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Jaisalmer qila (fort) is situated in the city of Jaisalmer. It is believed to be one of the very few "living forts" in the world, as nearly 1/4 of the old city's population still resides within the fort. For the better part of its 800-year history, the fort was the city of Jaisalmer. The first settlements outside the fort walls, to accommodate the growing population of Jaisalmer, are said to have come up in the 17th century. Jaisalmer fort was built in 1156 AD by Rawal Jaisal from whom it derives its name. The fort's massive yellow sandstone walls are a tawny lion colour during the day, fading to honey-gold as the sun sets, thereby camouflaging the fort in the yellow desert. In 2013, Jaisalmer qila, along with 5 other forts of Rajasthan, was declared a Unesco world heritage site under the group "hill forts of Rajasthan". Source : wiki

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