Known for its royal setting and vibrant history full of stories of bravery and valiance, Rajasthan is marked with a plethora of traveler destinations that still hold a blend of medieval glamour.
Rajasthan is popularly known for its impressive architectural structures, including palaces, forts, temples, and Havelis, constructed by the Rajputs and Jats.
Most of these enormous buildings mark back to the medieval era. Some have been turned into government buildings and luxurious hotels, and some have been retained as private homes of the royal families.
So, here is a list of top Palaces and Forts in Rajasthan that you must visit.
- Amber Fort and Palace
Located on the base of the Aravalli range, the Amber (Amer) Fort is famed for its exquisite craftsmanship set on a four-level layout. Today, the Amber Fort captures the eyes of millions of tourists worldwide.
It is among the most desirable places to tour in Jaipur. It is an excellent example of marble and red sandstone architecture comprising the Hall of Private Audience, the Hall of Public Audience, Sukh, Niwas, and Sheesh Mahal.
Another stunning display that you must not miss is when the fort is adorned in honey-gold in the evening. The significant tourist draw remains the sound and light show organized at Kesar Kyari inside Amber Fort each evening.
- Mehrangarh Fort
Situated in the Blue City of Jodhpur, Mehrangarh Fort is the draw of touristy pleasures! The fort comes with very great stories from the history books, including its film affiliations!
The beauty of Mehrangarh Fort makes it among the most famous forts in Rajasthan. There are delicate carvings and interiors which boast the majestic Rajasthani patterns.
Today, the fort possesses one of the most well-stocked museums in India.
- Nahargarh Fort
The long walls of the fort join the Jaigarh Fort. The fort persevered its actual construction throughout its history as it never observed any attacks BUT was a hideaway to the British troops through the Indian Rebellion of 1857.
Facing the pink city, the Nahargarh Fort sits on the edge of the Aravalli Hills. Today it is one of the favorite tourist hangouts from the Rajasthan tour packages, with the main draw being the scenic view of the Jaipur city and the stepwell.
Within the fort network, there is a museum that showcases a vast collection of paintings and armors. It also manages a small rooftop restaurant where you can enjoy yourself with your family or friends.
- Hawa Mahal
Found in the middle of the bustling city of Jaipur, the Hawa Mahal is one of the famous ancient monuments in India that share a strong cultural and architectural legacy with a coalition of an Indo-Islamic style of architecture.
It has an outstanding pink and red sandstone work renowned for its large screen wall with many windows for the royal household ladies who could see street festivities while being unnoticed from the outside.
The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds includes over a thousand windows adorned with complex latticework, rooms decorated with domed canopies, colorful marbles, fluted pillars with floral and lotus designs, and a courtyard with a museum.
- City Palace
With a blending of the great Rajasthani style of architecture, European architecture, and Mughal architecture, the City Palace stands beautifully in the center of the pink city of Jaipur.
It is one of the famous tourist sites from Rajasthan tour packages and holds a leading position in Rajasthan Tourism because of its elegant structural work and historical importance.
The Palace contains:
- Virendra Pol, Udai Pol, and Tripolia.
- Maharani Palace, the Mubarak Mahal, and Chandra Mahal.
- Pitam Niwas Chowk.
- Halls including Diwan-e-Khas and Diwan-e-Aam.
- The Bhaggi Khana, a museum.
- A temple dedicated to Lord Krishna.
- Jal Mahal
Found amid the Man Sagar Lake, the Jal Mahal is another beautiful example of an excellent Rajasthani and Islamic style of architecture.
It is a five-storied red sandstone building with some pretty chhatris, superbly decorated rooms, corridors, and wall paintings depicting Rajasthani art’s complex.
Tourists exploring the Jal Mahal can get a boat trip on Man Sagar Lake. The boats here are made in standard Rajasthani style.
- Jaisalmer Fort
Following the golden colors of the town, the Jaisalmer Fort or Sonar Quila is beautiful and among the most well-known forts in Rajasthan. Built-in 1156 AD by Raja Rawal Jaisal, it is also one of the largest forts of India.
As the fort is sat on a hill, it is viewable from all parts of the city. If you tour Jaisalmer and get an opportunity to step out in the evening, you will definitely be surprised by the golden lights that deck up the site!
- Ratangarh Fort
Found on the Agra-Bikaner Highway, the Ratangarh Fort was constructed in the 19th century by Ratan Singh and possesses impressive gateways, various monuments (usually in ruins today), and a clock tower, also known as Ghantaghar.
The Ratangarh Fort offers a pleasant halt on your trip to Bikaner city. Enclosing the fort, you can also tour some ancient villages to engage with the renowned Rajasthani culture.
- Deeg Palace
Made by the Jat kings as a deluxe vacation resort, the Deeg Palace is another stunning architectural draw reflecting the Mughal architecture style.
It is made with various royal slated rooms, ornate beams, stone slabs, carved gates and windows, and marble jalis. It is also home to a pavilion, Keshav Bhawan, which has a canal with numerous fountains.
It is one of the must-visit spots in Rajasthan after you travel to Bharatpur, including the Lohagarh Fort and Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.
- Chhattar Mahal or Palace of Towers
Located on a hillside, you can only access this magnificent architecture in Bundi through a sharp inclined paved road. The Palace includes two major gates – Hathi Pol possessing an old water clock and the Hazari Pol or Gate of the thousand.
It also contains a pavilion – the Naubat Khana, and a public conference hall – the Diwan-e-Aam. It is one of the significant heritage draws in Bundi.