Most Famous Historical Forts in Rajasthan

Rajasthan is a huge state which is dotted with many attractions to explore! But the magnificent forts and spectacular palaces makes Rajasthan a magnet for history & art lover. There is a long list of such iconic structures. Here we have listed some of the most famous historical forts in Rajasthan. Plunge into history and rediscover the opulence of a bygone medieval era.

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Amer Fort – Jaipur

Amber Fort

Located in the capital city Jaipur, Amer Fort is one of the most famous historical forts in Rajasthan. The magnificent monument of Rajasthan is positioned at a hill in the outskirts of the city. Built by Raja Man Singh I in 16th century in a blend of Rajput, Mughal and Hindu architectural style. The grandeur of intricate marble, glass, metal and wood carvings seen in the Amber fort is simply beautiful. The fort is not just impressive in size, there is a lot more attractions to see within the Amber fort.

Attractions inside the Amber fort

Now that the introduction of Amer Fort is done the next question is what to see inside the Amer fort? Actually there is a long list of attractions to visit once you are here. First of all get to the fort in royal style on the back of an elephant. Once inside the fort, get to the Sheesh Mahal. Purely built of glass, the incredible sight should not be missed. Next, explore the historical Diwan-I-Am and Diwan-I-Khas, The Sukh Niwas. The kyaris with ornate halls with impressive artwork are worth exploring. Do not miss the Light and Sound Show in evening at Amer Fort.

Opening and closing timings – 9.30 A.M. – 5.30 P.M. All days of the week

Entry Fee –

Indian Visitors – 100 INR per person for Indians, 10 INR per person for Indian students

Foreigner Visitors – 500 per person for foreign tourists, 100 per person for foreign students

Nahargarh Fort – Jaipur

Nahargarh-Fort

Overlooking the Pink city of Jaipur, the Nahargarh Fort is perched on the Aravalli Hills. It was built in 1734 as a summer retreat by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. The fort was even frequented by Tigers and other animals that royalty used to hunt for leisure. Throughout its history the fort has never witnessed any attacks. It was built to strengthen the military prowess of the royal family. It is one of the famous forts of the royal Rajasthan with amazing attractions within the fort.

Attractions inside the Nahargarh Fort

When you are done admiring the beauty of the fort, explore the attractions of Nahargarh Fort. The beautiful view of Jaipur City impresses you. The ‘Madhavendra Bhawan’ a two-storey building built by Sawai Madho Singh for the king and his twelve queens is fun to explore as you imagine how the olden days were. Learn the art of warfare at the weapons museum.

Opening and closing timings – 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM. All days of the week

Entry Fee

Indian Visitors – INR 50 for Adults, 5 for Student

Foreign Visitors – INR 200 for Adults, 25 for Student

Jaigarh Fort – Jaipur

Jaigarh-Fort

The ‘Victory Fort of Rajasthan’, Jaigarh Fort of Jaipur is a beauty to marvel at. The fort lies on a hill top of Cheel ka Quila. It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 18th century to guard Amber and Jaipur. The marvelous structure has the advantage of a location apt for defense. The massive size is quite intimidating. The fort has residential palaces, temples, gardens, and various interesting structures including a weapons museum. The breathtaking view from the fort deserves to be seen as sunset.

Attractions inside the Jaigarh Fort

Do not just be impressed by the marvelous size of Jaigarh Fort, get inside the fort where incredible attractions await to be explored. Inspect the height and the beauty around the fort, which houses one of the largest weaponry of Rajput leaders. Jaivana, the world’ largest cannon on wheels is kept here. Marvel at the massive weapon which has never been used except during its testing. The museum and armory offer the insight into the art of warfare of the Rajputs.

Opening and closing timings – 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM. All days of the week

Entry Fee

Indian Visitors – 100 INR per person for Indians, 10 INR per person for Indian students

Foreigner Visitors – 500 per person for foreign tourists, 100 per person for foreign students

Jaisalmer Fort – Jaisalmer

 

Jaisalmer-Fort

Jaisalmer Fort overlooking the golden lands of the desert is the second oldest fort of Rajasthan. The massive fortification stands atop the Trikuta hill is a spectacular beauty built way back in 12th Century by Bhatti Rajpur Ruler Rawal Jaisal. The yellow sandstone structure is the color of warm honey and is also lovingly called Sonar Quila. Within the walls of the forts, there are houses, markets, restaurants, temples and every aspect of a chaotic urban town.

Attractions inside the Jaisalmer Fort

No amount of words are fit for the introduction of Jaisalmer Fort. The sheer amount of attractions in this Magnificent fort of Rajasthan is mind-blowing. Of the most noteworthy attractions are the Royal Palace, The Shree Nath Palace and Vyas Haveli. The museums within the Jaisalmer fort treasure the legacy of the royal family. The temples of both Hindu and Jain faiths have impressive layout and artwork. The view of the desert from the top of the fort is extremely pleasing.

Opening and closing timings – 09:00 AM – 5:30 PM. All days of the week

Entry Fee –

Entrance Fee of INR 50 per Person (Camera Fee INR 50 & Video Camera INR 100/-) is charged for privately owned Palace Museum.

Kumbhalgarh Fort – Udaipur

Kumbhalgarh-Fort

The massive Mewar Fortress, Kumbhalgarh Fort, dates back to the 15th century. The magnificent structure of this historical fort of Rajasthan Built by Rana Kumbha on an impregnable hill, Kumbhalgarh is also the birthplace of the legendary Maharana Pratap, the great warrior king of Mewar. The fort has a 36 kilometers long continuous wall, the second longest continuous wall after the Great Wall of China. The colossal Kumbhalgarh has a host of attractions waiting to be explored.

Attractions inside the Kumbhalgarh Fort

Step inside the huge fortress of Kumbhalgarh and gather your senses. The huge fort has so much to be seen. The recommended attractions to check out are the remnants of wonderful royal mansions which take you on a trip to the bygone days. Walk by the lush green gardens. Of note sere the wells known as ‘baoris’. The architecture Kumbhalgarh fort is excellent. Do not miss the remarkable ‘Badal Mahal’ and the Shiva Temple.

Opening and closing timings – 09:00 AM – 06:00 PM. All days of the week

Entry Fee – 

Indian Visitors – INR 10 for Adults

Foreign Visitors – INR 100 for Adults

Mehrangarh Fort – Jodhpur

Mehrangarh-Fort

The mighty Mehrangarh Fort is truly one of the most famous historical fort in Rajasthan. The foundation of the fort was laid way back in 1458 by Rathore ruler, Rao Jodha. The Citadel of the Sun, Mehrangarh was the pride of the Jodhpur clan and was not once sieged, it remains impregnable. The fort have hidden numerous mysteries and scandals intriguing people to visit. The fort itself is a museum where the lifestyle of the Rathore clan and even Mughals is preserved. Now that you are impressed with the magnificent sight, let’s get inside for the hidden treasures.

Attractions inside the Mehrangarh Fort

The introduction of Mehrangarh fort is complete with the mention of its massive size. Inside the fort walls lurk many allures. The list of attractions in Mehrangarh fort is quite extensive. Start with the attractive Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Daulat Khana and the Takhat Niwas. The Turban Gallery, and Folk Musical Instruments Gallery are intriguing to explore. The exhibits are informative and offer insight into the culture of the olden days.

Opening and closing timings – 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM. All days of the week

Entry Fee

Indian Visitors – INR 20

Foreign Visitors – INR 250

Ranthambore Fort – Sawai Madhopur

Ranthambore-Fort

Ranthambore Fort is housed in Sawai Madhopur. The fort was built on the former hunting grounds of the Royalty, the fort was used as a game sanctuary. Built in the 10th century by Nagil Jats, these are the oldest remnants of the royalty of Rajasthan. Currently the Ranthambore fort is mainly in ruins. Do not get alarmed by the calls or a view of royal Bengal Tiger or other wild animals as the area is possessed by wilderness.

Attractions inside the Ranthambore Fort

Ranthambore Fort has a horde of forgotten relics. The attractions recommend to be explored are Hammir’s Court, Badal Mahal, Dhula Mahal and Jogi Mahal. They represent the forgotten glory of the royalty that used to visit for game. The Ganesha temple, Shiva Temple, Ramlalji Temple and temple of Lord Sumatinath and Lord Sambhavanath are interesting to explore.

Opening and closing timings – 6:30 to 10:00 AM & 1:30 to 5:30 PM. All days of the week except

Entry Fee

Indian Visitors – INR 25 for Adults

Foreign Visitors – INR 200 for Adults

Vehicle: INR 125 for Safari, INR 1350 for Guide

Junagarh Fort – Bikaner

Junagarh-Fort

 

The icon of Bikaner in Rajasthan, the Junagarh fort is one of the wonderful fort in Rajasthan has to offer. The foundations were laid long back in 1571 A.D. by Maharaja Rai Singh, one of the Rathore clans but the fort has been modified by its various rulers. The architectural style, designs and artwork are the amalgamation of Mughal and Rajput styles. The massive fort remains impregnable. The interesting fort has olden treasures and remembrances waiting to explored.

Attractions inside the Jungarh Fort

One you step inside the Junagarh you will be impressed by so much to see. The attractions inside Junagarh Fort can be listed as Phool Mahal, the Karan Mahal, the Anup Mahal and the Chandra Mahal. The massive gates of the fort are incredible and are worth to explore. The allure of the fort is its vast museum. Extensive information about history, heritage and culture are housed here. You will feel like a trip down history.

Opening and closing timings – 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM. All days of the week

Entry Fee –

Indian Visitors – INR 20

Foreign Visitors – INR 100 for Adults

Taragarh Fort – Bundi

Taragarh-Fort

Taragarh Fort in Bundi is one of the magnificent forts of Rajasthan. The fort overlooking the city of Bundi has sadly been ravaged by time. Built in 1354 A.D., the fort was a marvelous creation of the Chauhan dynasty. The gateway to the fort, Lakshmi Pol, Gagudi ki Phatak and Phuta Darwaza is decked with stone statues of elephants. The architecture is an interesting display of Rajputana glory. As you discover the fort you will feel transported to the olden days.

Attractions inside the Bundi Fort

Though Taragarh Fort has been ravaged by time, the attractions housed in the fort still retain their appeal. First visit the beautiful Rani Mahal. The architecture is interesting. You can marvel at the interesting murals, artwork and lattice artworks. The Bhim Burj and Garbha Gunjan, the huge field cannons are reminder of the excellent military efficiency. Do not miss the excellent water reservoirs and an excellent network of tunnels

Opening and closing timings – 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM. All days of the week

Entry Fee – 

Indian Visitors – Free

Foreign Visitors – Free

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A travel writer by profession and self-professed addict to literature, momos, dancing, music and travelling, Debasree Chakraborty has all interesting things to share. Go through her penned down travel experiences and collected intelligence in her write ups. Read on!

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