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Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort

Constructed in 1156 and located right in the heart of the Thar desert, the Jaisalmer Fort is one of the last princely bastions in the region. Quite like a mirage in the vast expanse of sand, the huge turrets of the Jaisalmer Fort lure the travelers to this magnificent structure. The golden hue of the fort can be accredited to the yellow sandstone of which it is made up.

Among all the major forts in Rajasthan, Jaisalmer is the second oldest fort after Chittorgarh. The construction of this fort is credited to Raja Jaisal who wanted to shift his capital from Lodurva which had become prone to frequent attacks. The fort towers to a height of almost 30 meters and houses an entire living area within its ramparts. The fort is endowed with as many as 99 bastions that were used as gun platforms. The fort can be approached by four gates called the Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol, Bhoot Pol and Hawa Pol. The fort also houses a number of beautiful palaces and Jain temples that can be traced from 12th to 15th centuries. Jaisalmer Fort was constructed very strategically at the crossroads of lucrative trade routes. It served as an important gate for the trade route and Jaisalmer grew wealthy on the proceeds.

Today the fort has a population that amounts to almost a quarter of modern Jaisalmer. The population mostly comprises of merchants and shop owners. Narrow, meandering lanes are packed with houses, temples, and shops. Jaisalmer Fort is often touted as one of the marvels of the Rajasthani architecture, and there is a good amount of interest among the tourists regarding this exotic place. The camel safaris and the annual desert festival in February act as the major highlights.

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Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest forts in the world. It is situated in Jaisalmer city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It was built in 1156 AD by the Bhati Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal, from where it derives it name.