JAISALMER FORT, ALSO CALLED SONAR KILLA, THE GOLDEN FORT
A top Hill Trikuta, in 1156 was constructed the Jaisalmer Fort that stands majestically today drawing visitors from all around the world. Trikutameaning a hill with three peaks bears on it the sun beam of Jaisalmer. Built by Maharaja Rawal Jaisal this megastructure is 250 feet high with 99 citadels. Entrance through this fort is via the four gateways of Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol, Bhoot Pol and Hawa Pol. Within the fortified city are enclosed numerous palace complexes, temples and havelis that leave a lasting impression on the visitors.
JAIN TEMPLE (INSIDE FORT)
Amidst the four walls of the Jaisalmer fort are the exquisitely carved seven Jain temples.
Believed to be built between the 12th and 15th century they are dedicated to the Tirthankars. Connected with passageways to one another, the first temple you’ll come across is the Chandraprabhu temple followed by Rikhabdev, Parasnath, Shitalnath, Sambhavnath, Shantinath and the last one is Kunthunath. Intricately designed in these temples are the exclusive Dilwara style paintings and they are truly the havens of peace. Built of yellowsand stone this holy shrine is a must for every itinerary.
Open to the general public from the wee hours of the morning up till 12 at noon one can be a witness to this monumental splendour. Surrounding the Jain temples are narrow passages where tourists can also buy different kinds of handicraft items and specialities of Jaisalmer. The reading buffs can also enjoy the vast literature about ancient Jain culture and Jain temples in the adjoining Gyan Bhandar library within the fort complex only.
PATWA - KI - HAVELI
A cluster of Havelies (Mansions of wealthy merchants) in a narrow lane near Fort in Jaisalmer. These 5-stories private homes are perhaps the most ornately decorated residence- the World has seen in last 150 years!
Seth Guman Chand Jain, a famous trader of 19th century, having business empire stretching from China to Egypt, got these Havelis constructed for his 5 sons. These are largest havelis in Jaisalmer and leave a visitors stunned by their eternal beauty. An architectural wonder, they feature carved exteriors, long corridors, pillared halls, painted ceilings and walls decorated with murals. A must visit on a trip to Rajasthan!
SALIMJI - KI - HAVELI
Located in the city’s central area is Salimji- ki -Haveli just a little below the hill is the residence of the then Prime Minister Salim Singh. Its roofs are carved as peacocks which make it quiet distinct from all the monuments. With a total of 38 intricately designed balconies the view of this place is a sight to behold. Believed to have been constructed on the remnants of an older haveli, its magnificence speaks volumes on the life style of the kings. A Rumour of the King destroying the upper two storeys of this place is a common tale one gets to hear. It is also called Jahaz Mahal as its front facade bears a resemblance to the ship stern.Get Directions