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Jaisalmer Fort

Admire imposing bastions, lavish havelis and colorful temples, shop for handicrafts and sample delicious Rajasthani cuisine at this magnificent sandstone citadel.

The majestic sandstone Jaisalmer Fort dominates the skyline of the ancient city of Jaisalmer. It’s a place to see grand palaces and elaborate temples, peek inside humble homes, shop for textiles and dine on tasty Rajasthani food. Built by the Bhatti Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal, Jaisalmer Fort dates back to the 12th century. Today, this village within a city is home to thousands of residents and presents a fascinating insight into Rajasthan’s lively Marwari culture.

Enter this architecturally impressive monument via the towering gateway on its eastern side. Follow the winding pathway that leads through a series of gates to Dusshera Chowk, the fort’s striking central courtyard. Check out the elegant balconies, intricate latticework and shuttered windows of the courtyard’s surrounding buildings. Watch women dressed in colorful saris and men in bright turbans passing through the courtyard on their way to the fort’s maze-like village.

Stroll around the warren of lanes and spot luxurious honey-colored havelis, many established by wealthy merchants. Discover shops packed floor-to-ceiling with books, handicrafts, saris, rugs and wall hangings. Engage in conversations with the shop owners and learn about life inside the fort. Find quaint guesthouses, art galleries and restaurants serving aromatic Rajasthani curries. Visit exquisitely decorated Jain and Hindu temples.

Walk on the fort’s ramparts to enjoy uninterrupted views of the city, Gadisar Lake and the surrounding desert. Experience the fort from the outside too. Admire the 99 bastions and look for the Jaisalmer flag hoisted high above the palace on Dusshera Chowk. A great time to be here is at sunset, when the fort walls change from a soft ochre to a honey-gold color. As night falls, a series of floodlights cast an enchanting light over the entire fort.

The fort sits atop Trikuta Hill in the heart of Jaisalmer. It’s a short walk from Jaisalmer’s popular tourist areas such as Manak Chowk and Sadar Bazar. Jaisalmer train station is about a 10-minute drive away and easily reachable via auto-rickshaws and taxis.

Jaisalmer Fort is open daily and has an admission fee. Bargaining is common practice when buying goods at the fort’s shops.


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Lodging Near Jaisalmer Fort

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Arya Haveli

Arya Haveli

Arya Haveli Chainpura street, Jaisalmer
4.2
of 5, from 6 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Jaisalmer, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Nathmalji-ki-Haveli and Bhatia Market. Patwon-ki-Haveli and Jaisalmer Fort are also within 15 minutes.

$132
Jaisalmer Marriott Resort & Spa

Jaisalmer Marriott Resort & Spa

Jaisalmer-Sam-Dhanana Road, Police Line, Jaisalmer
4.4
of 5, from 5 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Jaisalmer, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nathmalji-ki-Haveli, Bhatia Market, and Patwon-ki-Haveli. Jaisalmer Fort and Gadi Sagar Tank are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$108
1st Gate Home- Fusion

1st Gate Home- Fusion

Dhibba Para, Jaisalmer
4.9
of 5, from 18 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bhatia Market, Jaisalmer Fort, and Patwon-ki-Haveli. Nathmalji-ki-Haveli and Gadi Sagar Tank are also within 10 minutes.

$23
Hotel Tokyo Palace

Hotel Tokyo Palace

Near Fort, Airforce Chouraha, Jaisalmer
4.0
of 5, from 43 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Jaisalmer, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jaisalmer Fort and Bhatia Market. Nathmalji-ki-Haveli and Gadi Sagar Tank are also within 15 minutes.

$32
Hotel Fifu

Hotel Fifu

Opposite: Nagar Palika, Jaisalmer
4.5
of 5, from 99 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Jaisalmer, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Jaisalmer Fort, Gadi Sagar Tank, and Bhatia Market. Nathmalji-ki-Haveli and Patwon-ki-Haveli are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$37
Hotel Pleasant Haveli

Hotel Pleasant Haveli

Chainpura Street, Jaisalmer
4.6
of 5, from 13 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Jaisalmer, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Patwon-ki-Haveli, Nathmalji-ki-Haveli, and Bhatia Market. Jaisalmer Fort and Gadi Sagar Tank are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$77
The Gulaal

The Gulaal

Opp Nagarpalika, Jaisalmer
4.9
of 5, from 34 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Jaisalmer, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Jaisalmer Fort, Bhatia Market, and Gadi Sagar Tank. Patwon-ki-Haveli and Nathmalji-ki-Haveli are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$70
Hotel Garh Jaisal Haveli

Hotel Garh Jaisal Haveli

On Fort, Kotari Para, Jaisalmer
4.8
of 5, from 13 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Jaisalmer, this historic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Jaisalmer Fort and Bhatia Market. Patwon-ki-Haveli and Nathmalji-ki-Haveli are also within 1 mi (2 km).