Forts and Palaces in Rajasthan make for a startling landscape. Set against shifting sand dunes, rugged hilltops and placid lakes, these majestic forts and palaces in Rajasthan are an integral part of the state's daily life and a reminder of the chivalry and sacrifice synonymous with the land of Rajputs.
Chittaurgarh Fort is one of the famous forts in Rajasthan. Located on a hilltop, 180 m above sea, Chittaurgarh Fort covers a staggering area of 700 acres. Constructed by the Mori rulers in the 7th century, umbrella shaped rooftops (chattri) and tablets are its distinct features. The chattris would later become an integral part of Rajasthani architecture.
Kumbhalgarh Fort, in Udaipur, was constructed after the Chittaurgarh Fort to further strengthen the empire against invasions. Built in the 15th century by Maharana Kumbha, Kumbhalgarh Fort is a massive structure. The prominent places to see at the fort include the long walks, towering gates, seven ramparts encased within each other, bastions and watchtowers that have made this fort undefeated for centuries.
Set on a hilltop on the outskirts of Jaipur, Amber Fort has several sites worth visiting namely Maota Lake, Palaces with intricate mirror work, pavilions and murals depicting hunting scenes.
Mehrangarh Fort at Jodhpur in Rajasthan, built by Rao Jodha in 1459, has many palaces such as Moti Mahal and Phool Mahal within its premises that are worth a visit on your tour of Forts and Palaces in Rajasthan. Jaisalmer Fort in Rajasthan, also known as Sona Qila, is still inhabited by the Jaisalmer citizens. The five Jain temples and 99 bastions can also be visit on you tour to forts in Rajasthan.
Junagarh Fort (Bikaner), Jaigarh Fort (Jaipur), Nahargarh Fort (Jaipur) and Taragarh Fort (Bundi) are other popular forts in Rajasthan that you can visit on your tour to Forts and Palaces in Rajasthan.
The City Palace in Rajasthan is a popular tourist attraction in Jaipur. Here you can visit the City Palace museum, Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Diwan-I-Khas, Diwan-I-Am, Shri Govind Dev Temple besides the courtyards, gardens and buildings, on your tour to palaces in Rajasthan. Similarly, the City Palace at Udaipur has many sites worth visiting including Bara Pol (great gate), Tripolia (triple gate), toranas, pavilions, terraces, courts, Chini Chitrashala, Sheesh Mahal and City Palace museum.
The Lake Palace in Udaipur is another popular palace that you ought to visit on your tour to forts and palaces in Rajasthan. Set amidst the Pinchola Lake, the Lake Palace is now a heritage hotel where you can stay and experience the lifestyles of the royals in this erstwhile summer residence of the royal family.
The Lalgarh Palace in Bikaner is distinct from the other palaces designed in a blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture. The Lalgarh Palace's terraced lawns, filigree work, latticework, bougainvillea bushes reveal a delicate blend of Rajasthani with European architectural style.
Other palaces that you can visit on your tour to the forts and palaces in Rajasthan include the Hawa Mahal and Umaid Bhawan Palace.