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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 vacation builder.
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  • It'll time travel you to another era, where people still live as usual inside the Fort. Hence it's accessible 24x7x365. It's something that is visible from anywhere in the city, hence will automatical...  more »
  • It is very old fort in jaisalmer with great view and art work. amazing architecture of the fort. i like it very much.  more »
  • This is a must-visit in Jaisalmer, and you can't miss it anyway, as it looms over the town. Beautiful golden sandstone structure with an old palace inside, havelis a bazaar and home to about 3000 peop...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Awesome place. One have to walk a bit uphill to reach the place. There is a museum inside it. The fort is still the property of the kings. From top of the port one can get a nice view of the city.
  • 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.