Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest forts in the world. It was built in 1156 AD by the Bhati Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal, from where it derives its name. The fort stands proudly on the summit of the 80 meter high Trikuta Hill and has been the scene of many battles during Jaisalmer’s turbulent past. Its massive yellow sandstone walls are a tawny lion color during the day, turning to a magical honey-gold as the sun sets and camouflages the fort making it appear a part of the picturesque yellow desert. Thus, it is sometimes called the "Golden Fort". The Fort has 99 bastions around its circumference. Still inhabited, it contains palaces and bazaars, and approximately one quarter of the city’s inhabitants still live within its walls.
Also visit the "Havelis" of Jaisalmer. Wealthy merchants built their exquisite homes with profusely carved stone facades. The famous ones are the Patwon Ki Haveli, Salim Singh Ki Haveli and Nathmal Ki Haveli.
One of the main reasons to visit Jaisalmer is to take an excursion to Sam for a camel safari, and to watch the shifting sand dunes here on the edge of the Great Indian (or Thar) Desert - about 45 kms from the city Jaisalmer. Enjoy the breath taking view of the sunset as it touches, then disappears behind the sand dunes.