Jaisalmer Fort Overview

Ranked 5 of 52 sightseeing in Jaisalmer

The Jaisalmer Fort is located in the heart of the city and is known for its miniatures, architecture and bazaars. This fort was built in 1156 by a Bhati Rajput ruler Jaisal, atop the Trikura hill. About a quarter of the population of Jaisalmer live inside this fort.

The fort is also called the Sonar Quila and is regarded as 'The Pride of Jaisalmer'. The 250 feet tall fort is protected by a 30 feet tall wall surrounding it on all sides. This fort comprises 99 bastions, out of which 92 were built between 1633 and 1647.

There are numerous wells inside the fort that are a regular source of water for residents. This fort is a perfect fusion of Islamic and Rajput architectural styles. Tourists visiting this fort can see Akshya Pol, Hawa Pol, Suraj Pol and Ganesh Pol, which are the gateways of the fort.

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Jaisalmer fort and city view

Jaisalmer fort and city view  Video Review
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Jaisalmer Fort

Nilesh Kotecha
21st Oct 17

This fort is still alive & surprised every tourist

This fort is still alive & surprised every tourist  Video Review
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Jaisalmer Fort

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
1st Feb 19

It's a 12th century IInd oldest living fort of RJ.

It's a 12th century IInd oldest living fort of RJ.  Video Review
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Jaisalmer Fort

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
29th Jan 19

Good view

Good view  Video Review
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Jaisalmer Fort

Dollybhalu
26th Dec 17

Must visit, enjoy city view along with fort visit.

Must visit, enjoy city view along with fort visit.  Video Review
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Jaisalmer Fort

Priyanka Thakkar
21st Oct 17

Good place to visit

Good place to visit  Video Review
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Jaisalmer Fort

Dikshit Thakkar
21st Oct 17

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  • Average 11
  • Good 6
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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Saturday:
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Sunday:
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Reviews and Ratings

Parth Sabharwal

Parth Sabharwal5.0/5

368 reviews

Sone ka quila

Jaisalmer fort in Rajasthan is consisting the one fourth population of whole Jaisalmer, people are residing in the fort. Sun rise and sun set can be seen on the fort as melting the gold.

Gurvinder Singh

Gurvinder Singh3.6/5

11 reviews

Golden fort

One of the most popular tourist attraction in Jaisalmer made of yellow stone found abundantly in Jaisalmer which glow like gold in sunshine. Though there was not much to see and also not much of extravagant life of royals to display, Visit to the fort was a different experience as compared to other forts in Rajasthan like Bikaner, Jodhpur, Jaipur etc. It was mainly because of the architecture. We had a guide but if you want to good time and really wants to see the things it better to go without guides as they makes things in hurry. Fort also offers a great view of the city. There are many shops inside for shopping but found it more of a trap.

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Mukta khare

Mukta khare5.0/5

1 review

Jaisalmer Fort

Standing tall overlooking the city of Jaisalmer this is a must see. Made of yellow sandstone, this fort is on a hilltop and offers great views of the city. Many families live within the fort and hence its known as a living fort'.
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Tanmoy pal

Tanmoy pal5.0/5

1 review

Fort, Sand dunes and much more

Jaisalmer is an excellent sightseeing place. With its heritage fort and sand dunes it provides a totally different experience to the trip. The intricate designs in buildings, the night time experience in sand dunes and the marvellous views offer an excellent place for your ideal holiday trip.
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Parth shah

Parth shah5.0/5

1 review

Fun to explore Jaisalmer

It is a very great destination to explore. I had a lot of enjoy with my wife in this trip. We had also a lot of fun in many places which was in our way of destination as you see in many photos. We were also went to Sam dunes in Jaisalmer and war museum of Jaisalmer
  • Fun to explore Jaisalmer
  • Fun to explore Jaisalmer
  • Fun to explore Jaisalmer
  • Fun to explore Jaisalmer
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Er. rahul

Er. rahul5.0/5

184 reviews

Jaisalamer fort

The famed Jaisalmer Fort was built in the year 1156 AD by the Bhati Rajput ruler named Rowel Causal who conspired with Sultan of Gaur to dethrone his nephew Bhojdev. The fort has served as a backdrop for several battles and wars. The Rang Burj was added to the fort as a fortified defence structure by Maharajah Jetasi in 1276 AD after the two Muslim invasions by Sultan of Delhi and the fort was surrounded by his army. Sultan's army was able to breach and capture the fort after eight long years. Bhati's were able to rescue the fort after much of it was destroyed by the Maugham army.

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Kamal Dahiya

Kamal Dahiya4.3/5

111 reviews

Mighty and living fort

Jaisalmer's unique fort is a living urban centre, with 3000 people residing within its walls. It's honeycombed with the narrow, winding lanes, lined with houses and temoles along with a large bumber number of handicraft shops, guesthouses and restrorents. You enter the fort from the east, near gopa chowk, and pass through four massive gates on the zigzagging route to the upper part.
  • Mighty and living fort
  • Mighty and living fort
  • Mighty and living fort
  • Mighty and living fort
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Janakiram Jayaraman

Janakiram Jayaraman4.3/5

11 reviews

Royalty visited

This is an excellent fort. You will need at least 2 hours to go through all sections of the fort. Better to hire a local guide for this. Inside the fort, there is a small township, people live there. There are a lot of shops selling local merchandise. Better not to buy any items from the fort. You can try in the local bazaar.

Hemant Gupta

Hemant Gupta3.6/5

12 reviews

Worth a visit

Different from most forts as there is a whole township inside. However very dirty & a tourist trap. Lot of cows moving around. The Jain Temples inside are a must see.

Abhinav Kumar

Abhinav Kumar5.0/5

275 reviews

The Jaisalmer Fort

The Jaisalmer Fort was built by the King of Jaisalmer (Causal Singh) in 1156 AD. The king has built this fort and offered all the citizen of province to stay inside. As the area of desert has neither water or other resources to live, the king established this township in order to provide all such living needs and generate revenues as well. The fort very large and still the residents are staying inside. The tour of fort takes 3 4 hours to complete. Inside the fort you can find hotels, hostels, restaurants, flee markets, temples and many things. The aerial view of the city Jaisalmer is panoramic.

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Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer

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A wayside shop inside the fort
Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer

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Santhosh Wilson

Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer

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The Jain temple inside the fort