The stunning palaces, majestic forts, camel rides and the expanses of deserts, Rajasthan is the single word we can give to these marvellous attractions in India where you can live the life of a King!
Almost all the forts here were built centuries ago, yet stand tall and proud flaunting the rich heritage and the royal charm of Rajasthan.
Let us take a virtual tour to the 'Land of Kings' and explore some of the must visit forts here.
Achalgarh Fort is one of the medieval monuments in India. Located around 10km to the North of Mount Abu, this hill fort is one that is not to be missed. One of the main attractions here is Achaleshwar Mahadev temple, which is just outside the fort. Lord Shiva's toe is being worshipped here. The famous idol of Nandi here is said to have been made of 5 metals - gold, silver, copper, brass and zinc.
This temple is surrounded by Mandakini lake, making it a sight to marvel. The best time to visit the fort is from August to March. Click to know more on the hotels near Achalgarh Fort.
Alwar Fort is one of the major attractions of Alwar, and among the top palaces and forts in Rajasthan. Spread across 5km of land, this stunning fort is located around 305m above the main city. Several large and small towers adorn the fort,a nd some of the structures within the fort complex include Jai Mahal, Salim Sagar Pond, Nikumbh Mahal and Suraj Kund.
Some of the hotels near Alwar Fort are Ankur Hotel, Hotel Alwar, Hotel Aashyana and Sparrow Inn.
Amer Fort, also known as Amber Fort is located close to Jaipur. It is one of the prime tourist attractions of the Jaipur region. This palace fort is built with red sandstone and marble, with several stunning structures like Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas and Sheesha Mahal within the fort complex.
From its intricate artworks to its magnificent gates and other aspects, this world heritage site see thousands of visitors per day. Some stay options near the fort include Fairmont Jaipur, The Raj Palace Grand Heritage Hotel, Lebua Resort and Heritage Retreat.
Overlooking the Chambal river, Bhainsrorgarh Fort is a place of interest in Rajasthan. This beautiful fort that was once a palace, is a heritage hotel today. Being one of the best heritage hotels in India, you should not be missing it if you're on a luxury trip to Rajasthan.
Some of the tourist attractions near the hotel are Baroli Temple, Hanuman Mandir, Baba Ramdev Mandir and bal Wildlife Sanctuary.
Bhangarh Fort is one of the most haunted places in India. The fort is located on the border of Sariska Reserve, on the Aravali hill range in Alwar district. A sign board is placed around a kilometre away from the fort by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) that reads "Entering the borders of Bhangarh before sunrise and after sunset is strictly prohibited. Legal action would be taken against anybody who does not follow these instructions."
This spooky place is visited by tourists during the day, and some of the places to visit near Bhangarh Fort include Narayani Mata Temple, Sri Ram Temple, Durga Mata ka Mandir and Somnath Temple among the rest. Some of the hotels near the fort are Sariska Tiger Heaven, Hotel Alwarbagh, Hotel Burja Haveli and Rutumbhara Resort.
Being 1700 years old, Bhatner Fort in Rajasthan is one of the oldest forts in India. This brick fort is believed to have been built by King Bhupat, who took shelter in a jungle after losing a battle to the King of Ghazni. The castle was built for King Bhupat. The fort is built isn't the shape of a parallelogram, with a dozen of bastions on each side of the structure.
Some of the other places of interest near the fort are Prachin Shiv Mandir, Yog Maya Mandir, Panchmukhi Balaji mandir and Baba Ramdev Mandir.
Bijai Garh is located in Bhayana, a small place near Bharatpur in Rajasthan. The fort complex consists of several old temples and pillars made of red stone, that bear inscriptions of Vishnuvardhan feudatory of Samudragupta. The fort was described as one of the most famous forts by Babur.
Some of the places of interest near Bijai Garh are Chandra Mahal Haveli, Timangarh Fort and Shri Mahaveerji Temple.
Chittorgarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India. Located in Chittorgarh, this majestic fort complex covers a area of 691.9 acres of land. There are several palaces, temples and gates of the fort that make it a worthy travel destination. The fort also has been an inspiration for many poets and writers for centuries.
Some of the opther places to see in Chittorgarh include Vijay Stambha, Kirti Stambh, Meera Temple, Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary and Gaumukh Reservoir among the rest.
Deeg Palace Fort
Located around 32km from Bharatpur, Deeg Palace is a fort palace worth exploring. History has it that the fort around the palace was built later s the palace faced a lot of attacks due to its proximity to Agra. The fort wall was built to keep away raiders.
The palace is known by its impressive structures like Gopal Bhawan, Suraj Bhawan, Kishan Bhawan, Hardev Bhawan and Keshav Bhawan. The palace is open from 9am to 5pm on all days except Fridays.
Hill Fort of Kesroli
The hill fort of Kesroli is a majestic 14th century fort located in Alwar, Rajasthan which is now a heritage hotel owned by Neemrana Hotels group. The hotel is well known for it's turrets, ramparts and arched verandahs, and is considered as one of the best heritage hotels in India.You can savour the grandeur of the past as well as the elegance of the present here. If you have been yearning for a regal stay in a fort, this is the peerless place for it!
The Jaigarh Fort is a majestic stronghold built by Sawan Jai Singh II on the promontory called the Cheel ka Teela (Hill of Eagles) of the Aravalli range near Amber in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Also known as Victory Fort, it is similar in structural design to the Amber fort and is connected to the latter by subterranean passages. The fort is home to a cannon named 'Jaivana' which was then the world's largest cannon on wheels. Jaigarh fort is also famous for it's unending walls, armoury chamber and museum. The fort is set in a spectacular backdrop as well!
Jaisalmer Fort is a gigantic fortification amidst the sandy expanse of the great Thar desert located in the Jaisalmer city of Rajasthan. It is one of the largest fortifications in the world and has been classified as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Jaisalmer's unique fort is a living urban centre honeycombed with narrow winding lines, lined with houses and temples - along with a large number of handicraft shops, guest houses and restaurants. Visit this place to relive the past glory of Royalty!
Jalore fort is one of the most impressive and famous forts in Rajasthan situated in the town of Jalore. Jalore fort is one among the nine castles of the Maru of Paramara dynasty and has been known through history as the 'Sonagir' or the 'golden mount'. Regarded as one of the most impregnable forts of the country , Jalore fort is perched atop a steep and perpendicular hill. There are four mighty pols which lead to the fort. The fort has many Hindu and Jain temples inside it which attracts pilgrims from far away places. The fort also has a Fort mosque inside it.
Junagarh fort is a major fort in the city of Bikaner in Rajasthan. The fort is a unique illustration of composite culture. Palaces, temples and pavilions with composite architectural styles galore the 5.28 hectares large fort precincts. The palaces are grandeur with beautiful courtyards, spectacular balconies, kiosks and windows. The fort is called "a paradox between medieval military architecture and beautiful interior decoration". Apart from the palaces and temples, the fort premises also has a museum which exhibits Sanskrit and Persian manuscripts, miniature paintings, jewels, royal costumes, farm ans (royal orders), portrait galleries, costumes, headgear and dresses of gods' idols, enamelware, silver, palanquins, howdahs and war drums. The museum also displays armoury that consists of one of the assorted collection of post medieval arms!
Kankwari is a picturesque 17th century fortress set atop a solitary hillock rising out of the surrounding wilderness. Located in the Sariska Tiger Reserve of Alwar district,it is one of the major attractions for visitors to the world famous Sariska National Park. The fort is flanked with hillocks covered with lush green plantations and sprawling meadows that add to the beauty of the otherwise ruined fort. A steep flight of stairs leads up to the fort where faded wall paintings still throb with beauty. Driving on the bumpy route up to the fort, filled with huge boulders and ditches , will give the adrenaline rush to any adventure freak!
Khandar fort is a very ancient fort located on the boundary of Ranthambore National park in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan. Located on top of a strategic vertical hill, the Khandar Fort was truly considered as impregnable as it could never come under an easy attack. This made the fort of Khandar a favourite for many Indian dynasties and it is said that the king of this fort never lost in a war! There are 7 temples, 7 ponds and 2 enormous water tanks named Ramkunda and Lakshmankunda ,inside the fort. Another popular tourist attraction within the fort is the beautiful Hawa Mahal, which is an architectural masterpiece with it's delicately carved windows, pillars and arches!
Kumbhalgarh fort ,located in the Rajsamand district near Udaipur, is an unparalleled fort in the state due to it's strategic location on the high cliffs of Aravali ranges and strong fortifications of undulating nature following the contour of the hills. The fort is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and has the second largest wall in the world after the Great Wall of China! The fort is known for the famous palace, that reside on top of the structure , called 'Badal Mahal' or the Palace of Cloud. It is also accredited to be the birth place of great warrior King Maharana Pratap. The fort has remained invincible in its life history!
Laxmangarh fort is a ruined old fort on a hill in the town Laxmangarh of Sikar district. Built by the Raja of Sikar, Laxman Singh, the Laxmangarh fort has a unique piece of fort architecture in the whole world because the fort is built upon scattered pieces of huge rocks! The main attraction of the fort are the frescoes. Many havelis close to the fort, like Bansidhar Rathi Haveli, Sawant Ram Chokhani Haveli , Mirijamal Kyala Haveli, Kedia Haveli and Char Chowk Haveli attracts a large number of tourists annually.
Heritage hotels have always been a great idea to restore the vanishing architectures. Fort Madhogarh also got a makeover and began as a heritage hotel in the year 2000. That is when Madho Singh constructed this elegant fort. As it is a heritage hotel, one can enjoy a royal stay exploring the fort. The hotel retains its luxurious design while having a modern touch. All the necessary facilities like room service, authentic Rajasthani food and other activities make for a comfortable stay. No doubt, Fort Madhogarh is one of the beautiful heritage hotels in Jaipur.
The grand Mehrangarh Fort looks jubilant perched on a hill in Jodhpur. It is indeed an impenetrable fort which has seven huge gates. Mehrangarh Museum, Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, cannons and palaces are the main attractions. Mehrangarh Fort with such commendable architecture remains as one of the important tourist places in Jodhpur.
Ranbanka Palace, Govind Hotel, Heritage Haveli Shubham, Hotel Vikram Palace, Rajputana Palace are some best hotels in Jodhpur.
'Loha' means iron and the King Suraj Mal wanted to build a fort which is as strong as Iron. Yes, this King of Bharatpur did construct the Lohagarh Fort (Iron Fort) that remained strongest ever in the history. Today, Lohagarh Fort is one of the famous tourist places in Bharatpur. Majestic gates, palaces like Mahal Khas, Kishori Mahal, etc. are the attractions inside the fort.
Hotel Tourist Complex, Geetanjali Hotel and Motel, Hotel Raj Palace and Kadamb Kunj Resort are some famous hotels in Bharatpur.
Nahargarh Fort is one among the three main forts of Jaipur. It is located at the tip of Aravalli Ranges and served a retreat for the Kings of Jaipur. Beautiful castles and temples can be explored inside the fort. Nahargarh Fort also gives a splendid view of Jaipur city. Today, Nahargarh Fort is not just a tourist place but also one of the top Bollywood film shooting locations in India.
Hotel Royal Sheraton, Backpacker Panda, Hotel Hayat Rabani and Hotel H R Palace are some well-known hotels in Jaipur.
Neemrana Fort-Palace is one of the unique and oldest heritage hotels in Rajasthan. A string of palaces constructed on a hillock on the Delhi-Jaipur Highway serves as an awesome weekend getaway near Delhi. Neemrana Fort-Palace offers an authentic royal feel with all the modern facilities. Hence, Neemrana Fort-Palace is one of the must-try heritage resorts in Rajasthan.
Ranthambore Fort was a jungle-resort for the Maharajas of Jaipur. The concentration of wildlife around the fortress allured the Kings. Ranthambore Fort is a legacy of Chauhan Clan which is now listed as one of the prominent hill forts of Rajasthan. This fort is now a part of Ranthambore Tiger Reserve that can be explored on a wildlife expedition in Sawai Madhopur.
Rajputana Heritage, Ranthambore Residency, Hotel Tiger Haveli and Hotel Aditya Resort are some of the top hotels in Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan.
Roopangarh Fort is yet another charming castle turned into a heritage hotel. It is one of the historical attractions in the town of Roopangarh. The fortress is one of the beautiful Rajputani architectures. Roopangarh Fort is also called as Kishangarh Fort as it is located in Kishangarh of Ajmer. It is only open to visitors who stay at Hotel Phool Mahal Palace which is a part of the fort.
This erstwhile fort in Bundi was definitely the 'star' of the region. Named as Taragarh Fort or Star Fort, this heritage structure was built in 1354. Taragarh Fort is known for its unique elements such as the interlinked tunnels. However, these tunnels are not accessible now but the fortress is one of the must-visit tourist places in Bundi.
Dev Nivas A Heritage, Heritage Taragarh Haveli, Annapurna Haveli and Hotel Vrindavati are some well-known hotels in Bundi, Rajasthan.
Timangarh Fort is one of the oldest structures and is now in a ruined state. Legend says, that a curse by person named Natini changed the fort in one day. It was abandoned and many artefacts were looted and sold. Though it is in a ruined state, Timangarh is still an interesting offbeat destination to explore in Karauli, Rajasthan.
Suroth Mahal, Siddhart Resort, Shri Balaji Radha Rani Guest House and Sri Ganesham Resort are some budget hotels in Karauli.