Planning on a trip to Rajasthan or already exploring Rajasthan? We say, your trip is incomplete without visiting these famous forts of Rajasthan! Seems like you are eager to know the reason, aren’t you? Find out now!
8 Famous Forts of Rajasthan which are a Must Visit:
These palaces, mahals, monuments and forts, whatever you call them, all tell the same story! They make you time travel to the era of Royal Kingdoms, Great Kings and Beautiful Queens. Overall, the beauty of these historical monuments will leave you enthralled, we promise!
1. Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
The honeycomb structured palace that highlights the many windows on its exterior wall is an eye catcher in the Pink City.
Built with pink sandstone, Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) was artistically designed to keep the interiors of the palace cool in the scorching heat of this state. In addition, these windows gave a sight to the daily life in the city to the Rajput women, without being seen by the common man.
2. Sheesh Mahal, Jaipur
Sheesh Mahal is a part of Amber Fort where the kings lived in winters as it remained warm even in the dipping temperatures.
The palace is built on 40 pillars and the walls and ceilings of the palace are artistically decorated with thousands of glass pieces. The glass pieces multiply the light of the light of candles by reflection and give an effect of thousand candles with just 2 actual candles lit. The royal era is purely reflected through this palace.
3. Nahargarh, Jaipur
Nahargarh Fort which got popular with the movie “Rang De Basanti” lies on the Aravali Hills and gives a bird-eye view of the Pink City of Jaipur.
It was built as a summer retreat for the royal families. The fort isn’t huge as the other forts in the state, but it gives beautiful views of the city and the horizon.
4. Jal Mahal, Jaipur
The Jal Mahal (water palace) of Jaipur was built and reconstructed by the kings from the royal era. The beauty of this palace is unparalleled as it is surrounded by Man Sagar Lake on all the sides, with the backdrop of Aravalli Hills.
This palace has 5 storeys out of which only the top story is visible, the remaining 4 storeys remain submerged in the lake.
5. Amer Fort, Jaipur
Amer Fort is located in the Amer town near Jaipur, on a natural ridge of the Aravali Hills. Red sandstone and marble were used to build this huge fort. The Sheesh Mahal, one of the top attractions of Rajasthan, lies in this fort.
The fort is built in Hindu architectural style and depicts beautiful art on the gates and cobbled path. It is a great place to understand the way of living of the Royal families in the olden era.
6. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
This palace was built by king Umaid in Jodhpur, the Judiciary capital of Rajasthan. It is one of the largest private residences of the world and part of the palace is now a grand luxury hotel.
A part of the palace is also a museum which is open to outsiders and illustrates the grandeur of the lifestyle of the kings in Rajasthan.
7. Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest and the best preserved forts in India. It stands on a cliff overlooking the blue city Jodhpur. The fort is famous for its seven entry gates, intricate carvings and massive courtyards in different palaces built inside the fort. There is also a Sheesh Mahal in this fort which was built for the King.
Mehrangarh Fort also has a Sheesh Mahal, which was built for the king.
This Sheesh Mahal is decorated with colourful mirrors. The architecture of this fort is a combination of Hindu and Mughal styles. Moti Mahal (Palace of pearls) is another attraction inside this fort.
8. City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace is a must visit place in Udaipur. It gives splendid view of the White City, Lake Pichola, Lake Palace, Jag Mandir and Sajjangarh palace as it is situated on a hill top. Rajasthani and Mughal architecture were used in building this palace.
Various palaces were interlinked through secret paths to form the City Palace. A boat ride in the lake Pichola gives breathtaking views of the City palace and Lake Palace. Lake Palace which is now turned into luxury hotel, was built for the Royal Dynasty as a winter Palace.
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