32 Forts to explore in Rajasthan
The Indian state having innumerable royal palaces and forts. It is also known for its Thar desert, royal culture and historical monuments, such as the Hawa Mahal, and the numerous baoris.
Junagarh Fort is located amidst the Thar Desert and was built by Raja Rai Singh in 1594. Located on a sprawling land of 5.28 hectares, this place is studded with temples, palaces, and pavilions. Its 986m-long wall, with 37 bastions, is surrounded by a (now dry) moat.
Chittorgarh fort stands strong as a citadel in the state of the forts and palaces. Although there are many Monuments in Rajasthan to be seen and admired but Chittorgarh Fort is an epic waxing poetic about the Rajput gallantry and honour. Built in the 7th century AD, this UNESCO World Heritage Site used to be the capital of the Mewar rulers. The fort complex comprises seven gates, two towers, and 65 structures.
The fort was built by Jai Singh II in 1726 to protect the Amer Fort and its palace complex and was named after him. he fort features a cannon named "Jaivana"(Jaivana Cannon), which was manufactured in the fort precincts and was then the world's largest cannon on wheels.
It is believed to be one of the very few "living forts" in the world, as nearly one-fourth of the old city's population still resides within the fort. For the better part of its 800-year history, the fort was the city of Jaisalmer. The first settlements outside the fort walls, to accommodate the growing population of Jaisalmer, are said to have come up in the 17th century.
Jal Mahal ("Water Palace") is a palace in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city. The building is located near the shoreline of a lake with a maximum depth of 15 ft.he palace and the lake around it were renovated and enlarged in the 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber.
Found in the 16th century and owned by the Karamsot dynasty. This is now a heritage hotel. The magnificent fort offers an enthralling experience to the visitors. It is one of the most beautiful forts and palaces in Rajasthan due to its marvellous architecture and splendour.
The Kuchaman Fort is perched atop a 300 m high cliff. This fort occupies a wide area which could be entered via 10 glorious gates from different sides. There were 32 bastions surrounding the entire fortification. The city at that time was inside the fort compound wall and people were residing with the compound. This fort shows the historical significance of the Rathore rule in Rajasthan.