The Golden Fort Saga !!!
An inclined description of the Jaisalmer fort, rated among the most
renowned fort in the world. Perched in the heart of the Thar Desert (literal
meaning abode of the dead), it upsurges like a mirage from the golden sands,
with its huge lookout tower pointing skywards. Built in 1156, Jaisalmer is
the second oldest of Rajasthan's major forts after Chittorgarh. Founded by
Raja Jaisal, who was desperately in search for a new capital as Lodurva, the
earlier capital was easily accessible for invasions.
Jaisalmer Fort, famous for its antiquity and repertory of architectural
wealth is also known as Sonar Quila, which stands on a high hillock known as
Trikuta Hill (80 meter high). There are two parallel walls around it, the
lowest wall famous as "Peetha" had served as a base wall, at the
time, when Aksaya Pol (Gate) was added to the fort, some part of Peetha wall
near the above Pol was extended to the newly built gate. Two other parallel
walls are made up of solid blocks of stone, without using mortar or clay was
erected like a buttress and outer walls.
Do You Know
The Jaisalmer Fortress is the world's only living
fort, inside which one fourth population of the walled city resides, guarded
by 99 bastions, shielded by three strong walls. The lower wall is of solid
stone blocks, the second wall snakes around the fort, and between second and
the third, or wall, the warrior Rajputs hurled boiling oil and water, and
huge round missiles on their unaware enemies below.
wall was built by Maharawal Bhim in 16th century by linking the same with
Suraj Pol Gate. These two walls appear to be fascinating in their yellowish
stones. It is therefore called the golden fort. The fort, thus, has a chain
Sights and Sounds of the Golden Fort !!!
This hefty fort looks more beautiful with the desert ambiance and setting
sun, which gives it a golden look as you see from outside the fort. The
tourist can enter this fort from the massive gates via an enormous stone
paved ramp that leads to a large courtyard inside the fort. At the front you
can see a beautiful palace of former ruler, that has many squares which were
formerly used to review troops, hear petitions and present extravagant
entertainment for important visitors.
The City Inside the Fort !!!
During the time of two Muslim invasions, when the fort was surrounded by
the Sultans the necessity was felt, that a fortified defense structure
should be laid. Thus, a Rang Burj was added to the fort by Maharawal Jetasi
in the year 1508 AD. About a quarter of the old city's population resides
within the fort walls, which have 99 bastions around their circumference.
It's fascinating to wander around this place. The fort walls provide superb
views over the old city and surrounding desert dunes.
The Influence of
Jain Artistry !!!
Be cautious, the steps you are climbing to reach
the fort top could be the private staircases of the family residing inside
the fort premises, isn't it sound amazing.
The Akshya Pol is the entrance gate of the fort. While going upon a stone
road, we come across the gate Suraj Pol. It was built by Maharawal Bhim. On
its upper most part an arched toran, embellished with a figure of Sun, has
been engraved. This imposing Toran, reminds us of the influence of Jain
The Placing of Powers !!!
After crossing the road, we come near the Ganesh Pol, which is named after
a figure of Ganesh installed on the main lintel. On the outer wall between
Suraj pol and Ganesh pol, there is also a figure of Ganesh, installed in
1679 AD, during the reign of Maharawal Amar Singh. There is a figure of Sun
embossed near it. The Ganesh pol was perhaps the main entrance pol. Whereas
the Hawa pol (Wind Gate) was constructed during the 17th century AD.
The Ancient Caravans Avenue !!!
The famous Indian director Satyajeet Ray wrote a
detective novel on Jaisalmer fort, which later on turned into a film Sonar
As you visit the various sights and sounds of this magical Jaisalmer Fort
that consists of romantic palaces, bastions, chhatris, handicrafts shops,
winding lanes and massive gates, watch the handsomely carved ceilings and
intricate lattice work. Jaisalmer Fort is the most popular attraction for
tourists, as there are several temples and the residential complexes of the
armies and traders placed critically on the trade route, from where the
ancient caravans embarked through the en route of huge kingdom in its bygone
The Eye shot of the Jaisalmer City !!!
Above the fort flies the Jaisalmer standard, featuring a chhatirs against a
red and yellow background. The fort looks especially magical when it is lit
up at the night. As you start exploring this rugged fort, you will find a
number of corners, where you can set your heart. Whereas the fort walls
provide superb views over the old city and surrounding desert. Strolling
around the outer fort ramparts is a popular activity at the time of sunset.
These are some of the memorable pictures of architectural purity that cannot
be seen elsewhere.