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Rajasthan Forts & Palaces

Hawa Mahal, JaipurRajasthan, the "Land of Kings" was ruled by several rulers over the centuries. The rulers of the state constructed a number of magnificent forts and palaces that take you back in time. Forts and Palaces of Rajasthan are known for their architecture and related history. Rajasthan Forts and Palaces attract travellers of different bent and inclinations. Some are drawn by the stark beauty of these forts and palaces and some come here to experience the royal splendour of a bygone era.


Jaipur
Jaipur popularly known as Pink City, is adorned with beautiful red and pink sandstone forts and palaces. Popular forts and palaces of Jaipur are :
» City Palace : The City Palace is a huge palace that covers one seventh part of the old walled city. It was originally built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II between 1728 - 1732, but afterwards many new structures came up here. City Palace is a wonderful blend of Mughal and Rajathani architecture. City Palace is a conglomeration of buildings such as Mubarak Mahal, Diwan-I-Khaas, Diwan-I-Aam, Chandra Mahal, Badal Mahal etc.

» Hawa Mahal : Jaipur's central land mark, Hawa Mahal is located close to the City Palace. Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh built this castle in the year 1799. The five storey building overlooking the main street of the old city was built to enable royal ladies to watch the everyday life of the city. One can go to the top of the Hawa Mahal to have a splendid view of the city.

Amber Fort, Jaipur» Amber Fort : Amber Fort is situated at a distance of 11 kms from Jaipur. The construction of this fort was initiated by Man Singh in 1592 and completed during the time of Sawai Jai Singh I. Notable structures inside the fort are Sheesh Mahal, Jai Mandir, Sukh Niwas, Ganesh Pole, Diwan-E-Khaas, Diwan-E-Aam, Shila Mata Temple and the Kali Temple.

» Nahargarh Fort : The fort is 6 kms north-west of the City Palace. Nahargarh Fort was built in 1734 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. The fort provides the excellent view of the city and Man Sagar Lake.

» Jaigarh Fort : Jaigarh Fort or the 'Victory Fort' is 15 kms away from Jaipur. Built in 1726 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, Jaigarh Fort is one of the well preserved fortress and military structures of medieval India.


Udaipur
The lake city of Udaipur is probably the most romantic city in the dry heart of Rajasthan. Udaipur has many palaces and forts which should not be missed.
» City Palace : The City Palace towers over the Pichola Lake. It is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan and was the winter palace of Maharanas. Mahrana Udai Singh started the construction of this palace in 1559 and later additions were made by the various Maharanas. One can enter to the palace through two gates - Badipol and the Tripolia gate. The City Palace houses several palaces like the Sheesh Mahal, Krishna Villa, Manak Mahal, Moti Mahal, Badi Mahal, Dilkush Mahal etc.

City Palace, Udaipur» Jagniwas Palace : Jagniwas Palace was the summer resort royal family and is situated in an island of lake Pichola. The palace was built in 1754 by Maharana Jagat Singh II and covers the whole island. Jagniwas Palace is now converted into a luxury hotel named as Lake Palace.


Bikaner
Bikaner is a desert town situated in the northern part of Rajasthan. Forts and Palaces of Bikaner speak of its royal grandeur.

» Junagarh Fort : Jungarh Fort is the principal attraction of Bikaner. Built between 1588 and 1593 by Raja Rai Singh, the fort has a 986 m long wall, 37 bastions and two gateways. Major attractions of the fort are Chandra Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Rang Mahal, Diwan-e-Khas, Hawa Mahal, Badal Mahal and Karn Mahal.

» Lalgarh Palace : The palace was built in 1902 by Maharaja Ganga Singh in memory of his father Mahara Lal Singh. Made of red sandstone the fort is known for its beautiful lattice work. The royal family still live in a part of this palace and one part is converted to a museum.

Jaisalmer
The Golden City of Jaisalmer is one of the most exotic and unusual town of Rajasthan. The merchants and local people build magnificent buildings all carved from golden yellow sand stone.

» Jaisalmer Fort : Jaisalmer Fort was built by Raja Jaisal in the year 1156. The fort is perched atop the 76 m Trikut Hill. About a quarter of the old city's population resides within the fort walls. The fort has 99 bastions, exquisitely carved balconies and cupolas. Amongst the places of interest are the Juna Mahal, Rang Magal, Sarbottam Bilas, Moti Mahal and Gaja Vilas. Jaisalmer Fort provides a fine view of the old city.


Jaisalmer Fort Chittorgarh
Chittorgarh is an ancient town of Rajasthan. The town is known for its hilltop fortress, which reverberates with history of heroism and sacrifice of Rajputs.

» Chittorgarh Fort : The fort is the main landmark of the Chittorgarh town. Chittorgarh Fort sums up the whole romantic, doomed ideal of Rajput chivalry. It is believed that the Fort was originally built by Bhim, one of the Pandava brothers of Mahabharata. Today the fort is a virtually deserted ruin but reminders of its heyday still stand. Suraj Pol is the main entry to fort which is located on the eastern side. Inside the fort is a circular road and a deer park at the southern end.

» Rana Kumbha Palace : Rana Kumbha Palace was built in the 8th century during the reign of Bappaditya. It was renovated by Rana Kumbha in 1433 but now it is on the verge of ruins. Rana Kumbha Palace is a unique specimen of Rajput architecture and it contains the stable of elephant and horse and Shiva Temple.
» Fateh Prakash Palace : The Palace is situated just beyond the Rana Kumbha Palace. Fateh Prakash Palce houses an interesting museum and several statues.

» Padmini Palace : Padmini Palace is another important palace of Chittorgarh. Padmini was the queen of Rana Bhim Singh and she was famous for her beauty.

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