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Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer FortLocation :Jaisalmer
Built in : 1156
Highlights : Architecture, miniatures and Bazaars
Perfect Time to Visit : October to March

Jaisalmer Fort is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan. Two hundred and fifty feet tall, this fort stands at the top of 80m high Trikuta hill. The outer wall of the palace, house and temples are made of soft yellow sandstone. It has 99 bastions, 92 of which were built between 1633 and 1647. It has narrow winding lanes and four huge gateways, the last gate leads to main chowk, which is dominated by the old palace of the Maharwal. The fort has a number of wells, which still are a regular source of water to almost one fourth of the cities population.
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Jaisalmer fort is simply captivating by the nightfall. Made of sand stones, this fort is locally known as Sonar Quila, and dominates all the structures amidst sands. It is approached through Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol, Bhoot Pol and Hawa Pol. The fort has many beautiful havelies and a group of Jain temples dating from the 12th to the 15th centuries. Jaisalmer fort is one of the marvels of Rajasthani architecture, particularly of the stone-carver’s art.

How to Reach
Air :Nearest airport is Jodhpur (285 kms)
Rail : A well connected rail network with all the major cities of India
Road :The city is well connected with buses. For local transport, one can use auto-rickshaws and taxis.

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