Ranked 30 among Places to Visit in Jaisalmer
Time Required: 1-2 Hrs
The Surya Gate is one of the four entry gates to the 12th century, Jaisalmer Fort. The fort on the Trikuta hill has four successive gates Akai, Surya, Ganesh and Hawa through which the visitors need to pass through. A vital feature of the gate is that it is constructed on a bend, the reason behind building barriers in such a manner is said to stem from military strategies. As elephants were war horses in the ancient era, it took mighty power to break down walls, but with gates situated on a curve, it takes a greater ability to break through.
The Surya Gate is the second in the series, a beautiful narrow gate built to prevent entry of enemies in large numbers. The area between the first and the second gate is lined with small shops that sell various Rajasthani items. The concept of the curved and narrow entrances to prohibit the enemies' ability to use a battering ram is awe-inspiring to the visitors. It is adorned with stone carvings which depict historical art. It holds immense significance to the 850+-year-old fort.
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