Rajasthan Tours In India
- In spite of the presence of a huge desert, it would be
like undermining the beauty and charm of the place if Rajasthan is merely
called a land of desert. Infact, it is a golden desert, a land of
superlatives wherein everything is simply beautiful and fascinating.
Rajasthan is packed with a history that dates back to many thousand years.
And the best examples of Rajasthan's great historical past are the
magnificent forts and palaces dotting the landscape of the state. Some of
them are legacies of the brave Rajputs while others tell of the luxurious
lifestyle of rulers of princely states.
Rajasthan Tour to Forts and Palaces
The Forts of Rajasthan
Mehrangarh Fort :
The Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur is one of the most
formidable structures seen in the whole of Rajasthan. This is a 5 km long
fort standing on a 125 metre high elevated land. Within the fort complex are
some beautiful palaces with intricately carved panels, latticed windows and
evocative names. The fort has been built in such a way that it is virtually
invincible from outside.
The Junagarh Fort of Bikaner was built by Rai Singh during the
period 1588-1593. This is a huge fort with a 986 metre long wall having 37
bastions, a moat and two entrances. Unlike the other forts of Rajasthan that
have been built on high grounds, this fort has been built in the plains. The
major attractions within the fort complex are Anup Mahal, Diwan-e-Khas, Hawa
Mahal, Badal Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Phool Mahal, Rang Mahal, Dungar Mahal and
Jaigarh Fort :
Built by Sawai Jai Singh in the year 1726, Jaigarh
Fort of Jaipur is a fantastic example of military structure of medieval
India. The chief attraction of this fort is 'Jai Ban', the largest cannon in
Asia. There is also a museum within the fort displaying a wide collection of
weapons and cannons used by the Rajput rulers.
Nahargarh Fort :
On the outskirts of Jaipur city, Nahargarh Fort
stands on the rugged Aravali Hills. Nahargarh literally means abode of the
tigers and was built by Jai Singh II in 1734. From the very top of the fort,
a wonderful view of Mansagar lake and the Jal Mahal Palace are available.
Amber Fort :
The Amber Fort of Jaipur was built by Raja Man Singh in
1600 AD. But the construction could not be completed and was continued by
Raja Jai Singh. Finally, it was completed in its present form by Sawai Jai
Singh in the eighteenth century. The best part of the fort is the fusion of
Hindu and Muslim styles in its architecture. The fort has been built using
red sandstone and white marble.
Jaisalmer Fort :
The Jaisalmer Fort is a massive structure that
stands about 100 metres away from the city. The fort houses a citadel within
its massive ramparts. Several entrances called Pols guard the Megh Durbar
and Jawahar Mahal of the fort. They include Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol, Bhoota
Pol and the Hava Pol. The main market place called the Manek Chowk is
situated just outside the fort complex. The fort of Jaisalmer is also
popularly known as Golden Fort.