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Jaisalmaer - The Exalted Golden City

   Jaisalmer Fort, Rajasthan

Jaisalmer, one of the charming cities of Rajasthan. Jaisalmer has been nicknamed as the 'Golden City' due to the yellow sand and yellow sandstone widely used in the architecture. Like most other cities of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer also boasts about its own glorious past. History of Jaisalmer draws heavily from the history of Rajputana. Jaisalmer city is said to be founded by Raja Rawal Jaisal a Bhatti Rajput ruler around 1156 AD. As the abode of King Ludwerwa was vulnerable towards possible enemy attacks, the King chose to move his capital on Trikut hill where now stands his fort.

 
  Beautiufl view of Al Hoota Caves


Jaisalmer has a few tourist attractions; however, Jaisalmer Fort will immediately command your attention. Jaisalmer Fort, which is one of the very few living forts in the world. The first settlements outside the fort walls, to accommodate the growing population of Jaisalmer are said to have come up in the 17th century. Jaisalmer fort is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan and stood at the crossroads of most important trade routes including the ancient Silk Road. The architecture of Fort is amazing as it has many attractions spots inside in the Fort: Raj Mahal of Fort, Laxminath temple of Fort, Jain temple of Fort, 4 Gateways of Fort and The Merchant Havelis of Fort.

In addition to the Jaisalmer Fort, the city is also revered for its Havelis. The traders and merchants made Havelis of Jaisalmer in medieval times. During medieval times Jaisalmer was a major trading centre and some of the famous havelis include Patwaon Ki Haveli, Nathmal ki Haveli, Salim Singh ki Haveli and many more.
A few must do attractions whilst in Jaisalmer

 



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