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Jaisalmer Fort


The imposing fort was initiated by Rawal Jaisal in the 12th century. The Bhatti rulers had kept on strengthening the fort and consequently the fort has been among one of the living forts in Indian history. Access the fort by a ramp winding through four colossal gates. See the Dussera Chowk, Raj Mahal in the fort.

The Golden City of Jaisalmer is in the Indian state of Rajasthan and borders Pakistan. Jaisalmer means the "Hill Fort of Jaiswal". The desert city is a wonderful destination for the tourists visiting Rajasthan, and is the chief attraction on the route of the ultra luxury train, the Palace on Wheels.

Founded by the Bhati Rajput Chief Rawal Jaiswal, Jaisalmer is much famed for its mesmerizing sand dunes and wonderful camel safaris, and, of course, stunning sunsets. The desert city is also much renowned for its beautiful stone and wooden havelis with conspicuous facades.

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Salim Singh ki Haveli and Patwon ki Haveli are some of the main havelis of Jaisalmer and the chief attractions of the Golden City. However, it is the magnificent Jaisalmer Fort with yellow sandstone walls and attractive bastions that is really the pride of Jaisalmer.

Perhaps, the only "Living Fort" of the country (it houses more than one-fourth of the total population of the city), the Jaisalmer Fort is situated on the Trikuta Hills and dominates the landscape with its towering presence. The fort with crenellated walls is more than 100 feet high. The imposing and strong Jaisalmer Fort defied the likes of the sultan of the Delhi Sultanate Allauddin Khilji for seven long years.

Raj Mahal Temple, Laxmi Nath Temple, and Jain Temples inside the fort complex are the key attractions of the area. So are the surrounding sand dunes that appear straight out of perfect picture cards and which take a beautiful golden yellow hue during the sunsets. Camel rides on these sand dunes at such times turn out to be the experience of a lifetime.

Besides, magnificent fort, havelis, sand dunes, and picture postcard sunsets, Jaisalmer is also much famous for its excellent food. In fact, the desert city boasts of some of the best mouth-watering delicacies of Rajasthan that include Murgh-e-Subz (boneless strips of chicken stir fried with shredded vegetables), Ker Sangri (desert-beans and capers), and Bhanon Aloo (potatoes stuffed with mint paste and simmered in gravy).

While on a visit to Jaisalmer, don't miss these and some other local delights for which the desert state of Rajasthan in general, and Jaisalmer in particular, is much well-known the world over.

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