9 Most Famous Historical Forts in Rajasthan

Rajasthan is a huge state dotted with many attractions to explore! But the magnificent forts and spectacular palaces make Rajasthan a magnet for history & art lovers. 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.

Here are the Top Historical Forts in Rajasthan:

Amer Fort, Jaipur – Exquisite Architecture

Located in the capital city Jaipur, Amer Fort is one of the most famous historical forts in Rajasthan, positioned on a hill on the city’s outskirts. Raja Man Singh I built this fort in the 16th century with Rajput, Mughal, and Hindu architectural styles.

The grandeur of intricate marble, glass, metal, and wood carvings in the Amber Fort are simply beautiful. However, the fort is not just impressive in size. There are a lot more attractions to visit within the Amber Fort.

Attractions inside the Amber Fort

Now that the introduction of Amer Fort is over, let’s find out the attractions of the fort. Taking an elephant ride to the top of Amer Fort is definitely the highlight. Once inside the fort, get to the Sheesh Mahal, built purely of glass.

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. Finally, do not miss the Light and Sound Show in the 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

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Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur – Gorgeous Aravalli Hills Views

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. Tigers and other animals even frequented the fort that royalty hunted 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.

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Attractions inside the Nahargarh Fort

Explore the attractions of Nahargarh Fort. From here, the beautiful view of Jaipur City will impress you. The ‘Madhavendra Bhawan’ is a two-story building built by Sawai Madho Singh for the king and his twelve queens. Also, 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

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Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur – Largest Weaponry of Rajput Rulers

One of the best historical sites in Rajasthan, the ‘ Victory Fort of Rajasthan’, Jaigarh Fort of Jaipur, is a beauty to marvel at. The fort lies on a hilltop of Cheel ka Quila. Maharaja Jai Singh built it in the 18th century to guard Amber and Jaipur.

The marvelous structure has the advantage of a location apt for defense. 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 at sunset.

Attractions inside the 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’s 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 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

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Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer – Beautiful Palaces Inside

Jaisalmer Fort overlooking the golden sands of the desert is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan. The massive fortification atop the Trikuta hill is a spectacular beauty built way back in the 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 forts’ walls are houses, markets, restaurants, temples, and every aspect of a chaotic urban town.

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Attractions inside the Jaisalmer Fort

After the introduction of Jaisalmer Fort, explore the beautiful complex. The main attractions are 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 layouts 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 the privately-owned Palace Museum.

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Kumbhalgarh Fort, Udaipur – Second Longest Continuous Wall

The massive Mewar Fortress, Kumbhalgarh Fort, dates back to the 15th century. It is among the best 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 massive 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 incredible royal mansions, which take you on a trip to the ancient days.

Walk by the lush green gardens, of note sere the wells known as ‘baoris.’ The architecture of the 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

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Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur – Various Galleries

The mighty Mehrangarh Fort is truly one of the most famous historical forts in Rajasthan. The fort’s foundation 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 has hidden numerous mysteries and scandals intriguing people to visit. The fort 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 the 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

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Ranthambore Fort, Sawai Madhopur – Seek Blessings at the Temple’s Inside

Ranthambore Fort is housed in Sawai Madhopur. It was built on the former hunting grounds of the royalty and was used as a game sanctuary. Nagil Jats built this fort in the 10th century, and thus, it is among 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 the 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 to be explored include Hammir’s Court, Badal Mahal, Dhula Mahal, and Jogi Mahal. They represent the forgotten glory of the royalty that used to visit for a game.

In addition, 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

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Junagarh Fort, Bikaner – Opulent Palaces

The icon of Bikaner in Rajasthan, the Junagarh Fort, is one of the most beautiful forts Rajasthan has. 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 amalgamate Mughal and Rajput styles. However, the massive fort remains impregnable. The interesting fort has olden treasures and remembrances waiting to be explored.

Attractions inside the Junagarh Fort

Once 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 exploring.

However, the allure of the fort is its vast museum. Extensive information about the 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

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Taragarh Fort, Bundi – Stunning Architecture

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. You will feel transported to the olden days as you discover the fort.

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. You can marvel at the interesting murals, artwork, and lattice artworks.

The Bhim Burj and Garbha Gunjan, the vast field cannons, are a 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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Now that you have the list of the best historical forts in Rajasthan, it is time to book Rajasthan tour packages. They include meals, transfers, and accommodation to ensure a smooth travel experience.

Whether it is the Junagarh Fort or Amer Fort, every fort listed above has an interesting story that takes you to the times gone. So what are you waiting for? Call us today and get your customized Rajasthan tour by travel experts.

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Debashree Chakraborty

A travel writer by profession and self-professed addict to literature and travelling. Go through her penned down travel experiences on indianholiday.com