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Forts and Palaces in India: The Living Legends

Standing tall and proud, forts & palaces of India are the living legends that stand testimony to a bygone era of indulgence, elegance and romance.

Built sometimes as a mark of victory and at other times as a defense mechanism and yet some times for sheer extravagance and pomp; forts and palaces in India have been the prime jewels of the country’s history.

In the race of heritage forts and palaces, Rajasthan unarguably dominates over any other state such was the penchant of Rajput warrior princes with spectacular, grandiose and elegant structures. Steeped in history dictated by lore of countless battles that tell us the story of valor, romance, chivalry and also tragedies that befell this region, the forts of Rajasthan are truly the living legends of North India.

Here, we will talk about some of the most spectacular, significant and must visit forts and palaces in India listed in no particular order.

 Red Fort, Delhi

Red Fort : Major Tourist Attraction in India
Red Fort in Delhi
Perhaps no other fort in India is as significant historically as the center of power and dominion over entire country as as the Red Fort in Delhi. Red Fort was built at the apex of Mughal power in India. The period when Red Fort or Shahjahanabad, as it was called then, was the most prosperous period of Mughal Empire. However, after the passing away of Shah Jahan and later his successor Aurangjeb, the Mughal empire gradually withered away. The last lines of Mughals ruled just as token symbol, first under the Mughals and later under British before being completely overthrown after the Sepoy Mutiny  in 1857.

Constructed by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1638, Red Fort is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is situated in the capital city of India, Delhi the fort is made up of red sandstone.  As Red Fort is an iconic symbol of India, the Prime Minister hoists the national flag on it on every Independence day. Bearing the rage of time, the architecture of Red Fort has been in a mixed condition. Some of the important surviving structures of Red Fort are Lahori Gate, Water Gate, Chhatta Chowk,  Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas, Mumtaj Mahal (now converted into museum and housing relics of Mughal era) and Rang Mahal.

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City Palace, Jaipur

City Palace - One of the most famous tourist attractions in Jaipur
City Palace in Jaipur, Rajasthan
Built in the 18th century, the City Palace is one of the prime tourist attractions in the state of Rajasthan. The construction of the City Palace was started by Maharana Udai Singh II and there had been additions in its design by the later rulers of the city. This resulted in the construction of the famous Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal in the Palace premises. A perfect blend of Rajput, Mughal and European architectural style, the City Palace in Rajasthan gives an insight into the rich heritage of the bygone era.

Amber Fort, Jaipur 

Amber fort -  A prime tourist attraction in Jaipur, Rajasthan
Amber fort in Jaipur, Rajasthan
Located in the town of Amer, Amber Fort is one of the principal tourist attractions in the state of Rajasthan.  The fort is a significant blend of Mughal and Hindu architecture, and is made up of red sandstone & white marble. Amber Fort was built in the 16th century by Raja Man Singh. The fort boasts various structures like the Diwaan-i-Khas, Diwaan-i-Aam, Shhesh Mahal and Sukh Niwas. Besides, tourists can also view the splendid architecture of the Magic Flower which is made up of white marble.

Mysore Palace, Karnataka

Mysore palace - one of the most famous tourist attraction in Karnataka
A side view of the Mysore Palace in Karnataka
Also known as Amba Vilas Palace, the Mysore Palace is one of the most visited monuments in India. Once a residence of the Wodeyar Maharaja of the Mysore state.  This Palace in Mysore is a refurbished monument of the original one which got burnt down in 1897.

The present day palace flaunts an amazing mixture of Hindu, Muslim, Rajput and gothic style of architecture. Apart from being served as a tourist spot, Mysore Palace is also famous for hosting the world famous Mysore Dasara Festival.

Golconda Fort, Hyderabad

Golconda Fort - One of the most famous and the biggest fortress in the Deccan plateau of India
Golconda Fort in Hyderabad
A ruined fort of South India, The Golconda Fort is situated near the city of Hyderabad. Built as a part of the defense strategy, the Golconda Fort was built by the Kakatiyas.  The Golconda Fort is one of Hyderabad’s greatest architectural wonders and is built on a 400 foot high granite hill.

Sprawled across an area of 11 km, this magnificent fortress of Hyderabad houses various buildings inside it such as Habsi Kamans, Ashlah Khanna, Taramati, Mortuary bath, Nagina bath, Durbar Hall and Ambar Khana. Apart from the majestic structures, the Fort also had an ingenious water supply system which is now a dried up sight.

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

Taj Lake Palace Udaipur - one of the leading luxury heritage hotel in India
Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur
Like the monument Taj Mahal, the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur is such a marble wonder that is one of its kind. Formerly known as Jag Niwas, the Taj Lake Palace is a vintage luxury hotel, floating on Lake Pichola in the  city of Udaipur. Being voted as one of the most romantic hotels across the globe, the Taj Lake Palace has a wide range of luxury rooms and suites. This royal hotel was built under the consideration of Maharana Jagat Singh II between 1743-1746 AD. Fascinated by the royal aura of  the hotel, several film directors have used it as a shooting place.

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Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer Fort - One of the largest fortifications in the world
Jaisalmer Fort  in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
One of the largest fortifications of India and a world heritage site, the Jaisalmer fort is a monument worth visiting. It was built by the then Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal in the 12th century. It is also known as Sonar Quila, or  the Golden fort and is one of the last princely bastions of Rajasthan.

The major attractions of Jaisalmer Fort are the Raj Mahal, which is the royal palace, Lakshminath temple, 4 massive gateways and the Merchant Havelis. Some of the havelis of this magnificent fort are as old as 100 years and are highly decorated with sandstone carvings.

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Chowmahalla Palace, Hyderabad  

Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad
Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad 
Once used for residing by the Nizams of Hyderabad, the Chowmahalla Palace or Chowmahallat is one of the most ancient heritage buildings in the state. The construction of the Palace was started by Salabat Jung Bahadur in 1750 and was completed during the reign of Afzal Asaf Jah in 1869. It has a picturesque blend of Persian, Rajasthani and European architectural style.

Beautifully decorated with lavish gardens  and cascading fountains, the northern as well as southern courtyard adds on to the beauty of the palace. Major attractions include Aftab Mahal, Afzal Mahal, Tahniyat Mahal and Bara Imam.

Daulatabad Fort, Maharashtra 

Daulatabad fort near Aurangabad in Maharashtra
Daulatabad fort in Aurangabad,  Maharashtra
Standing atop the hill of Daulatabad, the Daulatabad Fort is a magnificent fortress of the 12th century. It is located close to the city of Aurangabad. Also named as Devagiri in the past, Daulatabad Fort boasts an  excellent architecture. Apart from the fortifications, there are other notable monuments around the structure like the Chand Minar and Chini Mahal.

The former is a tower, originally covered with Persian glazed tiles. This tower was built by Ala-ud-din-Bahmani in 1445. On the other hand, Chini Mahal was once of great beauty and was built by Abul Hasan Tana Shah in the 17th century.

Leh Palace, Ladakh

Leh Palace in Jammu & Kashmir
Leh Palace in Jammu & Kashmir
Built in the 17th century, the Leh Palace is perched on top of the Namgyan hill in Ladakh. Considered as a splendid Tibetan architecture, the Palace has nine stories which have been recently refurbished. With the architecture confined to Tibetan style, the Leh Palace features overhanging wooden balconies and massive battered walls.

On the top, lies the famous victory tower, which was built in the memory of brave Ladakhi soldiers. This palace was once the royal residence of King Singe Namgiyal. Whereas in the present time, the  Leh Palace serves as an office for Indian Government’s Archaeological Conservation Organization.  

Bidar Fort, Karnataka

Bidar Fort in Karnataka
Bidar Fort in Karnataka
One of the major tourist attractions of Karnataka. Situated in the Bidar district of Karnataka, the Bidar Fort was built by Sultan Alla-Ud-Din Bahman in the year 1427.  A true depiction of Persian architecture, the Bidar Fort is constructed on the edge of the northern plateau of Karnataka.

Although most of part of the structure has been left in ruins, the bastions, gates and barbicans of the Bidar fort are well preserved. With seven gates, the construction has been a quadrangular layout. The gates of the Bidar fort are divided as the Gumbad Darwaza, Sherza Darwaza, Fateh Gate, Talhat Gate, Delhi Gate and the Mandu Gate.    

Umaid Bhavan Palace, Jodhpur

Umaid Bhavan Palace in Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Umaid Bhavan Palace in Jodhpur, Rajasthan
A modern heritage hotel providing a premium Rajasthani style of accommodation, the Umaid Bhavan Palace was built between 1928 and 1943. It was basically built to provide employment to the people during the time of famine in  the state. The magnificent Umaid Bhavan Palace is located in the city of Jodhpur in Rajasthan. Being one of the largest private residences in the world, the Palace is the home of the present Maharaja of Jodhpur.

The construction of  the Umaid Bhavan Palace looks like an influence of the eastern and western architectural styles.  It has a majestic cupola which gives a memory of the Renaissance time, while the towers are strictly Rajput.

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Agra Fort, Agra

Agra Fort in  Agra,Uttar Pradesh
Agra Fort in  Agra,Uttar Pradesh
The city of Agra has a lot to offer other than the wonderful Taj Mahal. Once the capital of India, Agra is the home of some of the finest Mughal structures. This includes the massive red sandstone fort on the bank of the river Yamuna.  Primarily built as a military structure, the construction of this fort was started during the reign of Akbar the great. Later on, his son Shah Jahan turned it into a palace. At present, the Agra fort is a UNESCO world heritage site and is an interesting mix of Islamic and Hindu architecture.

Laxmi Vilas Palace, Gujarat

Laxmi Vilas Palace in Gujarat
Laxmi Vilas Palace in Gujarat
About four times the size of Buckingham Palace, the Laxmi Vilas Palace one of the most visited tourist places in Gujarat is reputed to have been the largest private dwelling. The luxurious Laxmi Vilas was built in the 19th century by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III. Since then, the Palace has been the residence of the royal family of Baroda in Gujarat.

Housing a number of Magnificent buildings, the Palace compound boundaries extend over 700 acres of land. The Moti Baug Palace and Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum buildings are the prominent ones in the premises. Besides the buildings, Lakshmi Vilas Palace offers the tourists a chance to stroll in its small zoo built in the compound. The zoo’s prime attraction is the huge population of crocodiles.

Gwalior Fort, Madhya Pradesh

Gwalior Fort in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
Gwalior Fort in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
Built in the 8th century, the Gwalior Fort is perched on a rocky terrain and is one of the prime attractions of Gwalior. This impregnable fortress has a compelling history to talk about. It was first built by Raja Man Singh Tomar in the 15th century. Later on, various conquests in the region culminated into changes in the design of the Gwalior Fort.

At present, the Gwalior Fort encloses three temples, six palaces and water tanks. The intricate carvings of Jain tirthankars catch the eyes of the tourists the moment they enter the Fort. Besides, the Teli-Ka-Mandir and  the twin Saas-Bahu temples add on to the attractions of the Gwalior fort.

Ujjayanta Palace, Tripura

Ujjayanta Palace in Tripura
Ujjayanta Palace in Tripura
A former royal palace of the state of Tripura, the Ujjayanta Palace is a major tourist attraction in the region. The beautiful Palace is situated on the banks of a small lake and is surrounded by mesmerizing Mughal gardens in Agartala. Built over a sprawling area of 28 hectares, the Palace serves as the largest museum in the northeast of India.

Besides, the Palace also boasts of several Hindu temples which are dedicated to Kali, Jagannath, Lakshmi Narayan and Uma Maheshwari. Other notable structures of the Ujjayanta Palace include the Chinese room, the Durbar hall and the three large domes.  

Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur - One of the largest forts in India
Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, Rajasthan
One of the largest forts in India, the Mehrangarh Fort is located in the Jodhpur city of Rajasthan. Perched at the top of a 400 ft high hill, the Mehrangarh Fort is renowned for its intricate carvings and courtyards.  Entry to the Mehrangarh fort is done through a series of seven gates.

The prominent gates amongst them are Jai Pol, which is a victory gate, the Fateh Pol, Dedh Kamgra Pol and Lodha Pol. Several brilliantly crafted and decorated palaces within the fort are Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesha Mahal, Daulat Khana and Sileh Khana.

Aga Khan Palace, Mumbai

Aga Khan Palace in Mumbai
Front view of the Aga Khan Palace
One of the biggest landmarks in Indian history, the Aga Khan Palace was built by Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III in the year 1892. The Palace has been of great national importance and is  popularly linked with the Indian freedom movement. Being served as a prison for Mahatma Gandhi, the Aga Khan Palace in Mumbai is dignified for its Italian arches and spacious lawns.

The magnificent structure comprises five halls and has a coverage area of around 19 acres. Depicting glimpses of the life of the various personalities of the Indian freedom struggle through an archive of photos and portraits along with those of Mahatma Gandhi, the Palace takes the tourists back in time.  

Jai Vilas Palace, Gwalior

Jai Vilas Palace in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
Jai Vilas Palace in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
A fine example of European architecture, the Jai Vilas Palace in Gwalior was constructed by Maharaja Jayaji Rao Scindia in the year 1874. The Palace is particularly famous for its gold furnished Durbar hall. Encompassing a vast area expanse, the construction of the Jai Vilas Palace is divided into three storeys.

All the three storeys have been given separate designs. One is of the Tuscan, while the other two storeys have been shaped in Italian-Doric and Corinthian order of architecture. Out of the huge array of rooms in the Palace, some are transformed into a museum in the name of Jiwaji Rao Scindia.  

Chittorgarh Fort, Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh Fort - the largest fort in India
Chittorgarh Fort in Chittorgarh, Rajasthan
The largest and grandest fort of India, the Chittorgarh fort is a world heritage site. The magnificent fort is located on a high hill near the Gambheri fort in the Chittorgarh city of Rajasthan. Truly a pride of the royal Rajput clan, the Chittorgarh Fort is all about well-designed palaces, huge towers and cenotaphs.

In between the 15th and 16th century, this majestic fort of Rajasthan was attacked three times, but was bravely protected by the Rajputs. The entry of the fort can be done through seven colossal gates. On crossing these gates, one is likely to come across different poles or cenotaphs. These are named as Ram Pol, Padal Pol, Bhairon Pol, Ganesh Pol, Lakshman Pol and Hanuman Pol.

Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, Rajasthan
Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, Rajasthan
Being the  former residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur, the Rambagh Palace is now a luxury Taj Palace hotel. The beautiful Palace is located on the periphery of the Jaipur city. Being considered as one of the best hotels on the planet, the Rambagh Palace is widely preferred by Indian and foreign celebrities.

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Murud-Janjira fort, Maharashtra

Murud-Janjira fort in Maharashtra
Murud-Janjira fort in Maharashtra
One of the strongest marine forts in India, the Murud Janjira is an oval shaped structure near the port town of Murud. Now in ruins, the magnificent fort still has 19 bastions left around. Being built in the 15th century by a Maratha fisherman to protect his people from pirates.

During its construction days, the Murud-Janjira fort was equipped with all the necessary facilities like mosques, quarters for officers and natural fresh water lakes. The design of  the fort was also kept unique as the gates are embedded with Ashok Chakras.  

Nilambagh Palace, Bhavnagar

Nilambagh Palace in Bhavnagar
Nilambagh Palace in Bhavnagar
Amidst the hustle and bustle of the industrial city of Bhavnagar, the Nilambagh Palace feels like a welcome respite. The enchanting Nilambagh Palace was designed by one, Mr Simms in the year 1859. Equipped with all the modern day comfort facilities, the Palace has twenty rooms designed in accordance to international standards.

On the outside, the Palace boasts a garden restaurant on the lush green lawns. Perfectly soothing the need of a leisurely and romantic evening, the garden Palace has been given  a Romanian design.

Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajasthan

Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajasthan
Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajasthan
Perched on a hilltop, almost a km above the sea level, the Kumbhalgarh fort is famous for the wall of its premises. Ranked next to the Great wall of China, the wall of the Kumbhalgarh fort extends to around 38 kms. The construction of this massive fort was started in the 15th century, but it was enlarged in the years of the 19th century.

Being the birthplace of Maharana Pratap, the Kumbhalgarh fort is one of the most important forts in Mewar. It is also a world heritage site and is included in the hill forts of Rajasthan. The fort houses several ancient Jain and Hindu temples. 
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Top 12 Tourist Attractions in Jaipur

Fondly referred to as the ‘Pink City’, Jaipur is one of such destinations of India that allures foreign as well as national tourists in crazy numbers every year. The striking remains of the long-gone era in the form of forts and palaces and more are spread all around the landscape of the city and are the most popular tourist attractions. A visit to Jaipur surely offers a sneak-peek into the royal heritage of the state. The capital of the desert state of Rajasthan, Jaipur also boasts of being the largest city as well. Jaipur along with Agra and Delhi forms the very popular and one of the most sought-after tours of the northern region of the country, Golden Triangle Tour.

The architectural wonders, the vibrant markets consisting of some most amazing stuff, the sumptuous rather orgasmic local delicacies, the flamboyant locals, colorful yet chaotic streets, all await the visitors. Do not miss the fun of seeing an elephant polo match or enjoying a rickshaw ride along the lively markets and streets. The list of things to do in Jaipur, is never-ending and has to offer something to all kinds of travelers. The blog enlists top 12 attractions in Jaipur that must not be missed. Browse through the list of irresistible attractions and pack your bags now:

City Palace

City Palace,Jaipur
City Palace in Jaipur, Rajasthan
Once the seat of the royalty of Jaipur, the City Palace complex was erected between 1729 and 1732.  An amalgamation of Shilpa Shastra of India along with Mughal and European styles of architecture, this complex houses a number of structures such as Mubarak Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Pitam Niwas Chowk, Diwan-I-Khas, Diwan-I-Aam, Maharani Palace and Govind Dev Ji temple. The complex has a total of 3 entry gates. Even today the royal family of Jaipur lives in the Chandra Mahal. A part of this building has been converted into a museum and an art gallery consisting of works and displays of old weapons, royal costumers, utensils and more.


Location: Chokri Shahad, Old City
Entry Fee: INR 300 (foreigners), INR 75 (Indians), INR 75 (for still cameras)
Timings: 9:30 am to 5 pm on all days of the week

Albert Hall Museum

Albert Hall Museum in Jaipur - one of the oldest museums of rajasthan
Albert Hall Museum in Jaipur - One of the oldest museums of Rajasthan
Also called the Government Central Museum, Albert Hall Museum is an extremely popular museum that is replica of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Boasting of being the oldest museum of the city, it was constructed to commemorate the visit of the Prince of Wales, Albert Edward to Jaipur in the year 1876.

This museum has an exhaustive collection of some amazing stuff including pottery, jewellery, arms, coins, textiles, garments, miniature paintings, musical instruments, wooden art, carpets, ivory, furniture, metal art, dolls, toys and more. The prime highlight of this museum placed amidst Ram Niwas Bagh is an Egyptian mummy that originally belongs to the Ptolemaic Epoch.

Location: Ram Nivas Bagh, Old City
Entry Fee: INR 150 rupees (foreigners), INR 20 (Indians)
Timings: 10 am to 4:30 pm on all days of the week

Jal Mahal

Jal Mahal, Jaipur
Jal Mahal  in Jaipur, Rajasthan
One of the most beautiful palaces in Jaipur, Jal Mahal lies in the center of ManSagar Lake. A combination of Rajput and Mughal architectural sensibilities, Jal Mahal is constructed in red sandstone. Though originally the structure is five-storied but four- storey gets submerged during monsoon and only the top storey is visible. 

The palace was built in 1799 by Sawai Pratap Singh but remained ignored later for around 200 years. Now after renovation and restoration by Maharaja Jai Singh II in the 18th Century, it is one of the must-visit attractions with its rooftop garden, painted and carved walls and more.

Location: 6 km from Jaipur
Entry Fee: INR 10 (Indians) and INR 50 (foreigners)
Timings: 9 am to 6 pm (on all days of the week)

Chokhi Dhani

Chokhi Dhani, Jaipur
Chokhi Dhani in Jaipur, Rajasthan
Spread in an area of around 10 acres of land, Chokhi Dhani Village Fair and Restaurant is a perfect place to experience Rajasthani culture and traditions. Awarded by Ministry of Tourism for Most Innovative Tourism Project, Chokhi Dhani in a way is a promotion and preservation of the heritage and hospitality of Rajastjan.

The whole place has village-like ethnic feel to it and offers the visitors a chance to experience the same through various fun activities, games, folk music and dance like Ghoomer and Kalbeliya, shopping, authentic cuisine, camel ride and more. Enjoy a traditional welcome with Tikka. Relish sumptuous delicacies of Rajasthani cuisine, prepared in pure ghee by expert chefs and served in a traditional manner.

Location: 12 Miles Tonk Road, Via Vatika
Entry Fee: INR 500 (Adult), INR 300 (children between 3-9 years)
Timings: 5 pm to 11 pm

Hawa Mahal

Front Side of Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, Rajasthan
Front Side of Hawa Mahal
One of the most distinctive landmarks of the city, Hawa Mahal or ‘Palace of the Winds’ is admired for its astonishing five-storyed honeycombed hive-shaped architecture. This building was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799. Built with pink and red sandstone, Hawa Mahal has 953 ‘Jharokhas’ or windows.

It is said that the ruler built this structure with so many windows so that the royal ladies could easily view the daily activities going in the city and cool breeze could come- in during summers. It is believed that Lal Chand Ustad, the main architect, built this palace in the form of Lord Krishna’s crown.

Location: Adjacent to City Palace
Entry Fee: INR 50 (foreigners), INR 10 (Indians)
Timings: 9 am to 5 pm on all days of the week

Nahargarh Fort

One of the massive walls of Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur
Nahargarh fort in Jaipur, Rajasthan
Overlooking the city, Nahargarh fort stands tall on the jagged Aravalli Hills and is known for offering some of the best sunset views. Also known as Tiger fort, it was constructed in 1734 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur, in the form of a retreat place for the security of royal state of Amer.

This structure shot to fame when some of the scenes of Bollywood movie Rang De Basanti were filmed here in the year 2006. A flawless mix of Indo-European architecture, the fort has a number of structures within its complex. It has been a witness of many important royal treaties and important historical events.

Location: North- west of the city center
Entry Fee: INR 30 (foreigners), INR10 (Indians)
Timings: 10 am to 5:30 pm on all days of the week

Amber Fort

Amber Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Amber Fort in Jaipur, Rajasthan
Known as Amer Fort or Amber Fort, the daunting structure, overlooking the city, it was constructed way back in 1592 by Raja Man Singh. One of the oldest and most-famed forts of Rajasthan, Amer Fort is a splendid blend of Hindu-Muslim architectural sensibilities and is built in marble stone and red sandstone.

With around having a total of 4 courtyards, the palace complex has one main entrance and along with three smaller ones. As the fort is built on a hill top, do not miss taking an elephant ride up till its entrance. Sheesh Mahal, Sila Devi temple, Ganesh Pol, Sukh Mahal, Diwan-i-Am are some of the structures within the fort complex.

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Location: 11 km from Jaipur
Entry Fee: INR 72 (Indians), INR 300 (foreigners)
Timings: 9:30 am - 5 pm on all days of the week (except on Holi)

Elefantastic

Elefantastic,Jaipur,Rajasthan

If you are in love with an elephant are not content just by an elephant safari or simply a ride on it then here is something pretty interesting for you. Elefantastic offers you a chance to get closer to them. Formed in 2012 by Rahul, a former elephant rider, Elefantastic has the aim of promoting the welfare and well-being of the elephants.

At Elefantastic, one can not only ride but can feed, wash and play with the elephants. Learn the art of decorating them and get to know about different treatments as well as medicines of elephants. The safaris and rides offered take you to Jaipur and the surrounding area.

Location: 90 Chandra Mahal Colony, Delhi Road, Amer, Jaipur
Price: INR 3500 per person (approx)

Jaigarh Fort

Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur,Rajasthan
Jaigarh for tin Jaipur
Overlooking the Amber Fort, the enormous Jaigarh fort is placed on the promontory called Cheel ka Tila of the Aravalli ranges, around 400 m above the former one. Constructed in the year 1726, it boasts of being one of medieval India’s best preserved military constructions. The fort has been named after Jai Singh II who commenced its construction.

An unconquerable fort, it offers an amazing view of the surrounding plains if one climbs up the Diwa Burj, a watchtower. Connected to Amber For through passages, this fort complex houses a few structures such as Vilas Mandir, Aram Mandir, Lalit Mandir, Laxmi Vilas, a museum and an armory.

Location: Behind Amber Fort
Entry Fee: INR 50
Timings: 9 am to 5 pm (on all days of the week)

Shopping in Jaipur

Shopping in Jaipur

If you visit Jaipur and you do not shop, you will be missing out on a lot of amazing stuff. The vibrant markets of Jaipur are stuffed with and sell stunning handicrafts, block printed fabrics, carpets, semi-precious and precious gemstone, silver and imitation jewelry, clothes, Mojaris, bangles, blue pottery, camel leather items and other souvenirs. A shopper’s paradise, Jaipur is not only famed for its architectural wonders but also for its bejeweled markets. Frequent visitors make shopping one of the top agendas during their tour to Jaipur.

Popular markets: Mirza Ismail Road (blue pottery), Johari Bazaar (stones), Ramganj Bazaar (Mojaris/shoes), Koli Basti (carpets), Khazanewalo ka Raasta (handicrafts), Kishan Pol (fabrics) and more
Note: Most of the markets are closed on Sundays

Sisodia Rani Palace and Garden

Sisodia Rani Palace and Garden, Jaipur,Rajasthan

Built in the year 1728 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh for his beloved second wife who belonged to the Sisodia clan, Sisodia Rani Palace and Garden is one of the most popular attractions of the city. Along with the stunning palace, the royal garden is equally eye-catching with paintings on walls depicting the love story of Lord Krishna and his beloved Radha.

The palace has multi-tiered well-maintained gardens with painted pavilions, water channels, flowerbeds, murals, galleries and fountains. With the backdrop of desert soil, the lush garden looks all the more appealing. The structure is made in Charbagh style and has a complete Mughal-feel to it.

Location: 6 km from the main city on Jaipur-Agra Road
Timings: 8 am to 6 pm

Birla Temple

Birla Temple at Jaipur is one of the major tourist place in Rajasthan
Birla Mandir in Jaipur
Dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his consort Goddess Laxmi, Birla Temple is an architectural marvel constructed in pure white marble, famed for its delicate carvings. Also known as Laxmi Narayan Temple, it was built by B M Birla Foundation in the year 1988. Sculptures and paintings of different mythological themes and religions adorn the outside walls of the temple and are quite popular and eye-catching.

Placed at the foot of Moti Dungri Fort, it stands right in the middle of lush well-maintained garden. Along with extremely attractive Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi idols, the temple has a stunning idol of Lord Ganesha right at its entrance.

Location: Below the Moti  Dungri Hill
Entry Fee: Free
Timings: 8 am to 12 pm (morning); 4 pm to 8 am (evening) everyday

Now that you have gone through the list of popular Jaipur attractions, do not miss visiting them during your Jaipur tour.

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Top Luxury Hotels in India

India, a land which is greatly travelled for its vibrant culture, ethnicity, heritage and many other reasons, has achieved a new landmark in the tourism scenario. It’s the chain of luxury hotels that has created the difference. Some are the newly developed and some have evolved from the ancient monuments.  Not only these luxury hotels make for the best accommodation on a holiday, but they are renowned as tourist hotspots as well. The prominent luxury hotels in the country are stated as below:

The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur

The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur

Like a feather on the cap, the luxurious Oberoi Udaivilas stands proud, reflecting majesty and grandeur at its very best. One of the tourist attractions in the city of Udaipur, the Oberoi Udaivilas hotel is situated at the banks of the lake Pichola. The premium hotel is built on a sprawling expanse of 50 acres which apart from the intricate hotel structure comprises a twenty acre wildlife sanctuary.

The Oberoi, Mumbai

The Oberoi Luxury Hotels in  Mumbai

Facing the exotic Arabian sea, the Oberoi hotel in Mumbai has created a new definition of luxury for the business class.  From the comfort in its world-class presidential suites to dinning in an enchanting ocean ambience at the front, the Oberoi is a jewel on the exclusive marine drive. The star attraction in the design of the hotel is the atrium lobby, which has large windows to fill up the interiors.

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

One of the most romantic in the world, the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur is a famed luxury hotel, surrounded by white marble walls. With a foundation span  of around 4 acres, Lake Palace is located on the banks of Pichola river. The design of this enormous Lake Palace hotel consists of a series of courtyards which are in perfect alignment with the beautiful gardens and fountains on the inside.

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Wildflower Hall, Shimla

Wildflower Hall Luxury Hotels in Shimla

Amongst the favorite retreat of Britishers, the design of this fascinating resort in Shimla brings back the aura of its younger days. The Wildflower Hall resort is situated at an elevation of around 8000 feet in the Himalayas and is very popular for its rejuvenating activities like cycling, yoga and spa within the nature.

In order to experience the beautiful ambience of the Himalayan valleys, the setting of this luxury hotel has been kept aloof from the main town. All this makes Wildflower Hall one of the best hotels in the whole of Shimla.

Orange County Resorts, Kabini

Orange County Resorts, Kabini

One of the premium accommodation options in the state of Karnataka, the Orange County Resorts, Kabini reflects the true wild spirit of the Kabini region . The vacation here is subjected to a rustic-style holiday which is inspired by the Hadis or tribal villages. Despite being built as a rough enclosure, the resort offers world-class facilities with a special dedication to Ayurveda and other rejuvenation therapies.

Oberoi Hotel, Gurgaon

Oberoi Luxury Hotels in Gurgaon

The world renowned Oberoi group has established its chain of hotels in the various parts of India. Gurgaon, the business hub of Delhi is one of the latest destinations of the Oberoi group. Being a part of a giant in  the hotel industry, the Oberoi in Gurgaon was awarded with the World’s leading luxury hotel award in the year 2011 at the World Travel Awards.

Orange County Resorts, Coorg

Orange County Luxury Resorts in Coorg

Nestled in a lush 300 acre plantation in the Coorg district of Karnataka, the Orange County Resorts bring back a legendary bygone era. Besides the expression of nature in its design, the county resorts in Coorg offer an array of world-class facilities. A romantic coffee lounge followed by an Ayurvedic spa within nature’s lap makes these holiday resorts a paradise in Karnataka.

Leela Palace, Udaipur 

Leela Palace, Udaipur

Situated on the banks of the beautiful Lake Pichola, the Leela Palace hotel in Udaipur is one fine example of the opulence of Mewar tradition. Facing the lofty Aravali mountains, the hotel is a regal indulgence incorporated with world class amenities. Detailing in the art and embellishment with an intricate craftsmanship of the Palace has been its true forte.

Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

Taj Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, Rajasthan

Former residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur  and now a luxury hotel, the Taj Rambagh Palace is widely preferred by various high profile persons and celebrities from all over the world. The beautiful amalgamation of Rajput and Mughal architecture makes the Taj Rambagh Palace hotel a true masterpiece. With high end luxury options like the Grand Presidential Suites and the Grand Royal Suites in the Rambagh Palace, the splendor of royal India stays at its best.

Leela Palace, New Delhi

Leela Palace Luxury Hotels in New Delhi

A flagship property of the Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, the Leela Palace, New Delhi is one of the finest architectural structures in the capital city of Delhi. Situated in the posh area of Chanakyapuri, the architecture of Leela Palace is inspired by Lutyens, which is no less majestic than any other architectural marvel in the world. Apart from the design, the hotel boasts of its various luxury suites, which include the Presidential and Maharaja suite.

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Escape Hotel & Spa, Bangalore

Escape Luxury Hotel & Spa in  Bangalore

Setting a unique trend of boutique hotels,  the Escape Hotel &Spa in the city of Bangalore has always been the prime choice for business and leisure travelers. Designing of the luxurious hotel has been given much emphasis, which culminated in a perfect blend of privacy and sophistication of the suites. Apart from the luxurious accommodation, the hotel offers world class rejuvenating therapies under its spa treatment.    

Aahana the Corbett Wilderness Hotel

Aahana the Corbett Wilderness Luxury Hotels in India

Spread all along the Corbettt National park, Aahana is an eco-friendly resort and is one of the new haven of wellness and luxury. The comfort and luxury of Aahana are a retreat from a day-long encounter in the wild of Corbett. While at the resort, one  can enjoy a nice meal with a captivating sight of wild elephants, Jackals and deer.

Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad

Taj Falaknuma Palace in  Hyderabad

One of the finest architectural marvels in the state of Andhra Pradesh, Taj Falaknuma Palace  is a rare blend of Italian and Tudor architecture. From the inside, the Palace boasts of lavishly decorated rooms, halls, paintings, statues, and manuscripts.

Built as a private residence of the former prime minister of Hyderabad and Berar, the Falaknuma Palace was renovated in the year 2000 by the Taj group. Owing to this, the Palace has established its place as one of the best attractions in the city of Hyderabad. Taj Falaknuma Palace is also featured as one of the top 10 heritage hotels in India  

Amanbagh Resort, Ajabgarh

Amanbagh Luxury Resort in Ajabgarh

Famed for its palm and eucalyptus trees, the Amanbagh resort is a lush green oasis within the state of Rajasthan.  Besides the green surroundings of the resort, its architecture reflects the true elegance of the Mughal style.

The lush green  Amanbagh resort is surrounded by sandy plains which strike  a magical contrast to the topography of the region. Owing to its amazing topography and nature’s proximity, Amanbagh Resort offers splendid excursions to explore the countryside.

Trident Hotel, Gurgaon

Trident Luxury Hotel in Gurgaon

Creation of a Thai architect, Trident hotel in Gurgaon holds an amazing combination of Moroccan, Mughal and Rajasthani style in its design. Located in the fast paced city of Gurgaon, the hotel lies in the close vicinity of the prominent concrete attractions of Gurgaon. Availability of gardens, courtyards and reflection pools in the hotel premises gives it an ambience of a resort.

Tamara Hotel, Coorg

Tamara Luxury Hotels in Coorg
Renowned as the Scotland of India, the district of Coorg is blessed with acres of lush green tea and coffee plantation, misty hills and orange groves and teak wood forests. The idea of settling amidst such a nature’s paradise is purely lively and amazing. Making Coorg, the number one priority for tourists, is the 5-star property of Tamara located in the region.  Located in a plantation estate, the hotel is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the state of Karnataka.

Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaipur

Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaipur

Looking for a world class Rajasthani style accommodation in the city of Jaipur? Well, one of the best run hotels in the city of Jaipur, the Ummaid Bhawan Palace is the answer. Being run by a family of Rathores, the palace is built in a traditional style with beautifully carved balconies, courtyards and antique furnishing. With such exotic Rajasthani ambience, the Ummaid Bhawan Palace is a perfect gateway filled with traditional Rajput hospitality.

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Lalit Resort & Spa  Bekal, Kerala

Lalit Resort & Spa  Bekal, Kerala

A serene heaven in God’s own country of Kerala, the Lalit Resort & Spa Bekal is surrounded by river Nombili on its sides. The exotic resort is located amidst landscaped gardens and is the ultimate spa destination in the region.

Spread over a wide expanse, the tourists can rejuvenate by the ayurvedic healing and curative therapies being offered. Besides, unparalleled luxury flows through its numerous rooms, restaurant and bar, which makes the resort a true leisure gateway.

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Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur

Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur

Built around the 18th century, the Oberoi Rajvilas is a royal resort, blessed with exotic surroundings in the state of Rajasthan. The royal and gracious lifestyle of the princes of the past can be relieved at the famed hotel of Oberoi Rajvilas. Elegant & harmonious surroundings with all the modern comfort amenities and the luxury of oriental therapies in the spa, make living here a tranquil and romantic affair.

Moevenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore

Moevenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore

Situated close to the Bangalore international airport, the Movenpick Hotel & Spa is one of the favorite business class hotels around the city. Driven by a Swiss passion, the renowned hotel serves as a perfect destination for social gatherings and conferences.

Along with the luxury rooms and suites, the hotel boasts of its award winning in-house Italian restaurant, Mezzaluna. It offers some of the best Italian cuisines. Apart from Italian delights, one can enjoy traditional Indian, Oriental, and European healing spa therapies.    

Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

Evening View at The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
Evening View at The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
Within the close vicinity of the iconic Taj Mahal, the Oberoi Amarvilas is a fabulous grandeur which depicts Mughal architectural style. Complimenting the Taj Mahal, the Oberoi Amarvilas hotel boasts of traditional craftsmanship in its design. The positioning of some of the rooms and suites of the hotel is so apt that one can get an incredible view of the Taj Mahal directly from the balconies.

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Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai 

Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
   
Part of the Taj hotels, resorts and palaces, the Taj Mahal Palace hotel is a five star property located in the Colaba region of Maharashtra. Having a great historical and architectural value, the hotel premises include the Taj Mahal Palace and the tower. These two structures were built in two different times and possess different architectural design.

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Oberoi Grand Hotel, Kolkata

Oberoi Grand Hotel, Kolkata

Situated in the prime location of Kolkata, Oberoi Grand is famed for its classic style and modern facilities. Constructed during the British era, the hotel is now owned by the Oberoi chain of hotels. The elegant hotel comprises colonadded verandahs, balconies and the highly luxurious presidential suites. Apart from that, the hotel offers various dining delights, which are named as La Terrase, Baan Thai and Chowringhee bar.

Oberoi Cecil Hotel, Shimla

Oberoi Cecil Hotel, Shimla

7000 feet up in the Himalayas, the Oberoi Cecil hotel offers a luxury accommodation, which is blended in a grand heritage charm. Just a 10 minute drive from Shimla, Oberoi Cecil is one of the most visited hotels in the whole of Shimla. The original grandeur of the hotel is still preserved in the form of wooden floors, crackling fires and a magnetic ambiance. Owing to the location of the hotel in the Himalayan valley, one can enjoy a beautiful view of the mountains while in their rooms.

Oberoi Hotel, Bangalore

Oberoi Luxury Hotels in Bangalore

Located in the center of Bangalore, the Oberoi hotel proudly flaunts its exquisite gardens, along with a world class accommodation. This award winning hotel has an abundance of greenery, all thanks to the century old rain trees on the premises. Besides, fine cuisines and understated luxury of the hotel rooms and suites make the Oberoi, a highly opted destination of business travelers.

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