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Jaisalmer : The Golden City with a Mighty Fort [ Rajasthan ]

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Today is all fun because we are heading to Jaisalmer, the golden city and then to Sand Dunes of Rajasthan which one can never forget in his life. As usual we will need to start early and since we stayed back at Ramdevra last time you have one more chance to visit the temple. Make sure you carry lot of water with you, there is a fort to cover today.

Jaisalmer :

Jaisalmer Trip
Jaisalmer Trip

On the way to Jaisalmer ask the driver to show you the Amla Harvest which comes just few kilometers before the city and its in a huge area. All the plants of Amla are covered with Green cloth to keep them away from direct sunlight.

Amla Harvest
Amla Harvest

And right after that you will get a glimpse of the fort which looks fabulous.

Jaisalmer Fort view from Road
Jaisalmer Fort view from Road
Jaisalmer Crossing in city
Jaisalmer Crossing in city

Places which you can see inside the Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer ( Golden ) Fort :

Jaisalmer fort, situated on Trikuta hills, was built in 1156 by Jaisal a Rajput ruler.This fort is one of the only living forts in India and about the quarter population of city lives inside the fort. As a matter of fact there are many shops of handicraft items, temples and small lodges inside the fort.

Jaisalmer Fort
Jaisalmer Fort

It is made up of golden yellow sand stone and it stands almost 30 meters over the city. The fort is approached through four gateways name as  Ganesh pol, Suraj pol , Akhaiyal, Hava pol.

Jaisalmer Fort getting repaired
Jaisalmer Fort getting repaired

One part of the fort was getting repaired when we reached.  You will have to get down below the fort and take an Auto Rickshaw to get at the main area of the fort from where you can take a guide.

Inside the fort there is a Museum you should visit. At the end the guide will show you an entire map of the fort which is built on a rock using Laser and Satellite images. In fact that’s an exact scaled map of the fort

Jaisalmer Fort Map
Jaisalmer Fort Map

Jain temple :

Jaisalmer is also known for its Jain heritage. With in the wall of the golden fort, there are a group of beautiful Jain temples of 12th and 15th centuries AD. These temples are dedicated to Jain believers Rikhabdev and Sambhavnath. The Temple is very beautiful and has lot of idols of which many are carved out of one single rock of marble.  The temple closes at 1 PM so make sure you reach before that else you will have to skip this.

Jain temple at Jaisalmer Fort
Jain temple at Jaisalmer Fort
Idol holding a musical instrument
Idol holding a musical instrument
Jhalar made of single piece marble
Jhalar made of single piece marble

City View and the Tank

Right after the Jain Temple, the guide will take you to give you an excellent view of the city from one of the highest point of the fort. The part we went was pretty difficult to climb up as it was slant and had small blocks of stone pointing out which were used to get up.

Jailsalmer City View
Jailsalmer City View

At this point you will also see an old Top ( तोप) or Tank around there.

Tank Front View
Tank Front View
Tank Trigger
Tank Trigger

Museum :

There is a museum right beside  Patwon Ke Haveli which should not be missed. You will have to buy ticket for it and if you are a tourist from another country you can rent a Audio Tour which will guide you throughout the museum. You should look around for Headset Sign with number on it and then play the tape accordingly.

This place speaks of many aspects and culture of Jaisalmer. It has Weapons, Currency, The family tree of the kings, bows, arrows, Kings Throne, Queen’s bed and lot more which will take you through the history of this great fort. We have loads of pictures from this Museum which we have talked with details here.

Guns of Jaisalmer
Guns of Jaisalmer

Patwon ki Haveli :

The most elaborate and magnificent of all the Jaisalmer Havelis. It has exquisitely carved pillars and extensive corridors and chambers. One of the apartments of this 5-storey high haveli is painted with beautiful murals. There are also remnants of paintings and mirror-work on of its inside walls.

Patwon ke Haveli
Patwon ke Haveli

Throughtout the fort and the city there is a common design pattern that is followed and below is a sample of that.

Design used in Jsailmer
Design used in Jsailmer

There are few interesting spots in the fort which Ashish exclusively wanted to share with you all. He was taking all the photos so here you go :

The War Drums :

The drums which you see above were beaten at time of war and emergency. The king used to come down just below from where the snap is taken and used to get ready for the war.

The War Drums
The War Drums

The Well

According to the guide there is a well which Lord Krishna Dug with his Sudarshan Chakra at time of great need. Though it is no more used now but it is believed that waster is still there deep inside.

Well dug by Sudarshan Chakra
Well dug by Sudarshan Chakra

The Jaisalmer Fort Blueprints

Jaisalmer Fort Top View
Jaisalmer Fort Top View
Jaisalmer Fort Tank View
Jaisalmer Fort Tank View
Jaisalmer Fort Watch Tower
Jaisalmer Fort Watch Tower
Jaisalmer Fort Main Entrance
Jaisalmer Fort Main Entrance
Jaisalmer Fort : The Secret Passage
Jaisalmer Fort : The Secret Passage
Jaisalmer Fort : Temples and Houses
Jaisalmer Fort : Temples and Houses

And that’s the mighty Jaisalamer Fort. It’s really big and will take at least 3 days to cover it completely. It’s little crowded inside but it’s because of shops and the lanes which you can see how narrow they are.  Next post we will talk whats inside the Museum and there are lot of exciting pictures specially the currency which was used in that time.

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