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Jaisalmer Fort

The main attraction in Jaisalmer, Jaisalmer fort is located in the southern part of the state of Rajasthan, India. Constructed out of yellow sandstone it stands 76 m above the town on a triangular hill 'Trikuta' enclosed by a 9m wall with 99 bastions. Built in 1156 AD by the Rajput King Rawal Jaisal, from where it derives it's name, Jaisalmer fort is a magnificent fortress that boasts a number of elaborated wooden havelis. The fort is the second oldest of Rajasthan's major forts after Chittorgarh.

Jaisalmer Fort

Often called the Sonar Quila or the Golden fort, because the fort's wall merges with the golden hues of the desert ambience and becomes a magical honey-gold. Jaisalmer fort is approached through four massive gateways - Akshaya Pole, Suraj Pole, Hawa Pole and Ganesh Pole. The entrance gate is Akshya Pol which is situated on the eastern side of the fort. Across the road is the Suraj-Pol. Built by Maharawal Bhim, the Suraj Pol is flanked by heavy bastions and has bands of decoration. The gate is embellished with a figure of Sun and Lord Ganesh. Constructed during the 17th century, the Hawa Pol is a massive Gateway, attached by palace and courtyard known as Dussehra Chowk. The Ganesh Pol is another massive gate that also has the image of Lord Ganesh at the top.

Like other Rajput Forts, one can see Jain and Hindu temples, palaces and charming havelis inside this fort. The jali work and delicately ornamented balconies and windows with Bengali style makes this fort as a marvel of Rajasthani architecture. The enormous stone paved ramp leads to a large courtyard inside the fort where one can see a beautiful palace the Juna Mahal. It is a seven storey palace that has many squares which were formerly used to review troops, hear petitions and entertainment for important visitors. One of the oldest Rajasthani palaces it stands under a vast umbrella of metal that is mounted on a stone shaft. Next to it is the men's quarters including the Rang Mahal. Situated above the Hawa Mahal it was built during the reign of Mulraj II (1762-1820). It's murals and mirror decoration makes it as a worthy visit. The historic spot of the Satiyon-Ka-Pagthiya(step of the Sati) is situated at the entrance of the palace.


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