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Forts of Rajasthan

Magic overflows while travelling through Rajasthan, the whole shebang here is awe-inspiringly charming, majestic and engaging. The great legend lies in its colossal forts, the mighty and stalwart thick walls represents the unconquered regime of Rajput Empire.

The rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan exhibits its treasures from its architectural marvel. Showcasing sovereignty from its majestic and regal possessions, Rajasthan is a city of culture, colors and glitter. The majestic allures of Rajasthan trip makes it the most desiring tourist destination in the world.

Rajasthan's majestic forts reveal the history of glorious past.
Jaigarh Fort - Jaipur
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Jaigarh Fort (Jaipur)
Jaigarh means a `Victory Fort' that was constructed between the 15th and the 18th century and lies 15 km from Jaipur amidst rocky terrain, its forbidding stone ramparts are visible from the Jaipur town. A steep road goes up to the main gate, the Dungar Darwaza, from where the view is just awesome.
The Jaigarh fort is the one of the most colossal fort perched on the hilltop gives the most magnificent view of the Jaipur City down.

Used as a military setup of medieval India is preserved in a perfect condition housing some of the marvelous palaces, a granary, a well-planned cannon factory, several temples, a beautiful tower and above all a grand cannon-the Jai Ban, which is the biggest cannon in the world. Jaigarh Fort also displays a collection of canons, many of which are remarkably used in the battle with Mughals led by the Rajput King, Raja Man Singh.

Amber Fort (Jaipur)
Amber Fort is situated about 11 km from Jaipur and is one of the ancient forts of the ruling Kachhawa clan of Amber.
Amber Fort depicts a perfect amalgamation of Hindu and Mughal architecture brilliance. Nestling on the hilltop, the fort showcased some unique work of delicate glass mirrors on the walls and ceiling that reflect the golden rays of the sun all over the premises. The fascinating royal elephant ride up to the fort is quite tempting and a real attraction for the tourist.
Visiting timings are 0900-1630hrs.

Nahargarh Fort (Jaipur)
Nahargarh lies at a distance of 15 km. from the center of Jaipur is the most magnificent castle crowning on the Nahargarh Hills at a height of 600ft above the sea level. Sawai Raja Jai Singh the maharaja of Jaipur constructed the fort in 1734. The colossal walls of the fort surrounds the magnificent structures like Hawa Mandir and Madhvendra Bhawan. It also offers some captivating views of the Man Sagar Lake and the city below.
Timing 10.00 to 16.00 hr.

Mehrangarh Fort (Jodhpur)
Mehrangarh fort is one of the most poignant and impregnable structures of India perched on the hilly terrain of Aravali Ranges at a height of 125m. The charm and the eminence of many royal palaces in the fort speak epic of red sandstone. The fort was constructed by Rao Jodha in 1459 AD.

The fort can be accessed by 4 gateways through the turning road of the hills. The fort housed some of the marvelous palaces with remarkably engraved array and pergola windows or balconies. Some of the magnificent specimens are the Moti Mahal, the Phool Mahal, the Sheesh Mahal, the Sileh Khana and the Daulat Khana. The palaces also have some unique collections of paraphernalia of Indian royalty.

The most striking feature of the fort is 'Lohapol' the iron gate with a moving souvenir on palm print of the royal ladies and the maharanis of Maharaja Man Singh who set ablaze themselves on his funeral in an act of sati (self-immolation). The palm marks are covered by cerise paste and paper-thin silver foil still magnetizes visitors from all over the world.

Junagarh Fort - BikanerKumbhalgarh Fort (Udaipur)
The fort lies at 64 km north of Udaipur in the back city amidst the woods of the town. Kumbhalgarh is the second most significant fortification after Chittorgarh in the Mewar region. Rana Kumbha built the fort on the hilltop of the Aravali Ranges in the 15th century. Because of its un approachability and venomous terrene the fort had stayed un-conquered. The striking feature of the fort is its huge flat wall extends about 36 km and is wide enough to take 8 horses aligned.

Chittorgarh Fort (Udaipur)
The fort is a gigantic castle with a 1 km curved way approaching to it. The 7 huge gates of the fort opens up in this grand road leading to the main gate Rampol also known as the 'Gate of Ram'. The main gate is Surajpol also called the ' Sun Gate'. According to the legend the foundation of the fort was started by Bhim a Pandav hero of mythological epic Mahabharata. The fort also treasures some unique artifacts that were carried by Akbar and placed them in his capital.

Junagarh (Bikaner)
The unconquerable fortress which has never been conquered by any one, was built in 1593 AD by Raja Rai Singh, one of the most distinguished generals in the army of Emperor Akbar. There are some beautiful palaces like Anup Mahal, Ganga Niwas and Rang Mahal also know as the palace of pleasure. The Har Mandir is the majestic temple for the royal family for worshipping their gods and goddesses. The premises also house a museum, which is an array of a rich collection .
Timings 10 AM 4.30 PM.
There is an entry fees for Museum and for the still and Video Camera.

Taragarh Fort (Ajmer)
The fort is a massive castle stand in pride to guard the entire city. The fort is festooned by 6 gates and also has Miran Saheb ki Dargha who was the executive head of a state and was killed in the battle. It gives a panoramic view of the city situated in Nagpahari of Aravali ranges, this fort has immense archaeological and historical importance.

Jaisalmer Fort (Jaisalmer Fort)
The fort is also known as Sonar Quila or the Golden Fort that merges with the golden hues of the desert ambience and the sparking rays of the sun giving it a fairy tale appreance.
Almost one fourth of modern Jaisalmer is situated inside the defense boundaries of the fort, crowning over Trikuta Hill at a height of 250 feet. The fort is accomplished with many ravishing havelis, erotic Jain Temples of the 12th-15th century AD and 5 royal palaces. The palaces have elegant craftsmanship of lattice (jaali) work and artistic windows (jharokhas). The fort also has 4 gateways-Akhaiyal,Ganesh Pol,Suraj Pol and Hava Pol.