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Jaisalmer

Erected in 1156 AD by the Bhati Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal (from where it takes its name) and situated in the city of Jaisalmer, Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest forts in the world and the second oldest in Rajasthan. Built with yellow sandstone, this Fort is a real eye-catcher and wonder in the Golden City of Jaisalmer.

Located in the midst of the golden sands of the mighty Thar Desert, on Trikuta Hill, the Fort, with its yellow sandstone walls, blends perfectly with the sunset colours of the evening and the conspicuous golden tint of the massive desert. It is for this very reason that the Jaisalmer Fort is also referred to as the ‘Golden Fort’. Standing proud at 250 ft tall with daunting sandstone walls 30 ft high, this magnificent Fort has 99 bastions of which 92 were built between 1633 and 1647. Numerous wells within the Fort provide a constant supply of water to people residing within it.

Jaisalmer was the last of the Rajputana clan to sign a treaty with the British, although it was only after ample time was spent at the negotiation table. Also known for its old mansions, better known as Havelis, Jaisalmer is also a major scholastic and artistic hub showcasing folk dances as well as semi classical and folk music. Once a peaceful desert town, it has moved up as a major tourist destination revered both by Indian as well as foreign tourists.