||Rajasthan Forts & Palaces
The Mehrangarh Fort ("Majestic
Fort") is located on the hilltop that rises sharply at the city
of Jodhpur. With its 68 ft wide and 117 ft high walls soaring 400 ft
above the city the fort dominates the surrounding plains and appears
very majestic and impregnable. The Mehrangarh Fort was founded by
Rao Jodha in 1459 when he shifted his capital from Mandore.
Jaisalmer Fort is a magnificient
monument in Jaisalmer. The Jaisalmer fort is the second oldest fort
in Rajasthan after Chittorgarh. Jaisalmer fort is also known as the
"Sonar Quila" or the Golden fort. This fort was built by
the Bhatti Rajput chieftain Rawal Jaisal in 1156 AD.
Chittaurgarh Fort is a living
testimony to the bravery of the great Rajput rulers who laid down
their life fighting a superior enemy instead of leading a life of
submission. The fort is located on a hill that dominates the modern
township of Chittor. It is a fine example of the Rajput style of
Junagarh Fort is one of the most
imposing forts of Northern India, has remained unconquered till
date. This fort was built in 15th century by one of the most able
and trusted generals of Akbar, Raja Rai Singh.
Built in 1799, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap
Singh, the Hawa Mahal Palace (Palace of the Wind , or Pink palace )
is one of the major landmarks of Jaipur (Rajasthan - India). The
structure is an interplay of red and pink sand stone, carefully and
painstakingly outlined with white borders and motifs.
The City Palace is located in Pink
City, Jaipur which is the capital of Rajasthan. The City Palace has
an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthan and Mughal architecture.
The vast palace complex occupies one seventh of the walled city of
Jaipur. The City Palace was originally built by Maharaja Jai Singh
II of the Kachhwaha clan of Rajputs. Later several additions were
made to the palace complex by many of his successors. The City
Palace is the core of the royal residences in Jaipur.
The majestic white City Palace
located in the heart of Udaipur, was originally built by Maharana
Udai Singh of the Sisodia Rajput clan and extended to its present
form by subsequent Maharanas. Built in granite and marble and
surrounded by crenellated fort walls, the largest palace complex in
Rajasthan stands on a crest overlooking the Pichola Lake.
Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
Ajit Bhawan was exclusively
built for Maharaja Ajit Singh, the younger brother of maharajah of
Jodhpur. It is an impressive red sandstone structure of 1940's with
arched windows, carved balconies and cupolas adding to its rugged
beauty. The most interesting feature in the building is the
courtyard-a quadrangle with exquisitely carved latticework. This
area comes to life during meal times when Rajasthani delicacies are
served by turbaned men and veiled women. Traditional folk music
makes the meals more enjoyable.
Also known as Jag Niwas, this stunning
lake palace afloat on Lake Pichola, was developed by Rana Jagat
Singh II in the 1730s as a pleasure palace because permission had
been denied to him by his father to develop the existing island
palace of Jag Mandir.
Built in the memory of maharaja Lal
Singh, Lalgarh Palace has a graceful facade of red sandstone, and is
one of Maharaja Ganga Singhs great achievements. The maharaja
ruled for a period of 56 years. The state especially prospered under
his rule. In the fort museum which is housed in the red sandstone
Ganga Niwas, built during the reign of Maharaja Sir Ganga Singh,
here can be seen a unique collection of miniature paintings,
manuscripts, weaponry and even a world war I bi-plane.
Vilas Palace, Bharatpur
Laxmi Vilas Palace was built
in 1887 for Raja Raghunath Singh, the younger brother of the then
ruler of Bharatpur, Maharaja Ram Singh. In 1994 our family home was
converted into a hotel. Here at Laxmi Vilas Palace you may relive
the history of Bharatpur, feel the warm hospitality extended to you
by our present generation living in the Palace. From our courtyard
to our newly refurbished rooms, true old style manner is preserved
The Mansingh Palace is located in the
city of Ajmer, which is known as an oasis of religious sancity.
Places of interest include the Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra, a pillared
mosque of red sandstone, the 12th century artificial lake, Ana
Sagar, the Jain Temple and several others. The hotel boasts 60
centrally air-conditioned rooms and suites that are well furnished
and equipped with modern amenities.
Narayan Niwas Palace, the only classified
heritage hotel in the heart of the golden city Jaisalmer, stands
tall as the Flagship of the hospitality industry. This
nineteenth century ancestral property was restored and converted
into a hotel in 1982. Its golden sandstone structures and
intricate carvings are a tribute to the talent of the master
craftsmen of the bygone era.
Built since 1464 AD, Neemrana Fort-Palace
is among India's oldest heritage resorts. Neemrana became the third
capital of the descendants of Prithviraj Chauhan III, who was killed
in battle by Mohammad Ghori in 1192 AD. This picturesque site was
chosen by Raja Rajdeo and Neemrana derived its name from a brave
local chieftain Nimola Meo, who when defeated by the Chauhans,
pleaded that his name be given to his lost kingdom.
Samode Palace was awarded for the best
Heritage hotel in the country, for 5 repeated years, the Palace has
been scrupulously restored offering a retreat into an incredibly
beautiful location where one can rejuvenate & enjoy India's
natural beauty and rich heritage. It is located in the center of
Aravali mountains. Samode Palace is one of India's best palaces &
romantic luxury hotels. It offers a quiet, neat and luxurious
atmosphere. Considered India's finest hotel for its consummate
standards of modern hospitality, accommodation, services, cuisine
and amenities, it is the flagship of the Samode Hotels.
Amber is located at a distance of 11
kilometers from Jaipur and was the old fort of the Kachhwaha clan of
Amber, which used to be the capital, till it was moved to Jaipur.
The walls and the ceiling of the Mahal are covered with a beautiful
array of mirrors, which reflect any streak of light, so as to
illuminate the entire room. Located 9 Kms north west of Jaipur, the
Amber Fort was once the Capital of the Minas.
- Taragarh Fort
Taragarh Fort in Kota was built in 1345 and was the center of a
kingdom in Rajasthan. Within the fort there are large reservoirs
where water was stored in case of a siege, when all the towns folk
took shelter within the walls of the fort. These reservoirs are
carved out of the rocky base of the fort.
- Umaid Bhawan
Umaid Bhawan Palace built by Maharaja
Umaid Singhji 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 and forty seven roomed
Umaid Bhawan Palace.