Jaisalmer Fort

 

Overview

Jaisalmer Fort is situated in the city of Jaisalmer, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is a World Heritage Site.is located in the heart of the city, and is one of the most magnificent monuments in the city of Jaisalmer. The fort is standing proudly in the middle of the unending golden sands of Thar Desert, this is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in Jaisalmer.Jaisalmer fort is the second oldest in Rajasthan. Two hundred and fifty feet tall and reinforced by imposing crenellated sandstone wall 30 feet high; it has 99 bastions, 92 of which were built between 1633 and 1647. Wells within the fort still provide a regular source of water. 
 
It was built in 1156 AD by the Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal. Legends go by that he did it on the behest of a local hermit named Eesaal. The raja choose Trikut hill as the new site for his fort. This was because he thought that his previous abode at Luderwa  was vulnerable towards possible enemy assault.
 
In medieval times, Jaisalmer continued to be on the focus of the masses because of its location. It falls in the way of one of the two routes, which connected India from Persia, Egypt, Africa and the west. The Bhatti Rajput rulers were still in line. They were the sole guardian of the city and thus mustered enough wealth through taxes levied on the passing caravans, of which there was no scarcity. 
 
For many years Jaisalmer remained out of bound from the foreign rulers partly because of its location and partly because of its relief. In the mid Thirteenth century, Ala-ud-din Khilji, the Turk-Afghan ruler of Delhi laid the siege over the city. He was apparently upset with the Bhatti Rajput rulers because they stopped and looted one of his caravans containing royal coffer which was on its way to Sind. The siege lasted for around 9 long years and when the fall seemed eminent the Rajput womenfolk of the city committed Jauhar. 
 
It is said that Duda, the son of Raja Jaisimha, fought vehemently in the battle but was overpowered after the fierce hand to hand combat. He died fighting. His descendants continued to rule the city. Though they had a cordial relation with the Mughal rulers in Delhi, they fought unsuccessfully with Emperor Humayun. Emperor Shah Jahan gave the right of governance to Sabala Simha, who had the royal patronage and had shown remarkable valor to win the Battle of Peshawar. 
 
In the modern era, Jaisalmer was still a tough nut to crack and was the last among the Rajputana royals to sign the 'Instrument of Agreement' with the British establishment. Even that was achieved after long hours on the negotiation table and after much cajoling from the British establishment in India. In the year 1947, royals signed the agreement to remain in just independent India. Since then it has developed itself into a major tourist destination as well as a cultural hub of the western India.
 
Jaisalmer fort is the second oldest in Rajasthan. Two hundred and fifty feet tall and reinforced by imposing crenellated sandstone wall 30 feet high; it has 99 bastions, 92 of which were built between 1633 and 1647. Wells within the fort still provide a regular source of water. 
 
Visiting Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
 
How to reach:
 
Road Way:
It is best to hire a rickshaw. You can also go walking from the main Jaisalmer city.
 
Nearest Railoway Station: Jaipur Jn.
 
Nearest Airport: Jaipur International Airport.

Location

Country
India
State
Rajasthan
City
Jaisalmer
Location
Jaisalmer
Address
Jaisalmer Fort, Fort Rd, Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001.
Contact Info
Phone: 098250 11597
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Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Jaisalmer
Nearest Railway Station
Jaipur Jn (JP)
Nearest Airport
Jaipur International Airport
IN
latitude : 26.824199680 longitude :75.812202450
Corporation : Jaipur
GPS Code : VIJP
Open Year
1156 AD
Height
250 feet
Architect
Rawal Jaisal
Dedicated To
Rawal Jaisal
Visiting Hours
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

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