The marvelous and the largest state of India, Rajasthan is well-known for its magnificent forts, palaces, artificial lakes, temples, flora and fauna, sparkling sand dunes, excellent textile, gem stones, handicraft items, rich culture and tradition with great hospitality.
The tourists will get an opportunity to experience the rich folk culture, folk music, dance and vivacious art. Tourists love to explore the barren beauty of the land sitting on the back of bejeweled camels. Camels are decorated with colorful costumes, jewelry and accessories.
Rajasthan is the most exciting, colorful and rich state of India. Tourists coming from different parts of the country wish to visit its splendid monuments such as forts, palaces, Havelis, temples and many others.
The highlight of the state as a precious gem of country is the ”forts in Rajasthan”. Rajasthan is enriched with numerous massive forts which represent the lifestyle of ancient Rajputana rulers. These forts are built by the rulers to express their dignity, legacy and pride. Each of Rajasthan Fort is itself is an architectural masterpiece, reflecting the fascinating Rajputana architectural style.
These historic ramparts are located in about all cities of Rajasthan. Forts and palaces can be found in the mid of desert, in the lake, on the hill and every places in Rajasthan.
Some most famous forts of Rajasthan are-
The Chittaurgarh Fort
The Chittaurgarh Fort is one of the most recognized forts in Rajasthan. This breathtaking fort is located in the Bhilwara a city in Mewar region of Rajasthan. Built in Rajput architectural style the fort covers an area of 60 acres this fort is famous for its beautiful design, decorations and constructions.. It perched on a 152-m-high rocky hill. One can reach Chittaurgarh through zigzag paths. There are 7 gateways to the main gate.
The fort is known for its 13 km long fortified walls, soaring towers and number of palatial complexes. Some of the famous palaces of this fort are Padmini, Fateh Prakash and Rana Kumbha.It is dedicated to the valour and bravery of the Rajput rulers. The Chittaurgarh region exists in the form of a broken-down citadel comprising of palaces, forts and other structures.
Amber Fort is one of the marvelous forts of Rajasthan. It is situated about 11 kilometres from Jaipur the Pink City of India. This fort is known across the globe for its white marble and red sandstone. This fort also showcases the fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture, design and decoration.
This magnificent structure amidst the picturesque and bumpy hills. Whole fort complex is divided into big halls, exalted palaces, picturesque temples and gorgeous green gardens.
The most exciting thing to do at this fort is the elephant ride. Tourists can be reached either by an elephant ride or on any vehicle. The elephant ride at Amber fort is the most royal way to visit several attractions of this fort.
Junagarh Fort is the prominent landmarks in the heart of Bikaner city. The fort complex includes a number of attractions like beautifully carved and is full of pavilions, palaces and courtyards. The fort houses Anup Mahal a gorgeous palace with walls of gold leaf patterns. The Badal Mahal with stunning paintings on the walls. Phool Mahal with its elegant towers, windows and balconies.
Junagarh Fort also houses a museum displaying the indulgent lifestyle of the royals.
Jaisalmer Fort is the beautiful fort in Jaisalmer city, nestled in the golden yellow desert of Thar of Rajasthan. This fort is also known as Sonar Kila. It is one of the largest forts of the world which is made of yellow sandstone. This fort is also called the ‘Golden Fort’ as it looks tawny yellow during the day while it looks honey gold in color at the sun set time.
The fort houses Raj Mahal, Jain Temples, Laxminath Temple and its huge gateways.
Mehrangarh fort in Rajasthan is renowned for its amazing hilltop location, located in Jodhpur. It is enclosed by imposing thick walls and has seven gates. The interiors of the fort are superbly decorated with excellent carvings and mirror work.
It consists of many magnificent structures like Fort Museum, Phool Mahal, Daulat Khana, Armory, Turban Gallery, Moti Mahal, Takhat Vilas,Sheesh Mahal (The palace of Mirrors).
The Kumbhalgarh Fort is a Mewar fort in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan. Kumbhalgarh is also the birthplace of Maharana Pratap. It is a World Heritage Site and there are seven fortified gateways at this fort. The wall of the fortress extends over 36 km and considered as the second largest wall in the world after the Great Wall of China.
There are 300 ancient Jain temples and more than 60 Hindu temples inside the fort complex.
Taragarh Fort Also called Ajmer Fort is a magnificent monument located in Ajmer. There are three gateways to the fort, well known as Lakshmi Pol, Phuta Darwaza and Gagudi ki Phatak. It is known for its unique artistic style & architectural brilliance blending both mughal and Hindu elements. It overlooks the spectacular view of Maota Lake and entire Jaipur city.
Here tourists can enjoy an elephant ride in royal way.
The Ranthambore Fort built sometime in the 10th century towers over the Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary. The walls of the fort are about 7 kilometers in length and include an area of nearly 4 square kilometers. This majestic fort contains three sandstone temples dedicated to Shiva, Ganesh and Rama.
There are a number of other beautiful and huge forts are situated in the lap of desert and these panoramic forts of Rajasthan offer its tourists the ultimate travel experience.
Apart from these you can visit Laxmangarh Fort, Shekhawati, Mandawa Fort, Shekhawati, Ratangarh Fort, Shekhawati, Lohagarh Fort, Bharatpur, Taragarh Fort, Bundi, Kumbalgarh Fort, Kumbalgarh, Juna Mahal, Dungarpuretc.
So, come and explore the rich and glorious architecture of the famous forts and palaces of Rajasthan “The Land of Kings and colors”.