
Akshaya Pole is the entrance gate. Suraj Pole and Ganesh Pole are known for
their beautiful images of Sun and Lord Ganesh. Visit each of them because
every gate has its distinctive features.
Hotels in Jaisalmer
The Heritage hotels of Jaisalmer are world wide known for their royal
hospitality. You will find here plenty of hotels from deluxe to budget
hotels. Havelis in side the fort also offers royal accommodation. Some
famous hotels at Jaisalmer are :
Some Other Attraction Near
the Jaisalmer Fort
A symbol of friendship between Hindu and Muslim, this pyramidal tower is
shaped on Muslim's Tazia on the occasion of Muharram . Gifted by Muslim
craftsmen to Hindu Rajsputs, this tower reflects a delicate work of carving
on the balcony.
Desert National Park
Desert National Park near the Jaisalmer is world wide known for its rare
and distinct desert eco-system. The park has a rugged terrain of sand dunes
and shelters wildlife like black buck, chinkara, wolf, Indian fox, desert
fox, hare and desert cat.
Roaming through the rural areas outside of Jaisalmer riding over the back
of camel is an activity which gives a complete feel about the harshness and
romance in the life of village people. Village safari is a direct access to
the true color of desert Rajasthan.