If you are enchanted by architecture and love to travel, Rajasthan is totally a place to be. It has so many different kinds of forts and palaces that will make your visit the most memorable experience. While many times these forts are seen in movies and telefilms, but seeing them with your naked eyes is a pleasure indescribable. They are very well preserved by the state government as they are a glimpse of the royal past.
Explore the Rajasthan of yesteryears today as these 10 forts take you through history without any time travel machine. Here are the 10 forts in Rajasthan, you must visit:
1. Jaisalmer Fort
The quila or fort in Jaisalmer is among one of the largest in the world. The fort is open for sightseeing and you can enjoy its grandeur and monumental beauty. It is also known as the Golden Fort as it stands on the sand desert which appears to be an unlimited golden blanket. Must watch is the residential area of the royal family and decorated balconies and doors.
2. Bhangarh Fort
Bhangarh Fort in Rajasthan also has some special elements that made Archaeological Survey of India dubbed it as a ‘haunted’ fort. There is no proof for the haunted part but there is a warning outside which states that you should not stay in the fort after sunset. Bhangarh fort also is a marvellous structure built hundreds of years back and is surrounded by a lot of greenery. Go and see it during the day time and also take blessings from the Hindu Temple inside the fort.
3. Ranthambore Fort
Listed as one of the world’s heritage site, it owes no introduction. It has both the temples and the wild forest areas together. It was famous for hunting as there is a lot of wildlife birds and animals in this area. Ranthambore National Park and the fort together make up for a day’s trip. Go visit this fort where adventure is abundant and thrill is a companion.
4. Gagron Fort
One of the most fascinating hill forts in Rajasthan is the Gagron fort. It is famous for its water and hilly area location, which was very useful in battles. You have to check this one out.
5. Hawa Mahal
Jaipur’s very own Hawa Mahal -Palace of Wind was build especially for women of the royal family. This fort is structured so tall with windows so that women can see royal processions, marketplace through these window, unseen from public.
6. Neemrana Fort
Now turned into a heritage hotel, Neemrana fort is a holiday destination to chill and relax. You can live royally, eat like kings and stay without any care of what is going on in the world. If you need sometime for yourself & family, Neemrana fort is the place to be.
7. Devi Garh Palace
The 7 storeyed hill-top palace fort is a beautiful hotel now where everyone visits to have a great time. More than architecture it is an experience in itself. You have to be there to absorb it and you will take home a million moments to cherish. Get yourself a feel of 19th and 20th century and see how wonderful it is.
8. Amber Palace
Rajput families and their Maharaja stayed in this fortress and it is built in red sandstone and marble. Go and see the extensive palace complex and appreciate the work of masons in the 16th century.
9. Lake Palace
Udaipur’s very own lake palace fort is now a Taj property and governed as a holiday tourist hotel. A luxurious palace with white marble, this is for the special occasions in your life. Come with your love and have a romantic getaway here.
10. Chittor Fort
Another exquisite UNESCO world heritage site, Chittor fort is one of the largest structures, still standing in India. It is the pride of Rajasthan and Chittorgarh. A very famous fort for the battles fought here and the sieges. Visit this fort and spend some time to unravel the golden historic secrets here.
Last but not the least, many of these forts are turned into resorts cum hotels and you can stay& enjoy like the lavish Maharajas of Rajasthan used too. But if you are low on the budget you can try out various mid ranged hotels or hostels, which have all the amenities you need as a traveller. We hope that your stay at Rajasthan is happy and memorable.