The forts of Rajasthan are standing example of rich cultural heritage and breath taking architecture. The beautiful structures, enchanting edifices and stunning architecture along with culture that will just enthral you.
Sketching the magnum opus of royal history on golden canvas, Rajasthan forts are the most authentic testimony of the desert state’s invigorating journey over centuries. Behind the colossal fortifications, a lot happened – fairytale romances, tragic sacrifices, art and architectural evolutions and truly extravagant living. And from outside, these indomitable structures witnessed unbelievable showcase of valor, extreme power struggles, huge battles and peace treaties that followed.
Mehrangarh Fort, located in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, is one of the largest forts in India. Built around 1460 by Rao Jodha, the fort is situated 410 feet (125 m) above the city and is enclosed by imposing thick walls. Inside its boundaries there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. The imprints of the impact of cannonballs fired by attacking armies of Jaipur can still be seen on the second gate.
Amber Fort (Amer Fort) is a jewel of Jaipur, with its majesty, beautiful architecture and rich history. Built by the legendary Raja Man Singh sometime in the 17th century, the fort and palace has held strong despite the march of invading dynasties through the centuries. The entire structure took over 100 years to be built, with succeeding emperors Raja Jai Singh I and Jaipur’s founder, Sawai Jai Singh II, taking over the construction efforts.
The Bhangarh Fort is located on the border of the Sariska Reserve in the Aravali range of hills in Alwar district of Rajasthan. The Bhangarh Fort is a 17th-century fort built by Man Singh I (one of the navratnas of Akbar's court) for his younger brother Madho Singh I. Bhangarh fort is known for its rich history and paranormal incidents, it is one of the most common tourists place in India.
Jaisalmer Fort, situated in the city of Jaisalmer, is one of the largest fully preserved fortified cities in the world. It is a World Heritage Site. It was built in 1156 AD by the Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal, from whom it derives its name. The fort stands amidst the sandy expanse of the great Thar Desert, on Trikuta Hill. Its ramparts served as the backdrop for many battles in past centuries when the Silk Road still served as one of the main trade routes between East and West.
The Chittor Fort or Chittorgarh is one of the largest forts in India. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fort was the capital of Mewar and is today situated in the Chittorgarh town. It sprawls over a hill 180 m (590.6 ft) in height spread over an area of 280 ha (691.9 acres) above the plains of the valley drained by the Berach River. The fort precinct has several historical palaces, gates, temples and two prominent commemoration towers. These monumental ruins have inspired the imagination of tourists and writers for centuries.
Kumbhalgarh is a Mewar fortress on the westerly range of Aravalli Hills, in the Rajsamand district near Udaipur of Rajasthan. It is a World Heritage Site included in Hill Forts of Rajasthan. Built during the course of the 15th century by Rana Kumbha, Kumbhalgarh is also the birthplace of Maharana Pratap, the great king and warrior of Mewar.
Jaigarh Fort is situated on the promontory called the Cheel ka Teela (Hill of Eagles) of the Aravalli range; it overlooks the Amber Fort and the Maota Lake, near Amber in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. The fort was built by Jai Singh II in 1726 to protect the Amber Fort and its palace complex and was named after him.