Arising like a graceful dragon from the depths of the desert, the Jaisalmer Fort evokes awe and wonderment at the very first glance and ranks topmost in this list of Top 10 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer. As you come closer, its ramparts loom majestically and dare one to break its protective barriers.
Enter the fort and a dazzling array of colours, sights and sounds surround you. The entire fort seems to be alive with endless action. Streets and narrow alleyways are lined with numerous shops, eateries, houses and places to stay. Hurry along until you reach the Raj Mahal, the Royal Palace.
Officially named the Jaisalmer Fort Palace Museum & Heritage Centre, the Raj Mahal was the imperial residence of the erstwhile rulers of Jaisalmer. The rulers might have long perished, but the residence stays strong and gives a remarkable insight into the simplistic beauty of the royal lifestyle. The Raj Mahal is one of the many features that make the Jaisalmer Fort one of the top places to visit in Jaisalmer.
The Raj Mahal palace is 7-storey tall and lacks the opulence found in the other forts and palaces of Rajasthan. However, it stores a rich repository of cultural artefacts including a Silver Coronation Throne, a marble Throne and a blue-tiled room. At the entrance, the saffron imprints tell a gory tale of kings who died, leaving their queens to commit sati. Before heading to their husband's pier for self-immolation, the queens left their imprints on the entrance to the palace.
The Jaisalmer Fort is also one of the five hill forts of Rajasthan to be acclaimed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a must-visit for all on a holiday tour in Jaisalmer.