Top 6 Historic Forts in Rajasthan
Stroll through over 100 majestic forts spread out all across the state and relive the history of the ruling dynasty. Rajasthan is known for its significant cultural and historic tales captured in its forts. It depicts the glorious past of prominent rulers hidden in its architecture. In your expedition to tour Rajasthan forts, you will get an opportunity to witness fine craftsmanship in the carvings and edges of the walls. There are numerous forts you can explore such as Taragarh Fort, Junagarh Fort, Kumbhalgarh Fort, and many more where you can learn a lot about Rajasthan’s culture. Some forts like the Neemrana Fort also allow the guests to live in the fort and indulge in various fun activities. Here’s a list of our favorite top 6 forts in Rajasthan that you must include in your trip to Rajasthan.
Amber Fort, Jaipur
Located on the Aravali highlands, Amber fort offers a stunning view of the beautiful Maota Lake. The fort was built in the 16th century by the then ruler, Raja Man Singh, and depicts the architectural style of Mughals. Large marble doubles and red sandstones were used to give the fort a grand look from the outside. It is considered as one of the best forts of Rajasthan as you can get a panoramic view of the city from the top. You can also hop on an elephant ride, organized right outside the fort. There is a nominal entry fee of INR 100 for locals and tourists.
Jaisalmer Fort – Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer Fort is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan and is located on top of the Trikuta hill. You can witness this spectacular beauty built from yellow sandstone, overlooking the dunes of the majestic Thar desert. This fort is locally known as “Golden Fort” or “Sonar Quila”. The entry to this fort is free and photography is not prohibited in the premises. There are four grand entrances to this fort, ShreeNath Palace, Lakshminath Temple, Royal Palace and Jaisalmer Fort Palace museum. There are also multiple tourist attractions you can explore near the fort at walking distance.
Ranthambore Fort, Ranthambore National Park
Built around the Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary, Ranthambore Fort is one of the most popular forts in Rajasthan. It was built in the 10th century by Nagil Jats who were the oldest royals of Rajasthan. Currently most parts of the fort are in ruins as it witnessed the attacks from Britishers and Mughals but still remain strong and tall. You can also hop on a jungle safari in Ranthambore National Park while you are visiting the fort. The fort opens at 6:30 AM and closes at 5:30 PM.
Chittorgarh Fort, Chittorgarh
Built in the 7th century, the Chittorgarh Fort is one of the earliest forts of Rajasthan. It is a UNESCO declared World Heritage site and is home to many romantic tales. The fort is spread across 700 acres and has seven large gateways. It is usually known as Water Fort as there are 22 water bodies surrounding the fort making it a beautiful sight. The main highlights of Jaisalmer Fort comprise Vijay Stambha, Fateh Prakash, Rana Kumbha Palace, Meera Temple, and many more. Jauhar Mela is an annual fest organized in the city which attracts tourists from all across the globe.
Gagron Fort – Gagron
Gagron Fort is another UNESCO declared World Heritage site of Rajasthan. The fort has stunning surroundings and is one of the most frequently visited forts in Rajasthan. It also holds a plethora of archeological marvels significant to the state’s history. The fort was initially built as a protection from armies in 1195 AD by then ruler Bijladev to protect his kingdom. Gagron Fort is the embodiment of “Jal Durg” which means it is surrounded by water on all sides. The glory of the fort has faded over the years but the charm remains intact still.
Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
Mehrangarh Fort is one of the most prominent cultural landmarks of Jodhpur. The establishment was built in the year 1458 under the Rathore ruler, Rao Jodha. It is considered as one of the most beautiful forts in Rajasthan and stands still in a marvelous way. There are seven grand gateways of the fort depicting a victory for different kingdoms. The fort holds many unsolved mysteries enticing from all around the world. You can get a glimpse of the stunning view of the Blue city and the seven pols. There is a nominal entry fee of INR 70 per head for Indian nationals within the time frame of 9 AM to 5 PM.