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Forts of Rajasthan

One of the best ways to experience the royal grandeur of Rajasthan during your travel is by touring the many majestic forts that can be found anywhere and everywhere - on the rugged and rocky Aravalis hilltops, in dense forests, over the ridge and even in the middle of the Thar desert. Rajasthan is the only place having the highest number of forts and palaces in the world. The forts of Rajasthan still linger with the magic of the fierce culture and traditions of the land.

 

Mehrangarh Fort

One of finest among Rajasthan forts, Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur is a magnificent and imposing structure, with a commanding view of the surrounding landscape. Seemingly growing out of the rocky cliff on which it is perched, the fort is situated at an altitude of about 125 metres and is spread over an area of 5 sq. km with seven gates. One could drive up or walk to the top of the small and not so steep hill. Driving or walking up, the sheer rock face from where emerges the tall and massive sandstone wall of Mehrangarh looks awesome indeed. Not to be missed when on Rajasthan tour.

 

Chittaurgarh Fort

Sanding tall in one of the oldest cities in Rajasthan, the Chittaurgarh Fort perched on a 152-m-high rocky hill. The Chittaurgarh Fort epitomises the doomed romantic ideal of Rajput chivalry. The fort with its impressive location and colourful history is the main source of attraction in the town. The immense stretch of the walls and the ruined palaces relate the saga of innumerable sieges and heroism. The modern town of Chittor lies at the foot of the hill. Not to be missed during vacations in Rajasthan.

 

Kumbhalgarh Fort

Set amidst a cluster of thirteen mountain peaks of the Aravali range, the formidable medieval citadel of Kumbhalgarh Fort stands a wary sentinel to the past glory of its kings and princes. Rising from a prominent ridge, 1,914 m above the sea level, the fort was built in 15th century AD by Maharana Kumbha (AD 1419-63) and is the principal fort after Chittaurgarh, lying 90 km northwest of Udaipur.

 

Jaisalmer Fort

The 'golden city', Jaisalmer is one of the most exotic cities in the whole of Rajasthan. The Jaisalmer Fort was built by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 A.D. The soaring walls of the fort gives a glowing golden in the rays of the setting sun, making it seem to rise out of the surrounding yellow sand.

 

Taragarh Fort

The Taragarh Fort, built in 1354, with its imposing structure of stone, is situated on a steep hill and has massive battlements and ramparts. The fort also provides a panoramic view of the entire town of Bundi. A must for tourist on Rajasthan holidays.

 

Amber & Jaigarh Fort

A classic example of Rajasthan fort-palace, the Ambar Fort was started by Man Singh I in 1592 and completed by his descendant Jai Singh I. Its rugged forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate refinement. In the foreground is the Maota Lake with breathtaking reflections of the magnificent Amber Fort-Palace. For an experience that's truly royal, tourists can reach the fort through snaking pathways on elephant back. And standing close is the Jaigarh Fort. Perched on a cliff and surrounded by huge battlements with inside walkways offering stunning views on all sides, Jaigarh Fort offers stunning views of Jaipur below.

 

Dundlod Fort and Palace

Once the abode of Prince and Princes, today Dundlod Fort and Palace is one of the leading heritage hotels in Rajasthan and provides complete comfort with royal hospitality to visitors traveling to Rajasthan. Dundlod Fort and Palace is situated in Dundlod, a small village situated in the heart of the Shekhawati region. Visiting this village is like visiting an open-air art gallery that has not changed much since the time it was built. The fort of Dundlod is an embodiment of the cultural amalgamation of the Rajputana and Mughal Schools of Art and Architecture.

 

Fort Rajwada

Situated in Jaisalmer, the golden city of Rajasthan, Fort Rajwada stands tall with its rich heritage, picturesque with exquisite architecture. Located in 20 acres of land, this princely home has an interior decor, created by the genius of renowned opera set designer, Ms. Stephanie Engeln. Converted into a heritage hotel now, Fort Rajwada offers a unique experience to tourists on Rajasthan travel.