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Rajasthan is one of the most popular tourist destination of India. Travellers from all over the world come here and satisfy themselves by witnessing the beautiful palaces and forts, beauty of the forests, and the breathtaking scenery all around. Forts are present all around Rajasthan. Here, we are trying to shortlist the names of 10 most popular forts of Rajasthan and give you some information regarding them.
1. Amber Fort
Amber Fort or Amer Fort is situated in Amer, on the top of a hill. Its main attraction is Jaipur city. The fort was constructed with red sandstone and marbles. Amer fort is popularly known as the Amer palace. This palace was the residence of the Rajput Maharajahs. The fort was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with five other forts in Rajasthan.
- Address – Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan-302001
- Ph – 0 141 253 0293
- Opening houre – 8am-5.30pm
2. Mehrangarh Fort
Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest fort in India. It is situated in Jodhpur. The museum of the palace exhibits arms, paintings, costumes, and the rooms of the Rathores. The museum also has an enviable selection of palanquins, used by the the mighty Rathore’s.
- Address – P.B No 165, The Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan-342006
- Ph – 0291 254 8790
- Opening hour – 9am-5pm (daily)
3. Jaisalmer Fort
This fort is situated at the heart of the city of Jaisalmer. The walls of the fort is made of yellow stones. The color of the fort changes its shades in different times of the day. It has a tawny lion color during the daytime, and a honey-gold during the sunset hours. For this reason, the fort is widely known as “Sonar Quila” or “Golden Fort”. It was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013.
- Address – Fort Road, Amar Sagar pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan- 345 001
- Ph – 099502 51462
- opening hour – 9.58am-2.25pm
4. Chittorgarh Fort
The Chittorgarh city is situated in the banks of river Gambhiri and Berach. This fort is the largest fort of India as well as Asia and was under siege thrice and every time the inhabitants fought bravely and sacrificed their lives including women and children. ‘Jauhar'(self-immolation) was committed by women and children led by Rani Padmini in the war against Alla-ud-din Khilji. The fort is now declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Address – Chittorgarh, Rajasthan-312001
- Ph – 094137 91906
- opening hour – 9.45am-5.15pm
5. Kumbhalgarh Fort
Kumbhalgarh Fort is Mewar’s defensive wall situated at the western range of Aravalli. It is also the birth place of Rana Pratap, one of the great warriors of Mewar. The wall of the fort is the second largest wall in the world after the “Great Wall of China.” The residential buildings and temples are well maintained inside the fort walls.
- Address – Mewar, Rajasthan
- Ph – 0294 241 1535
- Opening hour – 9am-5pm(daily)
6. Ranthambore Fort
Ranthambore fort is situated at the center of the Ranthambore national park. The wall of the fort is 7 kilometers long. There are many ruins of the buildings inside the fort. A number of temples are also present inside the fort like the famous Ganesh temple. Magnificent view of the Ranthambore National Park can be seen from the top of the fort.
Address – Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan
7. Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur
Situated at the edge of the Aravalli range, Nahargarh created a strong defense for Jaipur city along with Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort. It was built in 1734. The view of the city of Jaipur from the Nahargarh Fort charms the visitors. Another attraction of the Nahargarh Fort is the biological park which is inside the fort. Many Bollywood films were shot here.
- Addsess – Amer Road, Near Jal Mahal, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001
- Ph – 0 141 511 0598
- opening hour – 10am-5.30pm
8. Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur
Built by Jai Singh II in 1726, Jaigarh Fort is situated at the Aravalli range. The excellent view of Aravalli range and Amber fort down below can be seen from the Jaigarh fort. The museum inside the fort exhibits pictures of the royals of Rajasthan along with their swords, guns etc.
- Address – Above Amber Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan-302001
- Hours – 9am-5pm(daily, but now closed)
- Phone – 090247 35559
9. Junagarh Fort
Junagarh Fort is situated in Bikaner. The modern city of Bikaner has developed around the fort. Established by Rao Bika in 1472. The structure of the palace was made from red sandstone and marble. The fort has seven gates and many temples and palaces inside it. The museum inside the fort displays royal jewels, costumes, paintings, armours, etc.
- Address – junagarh Fort Road, Junagarh, Rajasthan-334001
- Houres – 10am-4.30pm daily
- phone – 0 151 220 2297
10. Gagron Fort
Gagron Fort is situated in the Jalawar district of Rajasthan. The fort was created in 1195 AD. The river water of Kali, Sindhu, and Ahu rivers surround the Gagron Fort from three sides. There is a darga of a Sufi saint outside the fort. A grand fair is conducted here every year.
- Address -Jalawar, Rajasthan
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