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Jaisalmer Fort, (Jaisalmer)

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Jaisalmer Fort is one of the India’s oldest Forts. It is a beautiful palace who stands in Jaisalmer. This Fort was built in 1156 AD by Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal. Now this palace is Rajasthan’s glorious heritage. This Fort is very large fort that’s why it is one of the largest palaces in the world. This palace is also known as Sonar Quila. Jaisalmer Fort has museum, shops, hotels, houses and eateries housed in it. This is the biggest tourist attractions of the Rajasthan. It is also a delight for photographers. Many popular movies have been filmed at the Jaisalmer Fort. This fort was built by Rawal Jaisal with Sultan of Gaur to dispose his nephew Bhojdev.

The fort is 1,500 ft (460 m) high and 750 ft (230 m) wide. This palace is built on a hill that rises above a height of 250 ft (76 m) above the surrounding country side. The basement of the fort has a 15 ft (4.6 m) tall walled forming a double line of defence. The bastions of the fort form a chain about 30 ft (9.1 m). The fort has four entrances to the town side, one of which used to be guarded by cannon. The fort has an ingenious drainage system called the ghut nali which allows for the easy drainage of rainwater away from the fort in all four directions of the fort. Over the years, haphazard construction activities and building of new roads has greatly reduced its effectiveness.

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Interesting fact about Jaisalmar Fort:-

 1. The Jaisalmar Fort, recently declared as World Heritage Site is one of the largest desert forts of the world and the second oldest fort in Rajasthan.

 2. Its yellow sandstone walls are a tawny lion colour during the day and this looks honey-gold at sunset. This sight is a real feast for the eyes.

 3. The Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray was so impressed by this sight that he honoured this sight by his detective film Sonar Kella based on this fort.

 4. It has crenellated sandstone walls 30-feet high and has 82 bastions most of which were built between 1633 and 1647 AD. Evidence of subtle fusion of Rajput and Islamic architecture is clearly visible here.

 5.The Raj Mahal or the Royal Palace, ornate Jain Temples, the Laxminath Temple and the four gateways the Akhey Prole, Suraj Prole, Ganesh Pol, and the Hawa Pol are the main attractions inside the fort.

 6. Interestingly, this strategically located city escaped direct Islamic invasion. Its strategic importance was revealed during the 1965 and 1971 wars between India and Pakistan. But this wonder of the nation, a rich heritage now cries for better and immediate attention to maintain its splendour and safety. International heritage foundation’s insist on reduced water usage to preserve this fort. Efforts to restore and preserve this fort are under way, but more involvement by the government and the public is urgently called for.

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