Rajasthan is the mystical land of palaces and forts. You get to witness some of the finest examples of Indian architecture in this state. There must be over hundreds of forts and palaces awaiting you in Rajasthan. Well, you possibly don’t have all the time in the world. So, here is a list of the Top 15 most visited forts and palaces you must visit during your stay at Rajasthan.
One of the famous hill forts in Rajasthan is the Amber Fort built in the 16th century by Raja Man Singh. It was completely built of marble and red sandstone and was, perhaps still is, an architectural marvel. Overlooking the Maota Lake, the Amber Fort is definitely a fine example of architectural and artistic excellence with its four-level layout. It comprises the Hall of Public Audience, Hall of Private Audience, Sheesh Mahal and Sukh Niwas. It has a rich blend of heritage and beauty and attracts millions of visitors from all over the world. The light and sound show held at Kesar Kyari inside the fort is a major tourist attraction.
Also known as Victory Fort, the Jaigarh Fort had been built back in 1726 by Jai Singh II in order to provide protection to the Amber Fort. An important feature of the fort is the grand cannon, “Jaivana”, which was the largest cannon on wheels in the whole world back then. There are plenty of complex subterranean passages and also includes the Laxmi Vilas, Lalit Mandir, Vilas Mandir, and Aram Mandir as well. On the current day, the museum is well decorated with a huge range of antiques and armors owned by several Rajput clans.
Located right in the center of the busy city of Jaipur, Hawa Mahal is not just a prominent historical landmark but also an excellent marvel of Indian architecture. This heritage has a blend of Rajasthani and Islamic Mughal architecture. Built back in 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, it is built in red and pink sandstone. The palace is very famous for its high screens and thousands of windows for the royal women who would watch the street festivities from here. The windows are decorated with detailed latticework, rooms with a colorful floor made of marbles, domes, pillars with floral patterns and a courtyard which has now been converted into a museum.
The City Palace is an elegant work of art and architecture in the heart of Jaipur. It proudly flaunts an amalgamation of European architecture and Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. It was built back in 1732 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II and consists of plenty of gateways, Virendra Pol, Tripolia and Udai Pol. There are small palaces including the Mubarak Mahal, Maharani and Chandra Mahal. The palace is indeed very elegant and also shelters a temple of Lord Krishna.
Located in the center of the Man Sagar Lake, the Jal Mahal is yet another example of the extravagant style of architecture found at Rajasthan with a touch of that of Islam as well. Built back in the 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber, Jal Mahal is a sandstone structure consisting of five stories and has some beautiful chhatris, rooms decorated with utmost intricacy and beautiful artwork all over the hallways. The Jal Mahal has undergone several restorations over the years. The boats that take you to the Jal Mahal are also carved in a Rajasthani style.
Built by Rao Jodha in the 15th century, this is a famous heritage fort located in Rajasthan. It encompasses several glorious palaces and the royal museum which houses palanquins, howdahs, weaponry, paintings and musical instruments as well.
The Nahargarh Fort lies on the edge of the Aravalli Hills and overlooks the city of Jaipur. This was built back in 1734 as a summer house by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, this fort was later extended in 1868 and also between 1883 and 1892. The fort played the role of a hideaway to the British army during the Indian Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. It gives a panoramic view of the city and is one of the favorite tourist hangout spots. Inside the fort complex, there is a museum displaying a large collection of armors and artwork.
Also known as The Golden Fort due to the yellow sandstone used in construction. This is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan with several temples, palaces, museum, markets, etc inside. You will some beautiful panoramic views of the Thar desert from here.
One of the oldest forts in Rajasthan, Chittorgarh fort is packed up with plenty of attractions. This is a beautiful fort with greenery and natural extravagance. This fort holds an important place in the history due to its association with Meera Bai, Rani Padmini and Karnavati who sacrificed their lives.
Ranthambore Fort is a very popular tourist attraction in Rajasthan. Ranthambore is a part of the Ranthambore National Park which shelters several rare species of animals and birds. If you are lucky enough, then you could also spot a Royal Bengal Tiger here. The Fort was built in the 10th century by the Nagil Jats, then the fort was occupied by the Chauhan dynasty and also witnessed several attacks by the Sultans of Delhi, Mughals and the Kings of Mewar. It encompasses several palaces and temples which are architectural masterpieces.
Lake Palace is indeed the most enchanting and charming palace in Udaipur. This is the most visited place in Udaipur and welcomes a huge number of travelers from all over the world. Its major attractions are the beautiful surroundings including the Lake Pichola and its mesmerizing architectural styles.
This is the largest and the most famous palace in Jodhpur, set atop the Chittar hills. This is a luxurious palace built by Maharaja Umaid Singh back in the 20th century with the purpose of rescuing the famine suffering people. The major attractions are the museum and the royal automobiles.
This is a famous fort in Bikaner decorated with mixed architectural styles of Mughal and Rajput. Built by Raja Rai Singh in the 16th century, the art and interior architecture of the Junagarh Fort attract people from the entire world. The main attractions are different temples devoted to Jainism, massive gates and palaces as well.
Located near Lake Pichola, this palace is decked up with green gardens, fountains, courtyards, etc. It owes its popularity to the traditional architectural styles and artistic designs. You will receive a grand royal treatment and receive all the luxurious amenities.
This is a world-class palace with wonderful architectural styles and complex interior designs. This used to be a hunting lodge back in the 20th century and was later renovated as a palace. Located amidst the thick forest of Jaipur, this place offers you all the amenities for a luxurious time.