Majestic Forts of Rajasthan That Will Take You Back In Time

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Beautiful Forts in Rajasthan

The six majestic forts of Rajasthan lies on the rocky terrains of the majestic Aravalli range. Namely, Chittorgarh, Kumbalgarh Fort, Ranthambore Fort, Amer Fort, Gagron Fort, Jaisalmer Fort; these a (Read More)re clustered together as the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Here is the list of 27 Majestic Forts of Rajasthan That Will Take You Back In Time

1. Chittorgarh Fort, Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh Fort, Chittorgarh
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One of the largest forts in India, Chittorgarh Fort is a world heritage site. It is one of the most historically important forts in entire north India. The imposing structure of the fort has many gateways and there is a long road of 1 km that leads to the fort. The two major attractions of the fort are the towers Vijay Stambh and Kirti Stambh. 
Timings : 9:45 AM - 5:45 PM
Entry Fee : Indians: INR 15, Foreigners: INR 200, SAARC and BIMSTEC: INR 30

2. Amer Fort, Jaipur

Amer Fort, Jaipur
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Cradled on the top of a hill near Jaipur lies the Amer Fort, one of the most magnificent palaces in India. Also commonly known as the Amber Fort, this majestic building with its maze-like passages and serpentine staircases is an architectural masterpiece. Only 11 kilometres away from Jaipur, Amer Fort is clad in pink and yellow sandstone and is a part of an extensive complex.
Timings : 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Light Show timings: English: 7:30 PM, Hindi: 8:00 PM
Entry Fee: Indian National: INR 25, Students: INR 10, Foreign Nationals: INR 200, Elephant Ride for two at Amer Palace: INR 900

3. Kumbhalgarh Fort, Kumbhalgarh

Kumbhalgarh Fort, Kumbhalgarh
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Kumbhalgarh Fort is one of the five hill forts of Rajasthan that were declared the UNESCO world heritage site in 2013. Situated in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan, around 82 kilometres from Udaipur, it has the second-largest wall (38km) after the great wall of China. The magnificent fort is situated in the middle of a forest which has been turned into a wildlife sanctuary. 
Timings : 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Entry Fee : Indians: INR 10,  Foreign Tourists: INR 100, Light and Sound Show: INR 100

4. Ranthambhore Fort, Ranthambore

Ranthambhore Fort, Ranthambore
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Ranthambhore Fort is a magnificent fort erected by a ruler belonging to the Chauhan Royal family located in Ranthambhore. The splendid fort stands strong amidst dense forests that form the Ranthambhore National Park. The view of the fort from the national park and the view of the dense forest from the top of the fort are both worth seeing. 
Timings : 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. Adults: INR 15, Children: INR 10

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5. Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer
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Jaisalmer Fort, nestled on the golden sands of Thar Desert, is not just a fort but a mini-town with houses, temples, shops, and restaurants. More than three thousand people live within the fort walls with multiple entrance gates on the path up top, the last of which directs you to the popular public square named Dashera Chowk. Owing to its altitude, it offers a stunning and panoramic view of Jaisalmer city draped in golden yellow!
Timings : 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Entry Fees: Indian: INR 30, Foreigner: INR 70, Still Camera: INR 50, Video Camera: INR 150

6. Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
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Mehrangarh, also known as Mehran Fort, is one of the largest forts in the country. It is situated at the top of a 410 feet elevated hill and guarded by massive walls. One of the most easily recognisable forts in Jodhpur, it has appeared in many Hollywood and Bollywood productions such as The Lion King, The Dark Knight Rises, and the more recent - Thugs of Hindostan. The entrance of the fort, atop a hill, is majestic and has seven gates. The fort also has opulent palaces such as the Sheesh Mahal (Glass Palace) and Phool Mahal (Rose Palace).
Timings: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Entry Fee: Indians (Includes the Audio): INR 600, Foreigners: INR 700

7. Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur

Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur
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Nahargarh Fort, situated on the outskirts of Jaipur, is known for breathtaking views of the city and for its extended wall that connects it to Jaigarh Fort. Embellished with delicate carvings and stonework, the Nahargarh Fort in Rajasthan is an impregnable structure. The Padao Restaurant is also a must-visit if you're near Nahargarh Fort from where you're sure to enjoy a panoramic view of the city of Jaipur.
Timings : 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Entry Fee: Indians: INR 20, Indian students: INR 5, Foreigners: INR 50, Foreign students: INR 25

8. Taragarh Fort, Bundi

Taragarh Fort, Bundi
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Constructed in 1354, the Taragarh Fort is one of the most impressive structures in Bundi. Popularly known as the 'Star Fort', the attraction is located on a steep hill and offers a panoramic view of the entire city. The fort was described by the famous author Rudyard Kipling as "more the work of Goblins than of men". Sadly, time took its toll on this magnificent structure, and most of the majestic and fascinating architecture of the fort is now in ruins.
Timings: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Photography : Allowed

9. Gagron Fort, Jhalawar

Gagron Fort, Jhalawar

Situated in the Jhalawar district, Gagron Fort is a masterpiece of Rajput architecture and a striking example of a hill and water fort in Rajasthan. The fort is built on top of a hillock and offers a mesmerising 360-degree view of the landscape below. Besides a museum outside the fort gates, there is also a mausoleum of Sufi Saint Mitthe Shah.
Timings: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Entry Fee: INR 150

10. Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

Junagarh Fort, Bikaner
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The Junagarh Fort of Bikaner is a magnificent structure around which the city of Bikaner grew up. The fort was initially called Chintamani and later renamed the Junagarh or Old fort in the 20th century. The foundations of the Junagarh fort was built in 1478 by Rao Bika. However, it existed just as a stone fort then. The present grand structure was inaugurated on 17th February 1589.
Timings: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Entry Fee: Indians: INR 50, Foreigner: INR 300, Audio Tour: INR 350, Phool Mahal and Chander Mahal: INR 100
Photography: Allowed

11. Bhangarh Fort, Alwar

Bhangarh Fort, Alwar
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Famous for the historical ruins and ghost stories, Bhangarh has been regarded as the most haunted place in the country. It is located on the way between Jaipur and Delhi. The Bhangarh Fort is a 17th Century fort in the Alwar district of Rajasthan. As soon as you enter through the main gate of the ruined Rajasthan Fort, also known as Bhoot Bangla, it gives a chill down your spine. Within the fort, there are temples, palaces, and Havelis.
Timings: 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Entry Fee: Indian: INR 25, Foreigners: INR 200, Video camera: INR 200

12. Neemrana Fort Palace, Neemrana

Neemrana Fort Palace, Neemrana
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The 15th-century palace, Neemrana Fort is the epitome of immense beauty. It finds itself in the Aravalli ranges, the oldest fold mountains in the world. Now turned into a luxury resort, the palace was once under the reign of Rajput Maharaja Prithvi Raj Chauhan III. Located in an ideal location of Delhi-Jaipur highway it attracts travellers from both places. This magnificent fort of Rajasthan has earned an excellent reputation for its Rajasthani and French cuisines.
Neemrana Fort Timings: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, (2:30 PM Last Entry)
Neemrana Fort Tickets: Weekdays - INR 500 per person (12 years and above), Weekends- INR 750 per person ( 12 years and above)

13. Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur

Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur
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Jaigarh Fort is a grand structure perched on the top of the 'Cheel ka Teela' hills in the Pink City of Jaipur. This magnificent edifice was commissioned by Sawai Jai Singh II in 1726 to protect Amer Fort. This magnificent fort is connected to Amer Fort through subterranean passages and is famously known as the 'Fort of Victory' as it was never conquered. The fort currently houses the world's largest cannon on wheels - 'Jaivana' and offers a magnificent view of Jaipur city.
Timings: 9:30 AM - 4:45 PM
Entry Fee: Indians: INR 35, Foreigners: INR 85

14. Lohagarh Fort, Bharatpur

Lohagarh Fort, Bharatpur
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Located at Bharatpur in Rajasthan, the Lohagarh Fort indeed stands true to its name and has survived solidly and battled the attacks of military forces as well as the ravages of time for centuries. The fort was constructed by the Bharatpur Jat rulers. The monument is an architectural marvel that has especially captured the interests of architecture students and historians.
Timings: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Entry Fee: No entry fee

15. Bala Quila Fort, Alwar

Bala Quila Fort, Alwar
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Bala Quila Fort or the Alwar Fort is situated in the Aravalli Ranges, above the town of Alwar. Built in the 15th century by Hasan Khan Mewati, it has been under the rule of the Marathas, Yadavas, and the Kachwaha Rajputs. 'Bala Quila' means Young Fort. Laxman Pole is the only metalled road that connects the Fort to the Alwar city. The silver pages of history speak that Pratap Singh, the founder of Alwar state, entered the Fort through this metalled way only.
Timings: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Entry Fee: Free

16. Castle Mandawa, Mandawa

Castle Mandawa, Mandawa
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Castle Mandawa is a beautiful palace turned hotel- standing tall and proud as a testimony to the charming and colourful city of Mandawa. It was originally a palace and a fortress which has now been converted into a luxurious heritage hotel.

17. Devgarh, Sikar

Devgarh, Sikar
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Devgarh is a place situated around 10 km away from Sikar on Harshnath road. The place is known to be popular as one of the strategic forts of Rajasthan that Rao Raja Devi Singh of Sikar had built in 1787. It's a worth visiting place. The place is exotic and vibrant in its own way and that's why it has started becoming one of the most favourite destinations among the visitors.

18. Khejarla Fort, Jodhpur

Khejarla Fort, Jodhpur
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Khejarla Fort in Jodhpur is an ancient monument that has since been converted into a heritage hotel. The Khejarla Fort Hotel is the place to be for a close look at the rich Indian heritage, without giving up on the convenience offered by modern-day hotels.

19. Khimsar Fort, Khimsar

Khimsar Fort, Khimsar
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Found in the 16th century and owned by the Karamsot dynasty, the Khimsar fort was constructed by Rao Karamsiji, who was the eighth son of Rao Jodhaji and the founder of Jodhpur. Its location can be traced as halfway between Jodhpur and Nagaur, on the eastern edge of the Thar Desert. Because of the striking beauty of the Khimsar Fort, it has now been converted into a heritage hotel, and a part of it is occupied by the descendants of the royal family. 
Entry Fee: No entry fee

20. Kesroli, Alwar

Kesroli, Alwar
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The Hill Fort Kesroli is one of the rare heritage hotels in Alwar that has been in existence since the 14th century. A wonderful destination to enjoy the barrier sunsets, showing daily since 700 years and discovering the Neemrana heritage hotels in Alwar is this resort. Hill Fort-Kesroli is a great holiday choice for those looking for a relaxing weekend getaway from Delhi.

21. Deeg Fort, Deeg

Deeg Fort, Deeg
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With Roop Sagar flowing on one side and this huge, magnificent fort on the elevated coast, Deeg fort is the favourite of tourists. Built in 1772, this fort was constructed strategically here due to its proximity to Agra.

22. Danta Ramgarh, Sikar

Danta Ramgarh, Sikar
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This fort in Rajasthan is 51 km away from Sikar on the Sikar- Jaipur road. This fort was built in 1733 by Guman Singh Ladkhani, the view from the fort is absolutely stunning. Other forts in the township can also be visited with prior permission from the village head.

23. Jhalawar Fort, Jhalawar

Jhalawar Fort, Jhalawar
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A beautiful piece of Rajputana architecture, it is the epicentre of the city. Built in the middle of the 19th century, the Jhalawar Fort is the pride of the city of Jhalawar built by Maharajrana Madan Singh. It is one of the forts of Rajasthan that is as beautiful inside as it is outside with many exclusive paintings adorning its giant walls.

24. Kishangarh Fort, Ajmer

Kishangarh Fort, Ajmer
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Called as the marble city of India, Kishangarh city is a tourist spot in itself as the city is famous for its art and culture, Bani Thani style of painting and the Kishangarh fort in Rajasthan. It is the only place in the world with a temple of nine planets. Khoda Ganesh Ji temple, Kishangarh fort, Phool Mahal Palace, and Gondulav Lake are some of the major attractions of the city.

25. Roopangarh Fort, Ajmer

Roopangarh Fort, Ajmer
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A palace and former fortress in the town of Roopangarh, Roopangarh fort has imperial monument with grand exterior and vivacious interiors. The nineteen large rooms of this beautifully renovated and restored fort of Rajasthan have been exquisitely decorated to create the royal ambience for the visitors. You may just go and explore the beauty of this war-fort while the fort is open for you to enjoy a royal stay at the heritage turned hotel in the land of kings.

26. Jai Pol, Alwar

Jai Pol, Alwar
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This massive fortress also shows some exquisite doorways that were used as the entry points to this amazing citadel. Out of the innumerable pols, Jai Pol is said to be the most beautiful and fascinating with the majestic entry point deftly carved with lovely sculptures. As the name indicates, this door is the monument of victory of the then rulers.

27. Badalgarh Fort, Shekhawati

Badalgarh Fort, Shekhawati
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Badalgarh Fort in Rajasthan is situated in the Jhunjhunu district of the Shekhawati region was constructed under the regime of a Muslim ruler, Nawab Fazal Khan in the early 16th century. It is situated atop a hill and has lush green surroundings and plenty of echo points to offer. It is also significant of the legendary battles that have been fought here. It was taken over by a Rajput leader Shardul Singhji in the 1730s.

So, next time you visit this state, don't miss out these marvellous forts of Rajasthan which are also UNESCO World Heritage Sites!

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