8 Hill Forts Of Rajasthan | Best Rajasthan Hill Forts to Visit 2021

Rajasthan Hill Forts

1. Chittorgarh Fort
2. Kumbhalgarh Fort
3. Amer Fort 
4. Jaisalmer Fort
5. Gagron Fort
6. Ranthambore Fort
7. Mehrangarh Fort
8. Jaigarh Fort

The magnificent hill forts of Rajasthan aptly define the state’s proud nickname, ‘The Land of Kings’. Dating back to somewhere between the 7th to 15th century, these hill forts had once helped the kings in safeguarding their territories from forign invaders. Strategically developed by the most renowned architects of those times, these fortifications also showcase spellbinding architectural designs.

Nestled atop mighty hills, the Rajasthan hill forts not only offer their visitors a sneak peak into the rich history and brilliant architecture of the bygone times, but also let them bask in panoramic views of the underlying vistas. Sheltering regal palaces and beautiful temples on their premises, these forts also let the travelers enjoy a complete sightseeing experience. Most of the hill forts of the state, including the Chittorgarh Fort, Ranthambore Fort, Amber Fort, Jaisalmer Fort, Gagron Fort, and Kumbhalgarh Fort have also been declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Chittorgarh Fort is one of the most important places to visit in Chittorgarh. This historical fort is the pride of the Rajasthani town as it stands imposingly upon the top of a hill, looking down protectively over the city. Nearly all of Chittorgarh’s attractions are housed inside the fort. 

The Chittorgarh Fort is a massive structure which was first built in the 7th century and covers an area of approximately 700 acres. There are several grand sights to be seen inside the fort itself apart from the commanding views that can be seen of the environs of Chittorgarh.

The fort, which is also known as Water Fort, contained 84 water bodies inside its grounds, of which 22 exist today. The Vijay Stambh, Kirti Stambh, Rana Kumbha Palace, Meera mandir and other consequential structures are also housed inside the formidable fort. 

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Price: Rs. 10 for Indians; Rs. 100 for foreigners 
Location: Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001
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Kumbhalgarh Fort

The awe-inspiring Kumbhalgarh Fort has its name among the 5 Rajasthan hill forts that are enlisted under UNESCO world heritage sites. Perched at the base of the mighty Aravalli ranges, this fort boasts the world’s second largest wall that extends up to a length of 38 kilometers.

Located at a height of around 1914 meters above sea level, this fort was constructed in the 15th century by Rana Kumbha, under the rule of the Mewar kings. The Kumbhalgarh Fort houses a number of important structures including the Kumbha Palace, Badal Mahal, Baoris, water reservoirs, Chhatris, and Jain temples.

Location: Rajsamand District, Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan

Best Time to Visit: October to March
As you go footloose in the charming complex of the Amer fort made of pink and yellow sandstone, you will witness the regal finesse of Rajputanas. The majestic beauty resides in the pink city of Jaipur, bathing in charm atop the Cheel ka Teela(Hill of Eagles). 

The fort is a pearl on the crown of Jaipur. Over five thousand tourists visit the fort every day to bask in its royal splendour. The Amer fort has also been inducted into the UNESCO world heritage list along with five other forts of Rajasthan.

The fort is famous for the exquisite Hindu elements peaking through its architecture. The palace features large parapets and several intricately designed gateways that give it a stately vibe. Rajput ruler Raja Man Singh built the fort in 1592. 

The fort is a famous historical monument and a reflection of Rajputana style architecture. It is most famous for its elephant rides and the sound and light show that draws the tourists in thousands every day. The fort is a fine example of the creativity and craftsmanship of the Rajput artists and architects. Amer Fort is one of the oldest forts of Rajasthan and says a lot about the state’s glorious past.

Location: It is located in the small town of Amer, which is about 11 km from Jaipur.

Timings: 10 am to 5 pm and from 6:30 pm to 9:15 pm.

Price: The entry fee is Rs. 500 per person for foreigners and Rs. 50 for Indians.

Amer fort elephant safari:  The elephant ride up the hill to the entrance of the fort is a thrilling experience. The trip costs Rs. 1100 for two people. It takes about 30 minutes for the elephant to trudge up the hill.
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Also known as Sonar Quilla or Sone ka Quilla (golden fort) Jaisalmer fort stands high showcasing its beauty and elegance as it is one of the world’s largest forts located in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. Sonar Quila is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan.

Its extensive yellow sandstone walls are bright yellow during the day and fade to honey-gold as the sun sets and due to this, it is also called the Golden fort. This dessert beauty has seen many battles while standing amidst the sandy stretches of the great Thar Desert on Trikuta hill. Jaisalmer itself is known as the golden city and offers the cultural fusion of nomadic desert and royalty which will let you experience something different.

You will be amused by the architectural beauty of Jaisalmer Fort and other sites of the golden city. Built by the Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal in 1156 AD this UNESCO World Heritage site is the pride of the Thar desert and is a symbol of strength. Jaisalmer Fort has played a vital role from the glorious past to the present. It has been part of many amazing cultures of the different dynasty ruling.

It has kept the traditions of past safe by preserving their designs and visions. This place will never fail to surprise you from its majestic beauty and will give you a different vision towards the history, traditions, and culture of the country.

History of Jaisalmer Fort

The Golden fort is said to be established by Raja Rawal Jaisal, who was a Bhatti Rajput ruler, in approximately 1156 A D. He selected the Trikuta hills located at the great Thar Desert for his fort to stand and symbolize the dominance and power of the royal Rajput's.

Sonar Quila is known as the second oldest fort in Rajasthan and has seen and been part of many legendary battles but even today it holds the same charm and positive vibes which will leave you aw-struck when you will witness this great structure. So, one can notice the fusion of Islamic and Rajput architecture. It has also been part of the silk trade route from the 16th to the 18th century. 

Sonar Quila is a legendary structure and holds a great significance in the grand history. The  fort has four grand entrance Ganesh Pol, Akshaya Pol, Suraj Pol, and Hawa Pol which have their own significance like Suraj pol named was given to one because the first sun rays over the city used to hit this very gate similarly other gates also have interesting stories related to them and are very beautifully carved and designed in a way that it is a combination of power and beauty.

The Architecture of Jaisalmer Fort

The Jaisalmer Fort is also famous for its architectural beauty. With the amazing measurement of 1,500 ft (460 m) long and 750 ft (230 m) wide it is built on a hill that rises above a height of 250 ft (76 m). You will be delighted to witness the essence of Rajasthani architectural touch with beautiful designs and patterns. Built with the gorgeous yellow sandstone the entire fort has an amazing look and shines like gold when the sun-rays fall on the walls.

With the glorious sunrise and majestic sunset, this structure changes color from tawny lion yellow to honey- gold. You will be amused to see the four entrances to the fort which are named Hawa Pole, Akshay Pole, Suraj Pole, and Ganesha Pole. There are many other places that add their importance to histories such as Akhai Vilas, the Rang Mahal, Sarvottam Vilas, Gaj Mahal, and the Moti Mahal.

The Moti Mahal is also known as Salam Singh Ki Haweli and is extremely beautiful with the amazing architecture, built-in 1815 with a peacock-shaped roof & numerous balconies this place will give a jaw-dropping view. These places too have been formed by keeping the designs, patterns, and texture at the priority and has been taken utmost care that they stand to showcase the royalty and energy of Rajput's and taking Rajasthani style on another level.
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Gagron Fort

Flaunting an exemplary Rajput architectural design, the charming Gagron Fort is considered to be one of the most beautiful hill forts of Rajasthan. Constructed atop a hillock, the fort offers its visitors 360 degrees panoramic views of the underlying landscape.

Featuring an imperial aura and sturdy walls, Gagron Fort has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The fort shelters an intriguing museum and the tomb of Sufi Saint Mitthe Shah.

Location: Jhalawar, Rajasthan

Best Time to Visit: October to March

Rajasthan is one of the most historically significant places in India, and there are several forts, such as the Ranthambore Fort, that bear testimony to their glorious rule. In fact, Ranthambore Fort is one of the oldest, most magnificent and most representative forts made by the Rajputs in all of Rajasthan. Built during the 12th century by the royal Chauhan family, this fort is also a World Heritage Site, as declared by UNESCO. If you want to experience the true essence and history of Rajasthan, you must visit Ranthambore and the Fort that is the city’s crowning glory.

The Ranthambore Fort stands on the skyline of the Ranthambore National Park, looking over the settlements and surrounding landscape underneath and offering some of the most breathtaking views from its ramparts. You can also see the dense foliage and grasslands of the Ranthambore National Park from the fort, which is another reason tourists flock to the fort from all parts of the country.

The Ranthambore Fort is also a marvelous specimen of Rajput architecture. The fort is surrounded with large stone walls, stone steps, pillars and large domes which make the fort appear majestic. Due to the proximity of the National Park and wildlife reserve, you might also find birds, monkeys and even peacocks in the fort complex. Ranthambore Fort is the perfect place to go sightseeing, trekking, hiking or nature-walking when you are in Rajasthan.

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Mehrangarh Fort

Also referred to as ‘Mehran Fort’ and constructed in the year 1459 by Rao Jodha, Mehrangarh Fort is counted among the most popular hill forts of Rajasthan. Lying at an altitude of around 410 feet above sea level, this magnificent structure makes for one of the country’s largest known forts.

With a total of seven majestic gates guarding it, this bewildering fort houses opulent palaces, including the Phool Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal. The fort is also home to the Mehrangarh Museum, Chamunda Temple, Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, Nagnechi Mataji Temple, and the National Geological Monument.

Best Time to Visit: November to February

Jaigarh Fort is a monumental fort located on the Aravalli Ranges of Rajasthan, towering at an impressive height of 500m above sea level. The fort was constructed in 1726 by the famous Raja Jai Singh II as a means to fortify the Amer Fort. 

In fact, you can see an unobstructed view of Amer Fort and its complex from the Jaigarh Fort and also witness a breath-taking view of the green hills and lakes that surround the fort. It is one of the most distinctive historical monuments in the Jaipur area and has many unique features that make it unique. 

The largest canon in the world, which is called the Jaivana Cannon, can be found inside the premises. The canon was built inside the Jaigarh Fort itself and is said to have participated in many famous Rajput battles and wars. Other attractions inside the fort include the Vilas Mandir, the Aram Mandir, Laxmi Vilas and the Lalit Mandir. 

A unique feature of the fort is the lattice-work windows from where you can observe the expanse of the surrounding landscape and the large Persian garden which has four distinct parts. The original purpose of the Jaigarh Fort was to store arms, ammunition, armours and supplies for the Amer Fort in case of war.

It is now a significant historical monument itself, with visitors travelling from far and wide to get an insight into the rich culture and history of the Rajputs of Amer. The monument is approximately 3 kilometres long and stands at a width of 1 kilometre. 

Location: Devisinghpura, Amer, Rajasthan 302028

Timings: The fort is open every day, from Monday to Saturday, from 9:30 am to 4:45 pm. On Saturdays, the Jaigarh Fort remains open till 8:00 pm. 

Fee: The entry fee to the Jaigarh Fort is INR 35 for Indian nationals, while foreigners and tourists from outside the country have to pay INR 85 for entrance. 
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05 November 2019
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It is a great deal. Beautiful place to stay. Owner Mr. Mahaveer is very humble and helpful person. Food was tasty & ample. The provided unlimited mineral water for us as and when required. Camel safari was also good & enjoyable. We enjoyed true Rajasthani folk cultural program at night. It was diwali on that particular day. They had arranged some in-house fireworks. Dark starlit sky, campfire, fireworks, folk music & wines - the whole ambiance was ecstatic. Overall a very good & comfortable stay. Only thing I would like to remind you that the region where the camp is located is named Osiyan. Here, you won't find complete desert like Jaisalmer. It is more like a terrain covered with thorny bush. Sand dunes are limited though the camel will take you to a nearby one. But, it's not a fault of owner. You will get compensated with their warm & humble hospitality.
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03 January 2019
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Really nice experience, we were treated really well. Any inconvenience was taken care immediately. The trekking was the best part of the trip. Guides have ample knowledge and took good care of us.
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  1. Which are the best Rajasthan hill forts to visit with family?

    1. Amber Fort: Featuring marble panels, frescoed arches, and sandalwood doors, the Amber Fort is one of the most brilliantly architectured hill forts of Rajasthan. While you’re here with your family, remember to soak in the breathtaking views of Lake Maota.

    2. Jaigarh Fort: Nestled atop the ‘Cheel ka Teela’ hills of Jaipur, Jaigarh Fort is referred to as ‘The Fort of Victory’, since it could never be conquered. In addition to its glorious history, this stunning fortress is also known for offering surreal views of the city of Jaipur.

    3. Nahargarh Fort: Nahargarh Fort was primarily constructed by Maharaj Sawai Jai Singh II in 1734 to serve as a robust defense for today’s Pink City. This fort is home to two temples, the Diwan-I-Aam, and the Madhavendra Bhavan.

    4. Jaisalmer Fort: Also known as ‘Golden Fort’, the Jaisalmer Fort dates back to 1156 AD and is named after its founder, Rawal Jaisal. Making for one of the world’s largest fortifications, Jaisalmer Fort features 4 gigantic gateways, 99 bastions, huge havelis, and charming Jain temples.
  2. Which is the oldest hill fort in Rajasthan?

    Some of the oldest known hill forts in Rajasthan that have survived the test of time are listed below:

    - Chittorgarh Fort (Built in 7th century AD)
    - Ranthambore Fort (Built in 12th century)
    - Jaisalmer Fort (Built in the year 1156)
    - Kumbhalgarh Fort (Built between 1443 AD and 1458 AD)
  3. Which is the largest hill fort in Rajasthan?

    The largest hill forts in the state of Rajasthan are the Chittorgarh Fort. The Chittorgarh Fort is spread across an approximate area of around 692 acres and can accommodate more than 4000 people still leaving room for many.
  4. What is the best time to visit Rajasthan?

    The most ideal time for visiting Rajasthan is during the winter months of October to February. During this period of the year, the weather of the place remains significantly pleasant, which is perfect for going out and exploring the Rajasthan hill forts.

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