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10 “NOT TO MISS” forts of Rajasthan

Since the golden age, many Rajas and Maharajas have served India. Some of the most renowned rulers have even left a mark on this land, only to be remembered forever. It is either through memorable monuments, palaces, gardens, sculptures, pilgrims and forts.

Over the period, some of the architectural structures are ruined though some have been restored very well. For more than a decade, the Indian forts have been a major tourist attraction. Celebrities from Bollywood and Hollywood often visit and even plan their grand weddings in these forts.

In the following article, you will discover such 10 “not to miss” forts of Rajasthan that have been alluring people from around the globe.

Mehrangarh Fort

This 125-meter-high fort offers a breathtaking view of the Blue city and mesmerizing glimpse of the sunset. This architectural beauty has also been featured in movies. Some captivating points of this fort are Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, a museum showcasing weapons, furniture and palanquins of the royal families.

  • Timings: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Entry fee: Indians- Rs. 70/-; Foreigners- Rs. 600/-

Chittorgarh Fort

Built-in the 7th century, this is one of the oldest forts in India. It is often remembered because of its sorrowful story of Rani Padmavati, whose sacrifice was heart-wrenching. It is also called water fort because of 22 water bodies inside it. Some attractions of this place are Meera temple, Padmavati’s Palace, Rana Kumbha Palace, annual Jauhar Mela, etc.

  • Timings: 9:45 am to 5:15 pm
  • Entry fee: Indians- Rs. 5/-; Foreigners- Rs. 100/-

Jaisalmer Fort

This fort is known as Sonar Quila or the Golden Fort as it is built with yellow sandstone amidst the desert. Its 3-wall layer construction assures tight security. This monumental fort comprises of markets, restaurants, temples, and houses. The most visit places here are Royal Palace, Shree Nath Palace, Vyas Haveli, Hindu & Jain temples and its museum

  • Timings: 9 am to 6 pm
  • Entry fee: There are no charges for entry, but camera charges are applicable i.e. Rs. 50/- for photos and Rs. 100/- for video for fort Palace museum and heritage center

Nahargarh Fort

If you wish to witness the picturesque view of Jaipur, this fort is a must-visit. This fort was built at the tip of Aravalli Range as a summer retreat place, but it will woo you with its mesmerizing views of the entire area. The overshadowing places of the fort are Madhavendra Bhavan museum that features armory and paintings of the past-era and rooftop restaurant

  • Timings: 10 am to 5:30 pm
  • Entry fee: Rs. 50/- Indians, Rs. 5/- Indian students; Rs. 200/- foreigners, Rs. 25/- foreign students

Amber Fort

Amber or Amer Fort is a fort as well as a palace that embraces people with Rajasthani folk and culture. This fort is finely crafted with red sandstone and marble and imparts a combination of Hindu and Mughal architectural styles. Its beautiful carvings and embedment of stones have made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its popular destinations include Diwan-e-Khas, Diwan-e-aam, Sukh Niwas and Sheesh Mahal. Also, do not miss the sound and light show in the eve

  • Timings: 8 am to 9 pm
  • Entry fee: Rs. 100/- Indians, Rs. 10/- Indian students; Rs. 500/- foreigners, Rs. 100/- foreign students

Kumbhalgarh Fort

After the Great Wall of China, this fort is known as the second largest and massive wall in the world. It is remembered for nurturing the great Mewar ruler, Maharana Pratap and therefore, the most celebrated and best forts in Rajasthan. Within the fort dwell a few palaces, mansions, step-wells, and approx. 300+ temples

  • Timings: 9 am to 6 pm
  • Entry fee: Indians- Rs. 10/-; Foreigners- Rs. 100/-

Junagarh Fort

The exquisite thing about this fort that makes it unique from other forts is its architecture. Since it was built under the rule of different rulers, it flaunts the architectural style of Mughal, Rajput and British. It has plentiful temples, palaces, and courtyards, etc. Some iconic places of the fort are Karan Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Anup Mahal, and Ganga Mahal

  • Timings: 10 am to 4:30 pm
  • Entry fee: Indians- Rs. 50/-; Foreigners- Rs. 300/-

Lohagarh Fort

The name of this fort matches its great history. Lohagarh “The iron fort of India” is the only fort that never capitulated to the Mughals or Britishers. It subserved as an example of strength, durability, and sustainability. Some of the highlights of this place are Mahal Khas, Kishori Mahal, Kothi Khas, and its museum. The museum has Sanskrit manuscripts, paintings, and belongings of Royal families. Jawahar Burj and Fateh Burj are also tourists’ attractions of this fort

  • Timings: 9 am to 5:30 pm
  • Entry fee: None

Taragarh Fort

This fort is best known for its tunnels through its hill and therefore, served as a center for military activities during the Mughal reign. For the same reason, it is also counted among the best forts in Rajasthan. It offers a panoramic view of the area as well as imparts serenity during the sunset. Some paradigm places of this fort are its tunnels and reservoirs made by sculpturing the rock, Rani Mahal and Miran Saheb ki Dargah

  • Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
  • Entry fee: None

Gagron Fort

Another fort that served as an example of bravery and strength is the Gagron fort. Despite witnessing 14 battles, this fort managed to stand strong to date. Being constructed under the reign of Rajputs, it displays Rajasthani signature style, but later it was ruled by Mughals for several generations. Because of the fascinating beauty, this fort is also on the list of UNESCO hill forts of Rajasthan

  • Timings: 8 am to 7 pm
  • Entry fee: None

To testify history, art, culture, and heritage of such royal forts, book Rajasthan tour package with Rajput Holidays today.

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