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#1 of 26 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer
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address
Fort road, Manak Chowk, Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001, India
contact
+91-2992-252404
entry fee
50
Camera Fee
100
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timings
All days of the week
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM
visit duration
2 to 4 hours

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about jaisalmer fort

The Jaisalmer Fort is one of the few living monuments in the world and home to a fourth of the city’s population. Rawal Jaisal, a ruler belonging to the Bhatti clan of Rajputs and who gave his name to the town, is said to have started constructing the fort in 1156. Later rulers added to the edifice, which faced attacks by armies from Delhi and Jodhpur. Throughout its history, people have been living in the fort, and this adds to the extraordinariness of the place.

Built in yellow sandstone, this wondrous monument looks like a ship in a sea of golden sands from afar, giving it the name of Ship Fort as well. The rising and setting sun is said to adorn the mighty walls and paved ways of this fort in another colour and trust me on this one, seeing is believing. Life seems to go in this place endlessly, with children running down streets chasing butterflies and women walking about with pots of milk. The main courtyard of this massive structure is known as the Dussehra Chowk, which is dotted with small shops, eateries, hotels, people and decked in all imaginable hues and colours. It is easy to lose yourself to the architectural majesty of this fort as you walk around. Guides will find you at the entrance Gopa Chowk itself and its advisable to hire one for easy maneuvering around the place. Don't settle for anything more than INR 400.

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2 Jaisalmer Fort reviews
Mar 28 2014
The fort actually contains a small living city complete with shops!
Mar 28 2014
Not to be missed when in Jaisalmer. The audio guide is really informative so worth taking it if you are visiting the first time.
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