Rajasthan Forts and Palaces

Rajasthan is a land of forts and palaces. Grand monuments stand proudly as living reminders of the rich history of this heroic land. You can see the Rajasthan forts and palaces when you visit the unique cities of Rajasthan. Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Chittorgarh are just some of the places where Rajasthan Forts and Palaces abound. You can tour the fascinating Rajasthan Forts and Palaces on tours to Rajasthan with Anil India Tours Tours.

Amer Fort

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This magnificent fort was built not by one but three rulers - Raja Man Singh initiated the project. Mirza Raja Jai Singh took over the cudgels from Raja Man Singh and the finishing touches were given by Sawai Jai Singh. This colossal fort took as long as two centuries to build, the major portion of the work was carried out in the 1500's

The Amer Fort stands like a sentinel above the still waters of the Maotha Lake. The fort is a living testimony where the Hindu and Mughal architectural styles

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Bikaner Fort

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Bikaner Fort is popularly referred to as the Junagarh Fort. It was built by Raja Rai Singh who was one of Mughal emperor Akbar's trusted generals. There are as many as 37 citadels which protects the fort. This is one fort in Rajasthan which has never been annexed or conquered. There was one dubious instance though when Prince Kamaran laid seize to the fort, but could not keep it on hold for even 24 hours.

The fort's 37 bastions are nicely complimented with a number of palaces, towers

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Chittorgarh Fort

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The magnificent Chittorgarh fort located 175 kms. east of Udaipur is dedicated to Chitrangad Maurya Bappa Rawal who was the founder of the Sisodia dynasty. The fort is spread over 700 acres and houses regal palaces, temples and towers. This fort is rated as the foremost in embattlement tactics and is among the most impregnable forts ever built by the Rajputs.

The Chittorgarh fort rises like a mirage from the adjoining plains underneath and stands like a sentinel at a height of 180 meters.

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City Palace Jaipur

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This former royal residence is an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal architecture and craftsmanship. Surrounded by walls, this piece de resistance of Jaipur's palace occupies one seventh of the walled city, comprising a string of minor palaces and imposing halls.

Of special significance is the Chandra Mahal which overlooks the breath-taking Jai Niwas Gardens and the highly revered Shri Govind Dev Temple.

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Hawa Mahal Jaipur

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The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Wind is a Jaipur landmark which was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh way back in the year 1799. The Hawa Mahal displays fanciful architecture and has been so named because the palace has specially latticed screens and arches for an unbridled flow of air currents in a set pattern with the passage of the sun.

Till the recent past, ladies of the court from within the palace positioned themselves by the balconies to watch processions passing through

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Jaisalmer Fort

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Jaisalmer like other towns of Rajasthan is centered around a fort - the Jaisalmer Fort which is popularly referred to as Sonar Quila. The majestic fort is located to the south of Jaisalmer on the picturesque Trikut hill. The length of the fort is 457 meter and the breadth is 229 meters.

The Fort was built in 1156 and is one of the oldest forts in Rajasthan rising as it does like a mirage from the surrounding deserts.

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Mehrangarh Fort

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The majestic Mehrangarh Fort is one of India's largest forts and located in the picturesque city of Jodhpur. The work of building the fort originally commenced in 1459 on the behest of the founder of Jodhpur - Rao Jodha but much of the fort as it stands today was built in the era of Jaswant Singh. This magnificent fort is spread over 5 kms. and is located on top of a hill which is all of 125 meters high.

To honor and memorialize momentous triumphs there are three stately gates to the fort.

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