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Top 16 Historical Forts in Rajasthan, Must Visit

Tripiwiki : 19 Jan 2021
Rajasthan, meaning "Land of the Kings", is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Western India. The vast sand dunes of the Thar Desert attract millions of tourists from around the globe every year. The palaces of Jaipur, lakes of Udaipur, and desert forts of Jodhpur, Bikaner, and Jaisalmer are among the most preferred destinations of many tourists. Rajasthan is known for its historical hill forts & palaces, it is claimed as the best place for tourism-related to palaces.

Following are the Top 16 Historical Forts in Rajasthan, Must Visit

Amber Fort (1 out of 16 places to visit in Jaipur)

The Amer Fort also called as Amber Fort is beautiful fort situated in Amer near Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. Amber Fort located high on a hill, is the principal tourist attraction in Jaipur and one of the most famous forts of Rajasthan. This magnificent fort comprises an extensive palace complex, built from pale yellow and pink sandstone, and white marble, and is divided into four main sections, each with its own courtyard. Amer, originally, was the capital of the state before Jaipur. Amer Fort is located at 13km from state capital Jaipur, 243km from Agra, 247km from New Delhi.

Bhangarh fort (2 out of 16 places to visit in Alwar)

Bhangarh fort one of the most hunted fort loated in Alwar district of Rajasthan, India. The Bhangarh Fort is located on the border of the Sariska Reserve in the Aravali range of hills. Bhangarh fort is one of the most haunted place in all of India, causing the local populace to build a town away from the abandoned military installation and outlaw anyone from entering the grounds after sunset. The fort is situated at the foot of the hills on sloping terrain. The ruins of the King's palace are located on the lower slope of the hills. Bhangarh fort is located at approx 85km from state capital Jaipur, 88km from Alwar.

Chittorgarh Fort, Chittaur Fort, Chittorgarh (3 out of 16 places to visit in Chittorgarh)

The Chittaur Fort or Chittorgarh Fort is a one of the largest forts of india located in Chittorgarh city of Rajasthan, India. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Its origins are traced to the Pandavas of Mahabharata. It is said that Bhima, one of the Pandava brothers, built the fort. Standing on 180 meters high hill, the fort covers an area of 700 Acres. Has a one-mile-long twisty road leading to it with seven gateways guarded by a watch tower and iron-spiked doors. While only 22 of the original 84 bodies of water within the fort still exist. Apart from Padmini and Rawal Ratan Singh’s palaces, Chittor Fort houses intricately carved Jain temples, ornamental pillars, Gaumukh reservoir, considered sacred by the locals and Meerabai’s temple where she worshipped lord Krishna. Chittorgarh Fort is located at approx 123km from Udaipur, 314km form state capital Jaipur, 463km from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, 489km from Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, 361km from Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

Gagron Fort (4 out of 16 places to visit in Jhalawar)

Gagron Fort is an impressive ancient fort situated in Jhalawar district of Rajasthan, India. It is an example of a hill and water fort and it is the only hill and water fort in Rajasthan and has been included in the list of World Heritage Site by UNESCO with 6 other forts of Rajasthan. The fort is surrounded from three sides by the tranquil waters of Ahu and Kali Sindh. The Mukundara Mountain Range serves as a backdrop, while a nearby valley to the fort is circumscribed by woodland that echoes with squeals of peacocks and parrots. There are temples of Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha and Goddess Durga inside the fort. Gagron Fort is located at approx 5km form Jhalawar, 362km from Udaipur, 346km from Jaipur, 258km from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, 600km from New Delhi.

Jaigarh Fort, Victory Fort, Jaipur (5 out of 16 places to visit in Jaipur)

The Jaigarh Fort is a majestic fort built by Sawan Jai Singh II, Located on the Hill of Eagles near Amer in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. Made with the purpose of protecting Amer Fort and the Maota Lake, Jaigarh fort is considered as the strongest monument of Jaipur. Jaigarh Fort is architecturally similar to the Amer Fort, and offers a panoramic view of the city of Jaipur. The fort houses the world's largest cannon on wheels, a majestic palace complex and the assembly hall of the warriors known as 'Shubhat Niwas' along with a museum and an armory. Jaigarh Fort is located at 13km from state capital Jaipur, 243km from Agra, 247km from New Delhi. 7km from Amer Fort.

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Jaipur

Jaipur, Pink City, Jaipur (6 out of 16 places to visit in Jaipur)

Jaipur is and beautiful historic capital city and the largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan. It's also referred as Pink City due to the distinct color of its buildings and is an is a major tourist attraction in Rajastan, India. Jaipur is home to many hostoric forts, Places and Lakes. Jaipur’s major monuments are Jantar Mantar, Albert Hall (Central Museum), Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort and Nahargarh Fort. Jaipur is located at approx 398 km from Udaipur, 236km from Agra, Uttar Pradesh, 255km from New Delhi.

Jaisalmer Fort, Golden Fort or Sone ka Quil, Jaisalmer (7 out of 16 places to visit in Jaisalmer)

Jaisalmer Fort is a one such amazing site, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in the historic city of Jaisalmer, in Rajasthan, India. The fort is also known as the Golden Fort, Sonar Quila or Sone ka Quila as the fort appears like a golden structure when seen from a distance. Jaisalmer fort is the most popular landmark of Jaisalmer city. Unlike other forts of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer fort houses museum, shops, restaurants, residential accommodations, hotels, etc. Jaisalmer Fort is located at approx 282km from Jodhpur, 559km from state capital Jaipur, 761km from New Delhi.

Junagarh Fort, Bikaner Fort or Chintamani Mahal, Bikaner (8 out of 16 places to visit in Bikaner)

Junagarh Fort is one of the impressive forts in india, located in city of Bikaner, Rajasthan, India. It is one of the few major forts in Rajasthan which is not built on a hilltop. The modern city of Bikaner has developed around the fort. The fort was called as Chintamani Mahal until early 20th century when the ruling family moved to Lalgarh Palace outside the fort limits. The palace complex houses some wonderful structures in its boundaries. Palaces in marble and red sandstone make up for a wonderful collection of kiosks, windows, balconies and courtyards that look stunning. Historical records reveal that despite the repeated attacks by enemies to capture the fort, it was not taken. Bikaner is located at approx 252km from Jodhpur, 335km from state capital Jaipur, 450km from New Delhi.

Kumbhalgarh Fort (9 out of 16 places to visit in Rajsamand)

Kumbhalgarh fort is a Mewar fortress in the Rajsamand district near Udaipur of Rajasthan, India. Fort loacted on the westerly range of Aravalli Hills is a UNESCO World Heritage Site included in Hill Forts of Rajasthan. The mighty fort is 3600 ft tall and 38km long that surrounds the area of Udaipur district and hence it is claimed to be the second-longest continuous wall after the Great Wall of China. The fort that has seven fortified gateways and a number of Jain temples within it , along with the Lakhola Tank which is the most famous tank inside the fort that was constructed by Rana Lakha. The fort consists of a number of Hindu temples and Jain temples that indicate the religious tolerance of the rulers and how they patronized the Jains and encouraged their culture in the kingdom. Kumbhalgarh Fort is located at approx 102km from Udaipur, 173km from Jodhpur, 344km from state capital Jaipur, 289km from Gandhinagar, Gujarat, 563km from Surat, 601km from New Delhi.

Lohagarh Fort, Iron Fort, Bharatpur (10 out of 16 places to visit in Bharatpur)

Lohagarh Fort is situated at Bharatpur in Rajasthan, India. Lohagarh Fort is also called as Iron Fort as it is referred as one of the strongest ever fort built in Indian history. Monuments in the fort include are Kishori Mahal, Mahal Khas, and Kothi Khas. Moti Mahal and towers like Jawahar Burj and Fateh Burj were erected to commemorate the victory over the Mughals and the British army. The Gateway has paintings of huge elephants. Lohagarh Fort is located at approx 58km from Agra, Uttar Pradesh, 188km from Jaipur, 199km from New Delhi.

Mehrangarh Fort, Mehran Fort, Jodhpur (11 out of 16 places to visit in Jodhpur)

Mehrangarh or Mehran Fort is one of the most formidable and magnificent fort located in Jodhpur city, Rajasthan,India. the fort was built by Rao Jodha in the year 1459. The fort is spread over an area of 5 km and is built on 125 m high hill in the outskirts of Jodhpur city. Inside its boundaries there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. One can see the panoramic view of the Jodhpur city from this fort, which seems like a blue carpet laid at the foot of a hill. Mehrangarh Fort is located at approx 331km from state capital Jaipur, 252km from Udaipur, 587km from New Delhi.

Nahargarh Fort (12 out of 16 places to visit in Jaipur)

Nahargarh Fort is a strong defense ring fort located in the outskirts of Jaipur city, Rajasthan, India. Nahargarh Fort stands on the edge of the Aravalli Hills, overlooking the city of Jaipur. Nahargarh Fort is located at 20km from Jaipur, 10km from Amer fort.

Neemrana Fort Palace (13 out of 16 places to visit in Alwar )

Neemrana is an ancient historical town in Alwar district of Rajasthan, India. Neemrana Fort Palace takes a lot of pride in being a premier heritage hotel of Rajasthan as also a unique hotel of India. Neemrana Fort-Palace, a resort near Delhi, has 72 mahals and offers a vibrant site for weekend getaways, feasts, celebrations, and conferences.This awe-inspiring heritage hotel near Delhi Jaipur highway is a perfect destination for your regal vacation in Jaipur. Neemrana Fort Palace is located at approx 116km from New Delhi, 225km from Ag, ra, Uttar Pradesh, 149km from state capital Jaipur.

Ranthambore Fort and National Park, Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur (14 out of 16 places to visit in Sawai Madhopur)

Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary is known for its Bengal tigers. and tigers can be easily spotted even in the daytime. Ranthambore is also counted as the famous heritage site because of the pictorial ruins that dot the wildlife park. Ranthambore Fort which is part of the National Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the group Hill Forts of Rajasthan. The Ranthambore Fort is situated inside the Ranthambore National Park which was the hunting grounds for the Maharajas of the Jaipur dynasty. Ranthambore Fort is located at approx 32km from Sawai Madhopur, 190km from state capital Jaipur, 260km from Agra, 380km from New Delhi.

Taragarh Fort,  Star Fort, Bundi (15 out of 16 places to visit in Bundi)

Taragarh Fort is gigantic architecture fort nestled in Bundi district of Rajasthan, India. Also known as Star Fort, it was constructed in the 16th century. Inside the ramparts are huge reservoirs carved out of solid rock, and the Bhim Burj on which famous cannon is constructed. Impressive of structure has three gateways to the fort, well known as Lakshmi Pol, Phuta Darwaza, and Gagudi ki Phatak. Rani Mahal is a small palace within the fort complex, built for the wives and concubines of rulers. Fort is located at 3km from Bundi, 168km from Ajmer, 213km from s.tate capital Jaipur

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Udaipur

Udaipur (16 out of 16 places to visit in Udaipur)

Udaipur, the city of lakes is located on the Aravalli Ranges of Rajasthan, India. City also known as the Venice of the east. Maharana Udai Singh II founded Udaipur in 1568 after his citadel Chittorgarh was sacked by Mughal Emperor Akbar. The elevated hills and the beautiful lakes make a picture-perfect backdrop to the Udaipur city. Udaipur is regarded as one of the most romantic cities of the World. Though termed as the city of lakes, Udaipur has many more attractions that catch the attention of the tourists with their charm. The city boasts of various museums, palaces, gardens, monuments and colourful festivals that allure tourists to visit the city for once. Udaipur is located at approx 396km from state capital Jaipur, 236km from Gandhinagar, Gujarat, 379km from Indore, Madhya Pradesh, 247km from Jodhpur.


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