Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest forts in the world located in the Jaisalmer city in Rajasthan, India. Also known as the Sonar Kila of Rajasthan or 'Sone Ka Quila (Golden Fort)', this imposing fort was built in 1156 AD by the Bhati Rajput ruler Rao Jaisal. This magnificent fort stands majestically in the heart of the endless golden sands of Thar Desert and remains a major draw for tourists from across the world.
Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jaisalmer Fort is located on Trikuta Hill and is known as a site that has witnessed many a battle in the past. Built atop a 75 m high hill, the fort has been built using the Islamic and Rajput architectural styles. Inside the fort complex, there are several impressive structures including palaces, temples and houses. The complex is extremely expansive and with the extensive use of yellow sandstone in its making, it looks imposing in every aspect.
Tourists will love the Maharawal’s marble throne – placed atop marble steps. Adjacent to the throne is a 5-storied Tazia tower with decorative Bengali styled roofs. The Jawahar Palace is another major attraction here. Tourists to the city of Jaisalmer can visit many intricate havelis carved from yellow sandstone. Other popular attractions of the fort include the Raj Mahal, Laxmikanth Temples, Jain temples etc.