|Rajasthan Forts & Palaces
| Rajasthan is a land of forts and palaces.
Magnificent monuments stand pompously as existing
reminders of the rich history of this heroic
land. Explore and see the Rajasthan forts
and palaces when you visit the unique cities
of Rajasthan and get transformed in to the
regal bygone era. Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur,
Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Chittorgarh are just
some of the places where Rajasthan Forts and
Palaces can be seen and visited.
The Amber Fort in Jaipur stands like a
guard above the still waters of the Maotha
Lake. The fort is a unique blend of Hindu
and Mughal architectural styles.
The City Palace residence is an impressive
blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal
architecture and craftsmanship. Surrounded
by walls, City palace occupies one seventh
of the walled city.
The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Wind is
a Jaipur attraction which was built by Maharaja
Sawai Pratap Singh way back in the year
There are other opulent and majestic Forts,
Palaces and Monuments which are dotted all
over the State of Rajasthan.
The Amber fort is set
in a picturesque location a little away
from Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan state.
The Amber Fort presents a fascinating blend
of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Raja Man
Singh built the Amber fort in the sixteenth
century (the construction of the Amber Fort
was started in 1592). The Amber Fort is
built in red sandstone and white marble.
The pride of Chittor,
the Chittorgarh fort is a massive structure
with many gateways. Perched on a 180 m high
hill, it sprawls over 700 acres. The chhatris
within are impressive reminders of the Rajput
heroism. The main gates are Padal Pol, Bhairon
Pol, Hanuman Pol and Ram Pol. The fort has
many magnificent monuments, which are fine
examples of the Rajput architecture. The
ancient ruins of the fort are worth spending
few moments in solitude.
Jaigarh Fort, located
around 15 km from Jaipur is one of the most
spectacular forts in India, with almost
all its original facilities intact. While
Jaigarh Fort is on top of the hill, Amber
Fort is at the bottom. Both the forts are
connected through well guarded passages.
The stunning Jaisalmer
Fort made of golden yellow sandstone set
is like an amber jewel in the Rajasthan
desert. Situated on Trikuta Hill in Jaisalmer,
this magnificent fort was built by Raja
Jaisal in 1156 A.D. It is one of the oldest
forts in Rajasthan.
Junagarh fort in Bikaner
is considered one of India's most impressive
fort complexes. It's exquisitely decorated
interiors are in an excellent state of preservation.
Built in 1588 by Raja Rai Singh, it is one
of the few major forts, which were not built
on a hilltop. The complex consists of palaces,
courtyards, pavilions, and balconies. The
walls are adorned with carved stones, marble,
paintings, and inlaid semi-precious stones.
Each palace in the complex was built by
a different ruler, over the centuries.
Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur
enjoys the distinction of being the largest
fort in India. Initially named the Chintamani
Fort, it was constructed in 1459 by Jodhpur's
founding father, Rao Jodha. Mehrangarh Fort
stands as a testimony to the grandeur of
the days gone by. The beauty and splendor
of the innumerable palaces housed within
the fort narrates a saga of the intractable
sandstones giving in to the chisels of the
mastery of the Jodhpur sculptors.
The Nahargarh Fort
was built by Sawai Raja Jai Singh in 1734.
Since Jaipur was his capital, the Nahargarh
Fort was strategically important and was
built as a means of bolstering the defense
The Taragarh fort is
located at a distance of around 39 km from
Kota. Taragarh Fort was the home of a major
princely state at the height of the Rajput
heydays. It is a massive fort built in the
year 1354 and accessible by a steep pitched
road leading to its main gateway. Rampant
elephants top the gateway of the Taragarh
Fort. It consists of huge reservoirs carved
out of solid rock and the Bhim Burj, the
largest of the battlements, on which is
mounted a famous cannon. An excellent bird's
view of the town from the fort is another
attraction among tourists.
The Lake Palace is
located on the Jag Niwas Island and covers
the whole of 1.5 hectare of the island in
the middle of the Pichola Lake. Built by
Maharana Jagat Singh in 1743 it was meant
as a royal summer palace and now converted
in to a five star palace hotel.
Chittorgarh Fort is
a massive structure with a 1 kilometre zigzag
accent to it. The road leads through seven
gates to the main gate Rampol (meaning Gate
It is built beside
the lotus pool with a historical pavilion
that changed the history of Chittor. Ala-ud-din
saw the reflection of Queen Padmini from
here and so mesmerized was he, that the
quest of possessing her led to a furious
battle which saw the last of Maharana Ratan
Singh (husband of Maharani Padmini) and
the epitome of beauty-Cleopatra of Rajasthan.
City Palace, Jaipur
Located in the heart
of the walled city, The City Palace Complex
gives you an idea about the far sightedness
of the founder of Jaipur Sawai Jai Singh.
He left behind a legacy of some of the most
imposing and magnificent architecture, art
and craft structure in the city. Jai Singh
built the outer walls but its many buildings
were built later and some of them date in
the twentieth century too.
The ruined edifice
of great historical and architectural interest,
being the most massive monument in the fort
This grand palace is
an architectural masterwork in red sandstone,
and was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh Ji
in the memory of his father Maharaja Lal
Singh Ji in 1902.
The first island palace
of Lake Pichola, Jagmandir was constructed
by Maharana Karan Singhji in 1622 AD and
was intended to be a pleasure palace for
imperial parties and functions.