Jaisalmer Fort is situated in the city of Jaisalmer, in the state of Rajasthan. It is believed to be one of the very few ‘living forts’ in the world, as nearly one fourth of the old city’s population still resides within the fort. For the better part of its 800-year history, the fort was the city of Jaisalmer. The first settlements outside the fort walls, to accommodate the growing population of Jaisalmer, are said to have come up in the 17th century.
Jaisalmer Fort is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan, by the Rajput Rawal Jaisal from whom it derives its name, and stood at the crossroads of important trade routes.
The fort’s massive yellow sandstone walls are a tawny lion colour during the day, fading to honey-gold as the sun sets, thereby camouflaging the fort in the yellow desert. For this reason it is also known as the Sonar Quila/Golden Fort. The fort stands amidst the sandy expanse of the great Thar Desert on Trikuta Hill. It is today located along the southern edge of the city that bears its name, its dominant hilltop location making the sprawling towers of its fortifications visible for many miles around.
In 2013 Jaisalmer Fort along with 5 other forts of Rajasthan, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the group Hill Forts of Rajasthan.
By Air-Jodhpur Airport is located 300km away from fort tourist can hire a taxi to reach there
By Bus-Deluxe and ordinary buses of Rajasthan Roadways as well as many private operates connects Jaisalmer with Jodhpur, Jaipur, Bikaner, Barmeretc. From the bus terminus, passengers can avail local means of transport.