The cultural heritage of Rajasthan is showcased vividly by its four cities, namely :
- The Pink city or Jaipur
- The Blue city or Jodhpur
- The White city or Udaipur, and
- The Golden city or Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer gets its name because of the picturesque Jaisalmer Fort or Sone ka Quila. The Jaisalmer Fort, which is one of the world’s largest forts and is located in Jaisalmer, stands tall, displaying its beauty and grandeur. It is also known as the Golden Fort because of its enormous yellow sandstone walls, which are bright yellow during the day and fade to honey-gold as the sun sets. It is the epitome of the cultural mix of nomadic desert nomads and aristocracy.
Built in 1156, the fort is a proud possession of the Bhati dynasty. The city of Jaisalmer was founded by Rawal Jaiswal, and the fort of Jaisalmer was built during his reign. It’s a 250-foot-tall fort with 30-foot-long walls to protect it. The fort has 99 bastions, 92 of which were constructed between 1633 and in contrast to other Rajasthani forts, Jaisalmer has a museum, stores, restaurants, residential accommodations, and hotels. The Fort is one of the world’s few living monuments, and it houses a quarter of the city’s inhabitants.
This UNESCO World Heritage site is a symbol of power and pride for the Thar desert. Sonar Quila or JAisalmer Fort , Rajasthan’s second-oldest fort, has witnessed and been a part of numerous legendary conflicts, but it still exudes the same charm and positive emotions that will leave you speechless when you view this magnificent building. As a result, the confluence of Islamic and Rajput architecture may be seen. From the 16th through the 18th centuries, it was also a stop on the silk trade route. Ganesh Pol, Akshya Pol, Suraj Pol, and Hawa Pol are the four entrances to this fort. The Jaisalmer Fort, which sits atop Trikuta Hill, has seen several conflicts.
Apart from the architecture, the Maharawal in Chauhata Square, Raj Mahal, Jain Temple, Laxmikanth Temple, and Jawahar Palace are some of the most intriguing things to see in Jaisalmer Fort. You may also visit the museum, which houses magnificent arms, costumes, utensils, and ornaments from the Rajput empire. Visit the beautiful cafes and try some of the local cuisine, then browse the countless shops for silver jewellery, coloured puppets, souvenirs, and handicrafts. Yellow sandstone utensils are really appealing, and you should definitely stop by and buy one.
For security reasons, the fort has three tiers of walls. The three were built to fortify the fort’s foundation and reinforce the hill’s unstable soil, to make a strong defensive barrier, and to create a final barrier that defending men might employ. But still, the fort once witnessed a Half Jauhar when it was invaded by Amir Ali, the chief of a local Afghan clan, during the reign of Rawal Lunkarna in 1530-51, but due to a lack of time, the ceremonies could not be conducted, and the king opted to slaughter all the ladies himself.
So, if you want to experience the rich cultural heritage of India, Jaisalmer should be on top of your list. the Fort is open all throughout the week, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The entry fee is also nominal, being Rs 50 for Indians and Rs. 250 for Foreign nationals.
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