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  • It has beautiful structures, enchanting edifices and stunning architecture along with the culture that will just enthral you. Yes, Rajasthan is one of the most colourful states of India, acquainting visitors with the culture of its own, providing an experience of valiance and chivalry through its great line of Rajasthan Forts and Palaces. Scattered all around in the state, these palaces and forts have a uniqueness of their own, with each one of them narrating a story about its kings, kingdom and colourful culture.

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    Interesting facts
    : In earlier times, Rajasthan was divided into twenty princely states and each of its rulers built forts and palaces in Rajasthan to safeguard their subjects and leave a peaceful life in the opulence of their kingly luxury. Moreover, the other reason for building such amazing and luxurious palaces was to show off their wealth and their artistic taste towards designing and literature.

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    Now, most of these havelis and palaces have been developed and modified into heritage hotels with present day interiors and rugged exteriors that is astoundingly amazing. A lot of them still retain their old glory and exquisite décor. The mixture of traditional and contemporary allows tourists to see these remnants and enjoy the grandeur of living in one of them, even if it is for a while. Moreover, all these palaces reflect the symbol of power and hospitality offered by Rajasthan.

  • Best Palaces of Rajasthan

  • 01Neemrana Fort Palace, Alwar

    Neemrana Fort Palace, Alwar
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    Neemrana Fort was once one of the most royal forts in the country. The fort and palace known for being located on a high hillock, offers magnificent panoramic views of the city of Alwar. This stunningly beautiful palace is now recognised for serving as a heritage hotel for all those who seek to enjoy their trip to Alwar.

    Just as the way kings and royal family members did. Built by Raja Dup Raj in 1467, the palace was converted into a hotel in 1986 and is one of the oldest heritage resort hotel in the country. The beautiful palace derives its name from Local chieftain, Nimola Meo, who was known for its bravery. The fort is one of the best ways to enjoy a luxurious trip to the city and acquaint oneself to the culture of Rajasthan.

    Best Time to Stay at Neemrana Fort Palace: Mid November and Early March
    Opening timing and Closing time: 9 am to 5 pm

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  • 02Lake Palace, Udaipur

    Lake Palace, Udaipur

    The Lake Palace was built in 1743-1746 during the reign of Maharaja Jagat Singh II who was the 62nd successor of the royal family of Mewar. This palace was built to serve as the summer palace and was originally named after its founder as Jagniwas. The palace complex is spread across an area of four acres in the Jagniwas Island located in the Lake Pichola.

    The palace was constructed as east facing so that the members of the royal family could pray to the Sun God at the crack of the dawn. The flooring of the palace is done with black and white marbles with its walls being adorned by colorful arabesques in their best forms. This island played an important role during the mutiny of 1847, as it provided shelter to several European families who fled from Nimach.

    The then ruler, Maharaja Swarrop Singh did everything to protect his guests by destroying all the boats of the town so that the rebels couldn't reach the island. It was later when the building of the palace started deteriorating. It was decided by the managing committee to turn it into a hotel, so that by its revenue the palace could be well maintained.

    Later in 1971 the palace hotel was taken over by the Taj Hotels and Resorts Palaces. They added seventy five more rooms to the original hotels and restored to it to look more opulent and luxurious. At present the hotel has eighty three rooms and is voted as one of the most romantic palaces of the country. Explore now the best Udaipur tour packages and give a visit to this palace when on a romantic trip with the love of your life..

    Best Time to Stay at Lake Palace: January - April and October - December
    Opening timing and Closing time: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm

  • 03Udai Vilas Palace, Udaipur

    Udai Vilas Palace, Udaipur

    Udaipur is considered as the royal sojourn to the lake city and consists of various Rajasthan Palaces and Forts of which the Udaivillas Palace is one of the famous one. Situated on the banks of Lake Pichola, the Udaivillas Palace is a magnificent building which is known for its traditional and flamboyant style of architecture and artistic designs.

    The palace is adorned with an array of beautiful fountains, huge courtyards and succulent gardens, which would mesmerize you to the very core of your heart. This palace is now converted into a heritage hotel that is run by the Oberoi Group of Hotels.

    It is ranked as the best hotel in Asia and the fifth best in the world. Each and every guest of the hotel is treated in a royal manner and served by some of the chefs whose predecessors have served as a chef to the royal family. The Udaivillas palace is located twenty seven kilometres from the International Airport and eight kilometres from the nearby railway station.

    Best Time to Stay at Udai Vilas Palace: January - December
    Opening timing and Closing time: 12 am to 12 pm and 9 pm to 12 am

  • 04City Palace, Udaipur

    City Palace, Udaipur
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    Built in 1559 by Maharaja Udai Singh, this palace was setup as the capital of the Sisodia Rajpur clan. The City Palace is basically a palace complex that comprises of several other palaces within its periphery. This palace is built in a very flamboyant style and is located on the east banks of the Lake Pichola. The structure is considered to be one of the largest Palaces in Rajasthan, which is quite unique of its type.

    Similar to most of the Palaces in Rajasthan this palace too reflects an amalgamation of Rajput and Mughal Style of architecture. The City Palace is built on hilltop so as to provide a panoramic view of whole city along with its surroundings such as the Lake Palace, Jag Mandir, Monsoon Palace and the Neemach Mata Mandir.

    The best trivia about this place is that the Lake and the Monsoon Palaces were used in the filming of the very famous James Bond movie “Octopussy”. Owing to the great publicity and the popularity of the City Palace and its surroundings, Udaipur is also known as the “Venice of the East”.

    Best Time to Stay at  City Palace: November - February
    Opening timing and Closing time: 9 am to 4.30 pm

  • 05Deogarh Mahal near Udaipur

    Deogarh Mahal near Udaipur

    Situated eighty miles from the periphery of Udaipur, this 17th century palace is one of the best palaces in Rajasthan. Known for its glittering mirror and murals the Deogarh Mahal is a romantic palace encircled by a beautiful lake.

    This mahal is built on the top of the Arravalli Hills and has a marvellous courtyard along with an array of magnificent gateways, domes, jharokhas, turrets and battlements. This palace is owned by the royal Chundawat family, the members of which still reside here.

    This Mahal is basically an exotic village situated 2100 feet above the sea level. This palace is converted into a modern day heritage hotel with fifty gorgeous suites and rooms equipped with all kinds of modern luxurious amenities like swimming pool, Jacuzzi, gym etc. The Deogarh Mahal is the perfect place to visit if you are traveling in between Jodhpur and Udaipur.

    Best Time to Stay at Deogarh Mahal: October - Early April
    Opening timing and Closing time: 24hrs open

  • 06Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

    Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
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     Designed in the form of the crown of Krishna, the striking Hawa Mahal was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1798 and is one among the most famous palaces in Rajasthan. This palace is located in the heart of the city of Jaipur and is built of superior quality red bricks and sandstone. The exterior of the palace is basically a five storey building, which looks similar to the honeycomb of the beehives because of its nine hundred and fifty three small windows that are known as the Jharokhas.

    The name Hawa Mahal stands for the “Palace of Winds”, which very much justifies it perfectly created airy structure. It has been designed in such a manner that creates an air conditioning effect inside the palace using the Venturi Effect. Apart from this, the intricate structure of the palace also served as a veil that allowed the female members of the royal family to observe the everyday ongoing of the streets below without being seen, as they had to follow the strict purdah or the face covering system.

    The Hawa Mahal forms the part of the City Palace and extends up to Zenana, the harem chambers. The best time to view this palace is early in the morning since its red colour becomes extremely vivid in the soft glow of the morning sun.

    Best Time to Stay at Hawa Mahal: October - March
    Opening timing and Closing time: 9 am to 4.30 pm

  • 07Jal Mahal Palace, Jaipur

    Jal Mahal Palace, Jaipur
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    The Jal Mahal Palace, Jaipur is considered as an absolute beauty constructed in the Rajput and Mughal style architecture. As its names states the palace is a water palace that is situated in the midst of the beautiful Man Sagar Lake. The palace and lake has undergone lots of restoration of process with the last one being in the 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber. In this process the lake was enlarged, drains were diverted and tons of silt was dredged from its bottom.

    Similar to the Hawa Mahal, the palace is a five storey building in which four of its floors remain underwater during the times when the lake is full. The terrace of palace has a beautiful garden along with having semi octagonal towers with elegant cupola located at each of the four corners of the palace.

    Since the development of the water treatment system of the lake and the regeneration of the surrounding wetlands, five nestling islands have been created in order to attract various species of migratory birds.

    Best Time to Stay at Jai Mahal Palace: January - December 
    Opening timing and Closing time: Open 24hours

  • 08Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

    Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

    A very interesting history runs behind the building of this beautiful palace, which was once the home of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Initially, the first building of the palace was built as garden house in 1835, which was later converted into a hunting lodge by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh since this palace was located in the midst of thick forest.

    It was later in the early 20th century that this hunting lodge was expanded into a palace. However after the independence of India, this palace was taken over by the Indian Government and by 1950s the royal family felt that the upkeep of the palace as well as its surrounding is becoming very costly.

    This lead to their decision of turning it into a heritage hotel in 1957. This hotel is run by the Taj Group of Hotels and is considered to be one of the best and most luxurious hotels in the world. Due to its magnificent structure, amazing architecture and intricate designing this palace is very famous amongst tourist who visit this region, with most of them dreaming of staying in this hotel to experience its opulence and luxury.

    Best Time to Stay at Rambagh Palace: January - December
    Opening timing and Closing time: Open 24hours 

  • 09City Palace, Jaipur

    City Palace, Jaipur
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    Jaipur City Palace is one of the central attractions of the city due to its magnanimous complex and the fact that it is still a royal residence. Similar to the human heart this palace is located slightly south west of the centre of the city and hence it is considered to be the heart of Jaipur. The palace complex consists of several other building such as Mubrak Mahal, Chandra Mahal (though this part of the palace houses a museum, most of its part is still a royal residence), Maharani Palace, Mukut Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-i-Aam, Bhaggi Khana and Goving Dev Temple.

    The palace complex consists of a huge inner courtyard known by the name of Pritam Niwas Chowk. This courtyard has four gates, representing the four seasons and Hindu Gods. The palace was constructed in between 1729-1732 by Sawai Jai Singh II and was designed with an amalgamation of Rajput, Mughal and European style architecture. It is open for tourist visits all days of the week throughout the year except for some particular holidays such as Holi, Diwali and a few more.

    Best Time to Stay at City Palace: October - March 
    Opening timing and Closing time: 9.30 am to 5 pm

  • 10Bundi Palace, Bundi

    Bundi Palace, Bundi
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    A prime attraction in the city of Bundi, Bundi Palace is known for being close to the hillside of Taragarh Fort. This stunningly attractive fort is popular for its lavish murals and frescoes, known for their traditional value. The palace, currently open to the public, showcases the lives and times of people living in Bundi.

    It is located in vicinity to a number of other palaces and forts, including the popular Star Fort, the Sukh Mahal and several artificial lakes that provide respite in the heat and deserts of Rajasthan. The stunningly attractive palace is also known for its stepwells that have made water accessible during the period of crises.

    Best Time to Stay at Bundi Palace: August - March
    Opening timing and Closing time: 8 am to 7 pm

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  • 11Lalgarh Palace, Bikaner

    Lalgarh Palace, Bikaner
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    The Lalgarh Palace was built somewhere in the period of 1902-1926 and was commissioned by the British controlled agency for Maharaja Ganga Singh of Bikaner. The palace has an Indo-Saracenic style of architecture with having prominence of Mughal and European style of architecture. Maharaja Ganga Singh named the palace in the memory of his beloved father Maharaja Lall Singh.

    It was in 1972 that then the Maharaja of Bikaner, H.H.Karni Singh established the Ganga Singh Charitable Trust and decided to endow a part of the palace to be used in supporting the economy of the trust. It was then that the two sings of the palace was converted into independent hotels, one being the Lalgarh Palace Hotel run by the trust and the other one being the Laxmi Niwas Palace, which is operated and owned by the Golden Triangle Fort and Palaces Pvt. Ltd. In current times the palace has two other sections out of which one is museum while the other part still remains to be the house of the royal family headed and owned by the late Maharaja’s daughter H.H. Princess Rajyashree Kumari.

    Best Time to Stay at Lalgarh Palace : January - December
    Opening timing and Closing time: 10 am to 5 pm

  • 12Amber Palace, Jaipur

    Amber Palace, Jaipur
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     Amber Palace is one of the principal tourist destinations of the state of Rajasthan region especially for the people who are traveling to Jaipur. Situated on a high hill this beautiful palace is located in the Amer town which is approximately eleven kilometre from the city of Jaipur.

    This palace was built using red sandstone and marble during the reign of Raja Man Singh I who was the Kacchwaha King of Amber. The Amber fort overlooks the beautiful Maota Lake and has large gates along with cobbled paths.

    The architecture marvel of the palace can be observed by looking at its four level layout, Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-i-Aam, Sheesh Mahal and Sukh Niwas, with each of them having a courtyard. Now Sukh Niwas has special attraction that the climate around it is created artificially with the help of water cascades built around the palace.

    The palace complex also has a Sila Devi Temple, the idol of which was gifted to Raja Man Singh after he had defeated Raja of Jessore in 1604. Due to its strong cultural heritage and architectural beauty defining the artistic style of Hindu elements, this place witnesses an average footfall of five thousand visitors on daily basis (according to the reports from the Superintendent of Department of Archaeology and Museums).

    Best Time to Stay at Amber Palace: October - Febraury 
    Opening timing and Closing time: 9 am to 4.30 pm

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  • 13Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

    Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

    When it comes to Palaces and Forts in Rajasthan, the Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the largest and the most visited one. Constructed in 1929 by the Maharaja Umaid Singh, this palace was originally built in order to provide employment to the thousands of people of this region suffering from famine. Since then, the palace has served as the home to the royal family.

    The palace was initially known as the Chittar Palace as it was located on the Chittar Hill, the highest point in Jodhpur.  It is divided in to three parts of which one part is a luxury heritage Taj Palace Hotel that came into existence in 1972. Out of the other two parts, one serves as the residence to the current members of the royal family headed by Maharaja of Jodhpur Gaj Singh and the other part is a museum, which displays the belongings and the 20th century history of the Jodhpur Royal Family.

    The palace is counted as one of the world’s largest private residences and has three hundred and twenty seven rooms. It also has a gallery that features the most exotic collection of automobiles owned by the royal family.

    Best Time to Stay at  Umaid Bhawan Palace: January - December
    Opening timing and Closing time: Open 24hours

  • 14Fateh Prakash Palace, Chittorgarh

    Fateh Prakash Palace, Chittorgarh

    The Fateh Prakash Palace is one of the magnificent palaces located within the periphery of the Chittorgarh Fort complex, the largest fort in India. The Fateh Prakash Palace is situated near the Rana Khumba Palace that was built by Rana Fateh Singh. This palace was constructed in 1885-1930 and is also known as the Badal Mahal.

    The architecture and the styling of the palace reflect the Mewar and British phase style with high ceilinged spaces, large halls and cusped arches. The dome of the palace is foliated in lime concrete and lime stucco work, which gives it an amazing look. The construction form of this palace is similar to the Durbar Hall at the City Palace of Udaipur.

    Best Time to Stay at Fateh Prakash Palace: September - March.
    Opening timing and Closing time: Open 24hours

  • 15Devi Garh Palace, Delawara

    Devi Garh Palace, Delawara
    Situated around 28 km from Udaipur, the Devigarh Palace is one of those palaces in Rajasthan that are converted into lavish and romantic resort. After converting from a palace to resort, it has been completely renovated as per the requirements, and equipping with excellent facilities, displaying a perfect blend of royal architecture and modern amenities. The resort has 39 suites, all are lavishly decorated and offer world class amenities to its guests.

    Getting There: The Devigarh Palace is one of the most top-notch hotels in Udaipur and hence, it is easily accessible. The nearest airport is Udaipur, which is connected to all the major cities. Talking about the road connectivity, it is well connected from Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Chittaurgarh, Bikaner and Ajmer.
  • 16Jag Mandir Palace, Udaipur

    Jag Mandir Palace, Udaipur
    Built in the 17th century, the Jagmandir Palace, today, is all set to serve the guests of 21st century. This vintage royal palace is now renovated with all day cafes, world class restaurants, bar, spas and cozy accommodations, giving its guests the royal experience in the modern surroundings.

    To reach the Jagmandir Island Paalce, the guests have to be ferried, as it is located at the center of the lake. The mesmerizing elegancy of Jagmandir Palace has given it a beautiful name, viz. "Swarg Ki Vatika," or "Garden of Heaven."

    The resort has seven decorated suites equipped with all the modern amenities, giving its guests a perfect blend of high-tech services in an anciently designed architecture.

    Getting There: It is extremely easy to reach the Jagmandir Palace. One can take local taxis, buses, autos or even Tongas to reach this iconic landmark
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  • 17Laxmi Niwas Palace, Bikaner

    Laxmi Niwas Palace, Bikaner
    Yet another one of the most beautiful palaces in Rajasthan is the Laxmi Niwas Palace, and is located in the city of Bikaner. The Laxmi Niwas Palace used to be the home of Maharaj Ganga Singh, the former king of Bikaner state.

    The Laxmi Niwas Palace has now turned into a luxurious hotel and is managed by the Golden Triangle Fort and Palace P. Ltd. The building of palace is constructed with magnificent red sandstone, making it one of the most loved tourist destinations along with a lavish hotel.

    With myriads of variety of rooms, Laxmi Niwas Palace highlights the perfect blend of modern amenities and ancient architecture.

    Getting There: The Laxmi Niwas Palace is located in Bikaner is well connected with train and road with all the major cities like Delhi, Udaipur, Jaipur, Jodhpur etc.
  • 18Gorbandh Palace, Jaisalmer

    Gorbandh Palace, Jaisalmer
    The Gorbandh Palace is located in a fort-inspired building amidst the sand dunes in the mesmerizing city of Jaisalmer. In this lavish resort, you can find all the modern amenities housed in the royal architectural building.

    From the spacious rooms and suites to spas, swimming pools and what not. Its world-class restaurants offer some of the most authentic and traditional Rajasthani cuisines to its guests. Moreover, some of the major tourist destinations like Jain Temple, Folklore Museum, etc. are just a walk away from the resort.

    Getting There: The Gorbandh Palace is located in Jaisalmer, which is well connected to roads and by train.
  • 19Sariska Palace, Alwar

    Sariska Palace, Alwar
    Built in the 19th century, the Sariska Palace in Alwar was the creation of Maharaja of Alwar. Nestled amidst the mesmerizing Arravalli Ranges, the Sariska Palace is sprawled across 100 acres. It gives the top notch services to its customers and has more than 80 royal rooms.

    Some of the major categories of rooms include Maharaja Jai Singh Superior Suite, Maharaja Jai Singh Suite, Royal Chambers Superior Suite, Royal Chambers Deluxe and many more. Apart from the royal rooms, there are myriads of facilities some of which include swimming pool, spa and fitness arrangements, multi-cuisine restaurants, tennis court and many more

    Getting There: The Sariska Palace is located in Alwar, which is just 3 hours drive from Delhi and Agra, and approximately one-hour drive from Jaipur
  • 20Deeg Palace, Bharatpur

    Deeg Palace, Bharatpur
    Once the capital of Jat Kings, the Deeg Palace is one of the major tourist destinations in Rajasthan. It is famously known as the site for a battle between the combined Mughal and Maratha Army and the Jats with the army of more than 80,000 men.

    The palaces of Delhi and Agra, depicting the magnificent Mughal architecture, inspired the design of Deeg Palace. Its gardens are the inspiration of Mughal Charbagh.

    Getting There: The Deeg Palace is around 32 km from Bharatpur, which is the nearest railway station, and 70 km from Agra and 200 km from Delhi, which are the nearest airport.

    Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM (Sat-Thu)
  • 21Udai Bilas Palace, Dungarpur

    Udai Bilas Palace, Dungarpur
    The Udai Bilas Palace is located amidst the blue waters of Gaibsagar Lake in the city of Dungarpur, a city, which was founded around 13th century. The furnishing of Udai Bilas Palace highlights the art-deco style of 20th century, showcasing English fixtures inside the marble bathrooms, banquet hall that has crystal chandeliers and hunting trophies.

    The palace has turned into a lavish resort, which has some world-class facilities like exotic swimming pool, boating, gymnasium, heated Jacuzzi, and many more. Talking about the rooms, the palace has around 20 spacious bedrooms, which include three single bedrooms and seven double bedrooms, and ten suites.

    Getting There: The nearest airport is Ahmadabad, which is approximately 175 km from Dungarpur, which is well connected by roads and trains from Udaipur, Ahmadabad, etc.

  • 22Mihir Garh, Jodhpur

    Mihir Garh, Jodhpur
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    The Mihir Garh Palace is situated in Rohat and is amongst the top forts and palaces of the state. The Mihir Garh Palace is not like any other palace of Rajasthan, it is the aptest place to visit if one just wants to experience the royalty the kings and their families used to experience.

    The palace was converted into a heritage resort and the beauty of the palace has been amplified ever since. The beautiful scenic view of the surrounding desert, coupled with the artificial water bodies in the palace, this palace has it all.

    It is a treat to visit the Mihir Garh and it should be a must in every person’s itinerary because one can never get an experience royalty, like in Mihir Garh, anywhere else in the country.

    -    Timings - The Mihir Garh is open to visitation at all hours

    -    Price for a single room- Starting from INR 36750/ 564 USD

    -    Location- Khandi Rajasthan, Village Khandi, Rajasthan 306421

  • 23Castle Mandawa

    Castle Mandawa
    Next in the list is Castle Mandawa. It is the place where the state of the art blends with antique. Built in some unknown century, the Castle Mandawa has been converted into a heritage hotel with the permission of Mandawa's regal family. The heritage hotel is filled with antique furniture, colorful inscriptions, royal chandeliers, murals and many more, ready to take us back in time.

    Castle Mandawa has around 80 rooms, which are divided in to four groups, viz. Standard rooms, deluxe rooms, royal suites, and luxury suites. Talking about the dining experience, the dining rooms in Castle Mandawa are decorated with murals. Moreover, the guests also have the option to dine in the open air, under the moonlight as the musicians and dancers performs the authentic and traditional Rajasthani dance.
  • 24Samode Palace, Jaipur

    Samode Palace, Jaipur
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    Built by the MahaSaheb of Amber, Samode Palace is a majestic monument attracting a number people every year. It has been made a hotel now and provides amazing services to its guests. One will love staying at the Samode Palace because along with the palace, the Samode Haveli and Samode Bagh are also there.

    The Samode Palace has an open dining area. It also has a swimming pool for its guests. One can relax near the pool and enjoy the scenic view of the surrounding from there. The Samode Palace is the perfect place to visit if one wants to experience the Rajasthani culture and tradition in its true sense.

    -    Timings- The check-in time for the palace is from 2 pm to 5 pm and check out time is at noon.

    -    Price for a single room- Starting INR 20,700/318 USD

    -    Location- Jaipur, Village Samode, Sub-District Chomu, Rajasthan 303806

  • 25Bal Samand Lake Palace, Jodhpur

    Bal Samand Lake Palace, Jodhpur
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    Bal Samand Lake Palace is one of the most renowned palaces in Rajasthan. Located near the BalSamand Lake, the BalSamand Lake Palace is a treat to visit. The palace used to be the summer retreat place for the Maharajas of Rajasthan. This summer retreat place has become the pride of Jodhpur.

    Many people come to Jodhpur to get an experience of this luxury hotel. Not only does the place provide outstanding services, but it also offers possibly the best scenic view of the natural surroundings in Jodhpur.

    The best part of staying at a place like the BalSamand Lake Palace is that one gets to enjoy the view of the beautiful lake, the surrounding greenery and also the royal architecture of the palace.

    -    Timings - The Bal Samand Lake Palace is open to visitation at all hours.

    -    Price for a single room- Starting from INR 5950/91 USD

    -    Location- Jodhpur, Mandore Road, Rajasthan 342026

  • 26Monsoon Palace, Udaipur

    Monsoon Palace, Udaipur
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    Monsoon Palace was built by the MaharanaSajjan Singh, therefore the palace was also named after him as Sajjan Garh Palace. It is located on the top of the Aravalli Hill and oversees the Fateh Sagar Lake. The Sajjan Garh Palace popularly came to be known as the Monsoon Palace as the main motive of building it was watching the monsoon clouds.

    The place offers a panoramic view of the whole city of Udaipur and the scenic beauty of the surroundings of the city. The beauty of the Monsoon Palace is amplified when the sun sets and the lights are on. It has been a major tourist attraction of the city since it has been made open to the public.

    •    Timings- The visiting hours of the Monsoon Palace are from 8 am to 6 pm

    •    Entry fee for a single person- INR 10 for Indians and INR 80 for foreigners

    •    Location- Rajasthan 313011, Kodiyat

  • 27Junagarh Palace, Bikaner

    Junagarh Palace, Bikaner
    The Junagarh Palace was built in the 15th century. It was originally called the Chintamani Fort and was later renamed in the early 20th century to the Junagarh Palace. This palace is the pride of Bikaner and is the main tourist attraction of the city. The city Bikaner, has been built around this palace.

    The architecture of the Junagarh Palace is marvellous and is lauded all over the country. Once one enters the palace, they feel the aura of royalty resonated by the palace. The Junagarh Palace is amongst the Rajasthan forts and palaces. It is the perfect place to visit if one wants to experience the culture of Bikaner.

    -    Timings - The Junagarh Palace is can be visited from 10 am to 430 pm

    -    Entry Fee for a single person- INR 50 for Indians, INR 300 for foreigners, INR 30 for Indian students, INR 150 for foreign students.

    -    Location- Bikaner, Junagarh Fort Road, Rajasthan 334001

  • 28Mandir Palace, Jaisalmer

    Mandir Palace, Jaisalmer
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    The Mandir Palace is situated in the city of Jaisalmer, which is known for its culture and heritage. Mandir Palace has been made into a hotel and there are not many hotels in the city which provide the same luxurious services. It is the pride of Jaisalmer. The Mandir palace was built in the early 20th century.

    The royal treatment which one gets here, coupled with the majestic palace, one feels as if they are a part of a royal family and are being hosted at the Mandir Palace. The palace looks ever more beautiful at night, when the lights are on. The Badal Vilas is the tallest tower in the city and offers a breathtaking view of the surroundings.

    -    Timings- The Mandir Palace is open to visitation at all hours

    -    Price for a single room- Starting from INR 6510/100 USD

    -    Location- Jaisalmer, Gandhi Chowk Road, Sadar Bazar, Rajasthan 345001

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  • 29Kumbhalgarh Fort near Udaipur

    Kumbhalgarh Fort near Udaipur
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    The birthplace of Indian hero, Maharana Pratap, Kumbhalgarh is the Fort known for being one of the most important Rajasthan Palaces and Forts after the Fort of Chittorgarh. Open for public, the fort is known for its beautiful light show which is lit for a while every evening.

    Situated on a hilltop 1100 meters above the sea level, this fort has seven fortified gateways and over three hundred and sixty temples within. While three hundred of these temples are of Jain lineage, the other sixty are for Hindus.

    This place appears stunningly attractive because of the sand dunes of the Thar Desert. Built by the Kumbha dynasty, the fort feature extensively beautiful gates, with one of them called Hanuman Pol, which enshrines the image of Lord Hanumana.

    It also features three palaces known as the Kumbha Palace, The Birth place of Maharana Pratap and Badal Mahal.

    Best Time to Stay at Kumbhalgarh Fort: October - February
    Opening timing and Closing time: 8 am to 6 pm

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  • 30Rohet Fort, Jodhpur

    Rohet Fort, Jodhpur

    Situated on the Udaipur-Jodhpur highway, one among the famous palaces and forts in Rajasthan is the Rohetgarh Fort that has now been converted into a heritage hotel offering luxurious accommodation to its visitors to let them enjoy the opulence, vibrance and the vividness of the true Rajasthani culture and tradition.

    Before being converted into a hotel this palace served as the residence of the royal family of the 16th century Rathores’ of the Champawat clan. In current times the heritage hotels has twenty five air conditioned rooms out which two are super luxury suites.

    All the rooms are equipped with modern day facilities that one can think of. Other than this, the other add-ons include amenities such as swimming pool, doctor on call, amazing restaurant serving Indian and regional food tour etc.

    Best Time to Stay at Rohet Fort: October - March 
    Opening timing and Closing time: Open 24hours

  • 31Jag Mandir, Udaipur

    Jag Mandir, Udaipur

    Udaipur houses some of the best Rajasthan forts and palaces. The Jag Mandir Palace is one of the most renowned palaces of Udaipur. It is built on an island 800m south of Jagniwas, on the Lake Pichola. It would be an understatement to call the palace pretty, such is the beauty of the palace.

    Surrounded by water from all sides, one has to reach the palace by boat. One is sure to be enchanted by the surrounding beauty of the palace. Such is the beauty of the Jag Mandir Palace that it inspired Shah Jahan to build the TajMahal. Jag Mandir Palace is one of the best palaces of Rajasthan. It is a traveller’s dream and a builder’s delight.

    -    Timings - The Jag Mandir Palace can be visited from 10 am to 6 pm

    -    Price for a single room- Starting from INR 59613/915 USD

    -    Location- Rajasthan 313001, Pichola, Udaipur

  • 32Amber Fort, Jaipur

    Amber Fort, Jaipur
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    A beautiful edifice that has enchanted people from all over the world, Amber Fort is one the Forts of Rajasthan that is known for its stunning structural beauty and aesthetic ambiance. Amber Fort was designed to have large ramparts, paths that are cobbled along with a series of gates and four level layout plans that has been built with red sandstone and marble.

    The fort has been designed in such a manner that it overlooks the Maota Lake, which gives it an attractive reflection. One of the prime Rajasthan Palaces and Forts, this edifice includes a hall for public audience, a hall for private audience, a mirror palace, and a cool living area.

    It features a controlled climate environment, with artificially created winds that coolly move above the water cascade. The palace was also called as the Hill of eagles as it is situated in the Aravalli range of Hills.

    Best Time to Stay at Amber Fort: October - February 
    Opening timing and Closing time: 8 am  to 5.30 pm 

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  • 33Khimsar Fort

    Khimsar Fort

    Located in Jodhpur, the Khimsar Fort is one of the grandest palaces present in Jodhpur and has embraced the Karamsi Rathore dynasty for decades now. Since this fort is a great tourist attraction and is beautiful beyond words, the Royal family converted half the palace into a hotel and lives in the other half.

    This fort is one of the most magnificent palaces present in Rajasthan. It covers over 11 acres of land and is marvelously designed to use the space in the best manner. One can easily visit this fort and get lost amidst its beauty and grandeur for days. There is so much present here that one can take up to four days to explore this palace entirely.

    -    Timings - The Khimsar Fort is open to visitation at all hours.

    -    Price for a single room- Starting from INR 5408/ 83 USD

    -    Location- District Nagaur, Khimsar, Rajasthan 341025

  • 34Bhangarh Fort

    Bhangarh Fort

    Located between Alwar and Jaipur, this beautiful fort is said to be the most haunted palace in India. It was built decades ago by a king named Madho Singh who named it after his grandfather Bhan Singh. This fort is one of the most majestic and interesting places to visit.

    The beautiful carvings on the wall and the architecture present here can leave you speechless. Although in ruins, this fort is still worth visiting as its beauty has not been destroyed completely. The paranormal activities that have been said to occur here happen at night and so tourists are not allowed to visit this place after the sunset.

    Since it is situated beside the Sariska Tiger Reserve, one can also indulge in the beauty of nature by visiting the waterfalls and temples beside the fort.

    -    Timings - The Bhangarh Fort can be visited from 6 am to 6 pm

    -    Entry fee for a single person- INR 25 for Indians and INR 200 for foreigners

    -    Location- Bhangarh, RajgarhTehsil, Rajasthan 301410

  • 35Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur

    Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur

    Overlooking the pink city of Jaipur lays a fort so beautiful that it can take your breath away. Created in 1734 by the Maharaja of Jaipur, Sawai Jai Singh II, this beautiful fort once served as the retreat for the royal family.

    Known as one of the major Rajasthan Palaces and Forts, this is one of that Forts of Rajasthan that is endowed with architectural beauty and provides panoramic views of the city. The fort never came into attach during the course of history and saw several treaties, especially between the Maharaja of Jaipur and the Marathas.

    This fort was also known for housing Sawai Ram Singh, the then king of Jaipur during the Indian uprising of 1857. The fort is also known for the filming of Rang De Basanti, a popular Indian movie. In Nahargarh Fort, several Bhawans, rooms and suites were built for the queens, each one of them linked through a way of corridors that still feature delicate frescos.

    Best Time to Stay at Nahargarh Fort : November - February
    Opening timing and Closing time: 10 am to 5.30 pm

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  • 36Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur

    Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur

    Along with Amber Fort, this is one of the major Forts of Rajasthan, which is characterized by its stunning ramparts, edifices as well as rugged design. Similar to the Amber Fort, this fort features beautiful gardens nestled in red sandstone. Designed to protect Jai Singh II, the then ruler of Jaipur in 1726, the Rajasthan fort has a length of three kilometres and a width of one kilometre. It is known for its canon called Jaivana, which was then the largest canon on wheels.

    The palace has well-tended gardens that control the overall temperature of the fort and is situated on the Hill of Eagles or the Cheel Ka Teela of the Aravalli Range. This stunningly attractive edifice is connected with Amber Fort through a series of subterranean passages. Currently, it has an armoury and a museum and is known for being the Victory Fort of Jai Singh.

    Best Time to Stay at Jaigarh Fort: November - February
    Opening timing and Closing time: 9 am to 4.30 pm 

  • 37Chittor Fort, Chittorgarh

    Chittor Fort, Chittorgarh
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    This is one of the major Forts of Rajasthan and is known to be one of the grandest in the country. The largest fort in India, Chittorgarh Fort is popular for its architecture, ramparts and ramifications that represent the quintessence of rulers and their patriotism, courage and chivalry. Built in the capital of Mewar, called Chittaur, this fort exemplifies the level of loyalty and valiance that rulers of Sisodia kingdom and their women and children had for Mewar.

    The fort is known for its history of bloodshed, especially when rulers, soldiers and their wife considered death as a more viable option than facing dishonour and surrendering themselves to the foreign rulers. Situated above the plains of valley drained by the river Berach, this fort is known for its historical palaces, stunning gates and major towers.

    The structure has been one of the pivotal backdrops of several painters, writers and poets who have drawn imagination through the series of activities that the fort had seen over a period of time. The fort was sacked three times, is known for the valiancy of 13000 ladies and children who ended their lives at the battle of Chittorgarh fort, wherein the queen of Rana Rattan Singh, Rani Padmini first laid her life after her husband was killed in 1303 battle. The fort has eighty four water bodies (only twenty two now) and features four palaces.

    Best Time to Stay at Chittorgarh Fort: November - February
    Opening timing and Closing time: 9:45 am to 5:15 pm

  • 38Lakshman Sagar

    Lakshman Sagar

    Located in Raipur, Lakshman Sagar is one of the most nature inspired forts of Rajasthan. It was originally built as a hunting lodge. So this fort is full of places to spot tigers, birds and some other majestic animals present here. Since it is such a great tourist spot, it was converted into a resort for all the wildlife and history lovers who want to delve into the Rajput culture and know more about Rajasthan.

    This fort is full of intricate details of the carvings found on the pillars and the architecture of the fort. Since it was built during the years of British rule, one can easily witness some British influence on the architecture of the fort. Lakshman Sagar is the perfect place for a weekend getaway where one can relax and enjoy the beauty of the fort and nature.

    -    Timings- Lakshman Sagar is open to visitation at all hours.

    -    Price for a single room- Starting from INR 13226/ 203 USD

    -    Location- District Pali, Raipur Road, Raipur, Rajasthan 306304

  • 39Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer

    Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer
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    Known as one of the largest forts in the world, Jaisalmer Fort is famous for its history that includes trades with countries like Egypt, Africa, Arabia and Persia. Situated in the Jaisalmer City of Rajasthan, the fort was built in 1156 AD by Rao Jaisal, who was a Bhati Rajput ruler.

    The fort was a scene of many battles in the great Thar desert and is perhaps most popular for its massive yellow sandstone walls that appear to be complimenting the golden stretches of sands in Thar Desert. It fades to honey gold and camouflages in the desert, which gave it an edge over the other forts when Jaisalmer went on war.

    The fort, known as Sonar Quila or the fort of gold is certainly one of the most breath-taking monuments in the city. Major attractive here include popular Jain Temples, Laxminath temple, its four stunning gateways as well as the Raj Mahal or the Royal Palace. The fort also houses merchant havelis or the homes where merchants could stay. Here wealthy merchants, who came to the country for purposes of trade lived and built these houses for their convenience.

    Best Time to Stay at Jaisalmer Fort: October - March
    Opening timing and Closing time: Open 24hours

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  • 40Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

    Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
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    Enclosed in thick walls, this is one the largest forts in India and was designed for keeping the army and king safe from attacks. Mehrangarh Fort in the city of Jodhpur has been designed to feature intricate detailing, because of its which it has carvings and expansive courtyards that create a cool environment in the otherwise hot deserts of Rajasthan.

    The imprints of canon ball hot by armies attacking Jofhpur can be still witnessed on the second gate. Overall, the place has seven gates, which are known for having their own, unique historical significance. Currently, the fort houses one of the most well stocked museums in the country and features palanquins of the queens, including the popular domed gilt palanquin along costumes from the bygone era, arms and paintings, decorative embellishment in its period room.

    Popular movies such as The Dark Knight Rises have been shot here. In fact, Bruce Wayne was shown imprisoned in the prison of this palace and when he emerges out of the prison, the glimpse of Mehrangarh Fort can be seen in vicinity.

    Best Time to visit Mehrangarh Fort: October - March
    Opening timing and Closing time: 9 am to 5 pm

  • 41Ranthambore Fort, Sawai Madhopur

    Ranthambore Fort, Sawai Madhopur
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    A World Heritage Site, Ranthambore Fort is nestled in the jungle of Ranthambore National Park and currently, it is one of the prime bastions of wild Indian Tigers. During the course of history, this is one of those Rajasthan Palaces and Forts which was known for being a pivotal part of Indian developments.

    The formidable fort is known for the valiant hero, Hammir Dev, who was one of the kings of the Chauhan Dynasty. The fort, which once served as one of the famous hunting grounds for the Maharajas of Jaipur now narrates the tale of royals in Rajasthan.

    This is one of the Forts of Rajasthan that features classic cobbled paths, large walls and ramparts, ditches as well as strong ramifications. Three large lakes are situated here, which are visible through the fortification. The fort is also known for its three Hindu temples dedicated to Ganesha, Shiva and Ramlalji. These temples are constructed from the red Karauli Stone and dates back to the 12th and 13th century AD.

    Best Time to Stay at Ranthambore Fort : November - May
    Opening timing and Closing time: 10 am to 5.30 pm

  • 42Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

    Junagarh Fort, Bikaner
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    Originally called as Chintamani, this fort is now known as the Junagarh Fort or the Old Fort. It is one those few forts that have not been built on a hilltop and is located in the modern city of Bikaner. Built from 1571 to 1611 AD, this fort is made from the remnant of the old fort, with some of the remnants now seen in the closely located Lakshmi Narayan Temple.

    The fort has seen several attacks and attempts for its capture, but it was not taken by a foreign ruler except for a single day. Studded with palaces, pavilions as well as temples, the buildings of this fort are an example of composite culture and feature intermix of Persian and Rajasthan architectural styles. The fort features a quadrangular layout, with fort walls as long as 4.4 meters. It is fortified with thirty seven bastions along with seven gates that were designed to counter army attacks.

    The old fort parts were demolished in just a century after it was built, but the current fort still remains strong and is most popular for its main courtyard that been built with the Carrara Marble from Italy. The fort featured seven palaces and currently has a fort museum that displays artifacts from Sanskrit language and Persian language.

    Best Time to Stay at Junagarh Fort: November - February
    Opening timing and Closing time: 10 am to  4:30 pm

  • 43Taragarh Fort, Bundi

    Taragarh Fort, Bundi
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    The Star Fort of India is an impressive structure in the Indian State of Rajasthan, which is perhaps known for its stunning architecture. Although, the state of this fort is in ramshackle, it still manages to convey the glory for which it is was once known for.

    The impressive gateways of its fort were known for housing the crisscrossing tunnels on the hillside which are now an adventure area for history lovers and travellers. Currently, these tunnels are accessible through proper maps. The bastion for Chauhan dynasty was known for housing a large number of huge water reservoirs, which stored and supplied this vital product for residents and farmers during the times of crises.

    It also features a Rani Mahal that was built for the wives of rulers. The spectacular murals and stained glass windows have now faded, but it still manages to offer a panoramic view of the city of Bundi where it is located.

    Best Time to Stay at Taragarh Fort: November - March
    Opening timing and Closing time: 8 am  to 7 pm

  • 44Ranthambore Fort, Sawai Madhopur

    Ranthambore Fort, Sawai Madhopur
    Ranthambore Fort is one of those Rajasthan forts that have the oldest settlement near Sawai Madhopur. It is believed that the construction of Ranthambore fort started around 8th century AD in the reign of Chauhan Rajput King Sapaldaksha. It is a must place to visit in Rajasthan for those who is visiting Ranthambore. One of the major attractions of Ranthambore fort is the Ganesha Temple, lying very close to the main gate of the fort.

    Getting There: The Ranthambore fort is located at Ranthambore, which is around 400 km from Delhi and 180 km from Jaipur. The nearest airport is Jaipur. Moreover, it is well connected by trains from almost all the major stations like Delhi, Mumbai, Nagpur, Bangalore, Jodhpur, and many more.
  • 45Lohagarh Fort

    Lohagarh Fort

    Situated in Bharatpur, the Lohagarh Fort was built by Maharaja Suraj Mal at the beginning of the 19th century. The Lohagarh Fort is very close to Jaipur and has therefore helped a lot in the defence of the kingdoms who reigned here. The fort was later converted into a heritage resort and has been going strong ever since.

    Visiting The Lohagarh Fort is a different experience altogether. One gets to witness the architectural brilliance of the people living in the 19th century. The fort is surrounded by water, giving the perfect experience of forts to the tourists. Lohagarh Fort is a must for every person as it has the perfect blend of modern day culture and the old days’ tradition.

    -    Timings - The Lohagarh Fort is open to visitation at all hours

    -    Price for a single room- Starting from INR 5900/ 90 USD

    -    Location- Bharatpur, Lohagarh Fort, Gopal Garh, Rajasthan 321001

  • 46Chhattar Mahal or Palace of Towers, Bundi

    Chhattar Mahal or Palace of Towers, Bundi
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    Chhattar Mahal is one of the rare palaces Bundi. The palace was built in the 17th century by Rao Raja Chhatra Sabji. The palace is magnificently built. While touring the palace one gets to witness the small nuances with which the palaces were built.

    Every tiny detail of the Chhattar Mahal signifies something about the king who built it. The top of the Palace of Towers offers a panoramic view of the whole city. Located on a hill, the Chhattar Mahal also allows its visitors to enjoy the scenic beauty of the surrounding on their way to the palace as well as from the palace.

    -    Timings - The ChhattarMahal or the Palace of Towers is open to visitation from 8 am to 6 pm

    -    Entry fee for a single person- INR 80 for Indians and INR 500 for foreigners

    -    Location- Bundi, Kshar Bagh, Rajasthan 323001

  • 47Gajner Palace, Bikaner

    Gajner Palace, Bikaner

    The Gajner Palace is considered to be one of the best Rajasthan forts and palaces. It was built by the Maharaja Sir Ganga Singh and was converted into a hotel in the late 20th century. The palace is like heaven on earth. The Gajner Palace has the Gajner Lake on one side and a sanctuary on the other.

    One feels very close to nature when in this palace as they get to delve into the beauty of nature. The breathtaking scenic beauty one gets to enjoy from the palace is outstanding. Apart from the stunning views the palace offers, one also gets to experience the services of one of the best hotels in the city of Bikaner in the Gajner Palace.

    -    Timings - The Gajner Palace is open to visitation at all hours.

    -    Price for a single room- Starting from INR 6842/105 USD

    -    Location- Bikaner, Kolayat, Gajner, Rajasthan 334301

  • 48 Mandawa Fort, Shekhawati

     Mandawa Fort, Shekhawati

    The Mandawa fort is the main tourist attraction in Shekhawati. Built amidst the Aravalli Hills, the Mandawa fort offers a spectacular view of the surroundings. The fort reveals a lot about the rich history and cultures of not only Shekhawati but also of Rajasthan. The Mandawa Fort is arguably among the top forts of Rajasthan.

    The walls of the fort have several paintings of Lord Krishna on it which conveys a lot about the culture of the people there. The Mandawa Fort has been converted into a heritage hotel and is the best hotel in its vicinity. One feels as if they are a part of a royal family, getting the services a guest gets when they visit a king.

    -    Timings - The Mandawa Fort is open to visitation at all hours

    -    Price for a single room- Starting from INR 7493/ 115 USD

    -    Location- Mandawa, Mukandgarh Road, Rajasthan 333704

  • 49Nahargarh Fort, Ranthambore

    Nahargarh Fort, Ranthambore
  • 50Castle Bijaipur, Bijaipur

    Castle Bijaipur, Bijaipur

    Located beside Chittorgarh, the castle of Bijapur had been converted into a hotel by the Royal family. They want to entertain the tourists like their own flesh and blood and want to keep the castle more like a place to stay than a place to visit. This beautiful castle is full of peace and tranquility.

    The architecture and the paintings found here are breathtakingly magnificent and can leave one speechless. It was originally built by a Rajput leader and hence reflects the true Rajput culture. The tourists staying here get a full-fledged experience of Rajput hospitality.

    Furthermore being located beside a huge wildlife sanctuary, the castle of Bijapur is the perfect place to spend a weekend in. One can spot birds, leopards, tigers, cheetahs and so on from the terrace of the castle or can even explore the tiny yet marvelous village of Bijapur.

    -    Timings - The Castle Bijaipur is open to visitation at all hours

    -    Price for a single room- Starting from INR 5278/ 81 USD

    -    Location- District Chittorgarh, Bassi, Bijaipur, Rajasthan 312001



Chittorgarh Fort

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

Bala Quila Fort

Also known as the Alwar Fort, the BalaQuila Fort is one of the most historic destinations in Alwar, and is one of the tourist attractions in Alwar that should not be missed when you are in the Rajasthani city. Extending over an area of 5 kilometres, the fort stands stern and forbidding at a height of 1000 feet with 15 large and 51 small towers and 446 openings for musketry.

It was first built by Hasan Khan Mewati in 1550, but has since seen various dynasties rule over it as Alwar passed into the hands of Khanzadas, Mughals, Pathans and Jats. The fort still stands as imposing as ever, and is a great place to visit during an evening in the city. 

Timings: 10 am to 5 pm 
Location: Bala Quila   Rd, Near Nikumbha Mahal Palace, Alwar, Rajasthan 301001

Bhangarh fort

If you are looking for some thrills in Alwar, visiting its “most haunted place” is the best way to fulfil the desire. Bhangarh Fort, on the border of the Sariska Tiger Reserve, has long held its spooky reputation. Though it is a well-preserved fort, the ‘supernatural’ occurrences that seem to occur within its premises tend to ward off many people.

If you are eager to explore Alwar in all its facets, haunted and otherwise, a visit to this fort is a must. Do it while the light lasts, since ghosts are said to hang out here at night. Though spooky, Bhangarh Fort is one of the best places to visit in Alwar for some unique memories.  

Timings: 6 am to 6 pm
Location: Gola ka baas, Rajgarh Tehsil, Alwar, Bhangarh, Rajasthan 301410

Tower of Fame (Kirti Stambh)

The Kirti Stambha is a one of the lovely tourist attractions of Chittorgarh. Housed inside the massive Chittorgarh Fort, this 12th century tower stands as a monument to Adinathji, the 1st Jain Teerthankar.

It is decorated with the naked figures of the Digambars, and reflects the cultural beliefs of the Digambars comprehensively. There are seven storeys in the tower, and a narrow and steep staircase leads to the top from where views of the Chittorgarh environs can be taken in. 

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001

The Palace Museum

The Palace Museum, also known as the Government Museum, is a worthwhile place to visit when in the city. There is a wonderful range of artefacts that are displayed in the museum that speak of the history of Rajasthan, and of Alwar in particular.

The entire collection of the museum comes from the Royal families reserves and consists of 234 sculptures, 11 inscriptions, 9702 coins, 35 metal objects, 2565 paintings & manuscripts, 2270 arms & weapons and 1809 objects of local art, crafts and musical instruments. Spending a couple of hours in the museum is a good way to initiate yourself into the history of Alwar and take back memories of its unique culture and tradition. 

Timings:10 am to 5 pm
Location: City Palace, Alwar, India

Vijay Stambha (Victory tower)

The Vijay Stambha stands tall and mighty in the premises of the Chittorgarh Fort. Built in 1440 AD by Maharana Kumbha to commemorate his victory over Mohamed Khilji, this 9-storyed tower is adorned by sculptures of Hindu deities around and reflects the historical traditions of its age quite successfully.

The view from the top of the structure is breathtaking- there are steep steps that lead to the top of the tower, from where the whole town is revealed in all its glory. 

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001

Siliserh Lake Palace

Siliserh Lake Palace is an erstwhile royal palace and hunting lodge located on the banks of the Siliserh Lake that has now been converted into a heritage hotel which is run by RTDC. The hotel makes for a perfect dropback to a romantic holiday because of the beauty of its exteriors and the simple elegance of its interiors.

The lake is perfect for fishing, sailing and boating. It is also a wonderful budget option for those who wish to enjoy luxury but do not wish to burn a hole in their pocket for the experience. The in-house restaurant offers a great range of Indian and Continental cuisines that are soul-satisfying and filling. 

Price: 2000- 3000 INR/ 50- 80 USD per night approx.
Location:Siliserh Circle, Alwar 301001, India

Padmini's Palace

Loacted inside the Chittorgarh Fort, the Padmani Palace has a unique history attached to it making it one of the must-visit attractions in Chittorgarh fort. This palace was the reason for the battle betweenAla-ud-din Khilji and Rana Ratan Singh. Padmini Palace was the very legendary palace from where Ala-ud-din Khilji was permitted to obtain a glimpse of Padmini in a mirror placed in the main hall.

Allured by her beauty, Ala-ud-din Khilji fought a fierce battle with Rana Ratan Singh, husband of Rani Padmini. A visit to this palace gives one an insight not only into the history of Chittorgarh but also into human passions. The palace overlooks a lovely pool, and the views from inside are delightful.
Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001

Rana Kumbha Palace

Rana Kumbha Palace is one of the most interesting places to visit in Chittorgarh fort. The massive proportions of the ruined edifice of the palace reveal what an imposing structure it was in the height of its glory. Rana Kumbha Palace is the largest monument in the Chittorgarh Fort and has a grand history attached to it. It has been the residence to people like Bappa Rawal, Maharana Kumbha, rani Padmani, Princess Meera Bai among others.

Legend of Panna Dhai, who saved infant Udai Singh with the heart-breaking sacrifice of her infant son, is also associated with this palace. The dungeons of this palace are also supposed to be the place where Rani Padmani and the other women of the palace committed Johar. 

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001

Hill Fort Kesroli

Ancient fort turned heritage hotel, Hill Fort Kesroli is a magnificent place to indulge yourself in when on vacation in Alwar. It is a beautiful structure to look upon, and just as gorgeous to inhabit. The décor is in keeping with the traditional image of the fort, and history still has a presence in the long glossy halls of the hotel.

A stay in this fort allows you to escape the everyday bustle of Alwar while letting you immerse yourself in its culture and tradition as you rest your body in relaxation. 

Price: 5000- 8000 INR/ 70- 100 USD per night approx. 
Location: Near M.I.A Post Office-Bahala, District Alwar, Kesroli

Sariska Palace

This luxurious resort near the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary offers you the indulgence of a luxury hotel at the rate of a budget accommodation. Staying in this Palace during your stay in Alwar will allow you to experience the best of Alwar’s wild scenery, decadent luxury, and gracious courtesy.

The palace is located close to the sanctuary and the haunted fort, thereby offering its guests some of the best sights and sounds to be had in Alwar. 

Price: 1500- 2000 INR/ 30- 50 USD per night approx. 
Location: Near Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary, Alwar, Sariska, Rajasthan 301022

Kalika Mata Temple

Built originally in the 8th century, this serene temple was dedicated to the worship of the sun god before it was converted into a shrine for Kalika, an incarnation of Goddess Durga, in the 14th century. This temple is one of the most important pilgrimage attractions in Chittorgarh, and should not be missed when touring the grounds of the Chittorgarh fort.

The architecture of the temple reflects the devotion of its builders- a lot of hard work has been put into the intricate carvings and embellishments that adorn the ancient walls of the temple. Even though it is partially in ruins now, the beauty of the temple still shines through. 

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001

City Palace Alwar

The City Palace of Alwar is actually a fort that is located right below the Alwar Fort in the foothills of the Aravalli ranges.  Built in the 18th century, this fort reflects its rich cultural heritage in its blend of the Mughal and Rajput architectural styles.

Though it mainly houses government offices today; the City palace is one of the best places to visit in Alwar. The Palace houses an artificial lake inside its premises as well as a museum that is one of the best in the state. A visit to the City palace will allow you to experience the best of Alwar in a comprehensive way. 

Timings: 10 am to 5 pm
Location: City Palace, Alwar

Sanwariaji Temple

Sanwariaji Temple is one of the most renowned places to visit in Chittorgarh. The massive temple complex is considered second in religious importance only to the Krishna Temple in Nathdwara, and is a popular pilgrimage shrine in Rajasthan. Located approximately 40 kilometres away from Chittorgarh, this temple is a lovely place to spend a couple of pious hours in.

Serenity and positivity enrich the ambience of the temple, and the sacrosanct halls make for a peaceful place to mediate and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Visiting the temple as soon as dawn breaks is a pleasant way to experience the solitude and quiet that the temple offers.
Timings: 5 am to 12 pm; 2.30 pm to 11 pm
Price: Free entry 
Location: Bhadsoda and Mandphiya village, Dist. Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, Bhadsora, Rajasthan 312024

Sathis Deori Temple

Located inside the Chittorgarh fort, close to Fateh Prakash Palace, this temple is one of the best sacred places to visit in Chittorgarh fort. The temple forms a part of the Jain temple complex, and is the largest amongst them. This massive Shwetamber Jain Temple was built in the 11th century and celebrates the life and virtues of Bhagawan Adinatha. 

The name of the temple signifies that at some point in history, there were twenty-seven temples inside this temple alone. Though no trace of these monuments remains, the SathisDeori Temple is a grand sight to behold in and of itself. The architecture is to be marvelled at for its intricate detailing and awe-inspiring domes. Sitting quietly in the temple allows you to immerse yourself in its ancient solitude.

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm

Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort

Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001


Vijay Mandir Palce

One of the most famous tourist attractions in Alwar, the Vijay Mandir Palace is one destination you simply cannot miss while touring the city. It is located 10 kilometres away from the main city and is spread over a vast area of land.

The imposing structure attracts the eye from far off, and reflects its grandeur in the best possible way. The picturesque image is magnified in beauty by the reflection which sparkles in the lake below. An hour spent roaming the halls and grounds of this Palace will leave you refreshed and rejuvenated, and you will return to Alwar armed with many Instagram-worthy images too. 

Timings: 9 am to 6 pm
Price: Free 
Location: Alwar District, Near Vijay Sagar Lake, Alwar, India

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