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Top 10 Forts and Palaces


India has kept its history intact in its architectural delights, and especially in its forts and palaces, which gives a tourist, an awed pleasure to behold such exquisitely carved buildings.

Each state of the country has its  forts and palaces to boast of, and these buildings talk about the yesteryears' majestic charm of the places. No matter where you go, to hills or to the deserts, to metropolitan cities or to the beaches, you will get to see charming structures that will tell you something or other about these mighty places and its kingly rulers.

Top 10 Palaces and Forts of India are :

  • Red Fort, Delhi

This beautiful building made in red sandstone is a very important building for the country, as here the president hoist the national flag on every Independence Day. The building was built under the commission of Mughal king Shah Jahan.

  • Amber Fort, Rajasthan

A regal structure built in the city of Amer in Jaipur, this is one of the best forts in Rajasthan. Built in sandstone and marble, the building shows the historical splendor of Rajput kings, and their elegance. There are many beautiful sections inside the fort, each one worth taking a look at.

  • Agra Fort, Agra

Within the walled city of Agra, this fort was built under the commission of Akbar the Great, and was the capital and main center of all the activities of kings during their times. The fort was also used as a military hub during the independence fight against Britishers.

  • Jaisalmer Fort, Rajasthan

Th great and one of the world's largest forts, the Jaisalmer stands erect on the shining desert of the Great Thar. A 12th century structure, built by Rajput kings, is exquisite and grand in its formations and the color yellow of the walls also gave it the name of “The Golden Fort”.

  • Umaid Bhawan Palace, Rajasthan

The royal and beautiful Palace, is now partially a heritage hotel, taken over by Taj groups. The arty building in the Jodhpur city of Rajasthan , welcomes many tourists on every occasion. One part of the building is the hotel, second is the  residence of royal family and the third has been turned into a museum.

  • Lake Palace, Udaipur

Also known as Jag Niwas, it is a luxury hotel now, but the exquisite structure and outstanding architecture does not decrease any historical value that it has ever possessed. Located on an island of Lake Pichola in Udaipur, this white marble building is a very popular place in entire Rajasthan.

  • City Palace, Udaipur

The City Palace of Udaipur, is a huge complex area which contains a lot of architectural buildings and make a small hamlet in its own. Also located on the east bank of lake Pichola, the buildings are designed in Mughal style, and are of great historical value.

  • Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

A very mesmerizing sight to look at, the best part of this building is its silhouette, which is formed on the form of crown of Lord Krishna. Built in red and pink sandstone the building is a part of City Palace, and the jharokhas and lattice work gives outstanding views to a tourist.

  • Jal Mahal, Jaipur

Located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake of Jaipur, this palace got its name from its amazing location itself. With beautiful gardens and hill views, the palace can be reached by extremely beautiful boats on the lake, made in Mughal style.

  • Mysore Palace, Karnataka

Also known as Amba Vilas Palace, the Mysore Palace is one of the most beautiful structures in Karnataka. The fort is a major tourist attraction which maintains many historical artifacts and paintings of the olden times.

 With all these beautiful forts and palaces, you can have a deep look at the history of the country, especially the royal and architectural history.

Last updated : Jan 3, 2012.

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