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Golden Fort, Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer Fort (Golden Fort)

Jaisalmer, The Golden City is a town in the Rajasthan. It is located 575 Kms from the state capital Jaipur. It was once known as Jaisalmer state. The town stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone, crowned by a fort, which contains the palace and several ornate Jain temples. Many of the houses and temples are finely sculptured. It lies in the heart of the Thar Desert and has a population of about 78,000. It is the administrative headquarters of Jaisalmer District.

Golden Fort

Jaisalmer Golden Fort (Sonar Killa)
The fort of Jaisalmer famous as 'Sonar Killa' is in itself a small fortified town, about 5000 people still reside in its imposing walls.
The Golden City or Golden Fort of Jaisalmer was founded in the year 1156 by a Bhati Rajput Rao Jaisal, who named the city from the vulnerable former capital of Lodhruva, 15 kms to the south-east, on the advice of a hermit who lived in a cave near the top of a rocky hill. The Maharajas of Jaisalmer trace their lineage back to the ruler of Bhati Rajput Clan Rao Jaisal and they were called Rawal.

 

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