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Jaisalmer Fort Tour

Jaisalmer FortThe Jaisalmer Fort looks especially magical when it is light up in the night. It’s fascinating to wander around this living fort. It’s packed with houses, temples, handicraft shops, beauty parlours and narrow winding lanes, all of them paved in stones. Vehicles are not allowed inside, even building materials have to be carried up by camel carts.

Jaisalmer fort is approached through many gates. The Akshya Pol is the entrance gate of the fort. Across the road is the Suraj-Pol. The Suraj Pol is embellished with a figure of Sun. The Hawa Pol (Wind Pol) is an enormous Gateway, girdled by palaces and courtyard and was constructed during the 17th century AD.

Over the centuries it was the focus of a number of battles between the Bhattis, the Mughals of Delhi and the Rathores of Jodhpur. This is the planets‘s only living forts, with about a quater of the old city’s population residing in it.
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Architecture of Jaisalmer Fort in India
Built in 1156 by the Bhatti Rajput ruler Jaisals, and reinforced by the latter rulers, the Jaisalmer Fort crowns the 80m-high Trikuta Hill. Mounted atop the almost triangular triple-peaked hill, the fort rises like a sunbeam from the desert, 250 feet tall, and is reinforced by an imposing crenellated sandstone wall 30 feet high.

The fort has 99 Bastions around its circumference and is protected by three walls. The lower wall is of solid stone blocks which reinforce the loose ruble of which Trikuta Hill is composed. The second wall snakes around the fort, Above the fort flies the Jaisalmer standard, featuring a chhatri, or umbrella shaped device against a red and yellow background.

Salim Singh ki HaveliThe fort entrance is through a forbidding series of massive gates via a stone paved lane leading to a large courtyard. The square was formerly used to review troops, hear petitions and present extravagant entertainment for important visitors The five storey fort adorns itself with balconies and windows that displays some of the finest masonry work, while the interior is painted and tiled in typical Rajput style. The bastions envelops a whole township that consist of palace complex, the havelis of rich merchants, several temples and the residential complexes of the armies and merchants.


Tourist Attractions Near the Jaisalmer Fort
The main attractions within the fort are a group of beautifully carved Jain temples, built between the 12th and 15th century AD. Also Patwon-ki-Haveli (House of the Brocade Merchants), Salim Singh ki Haveli and Nathmal ki Haveli are the few most exquisite monuments of the famous Jaisalmer.
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