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Rajasthan Forts & Palaces
Glorious is the land of Rajasthan. The warriors have glorified with their gallant acts. So powerful would have been the king so mighty would have been his rule. The forts and palaces of Rajasthan are treasured they are illustrious and impressive. The Mughals and Rajputs were the ones who patronized these beautiful monuments. Literally, every city in the spectacular desert state has a fort to flaunt. Such is the land of Rajasthan with such royal support. The forts and palaces make it more beautiful and a tourists’ paradise.
The beauty of a vivid culture is preserved in the state of Rajasthan by its people. Lively and vibrant are the people of Rajasthan. They have kept the glory of the state which is like a jewel in the crown to the country India. The sandy winds the scorching heat of the sun all the ruthlessness of nature borne by the forts and palaces. Seeing reigns of rulers over the centuries the royal ambience is still there. Things perish with time but some things become hued and more colorful and appear as a rainbow that enchants the soul.
The place is with heavenly beauty and to enhance this charm the timeless forts and palaces are there. Many of these forts have been converted into Heritage Hotels, where the guests shall enjoy the royal way of living.
FORTS, PALACES, HERITAGE PALACE HOTELS, MONUMENTS
|Major Forts :||Amber Fort, Junagarh Fort, Mehrangarh Fort, Hawa Mahal, Jaisalmer Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Kumbhalgarh Fort.|
|Famous Palaces :||City Palace Jaipur, Jal Mahal Jaipur, City Palace Udaipur, Lake Palace Udaipur, Lalgarh Palace - Bikaner, Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur.|
|Famous Heritage Palace Hotels :||Jai Mahal Palace - Jaipur, Lake Palace Udaipur, Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel Jodhpur, Lalgarh Palace Bikaner.|
|Major Attractions :||In Jaipur City Palace Museum, Amber Fort Sheesh Mahal, City Palace Udaipur Manak Mahal, Zenana Mahal, Ranthambhore Fort Oldest Banyan Tree, Old Post Office, Chittorgarh Fort Colossal Fort.|
|Must Visit :||Jaisalmer Fort, Amber Fort.|
|Tips :||Explore the Monuments only with Professional Guides to Know the Real Past. Must Carry Handicams and Binoculars.|
|Not to Miss :||Stay in Heritage Palace Hotel, Elephant Ride to Amber Fort, Boat Cruise at Lake Palace Udaipur.|
|Location :||Lake Palace Udaipur Amidst Pichola Lake, Lalgarh Palace - 3 kms from Bikaner Junction, Amber Fort 11 km near Maota Lake.|
The Lake Palace is located on the Jag Niwas IsLand & covers the whole of 1.5 hectare of the isLand in the middle of the Pichola Lake. Built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1743 it was meant as a royal summer palace & now converted in to a five star palace hotel.
City Palace towers over the Pichola Lake. Maharana Uday Singh initiated in the construction of the palace but succeeding Maharanas added several palaces & structures to the complex retained a surprising uniformity to the design. The entry to the Palace is from the Hati Pol, the Elephant gate. The Bari Pol or the Big gate brings you to the Tripolia, the Triple gate.
Located in the heart of the walled city, The City Palace Complex gives you an idea about the far sightedness of the founder of Jaipur Sawai Jai Singh. He left behind a legacy of some of the most imposing & magnificent architecture, art & craft structure in the city. Jai Singh built the outer walls but its many buildings were built later & some of them date in the twentieth century too.
Fateh Prakash Palace is yet another Wonder in the City Palace Compound in Udaipur. The original Palace converted Hotel is Classified as a grand Heritage Palace & has won national tourism award for best hotel in its category. Owned & managed by hospitality masters- HRH Group of Hotels, the imposing lakeside Fateh Prakash Palace recapitulates royal traditions & lifestyles in its antique furniture, original paintings & opulent interiors.
Known as SONAR QUILA or the Golden fort, rising from the sand , the mega structure merges with the golden hues of the desert ambience & the setting suns in its most colourful shades gives it a fairy tale look.
One of the most imposing forts of Northern India-- Junagarh Fort has remained unconquered till date. This fort was built in 15th century by one of the most able & trusted generals of Akbar, Raja Rai Singh.
Located 64 kms north of Udaipur in the wilderness, Kumbhalgarh is the second most important citadel after Chittorgarh in the Mewar region. Cradled in the Aravali Ranges the fort was built in the 15th century by Rana Kumbha. Because of its inaccessibility & hostile topography the fort had remained un-conquered.
This grand palace is an architectural masterwork in red sandstone, & was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh Ji in the memory of his father Maharaja Lal Singh Ji in 1902. Sir Swinton Jacob designed this oriental fantasy. This architecture is a fusion of Rajput, Mughal & European architecture. The exterior contrasts dramatically with the oriental interiors & amenities.
Lohagarh fort, or the Iron fort was built in the early 18th century & took its name from its supposedly impregnable defences, which are said to be inspired by a description given in the epic, Ramayana. Maharaja Suraj Mal, the fort's constructor & founder of Bharatpur, built two towers with in the ramparts, the Jawahar Burj & Fateh Burj, to commemorate his victories over the Mughals & the British.
Perched on a 150 m high hill its sprawl is the most formidable & magnificent fort in Rajasthan. Rao Jodha founded it in 1459 but subsequent rulers of Jodhpur have also added to it over the centuries. A meandering road leads to the from the city 5 kms below. Battle scars of canon ball hit by attacking armies of Jaipur can still be seen on the second gate.
Two architect brothers built it in the 19th century. Interestingly, while one concentrated on the right, the other concentrated on the left & the result is a symphony epitomising the side by side symmetry during construction. Paintings in miniature style monopolise the walls in the interior. Mighty tuskers carved out of yellow sandstone stand guard to the haveli.
This is one of the largest & most elaborate Haveli in Jaisalmer & stands in a narrow lane. It is five storeys high & is extensively carved. It is divided into six apartments, two owned by archaeological Survey of India, two by families who operate craft-shops & two private homes. There are remnants of paintings on some of the inside walls as well as some mirror work.
The Taragarh Fort, also known as the Star Fort was built in 1354. It towers over the town & the surrounding countryside. A steep road up the hill, leads to an enormous gateway, topped by magnificent rampant elephants. Inside lies huge reservoirs carved of solid rock & the Bhim Burj, the largest of the battlements, on which is mounted a famous cannon.
Maharaja Umaid Singhji who built this palace was fascinated with western lifestyles so he marshalled the services of a well-known Edwardian architect, Henry Vaughan Lanchester, a creditable equal of Edward Lutyens (architect of New Delhi) to construct a three hundred & forty seven roomed Umaid Palace.