about jaisalmer

Jaisalmer is named after the Maharawal, Jaisal Singh, a Rajput king who founded the city in 1156 AD. “Jaisalmer” means “the Hill Fort of Jaisal”. Jaisalmer is sometimes called the “Golden City of India” because the yellow sandstone used throughout the architecture of both the fort and the town below, imbues both with a certain golden-yellow light. Jaislamer located 575 Kms west of the Jaipur. It is the largest district of Rajasthan and 3rd largest district by territorial region in the country, hugged on the west & south-west by the Pakistani border. The length of the international border attached to Jaisalmer District is 471 km
The town stands on a ridge fo yellowish sandstone and crowned by the ancient Jaisalmer Fort known as “The Golden Fort”( Sonar Killa). Jaisalmer fort contains a royal palace and several ornate Jain temples. Many of the houses and temples of both the fort and of the town below are built finely sculptured sandstone. The town situated in the heart of the Thar Desert (The Great Indian Desert).