Location: In the very heart of Jaisalmer
How to reach: Better to take an auto-rickshaw or a rickshaw
Attraction: Architecture, miniatures and Bazaars
Timings: Early morning till 5 P.M.
Jaisalmer Fort is a monument worth visiting and worth retaining in your
conscious mind. 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 Jaisalmer
Fort will immediately command your attention. Made of sand stones and
locally known as Sonar Quila, the Jaisalmer Fort is a dominating
structure amidst sands.
The city is said to be founded by one Raja Rawal Jaisal, a Bhatti
Rajput ruler, in approximately 1156 A D. Legends go by that he did it on
the behest of a local hermit named Eesaal. The raja choose Trikuta hill
as the new site for his fort as his earlier adobe at Luderwa(16 k.m from
present Jaisalmer) was too vulnerable to his comfort. But it should
always be kept in mind that these legends are most of the time product
of conscious minds that are very vulnerable to the oriental
Jaisalmer fort is the second oldest in Rajasthan. Two hundred and fifty
feet tall and reinforced by imposing crenellated sandstone wall 30 feet
high; it has 99 bastions, 92 of which were built between 1633 and 1647.
Wells within the fort still provide a regular source of water. Even
today, you will find that nearly one fourth of the old city's population
resides within the fort. If you are a student of cross-cultural merging,
the subtle fusion of Rajput and Islamic architectural styles, visible in
this fort, will catch your fancy. Ganesh Pol, Akshya Pol, Suraj Pol and
Hawa Pol are a must see.