About Jaisalmer fort

For a journey back in time, visit the Jaisalmer Fort, the Sonar Quila or Golden Fort. It is quite possibly the only fort in the world heavily populated with half the city’s population still living within its walls. The fort almost seems to disappear into the Thar Desert sands with its yellow sandstone walls. You can see it on the hill from miles away.

Its beauty is surpassed only by its architecture. The fort has 99 bastions, fortified gates, a cannon and 2.5 miles of inner walls. Go on a self-guided tour to see the Raj Mahal Palace. Stop at one of the seven Jain temples, some dating back to the 12th century, the Ashtapadh Temple, or the Laxminath Temple dedicated to Lakshmi and Vishnu. The Sambhavanatha Temple has more than 600 artefacts and scriptures. 

Visit the Havelis, merchant houses that were converted to museums. Some going back to the 15th century still have families living in them. You might be exhausted, so a bite to eat at one of the Italian, French, and native Indian restaurants would be in order. 

Experience life in a living fort today. 

Must See

  • Maharawal 
  • Chauhata Square 
  • Tazia tower 
  • Raj Mahal 
  • Jain Temple 
  • Laxminath Temple 
  • Jawahar palace 
  • Ganesh Pol 
  • Rang Pol 
  • Bhoota Pol 
  • Hava Pol

How to reach

By Foot

The Fort is at walking distance from Jaisalmer city. It is 1.7 km from the city center.


  • Carry water bottles and cap with you to cope with the heat.
  • Wear comfortable shoes as you will have to walk a lot.
  • The best time to visit is from October to March due to weather conditions.
  • The fort is massive and will need some time to explore.
  • One can walk to the top of the hill.
  • Many local cuisines are available at eateries at Dusshera chowk.
  • Hire a guide that is available in both Hindi and English for Rs 400.

Visit Time

Sunday                                     7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Monday                                    7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday                                    7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday                              7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Thursday                                   7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Friday                                        7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday                                    7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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You may have to wait in queue for tickets.


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Entrance Fee


Indian Citizen               Rs.50/person

Foreign Tourists          Rs.250person

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Time you can spend

3 hours


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