Sometimes I wonder, what do people actually try to convey when they quote, “Live life, king size”. Though it is prudent that the lives of kings were adorned with magnanimity, and a gargantuan way of living in grandeur, yet I found it hard it believe that how could they possibly exhibit such a bravura of valor and regality. The light of cognizance dawned upon me on my visit to the Jaisalmer Fort.
Displaying a plethora of enticing architecture, the Jaisalmer Fort attires itself in a habiliment of deceptive camouflage, presenting a honey gold look just after sunset, that blends itself perfectly in the golden desert sand of Rajasthan. Built in 1156 A.D by Rao Jaisal, from whom the fort derives its name, Jaisalmer fort, which has bolstered the city from many invasions, still stands strong on the Trikuta hill.
The fort, popular among the local inhabitants as the ‘Sonar Quila’, has been a hub for trading activities as well as mighty warfare. Ala-ud-din Khilji launched a massive attack on the fort as early as in the 13th century, and the fort was under the regime of the Khiljis for more than nine long years. This was a period when whole of India and the world were blessed to witness the valor of the Rajput queens, when they sacrificed their lives for the pride of their dynasty and kingdom, rather than falling a prey to the Khiljis.
Jaisalmer witnessed yet another breach in its territory when the Mughal emperor Humayun invaded the fort somewhere in the year 1541. Jaisalmer fort was a flourishing trading centre, until the British established Bombay( now Mumbai) as their premier hub for trading. We can assess the enormity of the Jaisalmer fort from this fascinating revelation that at some point of time in history, the entire population of Jaisalmer lived inside the fort.
The fort treasures some of the most ingenious engineering in its domain, specially the Ghut Nali , a unique drainage system that expels the rain water from the fort through tunnels in all directions.
Seldom it is possible that those who visit the Jaisalmer Fort don’t ornate its vibrant beauty in the craft of their creativity. One of India’s( and even one of the world’s) greatest directors ever, Satyajit Ray was awestruck at the magnificence of the Jaisalmer Fort, which he dexterously carved down in his detective novel, ‘Sonar Kella’, and later produced an iconic movie based on the same.
Even a brevity in the description of Jaisalmer fort would cross the length of many articles penned down with a detailed account, still not sufficient enough to paint the true picture of its vivacious enchantment.
We believe that the aura and divinity that is embodied in the form of Jaisalmer fort, will definitely entice you upon visiting this epitome of strength, grandeur and magnanimity.
When to visit : Jaisalmer Fort
Best time to visit: October - February
Opening hours:6:00 AM - 6:00 PM