This blog goes for all my history crazy friends who love to pack their bags and set off for an exploration around the globe. They get attracted by the towering forts, the artistic mausoleums, the gigantic palaces and the century old excavation sites. India is one such destination in the world map that is strongly associated with valor, grandeur and royalty. The Mughals, Rajputs and several other dynasties of the past have left back magnificent stories inscribed on the walls of these gigantic forts, palaces and mausoleums. Through this blog I would love to take you to a tour to such top 10 forts in India which have contributed towards India’s cultural heritage. So when you visit India you will definitely include trips to these forts in your India tour itinerary.
1. Mehrangarh Fort: this massive architecture in the Blue City of India, Jodhpur, is not only a landmark in India map, but also in the world map. The fort was built during the times of Rathores in Rajasthan on a hillock that rises 400 feet above the surrounding plain land. The 500 yards long, 120 feet high and 70 feet thick architecture make Mehrangarh Fort one of the largest forts in India. It has several entrances, an exclusive museum shop and opens up to magnificent views of Jodhpur city. The terrace restaurant of Mehrangarh Fort serves authentic Rajasthani cuisine and is the best place to enjoy a romantic dinner with your beloved.
2. Jaisalmer Fort: Next in line is Jaisalmer Fort, which is also referred to as the Sonar Quila. The fort was built in the 12 century by a Bhati Rajput ruler on the golden desert of Jaisalmer and today is listed among the largest forts in India. Its beauty, splendor, grace and elegance have mesmerized people since time immemorial.
3. Agra Fort: located in the historical city of Agra, this fort is a significant leftover of the Mughal Dynasty. This red sandstone architecture is located at a stone throwaway distance from the Taj Mahal and opens to majestic views of the Taj. During your historical tour to India do not forget to include Agra Fort in your itinerary.
4. Red Fort: in the capital of India, beside the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk, the Red Fort stands still and attracts millions of people from every corner of the world. The fort which once served as the residence of Mughals, today emerged as a popular tourist destination in the heart of India.
5. Fort William: Slightly deviating from the Mughal and Rajput, as we turn towards the British and East India Company’s rule in India, one example that will strike your eyes is the majestic Fort William in Kolkata. Referred to as the City of Joy, Kolkata has always remained a Queen’s Land and served as the capital of India during the British period. So as a contribution towards modern Indian history, the name of Fort William goes without mention.
6. Golconda Fort: this majestic fort was constructed some 800 years ago by the Kakatiya Kings of Warangal. Today it serves as an important sightseeing spot in Hyderabad and is well known for the acoustic effect it creates inside it.
7. Fort Aguada: the Portuguese community’s long association with this beautiful beach city of Goa has left significant imprints on the land. One such example is Fort Aguada that stands overlooking the blue Arabian Sea in Goa. On reaching the top of the Fort you will get to enjoy magnificent views of the ocean.
8. Bidar Fort: it was constructed during the Bahmanid Dynasty period when the emperor wanted to shift the capital from Gulbarga to Bidar in north Karnataka. It today serves as a significant tourist destination and a major historical sight in Karnataka.
9. Amer Fort: the fort is an epitome of grace and glory in the capital city of Rajasthan, Jaipur. It is perched on top of a hill and is a great place to observe, study and imbibe the life and culture of the Rajput dynasty.
10. Chittorgarh Fort: Rajasthan is known for the kings and queens and their valor and elegance. Out of their several leftovers, Chittorgarh Fort is one of them located in the town of Chittorgarh. The evening light and sound show that explains the history of the fort is the biggest attraction here.