Jaisalmer Fort was built by Rawal Jaisal in the 12th century, when he founded the city of Jaisalmer. Once, this fort could accommodate an entire population of Jaisalmer within its colossal structure, and even today, descendants of those who served the Rajput kings, live in havelis and houses inside the fort. Today, this fort is bestowed with UNESCO World Heritage Site status, along with other hill forts of Rajasthan. It is also called Sonar Quila, as the fort glows at dawn and dusk with a golden glow due to the sunlight reflected back by the yellow sandstone.
When to visit Jaisalmer Fort?
The duration between August to March is favorable to visit Jaisalmer Fort. The climate remains cool, and the weather is sunny, with less of heat felt during daytime outings.
Best Sites to see inside the fort?
Jaisalmer Fort is like a small town, where visitors can roam around the entire fort on innumerable crisscrossing lanes, and visit old houses and havelis, royal palaces, handicraft shops, restaurants, temples, guest houses, and a museum showcasing Rajput-era treasures. The merchant havelis inside the fort has people living there since many centuries. There are several Jain and Hindu temples, which have intricately carved sculptures and delicate carvings. There are cannons at various view points of the fort, and rooftop restaurants where you can have mouth-watering Rajasthani food.
What else to see apart from fort?
Apart from the fort itself, there are so many interesting tourist landmarks to visit in Jaisalmer. Gadisar Lake is an incredibly picturesque lake, surrounded by magnificent temples, shrines, and ghats. Visitors can boat inside the lake, feed the fishes, and view natural scenery and magical sunsets. The beautifully sculpted memorials of Bada Bagh and Vyas Chhatri are also impressive for their stunning beauty. The ornate merchant havelis like Patwon ki haveli, Nathmal ki haveli and Salim Singh ki haveli have opulent décor and rich carvings. But perhaps, the most beautiful place to visit near Jaisalmer would undoubtedly be Sam Sand Dunes. The golden sand dunes here stretch for miles around, looking dazzlingly beautiful around dusk and dawn.
Where to stay in Jaisalmer?
Visitors to Jaisalmer can stay in total comfort and luxury in heritage hotels and luxury resorts. These hotels and resorts have an exotic appeal in their rooms and suites, and also the facilities and amenities required by modern travelers. Hotel Rang Mahal, Suryagarh, Fort Rajwada, Gorbandh Palace, Desert Tulip, Jaisalmer Marriott Resort, Hotel Killa Bhawan are just some of the many lavish accommodation options available in Jaisalmer. You can also book a Jaisalmer trip from Chetram Voyages which include accommodation in hotel & camp, AC Cab as local transport, tour guide and desert safari activities which is mentioned below. Have a look at this list of top 10 best camps in Jaisalmer from Chetram Voyages.
How far is Sam Sand Dunes?
Just 45 km from city of Jaisalmer, after a 45 minute drive from the city, visitors can come to Sam Sand Dunes in the Thar Desert. A camp stay in the dunes let them experience the wilderness of the desert, and the rustic beauty of its hamlets. There are exciting things to do like a camel safari, dune bashing, watching sunsets, enjoying folk dances and music, a simple Rajasthani meal, and star gazing at night. And also check our Chetram Voyages Jaisalmer desert safari tours.