Jaisalmer Fort Overview
The most famous landmark in the city, Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest forts in the world. Built in 1156 AD, the fort is also popularly known as Sonar Qila. Unlike other forts in the country, Jaisalmer Fort is a massive fort with a museum, shops, hotels, houses and eateries housed within. One of the biggest tourist attractions of the city, it is also a delight for photographers. The Golden Fort or "Sonar Kila", built of sandstone of the jurrassic period on the Trikuta Hill ( the tripple peaked hill ). It grows out of a rock in an undulating sea of sand. The imposing fort is awe-inspiring protected by rugged high walls,approachable through four successive gates, the Akhaiy Pol, the Ganesh Pol, the Suraj Pol and the Hawa Pol. The palaces of the rulers built atop the main entrance, from an imposing edifice crowned by a huge umbrella of metal mounted on a stone shaft. The fort also houses many old Hindu as well as Jain temples and beautifully carved havelis. The entire living area is well protected within the ramparts of the fort.
Patwon Ki Haveli Overview
One of the largest havelis in Rajasthan, Patwon ki Haveli is a cluster of five small havelis. Started by Guman Chand Patwa, a wealthy banker, Patwon ki Haveli took almost 55 years to be built and was completed by his sons.
The haveli is dipped in an enchanting shade of gold and instantly draws your attention to the intricacy of its architecture. It is most famous for its fine wall paintings, beautiful jharokhas (balconies), archways and gateways. A walk through the haveli should not take more than an hour, and this can easily be covered in a city tour.
Surya Gate Overview
A 12th century gate, the Surya Gate is found at the famous Jaisamler Fort popularly known as 'Golden Fort'.
Located on top of Trikuta Hill, the fort has four gates that you have to cross before you get to the palace. These are – Akhai Gate, Surya Gate, Ganesh Gate and Hawa Gate. Surya Gate is narrow and is decorated with stone carvings. As you go from the first gate to Surya Gate you will also cross small gift shops.
Once you get to the fort, you can also visit the palaces and the Jain and Hindu Temples located inside.
Dussehra Chowk Overview
Dussehra Chowk is a huge courtyard inside the famous Golden Fort or Sonar Kila of Jaisalmer. It is known to be the perfect place to marvel at the architecture and craftsmanship of the palace.
Dussehra Chowk can be reached through Hawa pol, the last of the four gateways in the palace. The courtyard was especially used for Dussehra festivities during the Rajput reign in Jaisalmer. There is a marble throne here, which is where the king supposedly sat while watching the proceedings in the complex.
The charming views from the chowk make it a popular spot for tourists to lounge and admire the surrounding beauty.