Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer

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Visit the World Heritage Site of Jaisalmer Fort, a vast, sandstone complex that reveals a bustling town within its walls. Built in 1156, the “golden fort,” as the massive fortress is known, acted as a sort of camouflage for the city, blending in with the sweeping sands of the Thar Desert. Take a guided tour to learn about the history of the fort, or take your time and explore the narrow lanes, lined with craft shops, temples, and eateries. Perched on top of a 76 m (250 ft) tall hill, the fortress dominates the surrounding parts of the city and offers panoramic vistas. Plan to visit Jaisalmer Fort during your Jaisalmer vacation using our convenient Jaisalmer itinerary website .
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  • Entering the fortress of Jaisalmer is like crossing a threshold, allowing you to experience the pause of time... there one is lost in its streets, without knowing what month, what day or what year lives... It is full of typical business dedicated to sell at very attractive prices, after haggling, all kinds of characteristic of the India articles. The inhabitants of the village are extremely gentle, free offer the delicious "chai" after some shopping. The only thing not recommended are the public baths. I left full of fleas. But I do not regret anything
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  • I could imagine Indias answer to Aladdin running around these little streets. Great views from the top and lots of little shops to tempt you in. Bats hanging off the walls and ceilings as you walk thr...  more »
  • You definitely need to go there! Feel yourself like in Eastern tale. Goods, music, food. Beautiful frescoes and ancient streets.
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  • One of the finest fort I have ever seen. Best thing only fort which have common public allow to live inside while king's residence is small which is in the middle. Perfect blend of Rajasthani art and culture. Lot of coffee shop inside so you can sit on roof and enjoy the magnificent view of the city.
  • A living fortress in the middle of the desert town of Jaisalmer. Unlike most forts that solely serve the purpose of a museum, this fort is home to over 700 families who originally lived in the fort complex. It's advised to hire a guide to navigate the narrow streets and the museum complex as it's easy to get lost in this massive structure. The fort also houses some spectacular temples. Numerous tiny shops selling rajasthani handicrafts and cafeteria make the already bustling fortress even more lively. As there is no ticket required to enter the fort it's better to see the museum in the morning, for which you'll need a ticket and loose yourself in the fort in a leisurely evening stroll. For souvenirs, this is probably the only designated handicrafts market in all of Jaisalmer.
  • This fort was a really cool place to have a look at. The views that can be found from different spots in the fort is amazing. I did the audio tour of the palace which was really good to understand the history of the area. It's just a little bit of a shame that the occupants of the fort are not really taking care and preserving the fort for the future.
  • I have been to forts all over India. All of those forts have one thing in common,all are empty and museums now, but not the Jaisalmer Fort. This is the only living fort, the largest living fort you'll ever visit. I stepped inside and never looked down on the road, the feel was so amazing, the atmosphere took you 500 years back. These people still live in the exact houses they used to live 500 years ago. There view from the top of the fort is awesome. The golden city looks amazing in the rising and the setting sun. I never wanted to leave this place, I just wanted to be a part of this history forever.
  • If you're anywhere near Jaisalmer, this view will always be visible to you and would urge you to visit here, and you definitely should. It is one of the largest fully preserved fortified cities in world. It's open 24x7x365 as people still rent this place and many are permanent residents there.

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Where to stay in Jaisalmer

A popular tourist destination with a wealth of attractions, Jaisalmer boasts a number of accommodations to meet the needs of its domestic and international visitors. The district around Sadar Bazar features a large number of options, with simple sandstone hotels and guesthouses complemented by the odd high-end alternative. Look closer to the fort to find the more storied and luxurious options in town, with many rooms offering extensive views of the desert city's most famous architectural highlights.
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