We couldn’t complete this list with mentioning the biggest, baddest attraction of them all – in actuality; it shouldn’t even be called a tourist attraction. Founded in 1156 by Rajput ruler Jaisal, this very fort has served as the battleground amongst some of the most significant wars in national history. Now home to over 3,000 people, Jaisalmer Fort is now considered to be one of the largest fully preserved fortified cities in the world.
It’s not hard to see why Jaisalmer Fort draws thousands of eager tourists each year. Situated atop a rocky expanse of desert crag, this massive desert citadel emits a mystical golden glow over the entire city of Jaisalmer, giving it the name, Sonar Quila, or Golden Fort. At night, the fort returns to it’s natural colorings, camouflaging it across the vastness of the Great Thar Desert. As you enter beneath any of it’s four entrances, you will find all the bearings of any structured Rajput city: Jain temples, hundred-year old havelis, eateries, even a Royal Palace by the name of “Raj Mahal.”
In 2013, Jaisalmer Fort was officially named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed alongside five other forts of Rajasthan.