Sonar Quila – Magnificent Garrison of sovereign Rao Jaisal

It was one of those days where I wanted all the time for my few close friends and myself. A bright Saturday morning with a pleasant climate at Rajasthan motivated me to back pack and head for some historical expedition with my besties. We decided to visit one of the World’s largest fort, which is among India’s few living forts – Jaisalmer Fort.

Jaisalmer fort

            Jaisalmer Fort | Image Resource : lexphoto.co.uk/albums/india/slides/Jaisalmer%20fort.html

As we head nearer, we see the grand castle standing awfully admits of the great golden stretches of Thar Desert. Its beauty spellbinds me, specially the massive walls that appear tawny lion color during the day and honey-gold as the sunsets. The fort due to its color is also famous as “Golden Fort” / “Sonar Quila”.

Trespassing one of the most breathtaking moments our group walked further into this 12th CE monument, which is surrounded by many local people living near its slopes and several Havelis structured buildings built in 19th CE. Suddenly, I felt so happy and excited seeing the number of colorful shops decked with Rajasthani antiques, clothes, shoes, jewelry and accessories. My inner goddess was so pleased and pushed me to shop, I purchased in few traditional yet trendy silver jewelry and the flaring colorful Ghagharas.

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Further, we crossed the huge gates lined in zigzag manner seeing the Kanguras on top and carved jharokas on the wall that, symbolized the Rajasthani architect. We discovered there were various wedding invitations displayed on the walls outside many houses hosting wedding details.   The thought of planning my wedding here some day passed my mind that left my cheeks pink and blushed.  We walked ahead, and reached a courtyard named Dussehra Chowk – until date the festival of Dussehra is celebrated. The fort is still a living space made me extremely happy and cheerful.

dussehra chowk

                     Dussehra Chowk | Image Resource : flickr.com/photos/blakekirkland/3354744150/

Then we visited the Royal court around the courtyard, which belonged to a princess who lived there. As I took a closer look towards the wall there were various palm prints engraved the guide told those were made by the Satis- women who burnt themselves in Johar. The place was filled with plenty of tourist from abroad walking around the fort. Most hilarious was the local vendors who were too much interested in the NIRs than Indians. The best part was when time for peth-puja we found all most all popular world food inside the large sand stonewalls of this historical heritage. I munched upon few typical Delhi street picks like – Aloo Chatt and Goal Gapas, which were dam tasty.

aloo chatt and goal gapas

Aloo Chatt and Goal Gapas | Image Resource : spiceinfused.blogspot.in/2013/06/pani-for-pani-puri.html

Later, we saw the seven Jain temples inside the fort, which had a similar entrance like latticed slanted walls. I managed to see two of them. The massive fort with a 5km circumference had two parallel walls, which depicted their ancient tradition of Mori – a security strategy. It was evening by the time we ended our tour at the Jaisalmer Fort.

Finally, the marvelous day ended with a beautiful Rajasthani Folk dance performed by the communities residing there. We all were happy to witness a living, neat and tidy castle.