Forts & Palaces of Rajasthan

Rajasthan is famous all over the world for its stunning forts and palaces that have been gloriously standing since decades in this princely state. They are the perfect example of the architectural heritage of Rajasthan. The reminders of rich history of this eternal land are one of the major attractions of the state as well our country. A journey through these masterpieces makes travelers come back here again and again to enjoy the majestic blend of royal past and modern comforts. Built on high hilltops, amidst endless desert and on the islands in lake the monuments vary from each other having their own individual charm and charisma.

Today's travelers have a great opportunity to experience the royalty of these forts and palaces by staying in them as most ancient structures have opened their doors to travelers and running as heritage hotels. Some of the major forts and palaces of Rajasthan are Amber Fort in Jaipur, Chittorgarh Fort in Chittorgarh, City Palace in Jaipur, Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, Junagadh Fort in Bikaner, Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, Sonar Kila in Jaislamer, City Palace in Udaipur and many more.

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The fort palace of Amber was the Kachhawaha citadel until 1727, when their capital moved to Jaipur. Successive rulers continued to come here on important occasions to seek the blessings of the family deity, Shila Devi. The citadel was established in 1592 by Man Singh.

Occupying the heart of Jai Singh II's city, the City Palace has been home to the rulers of Jaipur since the first half of the 18th century. The sprawling complex is a superb blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, with open, airy Mughal-style public buildings leading to private apartments.

Playing sentinel to the old capital of Amber, legendary Jaigarh, the "Victory Fort", strategically dominates the Cheel ka Teela. Commonly perceived as one huge compound, the Jaigarh and Amber Forts are directly linked with long secured corridors.

A whimsical addition to Rajasthan's rich architectural vocabulary, the fanciful Hawa Mahal or "Palace of Winds" was created in 1799 by the aesthete Sawai Pratap Singh and designed by Lal Chand Utsa. You can site this architectural splendor next to the entrance to the City Palace.

Stretching along the eastern shore of Lake Pichola, Udaipur's City Palace is a fascinating combination of Rajput military architecture and Mughal-style decorative techniques. Its stern, fortress-like façade, topped by a profusion of graceful balconies


Jaisalmer Fort rises like a fabulous mirage out of the sands of the Thar Desert, the awesome contours of its 99 bastions softened by the golden hue of the stone. Built in 1156 by Maharawal Jaisal, and added to by his successors, this citadel stands on the peak of the 80 m high

Rising sheer out of a 125 m high rock, Mehrangarh is perhaps the most majestic of Rajasthan's forts. Described by an awestruck Rudyard Kipling as "the creation of angels, fairies and giants", Mehrangarh's forbidding ramparts are in..


Constructed between 1587 and 1593 by the third ruler of Bikaner, Rai Singh, Junagarh Fort is protected by a 986 m long sandstone wall with 37 bastions, a moat and, most effectively of all, by the forbidding expanse of the Thar Desert. Not surprisingly,

The great, battle-scarred Chittorgarh Fort epitomizes in its tragic history the valor, romance, chivalry and strict death-before-dishonor code glorified in Rajput myths and legends. Sprawling across 280 ha, atop a steep 180 m high rocky hill.


The Lake Palace is situated on the Jag Niwas Island (in Lake Pichola of Udaipur), which offers an innate ground for the Palace. This isle was originated by Maharana Jagat Singh in the year 1754 and as such it was christened after him.


The Taragarh Fort crowns the crest of a steep hill overlooking the town, while the Garh Palace spills picturesquely down the hillside. This palace is Bundi's – and Rajasthan's – jewel. Lieutenant Colonel James Tod, (1782-1835), the British Political Agent.

This immense palace, built of creamy-pink sandstone and marble that has been put together without the use of mortar, is a prime example of princely India's opulence. Its 347 rooms include eight dining halls, two theatres, a ballroom..