Top places to visit in Jaisalmer

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Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort is situated in the city of Jaisalmer, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is believed to be one of the very few (perhaps the only) “living forts” in the world, as nearly one fourth of the old city's population still resides within the fort.[1] 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.[2]

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Jaisalmer Fort is situated in the city of Jaisalmer, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is believed to be one of the very few (perhaps the only) “living forts” in the world, as nearly one fourth of the old city's population still resides within the fort.[1] 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.[2]

Jaisalmer Fort is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan, built in 1156 AD by the Rajput Rawal (ruler) Jaisal from whom it derives its name,[3] and stood at the crossroads of important trade routes (including the ancient Silk road).[4]

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 or Golden Fort.[5] 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.[6]

In 2013, at the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Jaisalmer Fort, along with 5 other forts of Rajasthan, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the group Hill Forts of Rajasthan.

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Patwon-Ki-Haveli - Jaisalmer

The Patwon Ji ki Haveli was constructed in the year 1805 by Guman Chand Patwa who was an affluent trader . It was first of a kind haveli in whole Jaisalmer. It's architecture is prominent in entire Jaisalmer.

Uniqueness of the Patwon Ji ki Haveli is in the fact that it is not a single haveli but a cluster of 5 small havelis. The first haveli is the biggest. The five havelis were constructed for Patwaji's 5 sons and the construction of the entire complex took around 50 years. All five havelis were constructed in the first 60 years of the 19th century.

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The Patwon Ji ki Haveli was constructed in the year 1805 by Guman Chand Patwa who was an affluent trader . It was first of a kind haveli in whole Jaisalmer. It's architecture is prominent in entire Jaisalmer.

Uniqueness of the Patwon Ji ki Haveli is in the fact that it is not a single haveli but a cluster of 5 small havelis. The first haveli is the biggest. The five havelis were constructed for Patwaji's 5 sons and the construction of the entire complex took around 50 years. All five havelis were constructed in the first 60 years of the 19th century.

The havelis are also known as the 'mansion of brocade merchants'. This name has been given probably because the family dealt in threads of gold and silver used in embroidering dresses.

Patwon Ji ki Haveli is the largest Haveli in Jaisalmer and stands in a narrow lane. This haveli is presently occupied by the government, which uses it for various purposes. The office of the Archeological Survey of India and State art and craft department is situated in the haveli itself.

Nevertheless, even after these encroachments and abuse you can find a good amount of paintings and mirror-works on the wall. The other important aspects are its gateways and arches. There are individual depictions and theme on each and every arch of the Patwon Ji ki Haveli. One interesting fact about Patwon Ji ki Haveli is that though the whole building is constructed using yellow sandstone ( which is found in abundance in the Jaisalmer ), the main gateway is in brown color.

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