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.
Occupying the heart of Jai Singh II's city, the City Palace has been home to the rulers of Jaipur since the first half of the 18th century. The sprawling complex is a superb blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, with open, airy Mughal-style public buildings leading to private apartments.
A whimsical addition to Rajasthan's rich architectural vocabulary, the fanciful Hawa Mahal or "Palace of Winds" was created in 1799 by the aesthete Sawai Pratap Singh and designed by Lal Chand Utsa. You can site this architectural splendor next to the entrance to the City Palace.
Jaisalmer Fort rises like a fabulous mirage out of the sands of the Thar Desert, the awesome contours of its 99 bastions softened by the golden hue of the stone. Built in 1156 by Maharawal Jaisal, and added to by his successors, this citadel stands on the peak of the 80 m high