Jaisalmer is currently the hottest tourist destination in Rajasthan, popular among the domestic and international travel enthusiasts in India. The city rightly got its nickname, because of its yellowish golden architecture for which it is often referred as the Golden City of Rajasthan. It is well known for its rich culture, royal heritage, and the vastness of Thar Desert. The city is located in the western region of the royal state.
When it comes to Jaisalmer, one thing that comes in mind is the iconic Jaisalmer Fort. And here we are going to share some detail information about this grand castle. So, let’s take a look on how beautifully Jaisalmer Fort takes pride for boasting Jaisalmer tourism.
About Jaisalmer Fort –
With many interesting nicknames of “Sonar Qila” and “Golden Fort”, Jaisalmer Fort the most attractive part of the city. The majestic fortress is widely famed for being the only living fort or one of the ancient continuously inhabited forts in the world. Its majestic structure stands atop of the Trikuta hills at a notable height of 250 feet and is nothing less than an architectural wonder. The massive use of yellowish sandstone in its architecture gives the city is classic golden touch.
Sonar Qila was established by a Bhati Rajput ruler, Raja Rawal Jaisal in 1156 AD. He choose to built a grand castle on the Trikuta hills located at the great Thar Desert for his fort to stand and symbolize the dominance and power of the Rajputana kingdom.
The Golden Fort is well known as the second oldest fort in Rajasthan and has seen many legendary battles but even today it behold its charisma which is enough to allure everyone. One can observe the fusion of Islamic and Rajput style of architecture. It has also been a part of the silk trade route from the 16th to 18th century.
Jaisalmer Fort is a legendary castle and holds a great significance in the grand history. The fort has 4 grand entrances Ganesh Pol, Akshay pol, Suraj Pol, and Hawa Pol. Each one having their own significance like Suraj Pol got its name because of the first sun rays over the city used to hit the gate similarly other gates also have an interesting story to tell.
There are many other places that adds their importance to histories like Akhal Vilas, the Rang Mahal, Sarvottam Vilas, Gaj Mahal, and the Moti Mahal. The Moti Mahal is also known as Salim Singh ki Haveli and is beautifully designed. It was built in 1815 with a peacock-shaped roof & numerous balconies that this place will give a jaw-dropping view.
Major attractions inside Sonar Qila –
- A marble throne and many ancient items at Raj Mahal or Maharawal Palace
- The five-storied Tazia Tower opposite Maharawal Palace.
- The impressive design and architecture of Jawahar Palace, Zenana Mahal, Gaj Mahal, Bada Vilas, Moti Mahal, Sarvottam Vilas, and other palaces in the fort.
- Diwan-i-Khas and Diwan-i-Aam are the two majestic halls for public and private audiences respectively.
- The Lakshminath Temple is dedicated to Hindu deities Vishnu and Laksmi.
- The seven Jain temples in Jaisalmer Fort were built during 12-16th centuries – Parsvanath Temple, Chandraprabha Temple, Sitalantha Temple, Sambhavanatha Temple, Santinatha, and Kunthunatha Temple, and Rishabhanatha Temple.
- The massive Sambhavanatha Temple houses 600 idols.
- Also, there’s a library in the Jain Temple complex for rare manuscripts called Gyan Bhandar
- Eateries at Dusshera Chowk serves delicious local cuisines.
- Many local shops selling ethnic silver jewelry, Rajasthani clothing, ornaments, patchwork bedspreads, wall hangings, camel leather bags, lahaeriya sarees, and more.
- Zigzag alleys within the fortress gives the 360 degree view of the surroundings from its rooftop.
Places to visit near Jaisalmer Fort
While on Jaisalmer Sightseeing tour, one must also embark on a visit to these places and admire the fine architecture it shows. So, let’s see what more you can cover on a full-day sightseeing of Jaisalmer city.
- Raja ka Mahal (550 m)
- Rani ka Mahal (550 m)
- Salim Singh ki Haveli (650 m)
- Nathmalji ki Haveli (800 m)
- Patwon ki Haveli (1 km)
- Tazia Tower (1 km)
- Government Museum (1 km)
- Gadsisar Lake (2 km)
- Vyas Chhatri (2 km)
- The Thar Heritage Museum (2 km)
- Amar Sagar Jain Temple (6 km)
- Bada Bagh (7 km)
- Jaisalmer War Museum (13 km)
In the bottom line, whether you are a history buff or adventure lover, a trip to Jaisalmer is incomplete without visiting the Sonar Qila. Although the fort has witnessed many legendary battles, it still stands strong and holds an excellent charm that draws tourists from far and wide. If you want to explore the various tourist attractions of Jaisalmer with your friends and family, then it is best to book an all-inclusive and flexible Jaisalmer tour package with us to enjoy the holiday leisurely.