Rajasthan 10: Sonar Quila of Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest forts in the world. It is situated in Jaisalmer city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It was built in 1156 AD by the Bhati Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal, from where it derives its name. The fort stands proudly amidst the golden stretches of the great Thar Desert, on Trikuta Hill, and has been the scene of many battles. Its massive yellow sandstone walls are a tawny lion color during the day, fading to honey-gold as the sun sets, thereby camouflaging the fort in the yellow desert. For this reason, it is also known as the “Golden Fort”.

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. Even today, you will find that nearly one fourth of the old city’s population resides within the fort. If you are a student of cross-cultural merging, the subtle fusion of Rajput and Islamic architectural styles, visible in this fort, will catch your fancy. Ganesh Pol, Akshya Pol, Suraj Pol and Hawa Pol are a must see.

Conservationists feel that the Jaisalmer Fort requires major interventions by the government authorities to save it from irrevocable damages. Carrying out restoration works in an ancient structure like the Jaisalmer Fort is in itself a challenge, but doing so while addressing the needs of almost 3,000 people who reside inside it and depend upon it for their livelihood poses a complex range of issues.

22 Comments

  1. They are all so beautiful photographs, but one of them fascinated me so much, the last one… amazing. You captured such a nice light, contrast and composition…. Thank you, with my love, nia

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Nia.

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    1. Thank you Chaos

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  2. Roopaushree

    nice shots..treat for the eyes..

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    1. Thank you for your kind words

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  3. These make me want to travel to India again, Mahesh. 🙂

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    1. Come soon 🙂
      Thank you for your kind words Synocoapted…

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  4. Gorgeous! Haven’t yet been to Jaisalmer!!!

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    1. It’s a time machine i say… Hope you visit it soon!!

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  5. As Always…. Amazing pics…. u’ve ur own style… have always loved the way u click such beautiful snaps….

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    1. Thank you so much Yadnya!

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  6. Wow, what a gorgeous place! 🙂

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    1. Yes it is Katie! Thanks for visiting 🙂

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  7. Very interesting post and lovely photos. I do hope the fort gets looked after but equally the people that live there need to be ‘looked after’ too!

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    1. Yes Absolutely!!! Thank you for your kind words.

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  8. wow …nice pictures .. really awesome ..

    jus the big copyright ‘C’ in the centre spoils the glory of the shots …

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    1. Thank you mack for your appreciation and feedback. Let me see what i can do about it.

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  9. Lovely light in these pictures.

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    1. Thank you Mr mole

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