“Let the sky be torn, the earth turned upside down, let the iron armor be cut to pieces, body fighting alone, but Jalore would not surrender.”
A few lines, but they could not have presented a more prudent and evocative description of this epitome of unfailing strength. Earning repute worldwide as the ‘Sonagir’ or the ‘Golden Mount’, the fort is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Rajasthan.
The fort dates back its origin to somewhere between the 8th and 10th centuries. Perched at the top of a steep-sloped hill, the fort, stationed 1200 feet above the city, is surrounded by impregnable walls which makes it one of the best fortified bastions. The fort has four entrances, but it is approachable only from one side, that too after a long ascent. The Hindu architecture finds predominance in the structural design of the fort.
The fort houses in its domain numerous fascinating attractions that are sure to lure the tourists. The vibrant palace or Mahal, which once used to be the center of attraction of the fort, is now in a dilapidated state. However, the other attractions more than make-up for it. The Fort Mosques, flaunting their Gujarati style of architecture, the Jain temples, the Hindu temples-all add up to the flavor of visiting Jalore fort.
The essence of visiting Jalore fort is not one which can be enjoyed vicariously. So experience the vigour and joy first-hand and drench yourself in the colours of Rajasthan at this destination, this symbol of magnanimity, this epitome of strength.
When to visit : Jalore Fort
Best time to visit: November - February
Opening hours:6:00 AM - 4:00 PM