Rajasthan Fort Tourism: 6 Amazing Forts In Rajasthan (2020)
Forts in Rajasthan
When it comes to exploring forts in India, there is truly one destination – Rajasthan! The forts in Rajasthan are immensely popular and people from different parts of the world come and visit these majestic structures. The architecture and magnificence of these Rajasthani forts are a visual treat to our eyes. As you explore these forts in Rajasthan, you will be able to soak in their rich history and fantasize about the era gone by.
Rajasthan boasts of more than 20 forts – each splendid and monumental on their own. Thus, one will never run short of options if they are in the mood to explore forts in Rajasthan. Even if you are not interested in the history of these forts, they are still worth visiting simply to watch their sheer existence for all these years.
In this post, we have listed down some of the best forts in Rajasthan that you must include in your Rajasthan itinerary. This will help you to narrow down your extensive list of forts in Rajasthan, thus, giving you ample time to explore the best ones.
Rajasthan Fort Tourism: 6 Amazing Forts In Rajasthan
1. Chittorgarh Fort
Declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2013, the Chittorgarh Fort is one of India’s largest forts in Rajasthan. Built on a hill having a height of more than 590 feet, this architectural beauty will leave you spellbound! Chittorgarh fort was previously the capital of Mewar and is a prime example of Rajput architecture. Visitors will have to climb a 1 km long steep road to reach this fort which is famous for its historical heroisms and sacrifices.
This fort has seven huge gateways and is also known as the Water Fort because you will find 22 water bodies within the fort. Earlier there were 84 water bodies. The two major tourist attractions at this fort are the Vijay Stambha and the Kirti Stambha which are illuminated in the evening.
There are also several palaces and temples inside the fort that are worth visiting. Visitors can also enjoy a sound and light show organized at the fort. The entry fee for the show is 50 INR for adults and 25 INR for children. The show starts from 7:00 PM.
Entry Fees: 15 INR for Indians and 200 INR for Foreigners
Timings: 9:45 AM to 5:45 PM.
2. Kumbalgarh Fort
The Kumbalgarh Fort is a majestic fort built during the 15th century by Maharana Kumbha, hence the name Kumbalgarh Fort. This fort in Rajasthan was also declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2013. This fort is also the birthplace of Maharana Pratap – one of the greatest rulers of Mewar. Kumbalgarh fort is situated at a distance of 82 km away from Udaipur and is one of the most famous forts in Rajasthan. One of the most important reasons why Kumbalgarh fort is visited by people near and far is because it is a site which features the second longest wall in the world (after the Great Wall of China). This wall stretches for 38 km and is truly a sight to behold!
The Kumbalgarh Fort of Rajasthan has been constructed at a height of 1914 m on the foothills of the Aravalli ranges. Surrounded by 13 of Aravalli range’s hill peaks, the route to this fort will take you through a forest which has been converted into a wildlife sanctuary. Once you enter the Kumbalgarh fort, you can spend your time exploring the Badal Mahal, Jain Temples, Kumbha Palace, Brahmanical, Baoris, Chhatris, etc.
Entry Fees: 10 INR for Indians and 100 INR for Foreigners
Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
3. Ranthambore Fort
The Ranthambore Fort is one of the most popular forts in Rajasthan. This highly visited fort has also been declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Situated within the Ranthambore National Park, which is the largest national park in Rajasthan, Ranthambore fort was built during the 10th century. Since this fort has been constructed on a higher plateau, the view from Ranthambore fort is simply spectacular!
Visitors to Ranthambore fort can also spend some time exploring the national park, taking a jungle safari, visit the Jain Temple and the Lord Sumatinath Temple, or hone their photography skills by capturing the beautiful views around the fort.
Entry Fees: 25 INR for Indians and 200 INR for Foreigners
Timings: 6:30 AM to 10:00 AM / 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM
4. Amer Fort
The Amer Fort which is also popularly known as Amber Fort is located 11 km from Jaipur in Rajasthan. This fort cum palace is one of the best places to experience the traditional Rajasthani folk culture. This fort also features in the list of World Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO. The Amer Fort is an architectural beauty in itself with winding staircases and maze-like passages. Built in 1592 by Maharaja Man Singh I, this fort was also once the primary residence of the Rajput rulers.
The Amer Fort was built using pink and yellow sandstone and its beauty is stunningly reflected in the Maotha Lake. Amer fort is quite extensive, and visitors can opt for audio guides to know more about the history of the fort as they explore it. The entire Amer fort of Rajasthan is fascinating with beautiful carvings. Visitors can also opt for an elephant ride to take them up the stairs towards the fort. During the evening hours, visitors can also enjoy a light show which starts from 7:00 PM.
Entry Fee: 100 INR for Indians (10 INR for Indian Students) and 500 INR for Foreigners (100 INR for Foreign Students)
Timings: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
5. Jaisalmer Fort
The Jaisalmer Fort in Rajasthan is one of India’s largest forts. It was built in 1156 and is named after the ruler Rao Jaisal. The walls of this magnificent fort serve as the residence for approximately three thousand people and a number of houses, hops, restaurants, and temples.
There are multiple entrance gates at the Jaisalmer fort and the fort itself stands at a height of 250 feet. It is also surrounded by tall walls having a height of 30 feet. The staggering height of the Jaisalmer fort offers some of the best panoramic views of Jaisalmer.
The Jaisalmer Fort is also popularly known as Sonar Qila (Golden Fort) because the fort looks as if it is merging with Jaisalmer’s golden landscape. This massive Jaisalmer fort will require at least 3-4 hours to be thoroughly explored. Like the other forts mentioned in this post, the Jaisalmer Fort has also been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Entry Fee: 50 INR for Indians and 250 INR for Foreigners (extra charges for cameras)
Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
6. Gagron Fort
The Gagron Fort is the last fort which falls under the list of forts declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. If you wish to witness a hill and water fort, then the Gagron Fort is the best fort in Rajasthan! Gagron fort has been built on a hill which is located in the middle of a river. The Gagron Fort is also a prime example of Rajput architecture and has a royal Rajasthani aura surrounding it.
Tourists can also visit a museum outside the fort and a mausoleum of Sufi Saint Mitthe Shah. A fair is held every year during Muharrram where people can come and pay their respects to the saint. The stunning architecture, well-made walls, and overall structure of the fort makes it immensely popular among the tourists.
Entry Fee: 50 INR
Timings: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Apart from these popular forts, there are a number of other forts in Rajasthan as well which are worth visiting. Some of them are:
- Mehrangarh Fort
- Nahargarh Fort
- Bhangarh Fort
- Junagarh Fort
- Neemrana Fort Palace
- Taragarh Fort
- Alwar Fort
There is truly no dearth of options when it comes to visiting forts in Rajasthan. So, make sure that you visit as many as possible while you are on your amazing vacation in Rajasthan.