Famous Forts & Palaces in Rajasthan

Famous Forts of Rajasthan

1. Amer Fort, Jaipur

Amer Fort

Location - Amer Fort is also known as Amber fort is a Fort situated in Amer, Rajasthan, India. Amer is a town with a location of 4 square kilometers, located 11 kilometers from Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Located upon a high hill, it is the tourist attraction destination in Jaipur.

How to Reach - Buses, auto-rickshaw, taxi and car are available from Jaipur. You can take public buses to Amer town from Ajmeri Gate and MI road. The fort is perched on a hill, so to reach there, you can either walk or take a elephant ride. Experience the thrill and joy of an elephant ride at the fort.

Visitor Information - It is famous for History, Photography, Seeking Experience. The Entry fess for Indian is Rs. 25 per person and Rs. 200 for foreign visitor. The visiting time is 10AM to 5PM. The visit duration is 2 to 3 hours. The best time to visit from November to March of this fort.

Main Attractions: - Temples such as Narshingh Temple, Jagat Shiromani, Panna Mian ki Baodi at the foothills Anokhi Museum of handprinting. Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Turban Museum, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort are the nearby attractions of the fort.

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2. Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur

Jaigarh Fort

Location - Jaigarh Fort is located on Cheel ka Teela hill amidst the Aravalli range and has various complexes within its premises including the palace complex, a museum, armoury, temples and so on. Jaigarh Fort is really a marvel of engineering and was built in 1726 by Jai Singh II and hence the name.

How to reach - You can take buses, private or government from Jaipur city to reach Jaigarh Fort. You can also reach via cabs or taxis from Jaipur.

Visitor Information - It is Famous for History, Photography, Architecture, Rajputs. The Entry fees Rs. 35 per person for Indians and Rs. 85 per person foreigners. The visiting time is 9.30 AM to 5 PM. The best time to visit Jaigarh Fort is during the winter months from early November to February. During monsoon season.

Main Attractions - Amer Fort is the main attraction near of Jaigarh Fort. You can also explore the Aravalli Hills. Vijay Garh is another nearby attraction.

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3. Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur

Nahargarh Fort

Location - Nahargarh Fort is situated Aravalli mountain ranges in Jaipur. It was earlier known as Sudarshangarh and was built in 1734 by Maharaj Sawai Jai Singh II, primarily as a strong defence for Jaipur City.

How to Reach - It is easily accessible by road or rail. There are three railway junctions nearby Jaipur, Gandhinagar and Durgapur. The city railway station and bus stand is 17km away. From the capital city, you can hire a bus, a taxi or an auto rickshaw to reach the fort.

Visitor Information - It is famous for History, scenic views and medieval architecture. The entry fees of per person for Indian is Rs. 50 and per person for foreign is Rs.200 and for per Indian student is Rs. 5 and per foreign student is Rs. 25. The visiting time is 10 AM to 5:30 PM. The visit duration is 2 to 3 hours.

Main attractions - Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory is famous location of Jaipur. It is 2.7 km away from this fort. The other attractions located nearby are Jaigarh Fort, Amer Fort, City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Jai Mahal.

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4. Ranthambore Fort, Sawai Madhopur

Location - This fort is located on the top of a rocky outcrop. It is in the midst of the forest. This fort is not only popular for its historical significance. Ranthambore Fort in Sawai Madhopur is the most popular forts in Rajasthan. It was built by the Chauhan warriors. Recently it has been inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site under the category “Hill Forts of Rajasthan.”

How to Reach Ranthambore

Air - Sanganer Airport is the nearest airport and is located at Jaipur. The distance from Jaipur to Ranthambore is 180 km. Tourists from Sanganer Airport can hire taxi or bus to reach the place comfortably.

Rail - Sawai Madhopur is the nearest railway station located at a distance of 10 km. The Sawai Madhopur railway station is connected from all major cities. From railway station the tourists can take local bus, taxi or cab to reach the RNP smoothly.

Road - Ranthambore is connected from all major cities and towns, so that the people can easily take bus from the nearby residents to reach the place comfortably. Apart from the state bus service, tourists also have a choice to take the buses of local, luxury and private operators. All these buses help tourists to visit the place comfortably.

Visitor Information - The entry fees for per adult is Rs. 15 and for per children is Rs. 10. The visit timing is 6 AM to 6 PM. The best time to visit is between from October to February.

Main Attractions - Pols, Ganesh Mandir , Hammir Court, Badal Mahal, Gupt Ganga, Bhamattis Kba Chattri are the main attractions of this fort.

5. Chittaurgarh Fort

Jaisalmer Fort

Location - Chittaurgarh (Chittorgarh) is among the most historic fort city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It’s area is 28 sq km. It is located On the banks of Berach and Gambhiri rivers, in the southern Rajasthan. Chittorgarh Fort located is Chittor Fort Road, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan.

How to reach - Chittorgarh is 300 km from Jaipur, 200 km from Udaipur, and 312 km from Jodhpur.

By Air The Chittaurgarh Fort is located at a distance of 90 km from Maharana Pratap Airport, also known as the Dabok Airport. At the airport; there are taxis and cabs available to move in and around the city.

By Rail - Chittaurgarh Railway Station is well-connected with major cities. Local transportation is also available to carry visitors from railway station.

By Road - You can also reach Chittaurgarh via road. There is proper road connectivity available. Private taxis and cabs are also available for hire.

Visitor Information - It is famous for Daal Baati Choorma, Pyaz ki Kachori, Baajre ki Khichdi, Mirchi Vada, Lahsun ki Chutney, Besan ke Gatte ki Sabzi, and more. The best time is to visit is from Octorber to March. The entry fees for children is Rs. 25 and for adult is Rs. 50. The Chittorgarh Fort timings are 9 am to 6 pm

Main Attractions - Chittarurgarh Fort, Fateh Parkash Palace, Jain Temple, Kalika Mata Temple, Tulja Bhavani Temple are the main attractions of this fort.

6. Kumbhalgarh Fort

Jaisalmer Fort

Location - Kumbhalgarh is a famous 15th century fort at a distance of 84 km from Udaipur in the northwestern Indian state of Rajasthan. The fort city is well connected to the other parts of Rajasthan by road.

How to reach

By Air - Udaipur Airport is the nearest domestic airport. You can take flights to other important tourist destinations of the region like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Aurangabad, Mumbai, and Delhi. The nearest international airport is in Delhi.

By Rail - Udaipur is the nearest railway station from Kumbhalgarh. There are trains for Delhi, Chittaur, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Ajmer, and Jodhpur from Udaipur.

Visitor Information - The entry ticket of for an Indian national is INR 10 only and for Foreign Nationals it is INR 100 only. The Fort open from 8.00 AM to 6.00 PM daily throughout the year. The best time to visit from September to March.

Main Attractions - The wall of the fort stretches some 36 km and is situated at a height of 1,914 m, making it quite inaccessible in the medieval times. The Badal Mahal has beautiful apartments painted with superb pastel-colored murals. Haldi ghati is the scene of the famous battle of 1576 fought between Rana Pratap, The 586 sq km Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is also a place worth a visit.

7. Jaismaler Fort

Jaisalmer Fort

Location - Jaisalmer fort is the second largest fort in Rajasthan, located on Trikuta Hill. This fort was built by Rajput Ruler Rao Jaisal in the year 1156. This Fort was known as Golden Fort or Sonar Quila.

How to reach - It is best to hire a rickshaw. You can go walking from the main Jaisalmer city.

Visitor Information - It is famous for History, Architecture, Photography. Timings to visit the fort is 9 am to 5 pm. The time of duration is 2 to 2.5 hours. The entry fees for Indian Rs.30 and for foreign Rs.70. The best time to visit from October to March for this fort.

Main attractions - Jaismaler Fort, Bada Bagh, Patwon Ki Haveli, Sam Sand Dunes, Gadisar Lake are the main attractions of this fort.

8. Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Mehrangarh Fort

Location - Mehrangarh Fort is situated in the center of Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan. Jodhpur can readily be reached by air, road or rail. By road, Jodhpur is four and half hours from Udaipur, five hours from Jaisalmer, and about six hours from Jaipur.

How to reach - Jodhpur is one of India and Rajasthan’s most beautiful cities and also one of India’s most frequently visited tourist destinations. It is well connected by Air, Train, and Road to almost all of India’s major cities. The best surefire way of reaching Mehrangarh fort is by taking an auto rickshaw or cab after deciding the price beforehand. Mehrangarh fort can also be reached by one of the city buses from Jodhpur.

Visitor Information -It is famous for History, Architecture, Photography, Adventure. The time of visit is all day 9 AM to 5 PM. The time of duration is 2 to 3 hours. You can visit here in winter.

Main Attractions - Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhavan Palace,Khejarla Fort, Balsamand Lake,Kailana Lake, Ranisar Padamsar, Gulab Sagar Lake, Ganesh Temple and Pal Balaji Temple are main attractions of tourist of this fort.

Famous Palaces in Rajasthan

1. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

Location – The Umaid Bhawan Palace is located in the city of Jodhpur, in Rajasthan in India. It is one of the largest private residences in the world. The exact address of this residence is – Circuit House Rd, Cantt Area, Jodhpur, Rajasthan- 342006.

How to Reach - It is very easy to reach the Umaid Bhawan Palace at Jodhpur. The Jodhpur airport is only 3 kms away from the Umaid Bhawan Palace. This airport is connected to other major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur, et cetera. The nearest railway station from this Palace is the Jodhpur Railway Station that is only 5 kms away. If you are travelling by road, there are buses operated by the Rajasthan Sate Roadways that connect several other cities in Rajasthan with Jodhour at the RaikaBagh bus stand. Other than these, for local transport, the main bus stand is only 3 kms away.

Visitor’s Info - The Palace is mostly famous for its historic and architectural heritage. The entrance fee for every Indian is Rs. 30 and that of foreigners are Rs. 100. The visiting hours of this residence lasts from 10:00 AM in the morning to 4:30 PM in the evening. The time needed to go through the whole of this residence is not more than one or two hours. There are guides available here for the benefit of the tourists who can smoothly communicate in both Hindi and English.

Main Attractions – There are many features apart from the most evident architectural beauty that makes this palace a popular tourist spot. This palace is also known by another name, i.e. Chittar Palace, because of the reason that stones were used from that hill for the construction of the Palace. The Palace also received the award of the World’s Best Hotel in 2016 in the Traveller’s Choice Awards Function. Maharaja Umaid Singh, after whom the palace was named, was actually the one to crush the foundation’s ground.

2. Lake Palace, Udaipur

Lake Palace

Location - The Lake Palace was originally a summer palace belonging to the royal dynasty of Mewar. The Palace is located on the Jag Niwas Island, in Lake Pichola, in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. It spreads over an area of 16,000 square metres. The exact address of this palace is - Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan – 313001.

How to Reach - The Lake Palace is very easily connected with the rest of the city amazingly. The airport is only 26 kms away from the Lake Palace and the railway station is a mere 3kms. The hotel arranges for boat rides for the tourists to reach the Palace from the bank of the Lake Pichola.

Visitor’s Info – The best time to visit the Lake Palace is Rajasthan is during the months of October to March. Rajasthan is the desert city and shows the maximum temperature during the months of summer; therefore, winters and early summers is the best time to go. The Palace is opened to visitors from 9:00 AM in the morning to 6:00 PM in the evening. There isn’t any entry fee on entering the Palace as it serves as a hotel. However, for the boat rides, it costs Rs. 400 for adults and Rs. 200 for children and for a boat rides during the sunset, the cost is Rs. 700 for adults and Rs. 400 for children.

Main Attractions – The Lake Palace built in the year 1746, is more than 200 years old. The palace used to serve was a summer palace for the royals of the time; it was in the year 1960 that the palace was converted into a luxurious hotel for tourists. The Palace is an architectural masterpiece which also has historical importance. The building has some amazing marble buildings and courtyards, along with the fountains and gardens increase the overall beauty tenfold.

3. Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

Rambagh Palace

Location – The Rambagh Palace is another one of the residences of the Maharajas of Rajasthan. This Palace was originally the residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur and is situated at a distance of 5 miles, i.e. 8 kms outside the walls of Jaipur on Bhawani Singh Road. The exact address of this palace is – Bhawani Singh Rd, Rambagh, Jaipur, Rajasthan – 302005.

How to Reach – The distance between the Rambagh Palace and the Jaipur airport is not much. It is only a mere 5.6 kms of car ride to reach the palace from the airport. The Jaipur Junction Railway Station is also at a distance of only 6 kms from the Rambagh Palace. All these travel points join the city of Jaipur with various parts of the country making it very easy for people from all around the nation to reach Jaipur.

Visitor’s Info – There are no different visiting hours for this palace as it serves as a hotel now. The palace is an example of the beautiful historical architecture of the state of Rajasthan. The luxurious hotel provides for its visitors to enjoy delicious meals with beautiful scenery. The rooms of this hotel are also very luxurious and the staffs provide the tourists and visitors with the utmost respect and serve them to the best of their ability.

Main Attractions – The Treatment of the tourists at the Rambagh Palace is almost like royals. There are formally dressed men riding on decorated horses, elephants and camels that welcome you to the hotel. There are often shower of petals while entering the hotel too. It’s a surreal feeling for most of the guests. The rooms are amazingly decorated and focus on comfort and beauty equally. There is a veranda Café there, where with the pre-dinner cocktail, guests can often be lucky enough to get a site of peacocks stalking around the gardens. Tourists are also provided a free tour of the palace with butlers who can narrate the most amazing stories related to the palace.

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4. Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Hawa Mahal

Location – The Hawa Mahal, is another one of the famous palaces in Jaipur. This beautiful Palace is made out of pink and red sandstone and is located on the edge of the City Palace in Jaipur. The precise address of this place is - Hawa Mahal Rd, BadiChoupad, J.D.A. Market, Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan– 302002.

How to Reach – The city of Jaipur is amazingly connected with the rest of the country by all the three means of transport. Not only with the other Indian cities, has the airport in Jaipur also connected the city to many other international cities. The airport is situated only at a distance of 13 kms from the city of Jaipur. The railway station of Jaipur is at a distance of 5 kms from the city.

Visitor’s Info – The Hawa Mahal is one such palace that entices national as well as international tourists to stay in Jaipur. The palace remains open for tourists and visitors from 9:30 AM in the morning to 4:30 PM. However, the best time to visit the palace is early in the morning because of the beautiful image that is created when the palace is embraced by the golden rays of the sun, making it look even more elegant. The Palace also has a museum of its own where there are proof o the rich cultural heritage as well as the lively lifestyle of the Rajputs. The best time to visit this place would be October to march as this is the season most suitable to enjoy the city in the best possible weather.

Main Attractions – The Hawa Mahal is famous for its beautiful and elegant architecture. It is one of the most famous landmarks of the city of Jaipur. The building has a magnificent design that showcases the blend of the Hindu Rajput and Islamic Mughal architecture. It plays along with the name of ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur with the red and pink sandstones with which it was built. The design and structure of the palace clearly manifests the intensity of devotion and respect of Maharaji Sawai Pratap Singh in Lord Krishna.

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5. City Palace, Jaipur

City Palace Jaipur

Location – The City Palace in Jaipur had been the administrative head of the city until the year of 1949. It was the seat of religious and cultural events, along with being the patron of commerce, arts and industry. At present, the City Palace serves as the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum and also is the home of the royal family of Jaipur. The exact address of the City Palace is - Tulsi Marg, Gangori Bazaar, J.D.A. Market, Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan – 302002.

How to Reach – The City of Jaipur is very well connected to the rest of the country by all the three means of transport and the City Palace is located right in the middle of the ancient city wall of Jaipur. The distance of the airport from this palace is a mere 13 kms and the railway station is at a distance of 5.3 kms.

Visitor’s Info – The City Palace is opened for tourists to visit from 9:30 AM in the morning. You only need a total of one and a half hours. You have to buy a composite ticket so that you can gain entry to the fort as well as the museum. The City Palace also reserves the most beautiful section of itself only for a few selected tourists. The Chandra Mahal, which is a four story building and is not accessible to general public, can be visited only by buying a special ticket worth Rs. 2500. You might want to take a guide to visit this place to know the rich history.

Main Attractions – Even though the City Palace is a house of magnificence of people who admire and love architecture, there is also a section that is especially dedicated to the artisans of the city and also is the place to buy souvenirs. They also display traditional paintings which are made particularly from organic colours.

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6. Jal Mahal, Jaipur

Jal Mahal Jaipur

Location – The Jal Mahal, which can be translated in English as the Water Mahal is located right in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in the city of Jaipur. Both the Palace and the lake was renovated and increased its area in the 18th century by a maharaja named Jai Singh II of Amber. The precise location of this palace is - Amer Rd, JalMahal, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan– 302002.

How to Reach – The Jal Mahal is located in the city of Jaipur. This city is very well connected with the other major Indian cities by the means of all three methods of transportation. It is also well connected to some of the international cities with the help of the airway. The Jal Mahal is only at a distance of 5 kms from the centre of the Pink City and thus it is very easy to the travel to the Jal Mahal with the help of autos or taxis. Other than this, if you want, you can also travel through a local bus to reach the destination.

Visitor’s Info – The weather is the most preferable during the months of October to March, therefore the best time to visit the city as well as the Jal Mahal is during the months of October to March. Since Rajasthan is mostly desert, the city is extremely hot during the rest of the year. The Jal Mahal is opened to the tourists for visiting during the hours of 9:00 AM in the morning to 6:00 PM in the evening. However, people are not allowed to stay inside more than two hours so that other visitors might not have to wait for a long period of time.

Main Attractions – The Jal Mahal stands in the middle of the lake and in itself provides an amazing view to the tourists. The palace is a five stories structure and is built in the ancient Rajput style of architecture. It is constructed of red sandstone giving it an exotic and ancient look.

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7. Samode Palace, Jaipur

Location – The Samode Palace is located only 40 kms to the north of the city of Jaipur. the Haveli is centrally located, within the city miles and is only at a distance of 6 kms from the Jaipur railway station. Only 4 kms away from the palace is the luxurious hotel by the same name.

How to Reach – The Samode Palace lies at a distance of only 43 kms from the city of Jaipur. The Haveli lies at a distance of 6 kms and the garden at a distance of 45 kms from the main city. The city of Jaipur is also very well connected with the other major cities of India as well as some of the International cities. The city is also very well connected by the mediums of roadways and railways.

Visitor’s Info – The fees that one as to pay to visit the Samode Palace has been set to Rs. 1000 sicne the date of 15th August, 2015. This also enables the visitor to take a tour of the whole palace and is also credited towards the drinks and food that is available in the restaurant in the courtyard. The tour also includes the wondrous Shish Mahal, i.e. the room of mirrors, the Durbar Hall, as well as the pool area.

Main Attractions – The Palace was built of sandstone and has a fortress like setting that makes it one of the most loved and precious palaces in Rajasthan. A village is also located near the palace that is famous for the clothes it produces, along with the handicrafts, for example, bangle making. The Haveli is built facing the north and is elegantly painted. The ambience here is very unique. It has a specially constructed entrance to the Haveli that was built in the year 1940. The SamodarBagh again is the representation of the 16th century Mughal gardens. It blends the traditional Rajput and Mughal décor with that of the modern Victorian Style.

8. Udai Vilas Palace, Jaipur

Location – The Udai Vilas Palace is another one of the Palaces in Jaipur that have been transformed into a luxurious hotel under the Oberoi group for the comfort of the tourists and traveller. The precise location of this palace or hotel is - Babaji Ka Modh, Goner Rd, Jaipur, Rajasthan – 302031

How to Reach – The palace is located in the city of Jaipur which is very well connected to the rest of the major national cities as well as some of the international cities. It is very easy to reach the palace from the city of Jaipur.

Visitor’s Info – The Palace is not opened to visitors as it also serves as a hotel. However, you might want to book a room in this hotel to experience the majesty and comfort with which this palace treats its guests.

Main Attractions – The Hotel has some amazing rooms that is built keeping in mind not only the beauty but also the comfort of the guests. There is a also a pool in this palace which only adds to the majesty and grandeur.

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