The most important city in southern Marwar and far older than Jodhpur, Jalore is one Rajasthan's most charismatic historic cities. And the Jalore Fort, perched atop a steep hill must find a place among the great fortresses of India. The path to the main entrance, cut in rock, is well over two miles long and it negotiates three distinct lines of defense. No wonder then, Jalore valiantly resisted wave after wave of Muslim invaders. Jalore eventually fell to the mighty Sultan of Delhi, Allauddin Khilji, at the turn of the 13th century, but was conquered soon after by the Rathores. No wonder too that this is where the Rathore rulers kept their treasure.