The Fort of Rajasthan – The kingdom of Rajputana is dotted with many tourist destinations that hold the image of medieval era and Forts are the epitome of this and these forts speak a lot about Rajasthan’s glorious past and still stand strong. The beauty and architecture of the forts are really stupendous and the glory is breathtaking and can make your eyes sparkle. You can feel that craftsmanship by just touching and running your fingers on the walls, the art and carving are just marvellous. Here is the list of most inspiring/ glorious forts in Rajasthan.
Amber Fort, Jaipur– The Amber Fort can mesmerize anyone with its beauty. This beautiful fort is built by Raja Man Singh in 1592 and situated near Jaipur. This fort is a UNESCO heritage site. There are four different section in the fort and each section has its own gate and courtyard. Sheesh Mahal (the palace of glass), Diwan-e-khas, Diwan-e-aam and Sukh Niwas are the centre of attraction. The main highlight of the fort is the elephant ride, the view of the city from here and night show about the history of it.
Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajsamand– Kumbhalgarh is the birthplace of great stalwart Maharana Pratap, Kumbhalgarh fort was built by the Rana Kumbha in the 19th century and this fort is also known for having the second longest wall across the world, these 36 km long walls are the main highlight of this fort along with it Badal Mahal, seven massive gateways and Jain temple.
Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur– One of the largest fort built in 1460 by Rao Jodha, Mehrangarh fort situated in blue city Jodhpur and this fort is well known for its expensive courtyards and carvings. This fort has been featured in many movies because of its fascinating structure. The view of the blue city from a height of 125 meters, temples, museum and the seven gates known as pols are the main highlight of this beautiful fort.
Chittorgarh Fort, Chittorgarh– Spread in the area of 700 acres, the Chittorgarh fort holds the place of one of the largest fort across India and also called as Water Fort because there are approx 22 water bodies in the fort. Padmini Palace, Kirti Stambh, Gaumukh Reservoir, Vijay Stambha, Rana Kumbha Palace, Meera temple and Fateh Prakash Palace are the centre of attraction of the fort.
Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur– The Nahargarh fort is located on the very old hill of Aravali mountain, this beautiful fort is built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in 1734 AD. Many buildings and different structures there in the fort and also a temple inside dedicated to the prince Nahar Singh Bhomia. The Nahargarh Fort offers the eye-catching view of the pink city from it which will definitely take your breath away, Madhavendra Bhawan and Diwan-e-aam are main highlights of the fort.
Ranthambore Fort, Sawai Madhopur– The most popular fort lies in the largest national park of Rajasthan known as Ranthambore national park. This fort is built in the middle of the 10th century and declared as the UNESCO world heritage site. Its entrance is led through a stairwell. There is a famous temple of Lord Ganesha, other highlights are the Jain temple, jungle safari of the park is stunning and the view from the fort is really eye-catching.
Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer– Integrated with the desert scape, this fort often considered as the golden fort or Sonar Quila. This fort is built by the Rawal Jaisal in 1156, situated at the heart of the sun city, Jaisalmer and it is also one of the largest forts in the country. This fort has four grand entrance and the main highlight of the fort is Laxminath temple, Royal Palace, Palaces of merchants and the heritage centre.
Lohagarh Fort, Bharatpur– The only unstoppable fort of India called Iron fort situated in Bharatpur, built by Maharaja Surajmal in the 18th century. As the name implies Lohagarh or Iron fort this fort really proves its name because many rulers tried to conquer the fort but nobody won. Fateh Burj, Kishori Mahal, Moti Mahal, Mahal Khas and Kothi Khas are the main attraction of the fort.
Gagron Fort, Jhalawar– one of the best example of hill and water fort built by Doda Rajputs in the 12th century, situated in Jhalawar district. This fort is sitting in the middle of the river on a hill. This fort is the real example of strength because it faced more than 14 wars but still stands robust. The river glistening of three sites is the centre of attraction in the fort.
Junagarh Fort, Bikaner– One of the major fort which was not built on the hilltop, situated in Bikaner, built around 20th century. Junagarh Fort stole hearts of rulers because of its beauty and those rulers tried to conquer it but nobody won except Baber’s son Kamran Mirza. Grand gateways, Phool Mahal, Ganga Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Karan Mahal, Anup Mahal, Badal Mahal and Laxmi Narayan temple are the main highlights.