Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan
in this Section :
Fast Facts, Brief history, Jaisalmer Fort Overview,
Speciality, Accommodation and Accessibility.
Jaisalmer, West Rajasthan
563 kms from Jaipur city
Best Time To Visit :
October to March
Jaisalmer Fort is considered as the second oldest fort in the state of
Rajasthan, the oldest being the Chittaurgarh Fort. The fort was built in the
twelfth century, 1156 A.D., to be precise. Jaisalmer town, as it stands
amidst the desert lands of Rajasthan, owed an immense importance in the
past. The place, back then constituted as one of the bases that formed the
trade link between Egypt, Arab, Persia and India. The traders and merchants,
who were in business then, employed stone craftsmen to build for them great
places and mansions, which still stand as great attractions. Despite the
intense heat and regular sandstorms, the fort has survived and survived to
tell its tale.
Jaisalmer Fort - Overview
Jaisalmer Fort stands perched on the popular Trikuta Hills in the Jaisalmer
town of Rajasthan. Rising to an imposing height of 250 feet from the ground,
the fort in no way escapes the visitors attention. The fort lanes can be
seen as inhabited by a small population of merchants and shop owners. The
wells built within the fort can be seen as providing the source till date.
The region is also marked by a number of mansions and havelis that were
built by the prosperous traders and merchants in the later centuries. The
golden yellow sandstone that has been employed in the construction of this
fort gives it a unique outlook. It is because of this fact that the fort is
sometimes called as Sonar Qila (meaning golden fort). This fort looks quite
fascinating at night.
What's So Special
The location of Jaisalmer Fort is considered as one of the factors
responsible for its mysterious impression. In the middle of the desert, on
top of a hill and with vast stretches of desolate lands provides a perfect
Jaisalmer Fort, as a massive structure, features bastions - at least 99,
sky pointing turrets, strong walls of encampment and the golden yellow
sandstone that looks beautiful from a distance.
The fort complex also homes a small population, shops, mansions and more.
The whole place gives an insight of the medieval culture, of which the place
boasts about most. The by lanes, colorful mansions, population with their
livestock gives impressions of the bygone days. Also located within the
complex premises are some ancient Jain Temples.
There is a domestic airport provided in the
Jodhpur city that avails the means of reaching the city in a plane. Flights
operate from cities like Delhi and Mumbai. However, the airport is about 285
kms far from the city.
Trains coming from different destinations
regularly reach the place. There is a regular service from the city of
Jodhpur. The city (Jodhpur) also lies en route the circuit on which luxury
train Palace on Wheels runs.
Bus Services :
Short and long distance buses from
different parts of city are available. Buses frequently come from Jodhpur
Places Where You Can Stay
Some nearby place where you can stay are given below :
Hotel Simla, Ishar Palace, Hotel Chandra Niwas, Hotel Laxmi Niwas, Hotel
Jaisal Castle, Hotel Paradise, Hotel Shree Palace.
Jaisalmer Fort Tour Packages
Features : The package
provide guided city tours encompassing the historic sites located there.
Junagarh and Jaisalmer Fort are some of the destinations you will find
yourself at. There will be a two days stay at Jaisalmer giving you
enough time to explore the surroundings. You will also get to spend some
time at Mehrangarh Fort, Jaisalmer.
Features : Romantic Maharaja
Tour Package is a 20 days non stop adventure at the famous cities of
North India. You will get to visit a number of popular tourist place
including the famous forts of Rajasthan. From your arrival till
departure all travel assistance will be provided. The package provides
you excellent means of transport, accommodation and catering.
Features : This 11 days
package is a head on start, from the city of Jaipur to various
historical places in the state. The tour will take you across such
places and monuments like Amber Fort, Mehrangarh Fort, Junagarh Fort,
etc. Besides that the tour also provides for camel and village safaris.
Features : This 18 days tour
starts from Delhi city and takes you to the historic forts located in
this city and the cities of Agra and Delhi. The tour takes into account
travel, accommodation and catering. Full assistance provided during the
entire tour. You will be visiting the famous Mehrangarh Fort, Amber Fort
and the Jaisalmer Fort.
Features : The package offers
guided city tours of several cities of Rajasthan like Bikaner,
Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaipur, Chittaurgarh and Bharatpur. The
package includes travel cost, accommodation, catering and other
assistance. The places covered includes the popular tourist places
encompassing forts, palaces and lakes.