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Rajasthan is a tourism destination, millions of domestic and foreign tourists visit this beautiful state every year. Rajasthan, known for its grand palaces and Havelis, was earlier known as Rajputana.

During that time, many great rulers ruled in this state divided into different parts. During the rule of the state, many great rulers built various buildings, especially the forts, built between the fifth and eighteenth centuries, these hill forts are masterpieces of Rajputana heritage.  Many forts of Rajasthan are listed in UNESCO World Heritage.

Let’s explore the forts of Rajasthan.

1. Amer Fort, Jaipur

Amer Fort

Amer Fort or Amber Fort is located in Amer, Jaipur. Amer is a town which is 11 kilometres far from Jaipur. Amer Fort Located high on a hill, it is the main tourist attraction in Jaipur. Amer Fort is known for its beauty with finely-crafted marvel and carvings. Amer Fort regarded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with other hill forts of Rajasthan.

Highlights of the Amer fort:  Incredible view of the city, Diwan-e-Khas, Elephant rides, Diwan-e-aam,  Sheesh Mahal and Sukh Niwas

Opening time: 9.30 am
Closing time : 4.30pm
Best Time to Visit: October to February
Photography allowed: Yes
Entry Fee: Yes

Amer Fort Rajasthan – The Complete Guide

2. Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Mehrangarh Fort

Mehrangarh Fort is located in Jodhpur, Rajasthan is one of the largest forts in India. This fort is built by Rao Jodha in 1459. The fort is situated 125 m above the city and is covered by thick walls. Inside its boundaries, there are several palaces known for their expansive courtyards & immaculate carvings. This fort is also featured in many movies like Awarapan & The Dark Knight Rises. Entry to the fort is gained through a series of seven gates. The most famous of the gates are: Jai Pol, Fateh Pol & Loha Pol

Highlights of Mehrangarh Fort:  Seven gates called Pol, Temples, View of the Blue City, Museum (housing armoury, paintings, documents, etc. )

Timing: 9AM to 5PM
Closing time : 4.30pm
Best Time to Visit: October to February
Photography allowed: Yes
Entry Fee: Yes

Mehrangarh Fort Rajasthan – The Complete Guide

3. Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest forts in India, Jaisalmer Fort was built by King Rawal Jaisal in 1156 AD. It is often regarded as Sonar Quila or the Golden Fort. The fort is located on a hill. Jaisalmer Fort is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan. In 2013 Jaisalmer fort was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the group Hill Forts of Rajasthan.

Highlights of Jaisalmer Fort: Royal Palace, Four grand entrances, Jaisalmer Fort Palace Museum and Heritage Centre, Lakshminath Temple and palaces of the merchants

Timings: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Photography allowed: Yes
Entry Fee: Yes

4. Ranthambore Fort, Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore Fort - forts in rajasthan

Ranthambore Fort lies within the Ranthambore National Park largest national park of Rajasthan, near the town of Sawai Madhopur, The area surrounding the fortress became a hunting ground for the Maharajas of Jaipur until the time of India’s Independence. Inside Ranthambore fort, there are three Hindu temples dedicated to Shiva, Ganesh and Ramlalaji constructed in 12th and 13th centuries from red Karauli stone. There is also a Jain temple of Lord Sumatinath (5th Jain Tirthankar) and Lord Sambhavanath.

Highlights of Ranthambore Fort: Breathtaking views of the area, Jungle safari in Ranthambore National Park, Lord Sumatinath Temple and Jain Temple.

Timings: 6:30 am to 10:00 am & 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Photography allowed: Yes
Entry Fee : Yes

5. Chittorgarh Fort, Chittorgarh

forts in rajasthan

The Chittor Fort is one of the largest forts in India. It is also listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fort was the capital of Mewar and is located in the present-day town of Chittor. It is built on 180 meters-high hill. It is also often known as Water Fort, as there are about 22 water bodies inside the fort. It is built by local Maurya rulers (often confused with imperial Maurya Rulers) in 7th century A.D.

Highlights of Chittorgarh Fort: Padmini’s Palace, Kirti Stambha, Gaumukh Reservoir, Vijay Stambha, Rana Kumbha Palace, Fateh Prakash Palace, Meera Temple and annual Jauhar Mela.

Timings: 9:45 am to 5:15 pm
Photography allowed: Yes
Entry Fee: Yes

6. Gagron Fort, Jhalawar

Gagron Fort

Jhalawar has a fort called Gagron which is surrounded by water from all sides. One of the amazing forts of Rajasthan, It is said that this is the only fort in India that does not have a foundation. This fort is about 350 feet long and it falls in both the fall and water fortifications, it has been over 800 years since the construction of Gagron fort. It’s also included in the list of world heritage.

Highlights of Gagron Fort: Ganesh Pol, Nakkar Khana, Zanana Mahal, Deewane Aam, Diwan Ai Khas, Bhavi Pol, Kishan Pol, Rang Mahal etc. are some places worth seeing in Gagron fort.

7. Taragarh Fort, Bundi

Taragarh Fort

Taragarh Fort is one of the major tourist and historical sites of Bundi district located in Rajasthan. Let us tell you that this fort is one of the most impressive structures of Ajmer city in Rajasthan. Explain that this fort was constructed in 1354 and at the same time the Bundi state was also established. The fort is situated on a steep hill in the Aravalli ranges, which offers panoramic and enchanting views of the city of Bundi.

Timings: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Photography allowed: Yes
Entry Fee: Yes

8. Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajsamand

Kumbhalgarh Fort - forts in rajasthan

When we explore the best forts of rajasthan than we have another unique fort. Kumbhalgarh Fort is one of the famous forts of Mewar, which is situated on the Aravalli mountain. This fort is located in the Rajsamand (Udaipur)  in the west of India. It is a World Heritage Site located in the hills of Rajasthan. It was built by Rana Kumbh in the 15th century, Kumbhalgarh is also the birthplace of Maharana Pratap, the great ruler.

Kumbhalgarh Fort: The Second Longest Continuous Wall In The World

9. Junagarh fort, Bikaner

If you are out to visit forts of Rajasthan, then definitely see Junagarh Fort of Bikaner. This is a very special fort of Bikaner. Its beauty will surely win your heart. Talking about the history of this fort, it was built by Maharaja Rao Bika in 1478. The city was named Bikaner after him. Another feature of this is that it was attacked by many invaders but could not succeed.

Junagarh Fort is an amazing blend of Mughal, Gujarati and Rajput arts. Glass and lacquer work has been done beautifully in this fort. If you plan a trip to Junagadh then definitely go to Anoop Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Dungar Mahal, Diwan-e-Khas and Ganga Mahal. A large part of Junagadh Fort has now been converted into a museum. Foreign tourists along with India also come in large numbers to visit here.

Timings: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Photography allowed: Yes
Best Time to Visit: November to February
Entry Fee: Yes

Junagarh Fort: The cold winds of the ‘Badal Mahal’ in the sweltering desert

10. Nahargarh fort, Jaipur

The Nahargarh Fort is located in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, which is one of the many countless palaces and beautiful historical buildings that tell the magnificent and rich history of this city. Nahargarh Fort is an impregnable fort with delicate carvings and splendid stonework which stands as a strong protector of the city of Jaipur in association with its two neighbouring forts Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort. Any tourist who goes to visit Jaipur is unable to live without seeing this historic fort.

The Nahargarh Fort, marked with a plethora of important historical events, was built in 1734 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, the founder of the city of Jaipur. This fort was used as a palace in summer. The best part of this fort is that it has never been attacked in the long history of this fort.

Timings: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Photography allowed: Yes
Entry Fee: Yes
Best Time to Visit: October to March

Nahargarh Fort Rajasthan – The Complete Guide

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