A land of forts and palaces; the twin symbol of power and hospitality, Rajasthan state is a traditional desert kingdom replete with sand dunes, rugged forts, folklore in colorful attire, bustling cities, wooded hills and camels.
Till date it has retained the medieval grandeur wonderfully and they bear ample testimony to the finest creations of Rajput civilization. A visit to these majestic architectural wonders allows you to travel back in time to the bygone era of Kings and Queens and to experience the royal luxury and charm of those times.
Famous Forts and Palaces
Built within the palace by Raja Man Singh in 16th century, Amber Fort is known for its Indian artistic style blending Hindu and Rajput elements. The intricate carvings on walls and ceilings are astonishing. The fort boasts of spectacular structures opulent in their designs such as Ganesh pole, Jai Mandir, Sheesh Mahal and Sukh Niwas. It is the most precious gem of Jaipur.
Bikaner/ Junagarh Fort
Built by Raja Rai Singh in 1593, the Junagarh Fort is a confluence of Rajput, Mughal and Gujarati architectural designs. It is first of its kind, which is not built on a hilltop. The fort is a result of building activities of 16 successive generations of Bikaner rulers. It contains antique artworks of symbolic hands of sati, 7 historical gates, 9 temples, 4 deep wells, 3 beautiful gardens and an old jail.
Constructed by the Mauryans around 7th century AD, it is one of the largest forts in India. The fort has a colossal structure secured by 7 strong gateways and has witnessed 3 battles. The origins of this fort can be traced to the Pandavas of Mahabharata; legend says that Bhima gave a hard hit in the ground resulting in a large reservoir called Bhimlat Kund. The fort contains Vijay Stambh or tower of victory which is the most impressive structure.
Built by Maharaja Sawai jai Singh in the 18th century, City Palace is the seat of the royals and the government. The architectural design is the fusion of Rajput, Mughal and European style but built according to Vaastushastra treatise. It follows the grid system and houses Mubarak Mahal, Chandra Mahal and Diwan-i-khas. The complex contains an excellent museum, which has an extensive collection of art, carpets, old weapons, large vessels and enamelware.
Built by Maharaja Sawai Singh in the 17th century, the palace of the winds as it is famously known is the most sensual structure in Jaipur. A blend of Rajput and Islamic Mughal architecture carved in red and pink sandstone, the Mahal is built in the form of crown of Hindu god Krishna. The most fascinating is the pyramid structure and 953 windows decorated with intricate design built in the view of Purdah system.
Umaid Bhavan Palace
Constructed in the 19th century by Maharaja Umaid Singh, it is India's last great palace in Jodhpur. It is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic style and uses a special kind of sandstone called Chittor sandstone giving it a royal appearance. With 347 rooms, it has world's largest private residence and is now segmented into royal residence, heritage hotel and a museum.