Rajasthan is the most colorful gem in the treasure of India. With the influence of the royal legacy during the Rajput and Mughal eras, Rajasthan houses a number of massive forts and palaces. The massive walls of the countless historical forts & palaces of Rajasthan, speaks the splendors of the powerful Maharajas and brave Maharanis. Some of these forts have been left abandoned over the years and turned into ruin, while others are maintained and are still standing upright. These forts have proudly preserved the heritage of Rajasthan within themselves. Apart from the heritage, they also shield the culture and history of royal Maharajas.
The unmatched beauty and greatness of these forts encouraged UNESCO to declare some of them as ‘World Heritage Sites’ in Rajasthan. Along with these historical sites, the moment you crave for local delicacies, you can easily hop to Rajasthani restaurants. This king’s land has a vast treasure hidden for all globetrotters deep in the folds of assorted cities.
Let us embark the Rajasthan heritage tour to witness the real beauty!
1. Gagron Fort
Situated in Jhalwar district, this fort is recognized as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The walls of this fort speak the dreadful stories of Jauhar performed by women to save their chastity. It has a remarkable construction! Surrounded by water on three sides and supporting the hill of Burj on the remaining. Another unique feature of Gagron fort is that, it houses three courtyards. If you are planning a Rajasthan Heritage tour, it should be on the top of your itinerary list.
2. Ranthambore Fort
Located within the Ranthambore National Park this fort is a part of ‘Hill Forts of Rajasthan’. It was built by Chauhans in 944 CE and held it till 13th century. Every wall of the fort, speaks the history of the fort. The fort gladly stood against the attacks of foreign invaders to protect Rajput Empire. Situated on the top of the hill, the view of National Park from fort is itself breathtaking. Surrounded by mountains and dense forest, sometimes the big cats have been spotted from there. The 3 Hindus temples of Ganesh, Shiva & Ramlalaji inside the fort are the dominant attractions for tourists on Rajasthan Tours. Along with the heritage site, you can enjoy the Ranthambore National Park Safari to cherish the wildlife of Rajasthan.
3. Jantar Mantar
Situated in Jaipur, this collection of architectural astronomical instruments was built by Sawai Jai Singh. Jantar Mantar is proud to hold the title of “an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period” in the World Heritage List. The huge structures are geometrical devices which are used for scientific purpose. Even till date, the astronomical structures are used for various astronomical purposes.
4. Mehngarh Fort
Established in the year 1459 by Rao Jodha, it is one of the most magnificent forts of Rajasthan. Located in the outskirts of Jodhpur city, the colossal fort magnetizes large number of domestic as well as international tourists. Visitors can enter the fort through 7 gates which were constructed by 7 different rulers in respect of victory over Bikaner & Jaipur armies. Chamundi Devi Temple and Nagnechiaji Mandir inside the fort is the major attraction for travelers. Apart from these temples, there are majestic palaces such as Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal etc. and museum showcasing collection of palanquins, royal costumes, paintings, musical instruments etc. within the fort.