168 Forts in India that you should visit - With photos & details

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168 Forts to explore in India

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Bathinda Fort- Qila MubarakNear Fort, Old City, Bathinda, Punjab 151001, India

This is a historically important fort in the city of  Bathinda built in 1200 AD. it is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. There are so many stories based on this fort. The architecture of this fort is so amazing and it attracts a lot of people everyday.

Agra FortAgra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282003, India

It was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638 when the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi. The fort can be more accurately described as a walled city.

Aguada FortFort Aguada Rd, Aguada Fort Area, Candolim, Goa 403515, India

A well preserved 17th-century fort along with a lighthouse overlooking the Arabian sea. It was a reference point for the vessels coming from Europe at that time. A freshwater spring within the fort provided water supply to the ships that used to stop by. This is how the fort got its name: Aguada, meaning Water.

Ajatshatru FortNH 82, Rajgir, Bihar 803116, India

Ajatshatru Fort located in Rajgir was built by king Ajatshatru during his rule over the Magadha empire around 2500 years ago in 6th century BC. He was contemporary to Lord Buddha. It was built in a rectangular-shaped with four corners and each corner is covered with stone tower & walls is about 60 Meter long & 2 Meter broad square. Ajatshatru fort is regarded as one of the most ancient forts in India.

Akhnoor FortJammu and Kashmir 181201

Akhnoor Fort is on the right bank of Chenab River (ancient name Asikni). Construction was started by Mian Tej Singh in 1762 CE and completed by his successor Raja Alum Singh in 1802. The fort has high fortification walls with bastions at regular intervals and is crowned with battlements. There are two-storeyed watch-towers at the corners, which are crowned by battlements and merlons. The fort has two parts which are bifurcated by a wall with a gate leading to the palace on the southern side.

Aligarh FortQila, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh 202001, India

It was built during the time of Ibrahim Lodi by Muhammad, son of Umar the governor of Kol who was the governor of this region during the time of Farrukh Siyar and Muhammad Shah, further rebuilt the fort. It is also called "Aligarh Qila". Most part of it is damaged and only a peripheral appearance of a fort is present. It is situated near the G T Road and consists of a regular polygon, surrounded by a very broad and deep ditch.

Allahabad fortAllahabad fort, Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India

Allahabad Fort is a fort built by the Mughal emperor Akbar at Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India in 1583. The fort stands on the banks of the Yamuna near its confluence with the river Ganges. It is recognised by the Archaeological Survey of India as a monument of national importance.

Amber PalaceDevisinghpura, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001, India

Amber palace constructed by Raja Man Singh I in 1592 and completed by Sawai Jai Singh I is a fascinating hindu architecture. t was the ancient citadel of the ruling Kachhawa clan of Amber, before the capital was shifted in the plains to present day Jaipur.

ARKI FORT a descendant of Rana Sabha Chand. Arki, Himachal Pradesh 173208, India

The Arki palace was built between 1695 - 1700 by Rana Prithvi Singh a descendant of Rana Sabha Chand. The Diwan Khana of the palace has very nice paintings in Kangra style . The paintings depict incidents from mythology, religion, history, and culture. They include Kamdev's arrows on Shiva, Kalia-Mardan which represent mythology whereas the paintings of Sikh-Mughal battles represent events of history.

Asirgarh FortAsha Devi Road, Burhanpur, Madhya Pradesh 450221, India

It is an Indian fort located in Satpura ranges of Burhanpur built by Asa Ahir of the Ahir dynasty in the 15th Century. This fort holds immense importance for history lovers as well as for those who wish to simply explore the beauty of a monument that once held esteem and prestige and architectural beauty.

Ater FortAter, Madhya Pradesh 477111, India

A beautiful and architecturally rich fort which was built by King Badan Singh Bhadouria in 1664-1668.  The fort is not in good condition now due to a lack of caring. It was located in a picturesque location and we can study the ancient architecture while seeing this fort.

Ausa FortKhandal Galli, Sambhaji Nagar, Sambhaji Nagar, Ausa, Maharashtra 413520, India

Ausa fort in Latur district is one such fort that has a blurred history of itself. Ausa Fort’s prominence came to light during the fights between the Deccan Sultanates after the Bahamani Era. The Fort had been named 13 different names, but the name Ausa was the last one that it is now known by. The fort is located in a depressed ground level, and the highest point of the fort looks over the surrounding higher ground level.

Badami FortBadami, Karnataka 587201, India

A regal structure located on the top of a hill that was built by Chalukyan King Pulakeshi in 543 AD , viewpoint, Trekking centre, etc.

Badnore FortBadnaur, Rajasthan 311302, India

Badnore Fort is an excellent example of medieval Indian military style of architecture. This seven storied fort stands atop a hill and presents breathtaking views all around.

Bahadurgarh Qila MasjidNational Highway 64, Bahadurgarh, Patiala, Punjab 147021, India

An ancient Qila built in the Patiala city by Nawab  Saif Khan in 1658 AD. due to its unique architecture its the main tourist attraction in Patiala. The fort was named after Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth Guru.

Bahu FortGorkha Nagar, Jammu, 180006

The Bahu Fort is a historic fort in the city of Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir. Constructed on the banks on Tawi River, the ancient fort is believed to be constructed by Raja Bahulochan around 3,000 years ago. It is believed that the first renovation of this fort was undertaken by Maharaja Ranjit Singh during Sikh Rule in 18th century. The fort is a religious place, and within its precincts has a temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali.

Bandhavgarh FortBandhavgarh National Park, Bandhavgarh Qila Trail, Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh 484664, India

The Bandhavgarh Fort is situated in Bandhavgarh in Umaria district rising 811 meters above sea level at the centre of the Bandhavgarh National Park. It is surrounded by many smaller hills separated by gently sloping valleys. These valleys end in small, swampy meadows, locally known as 'bohera'. The fort is also home to many of the endangered species of Vulture in India.

Bangalore FortKrishna Rajendra Rd, New Tharagupet, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560002, India

One of the ancient heritage in Bangalore having an amazing history to say

Bekal FortKanhangad - Kasaragod Road, Kasaragod, Bekal, Kerala 671316, India

The largest fort in Kerala built only for defence purposes.

Belgaum FortBelgaum Fort Area, Belgaum, Karnataka 590016, India

Built by Jaya Raja. The fort has fine ramparts and a large moat, has a rich history with historical and religious monuments dated to the Adil shahi dynasty