FIVE RAJASTHAN HILL FORTS YOU MUST VISIT
Rajasthan is famous for its impregnable Rajasthan hill forts – for towering over the surrounding landscape and creating excellent viewing points for surveying the state. With so many brilliant pieces of defensive engineering across Rajasthan, we asked our experts to choose our top five Rajasthan hill forts.
Amber Fort Jaipur
11 km smaller than Jaipur, Amber Fort was establish by Maharaja Man Singh in 1592 AD; and later expanded by Maharaja Jai Singh. This fort is a favorite tourist attraction in Rajasthan hill forts due to its magnificent architecture and historical significance. The royalty and opacity of its past rulers are still evident within the walls of the fort; especially in the third courtyard which are the apartments of the Maharajas. The quarters here are elegantly decorate with vaulted arches, sandalwood doors, and marble panels.
Jaisalmer Fort Jaisalmer
Another World Heritage Site, the marvelous Jaisalmer Fort is a Rajasthan hill forts got its name from the Rajput ruler (Rawal Jaisal), who established it in 1156 AD. It is largely made of yellow sandstone (acting as camouflage against the Golden Thar Desert) and is, therefore, the name “Golden Fort”. For centuries successive rulers have expanded upon the foundations established by Rawal Jaisal; today it is one of the largest forts in the world. The use of the fort has not been limiting in the past, but around 3,000 people of Jaisalmer live within its walls.
Chittorgarh Fort Chittorgarh
Built by the Emperor of the Maurya dynasty, Chitrangada Mori, the Chittor Fort occupies an area of 691.9 acres in the Chittorgarh district of Rajasthan. It is situate on the banks of river Beach on Rajasthan hill forts 180 meters high and symbolizes Rajput valor and chivalry. This fort is adorn as seven gates, four palaces, a major tourist attraction of Jain temples and many other temples. The inner Rajputs speak of architectural excellence and have stood the test of time.
Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajsamand
Kumbhalgarh Fort in Rajsamand is the birthplace of the legendary and revered Maharana Pratap Singh. The journey to Kumbhalgarh is laden with zig-zag methods; dense forests and a wall that shielded the fort during a battle. This wall is consider the second largest wall in the world after the Great Wall of China. This fort also contains many palaces, among which it is necessary to visit the Badal Mahal. With a complex and strong architecture; the fort was used as a refuge to protect families during the war and the view from the top of the fort is beyond comparison. The best time to visit Rajasthan hill forts is from October to December and February to March.
Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur
The skyline of Jodhpur dominates the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort; which is consider one of the most magnificent Rajasthan hill forts in the whole of India. Define by its magnificent architecture, Mehrangarh Fort was built in the 15th century and has 125 feet high stone walls. The base of the fort is a rocky hill and is built at a distance of 400 meters from the ground. The “Blue City” views from above the fort are jaw-dropping and highly recommended. Important features of the fort include seven memorial gates; some still traces of battles of the past – and the beautiful Chamunda Mataji Temple.