Majestic Forts To Visit In India

Majestic Forts To Visit In India

Forts are one of India’s most amazing architectural marvels. These structures served as safe quarters during the many battles in the monarchy era. As we trail into these rustic charms, the monuments that hold secrets of a bygone century, we also get a glimpse of the science our ancestors knew in a digital world. There are many Forts in India. Interestingly, only India has large number of Forts than any other country. Listed below are the major ten forts, with the first eight being the most beautiful forts in India and the last two being unique in their own way. 

Mehrangarh Fort – Jodhpur

Built in around 1459 by Rao Jodha, the fort stands four hundred feet above the skyline of the blue city, Jodhpur (Rajasthan). One of the tallest Forts in India. Burnished red sandstone, imposing, invincible and yet with a strange haunting beauty that beckons. The museum exhibits the heritage of the Rathores in arms, costumes, paintings and decorated period.

Timings: 9:00 to 17:00 hrs 

Holidays: No; Open all days

Ideal duration to cover : 1 day

Best time to visit: Oct to Mar

Entry fee Ticket : Rs 120 for Indian adult

Mehrangarh fort Jodhpur

Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur

Red Fort – Delhi 

Emperor Shah Jahan commissioned construction of the Red Fort on 1638, when he decided to shift his capital from Agra to Delhi. The Red sandstone walls of the massive Red Fort (Lal Qila) rise hundred feet above the clamour of Old Delhi. The main gate, Lahore Gate, is the symbolic focal point of the modern Indian nation. Inside is a veritable treasure trove of buildings, including the Drum House, the Hall of Public Audiences, the white marble Hall of Private Audiences, the Pearl Mosque, Royal Baths and Palace of Color.

Timings: Sunrise to Sunset

Holidays: Monday

Ideal duration to cover : 2.5hours

Best time to visit: Oct to Mar

Entry fee Ticket : Rs 90 for Indian adult 

Sound and Light show(extra fee) : From 6pm onwards

red fort delhi

Red Fort Delhi

Gwalior Fort – Madhya Pradesh

Chaturbhuj Temple

Chaturbhuj Temple

Gwalior is best known for its imposing hilltop fort, famously described as ‘the pearl amongst fortresses in India’. The inscriptions and monuments found within the  campus indicate that it may have existed as early as the beginning of the 6th century. There has been a debate around the evidence of India contributing Zero to the world. Interestingly, the second oldest record (inscription) of “zero” in the world is found here in the Chaturbhuj Temple, located on the way to the top. There has been an ongoing debate about the origin of Zero across the world. If Gwalior had 2nd oldest, where do we have 1st oldest record of Zero. Many zeros were mentioned in Bakhshali manuscript, one of the oldest scripts. Carbon dating at the University of Oxford proved script could be of third or fourth century. Script is in the Bodleian Library of Oxford since 1902. The inscription states, among other things, that the community planted a garden of 187 hastas by 270 hastas (1 hasta = 1.5 feet), that the garden yielded 50 garlands for the temple everyday. The last digits of 270 and 50 are “O” shaped.

 

Chaturbhuj Temple Zero Inscription

Zero in inscription

Fort Entry Details

Timings: 6:00 to 17:30 hrs

Holidays: No. Open all days

Ideal duration to cover : 3.5hours

Best time to visit: Oct to Mar

Entry fee Ticket : Rs 75 for Indian adult

Gwalior Fort

Gwalior Fort

Golconda Fort – Hyderabad

Built by the Kakatiya dynasty of Warangal, the Golconda Fort complex rests atop a granite hill that is 390 ft high surrounded by massive battlements. One of the main attractions of the Golconda Fort is the Fateh Darwaza (Victory Gate), named because of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb’s capture of the fort after laying siege to it for over eight years. 

A clap inside the grand portico under the dome can be heard in the Bala Hisar pavilion showing the Amazing acoustic of the fort.

Timings: 9:00 to 17:30 hrs

Holidays: No. Open all days

Ideal duration to cover : 2.5hours

Best time to visit: Sep to Feb

Entry fee Ticket : Rs 15 for Indian adult 

Sound and Light show(extra fee) : From 6:30 pm onwards 

Golconda Fort Hyderabad

Golconda Fort Hyderabad

Jaisalmer Fort – Jaisalmer

Built in 1156 by King Rawal Jaisal, is one of the very few “living forts” in the world , as nearly one fourth of the old city’s population still resides within the fort. The magnificent complex, also known as Sonar Kila (“Golden Fort”) for its gleaming golden sandstone walls and buildings. It is a 250 foot tall fort, which is protected by 30 feet long walls. The fort constitutes 99 bastions. There are other beautiful monuments nearby like Bada Bagh.

Fort Jaisalmer

Fort Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer Bada Bagh

Jaisalmer Bada Bagh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Timings: 9:00 to 18:00 hrs

Holidays: No. Open all days

Ideal duration to cover : 2 hours

Best time to visit: Oct to Feb

Entry fee Ticket : Rs 50 for Indian adult 

Jaisalmer Fort

Fort in Night

Amber Fort-  Jaipur

Resided by Rajput rulers, Maharaja Man Singh I, who led Mughal Emperor Akbar’s army, commenced its construction in 1592 on the remains of an 11th-century fort. The fort was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2013. Entrance of the fort can be reached by a ride on elephant back, jeep, golf cart, or on our own vehicle.

Timings: 9:30 to 17:00 hrs

Holidays: No. Open all days

Ideal duration to cover : 3 hours

Best time to visit: Oct to Feb

Entry fee Ticket : Rs 100 for Indian adult 

Sound and Light show(extra fee) : From 6:30 pm onwards 

Jaipur Amber Fort

Chittorgarh Fort

Chittorgarh Fort (or called as Chittor Fort) is reminiscent of Rajput chivalry, valour, pride, sacrifice and loyalty.  It is the largest Fort not only in India but also in Asia. It is also listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. It sprawls over a hill 180 m (590.6 ft) in height spread over an area of 280 ha (691.9 acres) above the plains of the valley drained by the Berach River. The fort is known for its seven gates namely Padan Gate, Ganesh Gate, Hanuman Gate, Bhairon Gate, Jodla Gate, Lakshman Gate and the main gate which is named after Lord Ram. 

Timings: 9:30 to 17:00 hrs

Ideal duration to cover : 3 hours

Best time to visit: Oct to Feb

Entry fee Ticket : Rs 20 for Indian adult 

Nearby towns: Chittorgarh is 300 km from Jaipur, 200 km from Udaipur, and 312 km from Jodhpur.

Chittorgarh fort

Chittorgarh Fort

Red Fort-  Agra

Known as the ‘Walled city’, it was built by Babur, the founder of  Mughal Empire and Akbar’s grandfather. However the Fort got its present appearance during the reign of Akbar. It was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Four gates were provided on its four sides. Two of the fort’s gates are notable: the “Delhi Gate” and the “Lahore Gate.” The Lahore Gate is also popularly also known as the “Amar Singh Gate,” for Amar Singh Rathore. Situated across 2.5km from famous sister monument, Tajmahal.

Timings: 6:00  to 18:00 hrs

Ideal duration to cover : 3 hours

Best time to visit: sept to Mar 

Entry fee Ticket : Rs 20 for Indian adult

Red Fort Agra

Red Fort Agra

Lohagad Fort – Maharashtra

Lohagad (iron fort) is a hill fort of Maharashtra. It rises to an elevation of 1,033 m (3,389 ft) above sea level. The fort was under the Maratha empire for the majority of the time, with a short period of 5 years under the Mughal empire. It is situated just 1hr 30mins drive from Mumbai, which is a weekend getaway. It is an excellent location for one day trek. This trek is a particular favorite of trekkers, especially in the monsoon season. It is a simple, very scenic and pleasant trek and the distance from Malavli and Lohagad can be covered in around two hours.

Timings: 9:00  to 18:00 hrs

Ideal duration to cover : 3v hours

Best time to visit: Oct – May 

Entry fee Ticket : Rs 25 for Indian adult 

Lohagad Fort Lonavala

Lohagad Fort Lonavala

Bhangarh fort – Rajasthan

The Bhangarh fort was built in the 17th century by Man Singh I. It is located at the border of the famous Sariska Tiger reserve. The beautiful Aravali range surrounding the fort gives it a spectacular backdrop. It features on the list of most haunted places in India.  The Archaeological Survey of India has put up a board outside the fort warning people not to enter its premises before sunrise or after sunset considering it as serious sign of the haunted nature of this place. Known for its amazing temples, palaces and havelis, it is hauntingly beautiful.

Bhangarh Fort Walkway

Bhangarh Fort Walkway

 

 

Timings: 6:00  to 18:00 hrs

Ideal duration to cover : 1 hours

Best time to visit: sept to Mar 

Entry fee Ticket : Rs 25 for Indian adult 

 

 

 

Bhangarh fort

Hanuted Bhangarh fort

Online booking can be done to get entry tickets for Forts. Facility is available in Archaeological Survey of India (Indian Government Organization) website – https://asi.payumoney.com/select/1.

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