Jaisalmer Fort - The "Sonar Quila "
Jaisalmer Fort in Rajasthan is a unique monument. It is not only one of the oldest forts in Rajasthan (1156) after Chttorgarh, but it is also the second largest. Built almost entirely out of the locally available yellow sand stone, the fort rises 250 feet high on formation of three hills, Trikuta, formed almost totally of mud. The Golden Fort (Sonar Quila) is an imposing sight from miles around and it shines like a golden tiara atop the lofty hill when early morning sunlight and moonlight strike it. Another unique feature of this fort is that it is the only ‘Living Fort’ in the country. The fort is host to over 1000 families whose forefathers have been settled there by the Kings (Maharawals of the Bhati clan of Rajputs) some eight Centuries ago and continue to live in the ancestral houses on the original streets and Paras. A large percentage of these houses also double as hotels, restaurants and antique shops during the tourist season.