Jaisalmer Fort
Jaisalmer Fort
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  • Daydream60796929141
    Jaipur, India23 contributions
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    Golden fort
    If you are in Rajasthan then you should visit Jaisalmer. And in Jaisalmer Golden fort is the main attraction for the tourists. It is the only living fort in today's date and more than thousand people lives inside the fort. The fort is very well maintained and you will find so many antique shops inside. It is very close to the railway station of Jaisalmer. The fort is very nicely lighted in night and anyone can find it's beauty. It was became so much popular when renowned film maker Satyajit Roy made a film Sonar Kella in this background. Even today also if you visit there you can relate the fort on basis of that film. Must must visit place.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 September 2023
  • Mahendra Rajput
    Agra, India28 contributions
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    Golden fort
    A very beautiful fort. The fort inside which people live and have their homes, small shops and its like we have gone to a whole different place not in India. There's a lot to walk and explore inside here. There are a lot of good cages too. Shopping inside is also pretty good although you'll have to bargain well. The sunset view from here is also very beautiful. This is one of the best fort for me in Rajasthan.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 September 2023
  • AksHaY47
    Gurugram (Gurgaon), India37 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent fort, decently maintained.
    it is a different kind of fort than others in our country. it is a huge fort with a city inside. there are multiple places to visit inside th fort, thus always better to take a guide inside. certain palaces inside would require a ticket. it is reasonably maintained, but there is room for improvement.
    Visited September 2023
    Written 9 September 2023
  • FHTR In Rajasthan
    Jaipur, India246 contributions
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    A Timeless Gem Amidst the Golden Sands - Jaisalmer Fort
    A true marvel of Rajasthan. This place deserves every bit of its UNESCO World Heritage Site status! Built in the year 1156 AD by the visionary Maharaja Rawal Jaisal, this fort stands tall, casting its enchanting shadow over the golden sands of Thar. What sets it apart is that it's not just an ancient relic but a 'living fort,' where thousands of people still call it home. The history and culture that seep through its walls are absolutely mesmerizing. As you stroll through its narrow alleyways and explore its intricate architecture, you can feel the echoes of a legendary past whispering to you at every turn. From the awe-inspiring views of the desert below to the vibrant markets filled with local crafts, Jaisalmer Fort is a destination that promises an unforgettable journey into history. – It's a must-visit for anyone exploring the wonders of Rajasthan.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 October 2023
  • HrishiS
    Sangli, India96 contributions
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    Must See and Stay!
    The fort is truly one of a kind with people staying on it with all sorts of shops, hotels and restaurants on it. You don't get to understand the hustle and bustle till you actually get there. We visited the Mehrangarh before in Jodhpur which is spic and span with lots of displays of royal items. This is unlike that in every sense. Its bustling with people and the noise. Our guide Mr. Bhupendra showed us the entire fort in a very lovely way. The Jain temples are really worth seeing, the stone work in the temple is mind boggling. Mr. Bhupendra expertly took photos of ours and showed us areas for photos we wouldnt have thought of. He then took us to the roof top of Garh Jaisal hotel which is at one end of the fort. Honestly, after visiting Mehrangarh, the museum in Jaisalmer Fort can be given a miss. The roof of the Garh Jaisal hotel gave us panoramic views of the town where we were alone and could eat and enjoy the weather and views and get great photos at the same time. We on the next day also stayed in the hotel next doors Hotel Killa Bhawan which is a must stay because the people who manage the hotel are really warm, welcoming and accommodating. The stay on the Fort is also an experience in itself and is a must have because theres not a lot of unique places like this that you can claim to have stayed at. All in all a must do in Jaisalmer but my recommendation would be to stay rather than just visit. It'll be worth it.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 December 2023
  • Milind Shah
    Ahmedabad, India1,783 contributions
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    Awesome piece of architecture
    One of the largest living forts in the world and one of the top attractions of Jaisalmer, the fort is something not to miss out during your visit to the city. While it is free to enter the fort, you need to pay fees to visit the queen's palace and the Patwa ki haveli. The charges are around 200 and 100 bucks for each adult. The fort has plenty of restaurants, hotels, shops, cafes and temples within it, making it one of the largest living forts in world. The history and beauty of the fort surely astonishes you. It is recommended to hire the services of a guide which would relive the history and beauty of the fort for you. The visit to fort takes at least 4-5 hours. One can also walkdown to various other historical places and Jain temples in the fort premises.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 December 2023
  • arzanstudio
    Mumbai, India311 contributions
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    The most mesmerising and mystical fort you’ll ever seen in your life.
    I have been to lots old towns within forts all around the globe. The last one being The Dubrovnik fort in Croatia. But I have to tell you, if the other forts are books, the Jaisalmer fort’s a complete encyclopaedia series. There’s drama, colour, and life all around. The sun bathed fort walls that show off their stone walls, the small shops within the walls, all with the most colourful wares. Stones, carpets, vessels, curios, teeth shirts, and numerous contemporary garments done in the traditional style. Then there’s the vendors who take care of your gastronomical needs. Besides the multiple restaurants that offer roof top views, there’s fresh orange juice, coconut water, ginger tea, Maggi noodle vendors, all scattered over the entire area. Just walking through the lanes is like a story unfolding in front of you. The light and shadows give you an array of visuals all along. Then there’s the King’s palace and the queen’s palace. Fabulous intertwined buildings with room after room of memorabilia from that era. Armoury, garments, curios, clocks, walking sticks etc. One day is not enough to explore this magic kingdom. Definitely the most gorgeous fort you’ll ever see.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 December 2023
  • Sherry U
    Victoria, Canada127 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical Jaisalmer Fort
    Wonderful fort in Jaisalmer. It is a UNESCO heritage site but made all the more special in that it is still occupied by 500 residents. You can wonder for hours through the narrow lanes, visit the incredible temples in the fort, shop at endless shops and visit the King’s palace as well as the Queen’s palace. Many wonderful places to eat. I came back day after day to soak up the magical atmosphere.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 December 2023
  • Carpediem7
    Bengaluru, India24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth visiting fort
    There is a whole city inside the fort. It feels like you are walking in a shopping center. There are beautiful Jain temples inside the fort that one must not miss. The palaces add a regal touch inside the fort. Hire a guide and walk inside the ramparts of the fort to understand the history and the significance.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 January 2024
  • Aana
    Mumbai, India11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    exotic fort
    A living fort, is a different experience as compared to all other forts I have visited. Though the fort itself is not as impressive as others, a whole ecosystem exists inside the fort walls, which is quite amazing. Also being one of the oldest forts and still standing strong. A must visit place inside the fort is the Jain temple. One of the most beautiful temples I have been to.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 January 2024
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Sandy_JSR
Jamshedpur, India1,972 contributions
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Oct 2023 • Couples
Jaisalmer fort is one of the ‘living forts’, as people still resides within the fort. The fort is built with yellow sandstone that provides a golden look, for this reason it is also known as Sonar Quila or Golden Fort. Though at places, the colour has been faded and shaded. Sonar Quila became more popular by the Bengali film of the same name, that was shot in this fort by eminent filmmaker Satyajit Ray. We visited the fort in the morning hours in Oct’23, it was sunny and hot. The tourist vehicle entry was not allowed, however vehicles, especially two wheelers of fort residents were plying inside the fort. We were dropped at the gate and there was a small walk through elevated stoned pathway, the walk was easy. It houses several shops, hotels, temples and ancient homes, where people continue to live. The fort complex was not very clean, the location / house where Sonar Kella film was shot, was lying in ruined condition. We hired a guide, which helped us for a smooth visit of different part of the fort. However, walking through narrow lanes along with two wheelers of the locals was at times disturbing. Besides visiting different spots, we did some souvenir shopping too. Overall a nice visit of a historical fort.
Written 18 May 2024
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Alokmili77
New Delhi, India686 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Huge fort with four gates,having houses,cafe,temples,restaurants,people living there,Jain temple with great karigari,good city view,best part is you can use scooter for touring
Written 9 April 2024
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Sweetra
United States279 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Friends
This living fort is truly magnificent. If you take a guide for any place, take a licensed guide here. They will show you every little narrow street and everything there is to see in addition to giving you a full history lesson. We went early to avoid the heat. There were mostly people working and those who live in the fort. You can easily spend two to two and a half hours walking everywhere. Be careful of the motorcycles and auto rickshaws zipping around. The narrow streets are lined with stores and havelis. Every corner has a new sight to photograph. If you can, take an extreme wide angle lens. It’s also great to see the ladies dressed in traditional clothing. No one bothers you here as they’re mostly busy doing their daily routines. If you speak to shop keepers, they’ll try to convince you to go in. There are also a few temples in the fort. Spend the time and enjoy the beauty of it all.
Written 6 April 2024
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Shamsher Singh B
New Delhi, India28 contributions
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May 2023 • Couples
Excellent visit to Jaisalmer. We loved its people and its customs. We toured the fort and cenotaphs, as well as the lake.
Written 3 April 2024
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Ravi
Thane, India103 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Couples
Jaisalmer fort is the best desert fort. Take a guide with you to understand it. Without guide it's very difficult to fund right way. It's bhul bhulaiya. Enjoy the night view when light is on from terrace of restaurant. Night view in lights is only possible in Jaislamer fort, so don't miss it. Best time to visit Mid Oct to Mid Mar.
Written 24 March 2024
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Dr Manoj Swaminathan
Mumbai, India212 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Family
Is it really a fort? So many people staying here! Did they encroach on the fort premises? Too crowded and also we have autorickshaws too on the top! Unusual indeed and then you need to shell out Rs 200/- if you want to enter the museum.
Written 17 March 2024
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Amelie9626
Cape Town, South Africa1,615 contributions
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Feb 2024 • Family
The Jasmine Fort is actually a huge enclave. enclave, which houses numerous shops, restaurants, temples and palaces. This review is actually for the palace within the fort, which is a ticketed entry and one of the main attractions of the fort.

The palace is reached off a set of steps of the main courtyard of the fort. Sadly, there is almost no posters or Signage or information of the various rooms or any of the displays or artifacts, or even the paintings that are hanging within the palace.

The palace itself is quite dilapidated and plain, though they do have a couple of rooms which display Models of the princesses and the clothes at that time, and there is a room with some furniture in it, but largely it's all bare with non functioning doors and windows.

I would actually recommend that you avoid the palace in the Fort altogether and rather go and visit one of the Havelis, as those are better maintained and will probably give you better photos and pictures. Several of the rooms were closed when we visited, though there was number explanation about why they were closed. And again, there was no signage to explain what exactly is it that we had missed so that at least we could read about it.

Overall, the view from the palace is nice, and I do wish that even putting up a simple 30 40 posters explaining the different rooms and labelling the various photos and paintings etc, will help them attract more visitors to the palace. I would not really recommend taking any of the guides there because we heard a few guides explain to their guests and the explanations were very basic and simple.

The toilets in the palace were dirty and there was no running water in them. The palace itself is not accessible because of a number of steep steps and narrow steps. So it's not really recommended for old people or people with walking problems.
Written 29 February 2024
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Subroto B
3 contributions
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Feb 2024 • Family
Disappointing experience. The inside of the fort is filled with shops, stores, narrow streets with vehicles plying on them making it very chaotic. Just didn't get the feeling of being inside a historical site. Even the hilly slopes outside the fort are littered with trash. Satyajit Ray's Sonaar Kella (golden fort) is nowhere close to what he portrayed in his book/movie.
Written 20 February 2024
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Janka K
Brno, Czech Republic8,174 contributions
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Nov 2023 • Friends
This is my least favorite fort that I have visited in India. To explore it, it's not relaxing at all, due to amount of people everywhere around. There are people living in the buildings immediately underneath the fort, making the narrow historical streets extremely crowded and messy.
Due to the fact that all the rooms in the fort are small, you will squeeze yourself at a small place with others even to buy the tickets. After that, you will squeeze yourself with other travelers that are pushing themselves into those small rooms and out, not waiting for the visitors walking in opposite direction to finish whatever they are doing. This was extremely unpleasant for me at some places, such as stairs to the tower, that are even more narrow and really suitable for 1 person only. Still, people were still pushing themselves to go up, and those that were going down were pushing themselves to get down. So if you want to go to this kind of place, you know you also need to push yourself, otherwise you just won't get there.
What I didn't understand is why nobody limits the number of visitors, or then not organizes flow of the visitors that are already at the place, especially on those very narrow passages. There were staff members that were working as security guys, I guess, but that was it. I guess that everybody in India is used to push themselves, plus this fort is small on its own, so nobody is solving it here.
This whole experience made me not like this fort and I wouldn't recommend it to other people. There are other forts that are as nice and interesting, but offer much nicer experience.
Written 18 February 2024
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK184,997 contributions
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Feb 2024 • Friends
The former stronghold of the Maharajas of Jaisalmer, this walled city is now narrow streets lined with the maharajas palace, havelis, souvenir shops, restaurants, cafes, temples and other tourist oriented places. Built from local sandstone, the walls of the fort and buildings glisten like gold. The streets are very clean by Indian standards. I recommend staying inside the walled city, the hotels here have so much character.
Written 14 February 2024
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