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Jaisalmer Fort or Sonar Quila is one of the famous tourist attraction of Jaisalmer city, India. Read further for history and attractions in Jaisalmer Fort, Rajasthan.
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Jaisalmer Fort

The famous Jaisalmer Fort is also known as Sonar Quila.

Jaisalmer Fort, IndiaJaisalmer Fort in Rajasthan - Like a yellow sandstone fabric that seems to issue skywards from the golden sands, the Jaisalmer Fort standing guard over the desert scape from its 76 m perch on the hill, is sheer magic and a splendid sight. Built by the Bhati Rajput Maharawal Jaisal about 800 yeara ago and reinforced by successive rulers, it housed an entire township within its huge ramparts. The fortress has 99 bastions and its defences were reinforced by having massive round stones placed all around its ramparts, which were hurled down upon their enemies below.

The steep cobble stone pathway leads to the fort, through a series of massive gates, passing along the way a second wall running parallel to the lower outer wall. You enter the fort from the east from Gopa Chowk. It is approachable through four successive gates, the Akhai Prol, Ganesh Prol, Suraj Prol and Hava Prol. The last gateway leads in to the main courtyard, Dussehra Chowk, once the scene of gathering of troops, processions, animal sacrifices and the Jauhars. These days it becomes alive during festive celebrations and from here stone paved lanes with slopes, restaurants, hotels and houses lead to various parts of the fort. The fort still houses palaces of the Maharawals, some old Jain temples and the famous havelis. The fort walls provide superb views of the old city and the surrounding desert landscape. Just north of the fort is the popular Sunset Point for sundown views over Jaisalmer.

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