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10 Best Forts and Palaces of Rajasthan

Updated: Oct 25, 2019

I am writing my first post today .As I am from Jaipur ,Rajasthan(India) , I thought this is the best topic I should share with you .


Rajasthan is famous for its historic haveli's ,forts and Palaces . These Forts and Palaces are rich in culture,tradition, architectural styles and were build by Rajasthani Kings .


Many of these Palaces are now converted into heritage hotels and tell the story of

Royalty and high life of Kingdoms of Rajasthan.

Read about 10 most popular Forts and Palaces of Rajasthan.


Forts :

1. Amer Fort,Jaipur : The Amber(Amer) fort is located on a hill on foot of the Aravali range and was built in 16th Century by Raja Man Singh I .It is one of the best places to visit in Jaipur. It comprises Deewan-e-aam ( Hall of Public Audiences ),Deewan-e-khas

(hall of private audiences) Sheesh Mahal (wall of mirrors),many gates and cobbled path to Shila mata temple.This fort was declared a UNESCO World heritage site in 2013.

Amer Fort,Jaipur


2. Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur : Located in Jodhpur ,Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest fort in India .It was built in 15th century by Rao Jodha.It has seven gates

Palm prints of Ranis(queens) can be witnessed who willingly cremated themselves(sati) on funeral pyre of their dead husband Raja Man Singh.

Mehrangarh fort museum comprises of Elephant howdahs, Palanquins,Royal armory,

paintings ,musical instruments,costumes and furniture.Old cannons are also preserved.




3.Sonar quila , Jaisalmer: Jaisalmer Fort was built in the 12th century by Rawal Jaisal.

The sandstone the fort is built from took the color desert sand, so as the sun changed it stayed cleverly camouflaged and giving it the name the “golden fort”(Sonar Quila).


There is a museum that exhibits a fine collection of armors, portraits and paintings dilating the heroic period of the Rajput clans. At the entrance of the fort there is a small market where you can shop some Rajasthani traditional attires.

It is one of the few forts where people still live there.

You can visit Sam Sand Dunes enjoy cultural evening and camel ride, Kuldhara Village, Bada Bagh, Gadi Sagar Lake, Salim Singh Ki Haveli, Patwa Ki Haveli, Mandir Palace and Khaba Fort .


Jaisalmer Fort

4.Chittorgarh : One of the oldest forts in Rajasthan that was built in the 7th century during the Mauryan period by Chitrangda Mori. The Chittor Fort is yet another magnificent architecture that arrests the eyes of travelers from all over the world. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site .

The famous Chittorgarh fort, which is one of the largest forts in India, is situated on a 180 meter high hill that rises from the banks of river Berach. The fort is known for its seven gates namely Padan Gate, Ganesh Gate, Hanuman Gate, Bhairon Gate, Jodla Gate, Lakshman Gate and the main gate which is named after Lord Ram.

The Chittorgarh fort houses many palaces, like the Rana Kumbha Palace, the Fateh Prakash Palace, the Tower of Victory and Rani Padmini's Palace.


Chittorgarh Fort

5.Kumbhalgarh Fort: The Kumbhalgarh Fort is one of the significant heritage sites in Rajasthan near Udaipur widely known for its serpentine 36 kilometers long wall comprising seven huge imposing gates.

Hulla Pol, Hanuman Pol, Ram Pol, Bhairava Pol, Paghra Pol, Top-khana Pol and Nimboo Pol which are bolstered by watch towers and bastions. It was built in the 15th century atop the Aravalli Mountains by Rana Kumbha.

You may be surprised to discover that the mammoth wall of this UNESCO World Heritage Site is the second longest continuous wall in the world (after the iconic Great Wall of China), earning it the title of "Great Wall of India".


Kumbhalgarh Fort

Tentative itinerary can be Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Chittorgarh - Udaipur - Kumbhalgarh - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer -Jodhpur - Jaipur - Delhi by car .


Delhi – Jaipur – Udaipur –Kumbhalgarh - Ranakpur – Jodhpur – Jaisalmer – Delhi

Luxury tours to India / Rajasthan by flights


PALACES :

1.Lake Palace Udaipur : Lake Palace was a summer palace for Royal dynasty of Mewar

Now converted into Luxury heritage hotel .James Bond movie Octopussy was picturised here in 1983.




2.Udaivilas Palace Udaipur: The Oberoi Udaivilas is a luxury hotel located in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. Luxury hotel .



3.Rambagh Palace Jaipur : One of our top picks in Jaipur.Presenting manicured gardens and beautiful Indian architecture, the luxurious Rambagh Palace was the former residence of the Maharajah of Jaipur. Now a luxurious hotel, it features an indoor and outdoor pool, as well as full spa services.



4.Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur : Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the largest private residences in the world. This is only palace to have a working elevator in India. Located in Jodhpur, a part of this palace is a heritage hotel today. The palace has 347 rooms, which were occupied by the royal family of Jodhpur royals in the past.



5. Neemrana Fort Palace : A premier heritage hotel near Delhi with heavenly experiences. At Jalgiri Mahal guests can enjoy meals. Raj Mahal Bar serves guests with refreshing beverages. Jalgiri, a dining hall, serves a selection of Indian, Chinese, Continental, Italian and Thai cuisines.


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