The land of India has been embellished with some of the most majestic forts in the world. Reflecting a rich culture, history and a good taste in architecture, these massive forts take one back in the glorious time of Maharajas and Emperors, where each bastion, window, porch, courtyard and even the outer wall recount historic tales. Done up in such way with fine mosaic, frescoes, latticework, one cannot help but fall in love with these stunning pieces of architecture that India is so proud of. Here are some of the largest and most popular forts in India:-
5. City Palace, Jaipur
The City Palace of Jaipur was constructed in the 18th century by Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber, and till the 20th century, many structures were added into the palace by subsequent rulers of the city. The palace is a beautiful amalgamation of various styles of architecture, namely the Mughal, Rajputana and European styles. Jaipur is a city known for its strong and hospitable heritage and culture, and the City Palace, to this date, stands a testimony to that. The integrated pink walls and structures are a part of that heritage, which gives the city its label of the Pink City. On display is a magnificent collection of armoury and weapons through ages, and housed within the museum in the palace premises that make the place a delight to visit for tourists, history buffs and children as well.
4. Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
The Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur is considered to be one of the largest forts in India. The unique thing about the fort is that it is situated on an elevated platform of and very thick walls as boundaries, thus making the fort look very imposing. The fort has 7 distinct gates, one of which still has cannonball imprints so as to signify the wars of the past. Now, there is a museum inside the fort which documents the rich history of the ‘Rathores’ elaborately in the form of paintings, attires, arms, etc.
It’s also interesting to know that a small part of the movie – ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ was shot in this fort.
3. Gwalior Fort, Madhya Pradesh
The Gwalior Fort is one of the most majestic forts of central India, not only because of its strong, military-style architecture but also because of the aesthetically painted fortress wall, that sports a bright and royal blue colour in the carving. The fort brings together extremely diverse religious faiths, with altars dedicated to Buddhism and Jainism, while the architecture draws freely from the Mughal and Rajput style, and has been home to various dynasties, from the Suris, Mughals and Rana Jats to even the Marathas. The fort developed into a multipurpose fortress-cum-architectural marvel that continues to stand strong and attract history enthusiasts from around the country.
2. Amber Fort, Rajasthan
The Amber Fort, also called the Amer Fort, because it is situated in the city of Amer, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Jaipur. It has come to be one of the best promoted and still well-maintained forts in India. Elephant rides to the fort are available, as are well mannered and courteous guides. The Ganesh Pol entrance is one of the most aesthetically pleasing and intricately carved portions of the fort. Dated carvings of the Sheesh Mahal and the embossed door of the Sila Devi Palace are absolute delights to explore. The private quarters of the king and his family are entered through the Ganesh Pol and have a magnificent view of the Maota Lake. The Sheesh Mahal, or the Glass Palace, is a quarter with its ceiling embedded with concave glass pieces set in intricate carvings. There is a lot of rich cultural history to the Amer Fort that is pleasing to the eye and a real treat for people all ages as well.
1. Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
The Rambagh Palace is where the tradition of culture and royal hospitality is still maintained since the First Family of Jaipur stays here. It functions as a hotel under the Taj chain but is open for general visitation as well. The Palace was built initially as a quarter for the queen’s handmaiden, by the then King, Sawai Man Singh I, and turned into its glorious self by his grandson Sawai Man Singh II and in the 1930s, witnessed exuberance and royalty and its finest and highest. The Palace has a very affluent past and continues to be graced by dignitaries from around the world.