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Jaisalmer Fort - Golden Fort - Sonar Qila

Jaisalmer Fort in Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer Fort in Jaisalmer (Credit.38476144@N07)
Jaisalmer Fort or Sonar Qila or Golden Fort is one of the largest forts in the world, situated in Jaisalmer city, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The fort is located in the midst of sandy landscape of Great Thar Desert.

Things to Do & See:

The second oldest 'Jaisalmer Fort' has 99 stone carved bastions & 92 out of these bastions are around 350 years old. It was used as the platform for guns & defense purposes.

The fort accommodates the people within its huge ramparts. There are numerous palaces, havelis & temples within the fort including - the Maharawal's PalaceĀ  on the forefront which has a marble throne located on the passage of marble steps, Tazia Tower-five storeyed building which has ornamented Bengali style roofs. The four entrance gates (also called as poles) Ganesh Pol, Akshya Pol, Suraj Pol and Hawa Pol attracts the passerby. At the Hawa pole, the residence of the royal families, Raj Mahal, is very beautiful palace. The seven Jain Temples superior in its design & resembling with Dilwara Temple, Mount Abu hold a powerful presence in the fort.

The Fort looks a tawny lion colored during the day & honey-gold during the sunset on the yellow sand background & thus often called as Golden Fort. After the sun down, one can have the beholding view of Jaisalmer Fort.

This stone carved Jaisalmer Fort is really one of the wonders from Rajasthan.

How to Reach?

By Air: Jaisalmer has no direct connectivity. Jodhpur airport is 300 Km away connected to all major metros of India.

By Rail: Jaisalmer is connected through broad gauge as well as meter gauge railway tracks. The famous Palace on Wheel also stops here.

By Road: Jaisalmer is well connected to the rest of state. Auto rickshaw is a cheap mode of local transportation.


Jaisalmer has several excellent accommodation choices to suit all budgets & specifications.