10 Things to do in Magnificent Fort of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

(Last Updated On: June 28, 2018)

The magnificent Jaisalmer Fort is one of the top places to visit in Jaisalmer in India. The majestic fort of Jaisalmer is not just a fort but a fortified city home to 4000 people similar to the Chittorgarh Fort. The Fort city has a lot to explore from palaces, temples to handicraft shops which are some of the top things to do in Jaisalmer, India. The 12th-century fort built by Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal is a world heritage site and one of thetop tourist places in Rajasthan. The golden sandstone walls of the massive fort rising above the sandy stretch of the Jaisalmer Desert is also known as Sonar Quila or Golden Fort.

Here are the things to do or places to visit in the Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan India-

Jaisalmer Fort Walls

We parked our car and moved towards the fort main entrance. The view of the semi-circular bastions of the fort sitting high on the Trikuta Hill was spectacular. The defense system of the fort city is interesting with three layers of fortifications and 99 bastions. While the outermost layer is a simple wall built of solid stone blocks, the innermost wall was laden with heavy stones which were hurled over the invaders and then hot oil was poured over them which trapped the enemies between the inner layers of walls.

Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan India

Places to Visit in Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan India

Jaisalmer Fort Gates

The path to the royal palace in the main square of the fort winds through four massive gates. Akhai Pol (Pol means gate), Suraj Pol (Suraj means the sun) is built to receive the first rays of the morning sun, Ganesh Pol, and the Hawa Pol which opens up into the main square of the fort the Dusshera Chowk. The positioning of the doors is another great defense system, the gates aren’t placed in a straight line but twists and turns uphill which hinders the energy of the elephants used to batter the doors and confuses the army. The gateways have beautiful carvings done on them.

Places to Visit in Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan India

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The entrance to the second gate Suraj Pol is flanked by huge watchtowers known as Haathi tower (Elephant tower) and there are numerous beautiful richly carved Jharokas (windows) along the way.

Places to Visit in Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan India

Dussehra Chowk of Jaisalmer Fort

Dusshera Chowk is a prominent square in the heart of the fort surrounded by several imposing buildings including the splendid Maharwal Palace. The remarkable carvings and latticework in sandstone on windows and archways reminded us of the wonderful Jodhpur fort or the Mehrangarh Fort. Next, to the entrance of the palace, a set of marble stairs lead to the marble throne where the kind addressed the public and its subject. There is a small temple in the square which also has some interesting artwork.

Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan India

Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan India

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Maharwal Palace and the Fort Museum

The five-level exquisitely carved palace offers its visitors an insight into the history and heritage of Jaisalmer. The exhibit includes ornate silver throne, palanquin, huge armory collections with ornate embellished rooms. The museum also displays interesting sculptures dating back to 15th century, stamps and other artifacts. The tour of the museum ends at the rooftop terrace which has a commanding view of the golden city of Jaisalmer. One can opt for the audio tour which walks through the museum exhibits.

Places to Visit in Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan India

Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan India

Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan India

Laxminath Temple in Jaisalmer Fort

Laxminath temple is one of the ancient Hindu temples in the Jaisalmer fort built in 1494 by Rao Lunkaran. The temple enshrines Hindu deities of Vishnu & his consort Goddess Laxmi (Goddess of Wealth). The guides generally tend to give this temple a miss so do remember to include this in your list.

Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan India

Jain Temple of Jaisalmer Fort

It is generally unusual to find such a magnificent temple inside a fort. The Jain temple inside the fort was built to provide protection from Moghul invaders who had burnt the Lodruva Jain temple 18 km from Jaisalmer Fort. The fort has seven Jain temples each dedicated to different Jain Tirthankara built between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries housing shrines built in yellow and white marble. The carvings and sculptures embellishing the walls, ceilings and pillars are inimitably splendid. The temples close by noon so plan a visit in the first half of the day.

Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan India

Places to Visit in Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan India

Places to Visit in Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan India

Explore the Jaisalmer Fort City

A stroll through the Jaisalmer Fort city is a great way to experience the Rajasthan culture and slow pace lifestyle of Jaisalmer fort residents. The city has several opulent Havelis (heritage homes) decorated built in sandstone with intricate carvings on windows and facades some of which are a century old. Do not miss the five-storied Tazia tower. Explore the gorgeous doors and latticework on the buildings.

Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan India

Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan India

Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan India

Cannon Point in Jaisalmer Fort

We sauntered through the narrow alleys of the maze-like fortified city exploring the houses and interesting artwork to the cannon point. A couple of stairs will lead to a small terrace which houses an old canon. The terrace offers an incredible view of the city of Jaisalmer washed in golden color. One can also spot the famous Bada Bagh Cenotaphs, Patwon ki Haveli and several other important sights of Jaisalmer from this point.

Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan India

Shop for Rajasthani Handicrafts Items

There are several shops inside and around the fort where one can shop for local handicraft items from Rajasthani dress garments, embroidered bags, bed sheets, quilts and wooden items. The handicrafts are known for the rich embroidery, mirror work, and bright colors. one can also shop for silver jewelry items like anklets, chains, and bangles. There are several shops around the fort where one can look for leather items too.

Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan India

Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan India

Devour on Rajasthani Specialties

There are several eateries in and around the premises of the fort where one can indulge in some savory tasting like samosas, kachoris, and a variety of sweets. Dhanraj Ranmal Bhatia is one shop we highly recommend in Amar Sagar Pol for mouth-watering traditional sweets.

Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan India

The Rajasthan forts are one of the top places to visit in Rajasthan. The fort of Jaisalmer along with other prominent sights boosts the Jaisalmer tourism and is one of the major revenues for the city.

Are you planning a trip to Jaisalmer Rajasthan? Then the Jaisalmer Fort should definitely make the must-visit places as a part of Rajasthan Tourism.

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19 thoughts on “10 Things to do in Magnificent Fort of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

  • June 22, 2017 at 5:44 am
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    Hi Rashmi, nicely written with all the details of the fort. I’m keen to know how was the Samosa taste? You can take me as Samosa fan <3

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    • mm
      July 2, 2017 at 8:35 pm
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      Heyy Thanks, Pawan. Rajasthani cuisine, as well as the snacks, are unparalleled in terms of taste!

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  • February 27, 2018 at 7:17 am
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    I’ve never heard of Fort of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan but it looks grand! I love a bit of history and wandering around foreign places. I think I would like to visit here one day!

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    • mm
      March 1, 2018 at 9:46 am
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      There is so much to Jaisalmer. It is a paradise for history and architectural buffs. You should definitely visit sometime.

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  • February 27, 2018 at 11:24 am
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    This fort is absolutely stunning! I can’t believe it looks so good for having been built in the 12th century! The colours are incredible, as is the artwork. I haven’t yet been to India, but Rajasthan is beautiful and somewhere I’d like to see.

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    • mm
      March 1, 2018 at 9:51 am
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      Jaisalmer is just a glimpse of Rajasthan, there are so many places to see rich in history, culture, and architecture.

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  • February 28, 2018 at 2:17 am
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    I can’t believe how much there is to do at this fort! You’ve taken so many amazing pictures from every angle. I think the Jharokas are my favorite, but the temple is so impressive too. I am going to India in December, so perhaps I can see this there!

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    • mm
      March 1, 2018 at 9:57 am
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      That’s awesome! What places will you be visiting in India? We recommend you should visit few places in Rajasthan.

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  • February 28, 2018 at 3:47 pm
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    wow Jaisalmer Fort looks like a wonderful place! I love the gold colour and surrounding it area ! It seems like there is so much to do there! Your photos are so beautiful! I cant wait to visit India one day!

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    • mm
      March 1, 2018 at 10:08 am
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      Thanks, Ada, Jaisalmer Fort surely is a wonderful place. You should make plans to visit India there is so much to see here 😉

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  • March 1, 2018 at 11:22 am
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    The entire place is such an exquisite piece of art! Reminds me of Hampi. I’d spend days together here. Can you imagine the place in its original glory with the royalty clad in colorful clothing & jewelry strutting down those hallways? Just spectacular. The 2 temples in them are sculptural marvel. Good to know that there’s an inhouse museum as well.

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  • March 1, 2018 at 11:38 am
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    These are all great things to do within the fort. I might also add the legal bhang lassi/thandai to the list though. The one thing I enjoyed most in Jaisalmer was actually outside the fort walls, camping out under the stars in the Thar desert.

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  • March 1, 2018 at 1:37 pm
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    I have read so many blogs about Jaisalmer Fort and they’ve all convinced me to go. I hope I can book a trip there soon. I am a huge fan of architecture and this one is so impressive! I could only imagine how grand it would be to see it in person.

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  • March 1, 2018 at 2:54 pm
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    Jaisalmer Fort is truly an example of splendid architecture. I loved the photos of intricate sculpture on jharokhas, window and door facades. The story of 4 door-ways means pols is interesting to read. I would also love to shop for colorful Rajasthani handicrafts and savor those local cuisines.

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    • mm
      March 3, 2018 at 8:06 am
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      True Yukti there is no dearth of wonderful architecture and shopping experiences in Jaisalmer. It is a travelers paradise.

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  • March 1, 2018 at 6:50 pm
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    Wow, the detail in the architecture is just incredible. And love those golden walls, I bet it glows at sunrise and set. How did you get the higher photos? Using a drone? And the history. To walk through 12th-century streets is always so much fun. I like to imagine I’m walking in the footsteps of some famous person before me! Silly I know, but so fun.

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    • mm
      March 3, 2018 at 8:07 am
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      True, walking the streets where the great kings and the royal family walked and shopped is an amazing experience.

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