Rajasthan is famous all over the world for its stunning forts and palaces that have been gloriously standing since decades in this princely state. They are the perfect example of the architectural heritage of Rajasthan. The reminders of rich history of this eternal land are one of the major attractions of the state as well our country. A journey through these masterpieces makes travelers come back here again and again to enjoy the majestic blend of royal past and modern comforts. Built on high hilltops, amidst endless desert and on the islands in lake the monuments vary from each other having their own individual charm and charisma.
Today's travelers have a great opportunity to experience the royalty of these forts and palaces by staying in them as most ancient structures have opened their doors to travelers and running as heritage hotels. Some of the major forts and palaces of Rajasthan are Amber Fort in Jaipur, Chittorgarh Fort in Chittorgarh, City Palace in Jaipur, Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, Junagadh Fort in Bikaner, Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, Sonar Kila in Jaislamer, City Palace in Udaipur and many more.
Stretching along the eastern shore of Lake Pichola, Udaipur's City Palace is a fascinating combination of Rajput military architecture and Mughal-style decorative techniques. Its stern, fortress-like façade, topped by a profusion of graceful balconies, cupolas and turrets, has been aptly described by one writer as a massive plain cake topped with fabulous icing. The largest palace in Rajasthan, covering an area of 2 ha, the City Palace is actually a complex of several palaces, built or added to by 22 different maharanas b7etween the 16th and 20th centuries. Much of it is now a museum, and parts of it are luxury hotels.7.