Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan is located in what is known as the Golden City and is one of the largest forts in the world. Within the fort you’ll find many locals going about their daily lives while also selling different textiles and souvenirs. There are plenty of things that make this fort special although our favourite feature was the incredible panoramic view you get looking down over Jaisalmer.
How to get to the Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan
The fort is very easy to access from all areas of Jaisalmer. You’ll find many hotels which are located only a short 5-10 minute walk from the fort. If you’re staying further away, you can also easily jump in a rickshaw.
Where to stay
We found that the best area to stay in Jaisalmer was either in or close to the Fort. We stayed at Royal Villa Jaisalmer and can’t recommend it enough. The rooms were beautiful, spacious and felt luxury for a cheap price. The owner is also incredibly friendly and helps you with anything you need. We felt super safe and welcomed here. If this spot has no availability, there are plenty of cheap accommodation options nearby so you should have no problem finding a place!
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Entrance fee / Opening hours
Unlike many of the other forts in India, the Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan (currently) has no entrance fee. As for the opening hours, online it says the fort is open from 8am – 5:30pm. However, we stayed just past 5:30pm and saw no sign of a gate about to be closed. The later in the afternoon you visit, the quieter and easier it will be to walk around the fort. The fort is a popular sunset spot with many rooftop cafes so you can enjoy your evening watching the sun go down.
What To expect
The Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan is a must visit if you’re passing by Jaisalmer. The golden fort is located on the top of a hill and is visible from all of Jaisalmer. This UNESCO world heritage site is also known for its rich culture and many temples. As you enter the fort, you’ll instantly notice the various textiles such as rugs and scarves which are for sale. You’ll also see many unique souvenirs which are a perfect little reminder of your trip to the golden fort.
You can easily spend hours wandering the various alleys and lanes within the fort. As you walk around, you’ll get to witness many locals going about their daily routines. There are also plenty of kids running around with some even playing with fire crackers.
A very popular thing to do within the Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan is to find the different viewpoints. These viewpoints allow you to walk along the tall walls of the fort and capture some amazing photos of the golden city below. We visited 3 different viewpoints and they were each magical and had incredible views.
Another equally popular thing to do within the fort is to stop by a rooftop restaurant and watch the sunset. There are many spread all throughout the fort although the most popular ones are close to the entrance. Sipping on a traditional Lassi while watching the chaotic streets from above is an awesome way to spend your evening.
If you plan on visiting Jaisalmer, don’t forget to also add the Desert Camel Safari to your itinerary!