Sonar fort or killa

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Jaisalmer, India

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FoxyFauz FoxyFauz
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Jaisalmer Fort Feb 02, 2016
Jaisalmer Fort or Sonar Quila is one of the largest fortification in the World therefore it is a must see when doing the Rajasthan route. It is also part of the World Heritage site.

Jaisalmer Fort stood high and tall in the golden city of Jaisalmer. The city of Jaisalmer was founded by the Rajput ruler Jaisal in 1146. Jaisalmer Fort was built between 1633 to 1647 by the therefore making it the second oldest fort in Rajasthan. The architecture of the fort is mainly that of Rajput and Islamic style.

What is unique about this fort is that, it is a living fort meaning there are people actually living in the fort. Normal local people community of about 3000 which is essentially a quarter of the whole city of Jaisalmer and not the Royal family. There are wells within the fort providing water to the local community.

There are also many small shops within the fort selling souvenirs, shoes, local artworks and restaurants. Be watchful of your step though when walking through the many small alleys within these fort as since people are living here you can expect to see a lot of rubbish, cow dung, dog poo, camel poo, all kinds of poo!

Come early as it can get crowded!
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Toonsarah Toonsarah
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Jaisalmer Fort Oct 23, 2015
The second oldest fort in Rajasthan, one of the largest in the world, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and almost unique in India in being still inhabited (most sources, and our guide, claim that it is unique in this respect, but Chittaurgargh, which we were to visit later in our trip, also retains its village).

The fort was built by the Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal in 1156 AD, hence its name. It sits on the top of Trikuta Hill, dominating the city and the surrounding area. Built in the local honey-coloured sandstone it resembles a giant sandcastle!

There is only one way into the fort, through a series of gates on the eastern side. After passing through the first of these you cross a large open space. From here you follow a path that twists and climbs past several more gates, of which the most ornate is the Suraj Pol or Sun Gate (look for the bats roosting in its shade). Once through the Suraj Pol the road turns back on itself as it climbs, passing beneath the Ganesh Pol and Hawa Pol (Gate of the Wind). The twists in the road enable it to climb steeply and also made the fort easier to defend – or rather, harder to attack.

Eventually you reach the square at the heart of the fort, the Dashera Chowk. From here a maze of narrow alleys weave through the fort, lined with old houses, many of them in beautifully carved stone. Many are still family homes, and only Brahmin families can live here, with the houses being passed down from father to son.

Other houses have been turned into restaurants or hotels and this is causing some problems as the large amount of water they use drains away down through the sandstone and is causing damage to the historic structure. Most of the restaurants offer roof-top views and almost all claim to be the best. We later stopped for a cold drink at one and the view was certainly very good. Was it the best? I cannot say!

Gaurav explained that when he was growing up in Jaisalmer it was quite a poor city, with a lot of unemployment. This is a desert region where people struggle to grow many crops and there are few industries. But when tourists started to discover the city, things changed, and today they are the main source of income for most locals – working in hotels or restaurants, or as guides, or running desert tours etc. Perhaps that explains why they promote these services with such enthusiasm. Occasionally though this approach misfires. While I am sure we would all enjoy a “Lovely Jubble Camel Safari”, a “Bloody Good View” or maybe a stay in “Hotel Paradise”, I am not so sure about “Child Beer” or “Killa Corner”.
View from Gaurav's uncle's hotel
Jaisalmer Fort
Suraj Pol, Jaisalmer Fort
Typical street in Jaisalmer Fort
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raghunathsingh503 raghunat…
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Amazing fort May 03, 2013
Jaisalmer Fort is one of the biggest forts in the India which was built in 1156 AD by the Bhati Rajput ruler Rao Jaisal. The fort stands proudly, on Trikuta Hill. It is built with local yellow sandstone for this reason, it is also known as the "Golden Fort".This fort, popularly known as the 'Sonar quila'

The main attractions inside the fort are Royal palace,Jain temple and Vyasji ki haveli .The museum inside royal palace has less display but you can enjoy a great view from the roop top.The jain temple is worth to visit but expensive.This is the only fort where people still lives.There are many guesthouses inside the fort walls where you can stay .There are lot of touristic shops selling souveniors and local crafts at the entrance and inside the fort .Few restaurents and cafes .

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