Top 10 Must See Forts in Rajasthan
Every Fort in Rajasthan today standing firmly means it’s the greatness of Rajputs, Jats, and Gurjars, who made them as iconic attractions of India’s tourism. In all over India, Rajasthan is the one and only place where we can see a number of forts. The count of forts in Rajasthan can’t be counted on our fingers, that many of forts have resided in Rajasthan. Every Fort will be known for its great history and some interesting factors.
Even many invasions and wars faced by the forts but still today they are looking massive and strong. That’s the greatness and uniqueness of Rajasthan’s Forts. They are like epitomes of Rajasthan’s Maharajas royalty and chivalry.
Now, we go through the top 10 must-see forts in Rajasthan which were shouldn’t be missed.
1. Amber Fort
Amber or Amer Fort in Jaipur on a hillock of Aravali ranges and facing Maota lake is a magnificent fort to visit. The fort built by Raja Man Singh in the 16th century is an architectural splendor of Hindu and Mughal architectural styles. And the fort built with red sandstone and marble doubles the fort’s architectural styles.
The witnesses of the beautiful architectural styles of the fort are Diwan-I-Aam, Diwan-I-Khas, Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Niwas, Sheela Mata temple, etc. All these are the major attractions of the fort. At evening the Sound and Light show at the fort is an experience-able thing to know about the history of the fort. For the best experience try to visit the Fort during sunset or sunrise to enjoy the serenity of the place.
2. Nahargarh Fort
Nahargarh Fort at the tip of Aravali ranges looks massive and giant with its extending walls. Actually, the fort was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II to use it as a summer retreat place and also this fort walls connected to Jaigarh Fort for easy access. Nahargarh Fort is the best place to capture the captivating views of Jaipur.
The fort complex comprises many temples, palaces, gardens, etc but the major attractions of the fort are Madhavendra Bhavan, a museum which showcases armory and paintings, and top roof restaurant. Nahargarh Fort is a fantastic place to have a sharp glimpse of total Jaipur in a blink. Visit Nahargarh Fort by traveling through Palace on Wheels which is the famous luxury train in the world.
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3. Jaisalmer Fort
Jaisalmer Fort on the Trikuta hill and close to the mighty Thar desert is a different and peculiar fort surrounded with a rustic environment. It is one of the oldest forts in Rajasthan. The fort was built by Rawal Jaisal and it was completely built with yellow sandstone. That’s why the fort was familiarly known as “Sonar Quila” or “Golden Fort”.
Jaisalmer Fort is a very huge one with consisting 99 bastions and 2 cannon points. The walls of the fort in 3 layer structure show the tight security system of the fort. And the fort comprises a number of temples, houses, markets, restaurants, etc. The attention seeking things in the fort are Royal Palace, Shree Nath Palace, Vyas Haveli, Hindu and Jain temples, and a museum exhibiting armory, paintings, fhistory of the fort. In Rajasthan, Jaisalmer is the best fort to see amid the desert.
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4. Mehrangarh Fort
Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur is a marvelous fort standing on a hilltop. This fort was built by Rao Jodha later it was extended by Jaswant Singh. In Rajasthan, this fort was well-known as the most invaded fort by Jaipur and Bikaner armies. The seven massive gateways of the fort signify their great victory on different armies. Among them, Jaya Pol, Fatteh pol, Loha Pol are the major gateways of victory.
The Palaces in the fort are also great attractions of the fort and they are Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Sileh Khana, and Daulat Khana. And a museum exhibiting weaponry, furniture, palanquins, of the royal families is also a major attraction of the fort. The Fort overlooking the city seems to be very attractive to visit.
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5. Chittorgarh Fort
Chittorgarh Fort is one of the oldest forts in Rajasthan which was built in the 7th century. It is the most popular fort for its history, courage, and sacrifice. Many stories and tales of the fort make everyone to feel sorry. When we heard to Rani Padmini and Karnavati life sacrificing scenes our hearts will melt. Such a great history was there to Chittorgarh Fort.
The fort is very familiar for its water storage tanks, beautiful palaces, temples, and imposing gateways. The major attractions of the fort mean its palaces only. And the list of Palaces is Rana Kumbha Palace, Rani Padmini’s Palace, Bada Mahal, Ratan Singh’s Palace, Kanwar Pade Ka Mahal, etc. Moreover, temples in the fort like Kumbha Shyam temple, Adbuthnath temple, and Kalika mata temple are also major attractions.
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6. Junagarh Fort
Junagarh Fort is a famous fort in Bikaner which was very famous for its different architectural styles. The fort was built by Maharaja Rao Bika later this fort was extended by Raja Rai Singh and Jahangir. Due to the fort was built under different rulers, the fort exhibits stunning architectural styles of Mughal, Rajput, and British in a glance.
The fort comprises numerous palaces, temples, courtyards, etc. Mainly the Palaces of the Fort Karan Mahal, Anup Mahal, Chandra Mahal, and Ganga Mahal are the major attractions. And also Karan Pol, Chand Pol, Suraj Pol, and Fateh Pol gateways of the fort showcases beautiful architectural styles.
7. Ranthambore Fort
Ranthambore Fort in the middle of wildlife sanctuary is a wonderful and majestic fort to visit. This fort was almost ruined due to a number of invasions and wars faced by it. Even it is ruined some parts of the fort attracting tourists to visit it. The major attractions of the fort are Ganesha temple, Hammir’s court, Dhula Mahal, Jogi Mahal, Shiva temple, etc.
Among them, Lord Shiva temple is the most crowded temple with a large number of people on Monday. The fort completely surrounded by greenery and wildlife enthralls everyone to experience the fort. Ranthambore Fort, once the hunting lodge of royals now serving the people as a major tourist attraction.
8. Lohagarh Fort
Lohagarh Fort amid on a man-made island in Bharatpur is known for its great history. It is the one and only fort in India which was not surrendered to any Mughal rulers or Britishers. As the name suggests as Iron Fort it showed its strength to invaders with its strong capability. Everything such as walls and gateways of the fort looks very massive and huge.
Attention seeking portions of the fort means beautiful palaces Mahal Khas, Kishori Mahal, and Kothi Khas which are very popular for their architectural styles. And a museum in the fort also worth visit to see the armory, weaponry, Sanskrit manuscripts, paintings, and things of royal families etc. Mainly the victory towers Jawahar Burj and Fateh Burj are also must-see attractions of the fort.
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9. Kumbhalgarh Fort
Kumbhalgarh Fort perched on Aravali ranges is a mighty and fantastic fort in Rajasthan and it was very known for its vast history. The fort was built by Maharaja Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. The greatness of the fort is its extending and imposing fortifications stretching to 36 kms long. After the “Great Wall of China”, Kumbhalgarh Fort is the next longest and massive wall.
Within the fort ramparts a number of palaces, mansions, step-wells, and nearly more than 300 temples were there. Mostly, Bada Mahal and Shiva Temple are the iconic attractions of the fort. The massive 7 gateways of the fort with bastions and watch towers are also must-see attractions of the Fort.
10. Taragarh Fort
Taragarh Fort in Bundi on a steep hill with ravage looks is a fine place to get witness the past glory of Chauhan’s. Even the fort almost ruined but it is attracting tourists with its glorious remnants. The fort was very popular for its water reservoirs and tunnel networks. Mainly, the tunnel network system to escape shows the brilliance of Chauhan’s.
Rani Mahal is the major attraction of the fort known for exquisite architectural styles with murals, latticeworks, and artworks. The three gateways Lakshmi Pol, Phuta Darwaza, and Gagudi Ki Phatak also attracts everyone and cannon fields of the fort, Bhim Burj and Garbha Gunjan are also must-see attractions of the fort.
Different forts with different attractions perched in different places spread the glorious history and legacy of Indian Maharajas. In a word, the forts of Rajasthan are memorials of the great history of India. Finally, these are the great 10 forts to visit in Rajasthan.
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