Rajasthan is home to several forts and palaces owing to its glorious past of Kings and battles. Tourists from every part of the world go to this city especially to witness the royal history of India. You must be aware of some of the well-known forts of Rajasthan but, the city offers something more to amaze you!
Tourists usually buy some common tour packages then end up visiting only the familiar forts of Rajasthan. We are going to discuss the lesser known forts for all those who want to view the hidden realms of Rajasthan. Come on; we know that you don’t like to follow the heard of sheep.
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1. Kumbhalgarh Fort
Only a few people are aware that the world’s second largest wall (after the wall of China) is located in Kumbhalgarh Fort of Rajasthan. Situated 50 miles away from Udaipur, this fort is included in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites.
Kumbhalgarh is built on a secluded spot surrounded by one of the oldest mountains of the world namely Aravalli Ranges. The title Kumbhalgarh is given on the name of the King Rana Kumbha who is the creator of this fort.
The immense fort complex houses 700 canon bunkers, 360 temples, 7 huge gates and a palace as well. Apart from magnificent structures, the story of ultimate sacrifice will make you awestruck. One pilgrim voluntarily sacrificed his life and beheaded so that prophesy regarding the destruction of this fort can be changed.
2. Bhainsrorgarh Fort
Perched on a hill above the Chambal River, Bhainsrorgarh Fort is a living example of royalty straight out of the ancient era. You can still meet the heirs of Royal family in this hotel turned Fort of Rajasthan.
The best part is that unlike other royal families, the residents of Bhainsrorgarh fort love to host the visitors by themselves. They doesn’t made many alterations in the fort so that people can imagine the exact old age royal life.
You can reach at the Bhainsrorgarh Fort by taking a wooden boat ride and don’t miss to capture the stunning reflection of the entire fort visible in the river water. You can also stroll by the village to interact with the locals.
3. Alwar Fort
Built on the hilltop of Aravalli Ranges just above the city of Alwar, this fort is a worth visiting Fort of Rajasthan. It is one of the ancient forts constructed in the 15th century by Hasan Khan Mewati.
This Fort has remained the habitat of Marathas, Jats, Mughals and Kachwaha Rajputs. You can even see the Salim Mahal inside the Fort premises where Mughal emperor Jahangir has stayed for some time. Few important structures in the fort are Suraj Kund, Nikumbh Mahal, Salim Sagar Pond and Jai Mahal.
4. Achalgarh Fort
Achalgarh Fort is among one of the 32 forts constructed during the reign of Maharana Kumbha. It is located 11 km away from the famous hill station, Mount Abu. Although Achalgarh Fort is not in a very good condition now still, it holds a lot for the history enthusiasts.
You can also explore Achaleshwar Mahadev Temple outside the Fort premises. The temple holds a precious idol of Nandi made up of 5 metals namely gold, silver, brass, copper and zinc. The marvellous Mandakini Lake nearby the temple is a perfect place to spend some alone time.
5. Bhangarh Fort
Do you love visiting spooky places? If yes, then Bhangarh Fort which is considered to be haunted is perfect for your Rajasthan Trip. This Fort is located in Alwar district on the border of Sariska Reserve. An eerie feeling starts lurking in at the entrance of Bhangarh Fort.
A board outside the Fort reads, “Entering the borders of Bhangarh before sunrise and after sunset is strictly prohibited.” People say that the fort is cursed to be inhabited by ghosts forever. Who knows maybe you would encounter with some mysterious being while exploring the huge palaces of Bhangarh Fort. Many tourists visit this haunted fort in search of the ghosts.
6. Jaigarh Fort
Jaigarh Fort is built by Raja Sawai Jai Sigh II nearby to Amber in Jaipur. Popularly known with the title ‘Victory Fort’, this fort has architectural similarity with the famous Amber Fort.
In addition to this, some secret passages inside the Jaigarh Fort lead directly to the Amber Fort. You can view world’s largest wheel cannon of the ancient era in this Fort. You can also explore the huge palaces, armoury chamber and museum in Jaigarh Fort. It is one of the must visit places to visit in Rajasthan for travel lovers.
7. Jalore Fort
Located in the town of Jalore, Jalore Fort is counted amongst the nine castles of the Maru of Paramara Dynasty. The spectacular Fort is tucked atop a steep perpendicular hill. You can enter the Fort via four huge gates which are known as Pols in Rajasthan.
Among the main entrance gates, Suraj Pol was built to receive the first rays of the sun. The Fort houses many Hindu and Jain temples where devotees come for attaining the blessings of various gods. You will also find Fort mosques inside the premises.
8. Junagarh Fort
Junagarh Fort is one of the few forts of Rajasthan which are not built on a ridge. The beauty of fort is still intact even after plenty of attacks by varied powerful kings and dynasties.
You will surely feel like capturing the images of every corner of this crafted architectural piece. Some of the top attractions in the fort complex are fort museum, Karan Mahal, Phool Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Badal Mahal and Lakshmi Narayan Temple.
Every fort of Rajasthan holds numerous untold stories and the beauty of these lesser-known forts are in no means less than any other popular fort.
So, you should not add just the common ones into your travel plan as you will surely get to see something peculiar in the other forts as well. Hence, plan your trip wisely!