Royal Rajasthan: Breathtaking Forts, Palaces & Architecture

The royal Rajasthan forts and palaces are high on the tourist trail. The luxury of the kings and queens, the princely state and the comforts of the royals have now open to the world. Lots of old forts and palaces are opened to the guest for their comfort stay as well as royal treatment and luxury. Some of the royal ones are listed here with a brief description of what makes them unique and worth visiting.

The Famous Forts Of Royal Rajasthan Include  

Kumbhalgarh Fort

  Rajsamand, near Udaipur
  UNESCO World Heritage Site

Badal Mahal at Kumbhalgarh Fort, one of the historic destinations of royal Rajasthan
Badal Mahal at Kumbhalgarh Fort

Built by Rana Kymbha, this fortress has only been conquered once in all of history — due to shortage of water. It was while fighting against the joint forces of Akbar, Raja Man Singh of Amber, Raja Udai Singh of Marwar, and the Sultan of Gujarat. Spanning a staggering length of 36km (over 20 miles), the wall of Kumbhalgarh Fort is the second largest continuous wall in the world! Only the Great Wall of China is longer. More #TravelFacts

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Amber Fort

  Jaipur
  UNESCO World Heritage Site

Elephant ride entrance to the Amber Fort in Jaipur, India, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most royal Rajasthan destinations
Elephant ride entrance to the Amber Fort in Jaipur

This ancient fortress is MASSIVE. It was constructed by Raja Man Singh I but the history of this city goes back far past this. Amber was ruled by Meena rulers prior to the Rajputs. The fort is known for its rich culture and art. The best parts of it are Sheesh Mahal, Diwan-e-Khas, Diwan-e-Aam, and Sukh Niwas.

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Chittorgarh Fort

  Chittorgarh, near Udaipur
  UNESCO World Heritage Site

Chittorgarh Fort, one of the historic destinations of royal Rajasthan
Chittorgarh Fort, one of the historic destinations of royal Rajasthan

Chittorgarh is the epitome of Chattri Rajput (an Indian Warrior caste) pride, romance and spirit, for people of Chittor always chose death before surrendering against anyone. Vijay Stambh and Rani Padmini’s sacrifice in the great and extended fort of Chittorh are the best part. Meera bai, a famous follower or lord Krishna also relates to the history of Chittorgarh.

Jaisalmer Fort

  Jaisalmer
  UNESCO World Heritage Site

Jaisalmer Fort, the oldest and most well-preserved of all the historic royal Rajasthan forts
Jaisalmer Fort, the oldest and most well-preserved of all the historic royal Rajasthan forts

  The massive yellow sandstone walls of Jaisalmer Fort are of yellow color during the day, fading to honey-gold as the sun sets. For this reason, it is also known as the “Golden Fort”

One of the largest forts in the world, Jaisalmer Fortress was built by the Bhati Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal, from where both the town and fort derives their names. The fort stands proudly amidst the golden stretches of the great Thar Desert, on a hill overlooking the city around it, and has been the scene of many battles.

Jaisalmer Fort is also where we started the Rickshaw Run from. That photo above? That photo was taken from my hotel window. And it was actually my buddy Vijay who arranged the hotel for us 😉 Derek Freal

More Famous Royal Rajasthan Palaces  

Raj Mahal Palace, also known as Jaisalmer Palace for an obvious reason, is another beautiful of ancient architecture that is now a museum. Jaisalmer may be located far from everything but do not skip it!

Raj Mahal Palace, also known as Jaisalmer Palace because of its location
Raj Mahal Palace

Jal Mahal, also known as the Water Palace, is one of the obligatory sights to visit in Jaipur, the Pink City of India
Jal Mahal (Water Palace) is also located in Jaipur is another popular destination. There is an open promenade (where this photo was taken from) where locals always gather and enjoy the view — as do the tourists! 😉

Hawa Mahal, also known as the Wind Palace, is one of the obligatory sights to visit in Jaipur, the Pink City of India
Hawa Mahal, the Wind Palace, located right in the heart of the Pink City — cannot miss it

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Other Natable Royal Rajasthan Palaces & Havelis  

  • Lake Palace of Udaipur (now a luxury hotel)
  • City Palace of Udaipur (now converted into a museum)
  • City Palace of Jaipur (now converted into a museum)
  • Umed Bhavan Palace in Jodhpur (now converted into a hotel)
  • Patwa ki Haveli in Jaisalmer — the Merchants Haveli (now converted into a small museum)

Rajasthan has achieved great importance that has withstood the test of time and now attracts more tourists than invading empires. Its rich and royal forts, palaces, and havelis make Rajasthan a “must visit” destination in India. Experience the royal treatment of past kings and queens, walk where they walked, and enjoy the same elegant destinations and views. It is truly a step back in time! (except with 4G) 😉

  // Milo & Silvia

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