Often perceived to be one of Rajasthan’s most exotic cities, Jaisalmer offers one a kind old world charm through its imposing Sonar Qila or Golden Fort, old havelis and winding streets that offer enchanting visions at every turn.
The Golden City
Unlike most other forts in the country, the Sonar Qilia is currently the only few living forts in India. The fort was built by Rawal Jaisal in the 12th century and is located at the height of 80 meters on the Trikuta Hilll. The gorgeous and seemingly unending sand dunes that surround this dessert create a romantic atmosphere reminiscent of desert roses, heartbreak and lost love. Located in the western most frontier of India, Jaisalmer offers unforgettable experiences that are best explored through camel safaris and spending nights under the stars in luxurious tents.
The Significance of Jaisalmer
It’s close vicinity to the border of Pakistan allowed the city to develop as an important trading centre and camel trading route. The exquisite havelis that you encounter here were built in the 19th century by the merchants who thrived in this region. Distinctive because of their golden-yellow sandstone structures that are carved into intricate designs, these structures can still be found in pristine condition.