India is the land of royalty; we have a diverse, rich history of brave rulers leading mighty wars. While the passage of time may have taken its toll and the dynasties may have dwindled, there is still something left behind from the age of Kings and warriors; forts.
Owing to our rich history, India boasts of a lot of spectacular forts that exude an aura of valor, power and dignity.
Here are some forts you definitely must visit to peek into the lives of royalty.
The Red Fort, Delhi
What was once the centre of the Mughal Empire stands tall today at the heart of Delhi. The Red Fort, called so because it is made mostly of red sandstone, was constructed in 1648 by the Emperor Shah Jahan. It is a stunning example of the blend of Timurid and Persian architecture.
The fort is recognized as a World Heritage Site. The Red Fort served as an example for a lot of other Mughal architecture in and around Delhi, and to this day, the walls of ted fort command authority.
Entry Fee: Rs. 250 per head (free for children up to 15 years of age)
Gwalior Fort, Madhya Pradesh
Described as the Mughal Emperor Babur described this fort as “the pearl in the necklace of the forts of Hind”, and the fort holds true to the praise. The fort is huge and made of concrete and sandstone. The fort is home to numerous palaces and baths, and also three temples.
The fort was built in the fifteenth century by Raja Man Singh Tomar and has seen many rulers through the course of history. The walls of the fort have colourful artwork embedded in them offering a change from the same hue of brown.
Entry fee: Rs 100 per head (free for children up to 15 years of age)
Amber Fort, Jaipur
Built against the Aravalis, beside the Maotha lake in 1592 by Man Singh Tomar, Amber fort (also known as Amer Fort) is the pride of Jaipur. It is a blend of Hindu, Rajput and Mughal architecture. The fort houses places of interest such as ‘sheesh mahal’, ‘Diwan-i-Aam’ and ‘Sukh Mahal’. You can also catch a Royal Elephant Ride on your trip there!
Entry fee: Rs 10 for Indians and Rs 50 for foreigners.
Golconda Fort, Hyderabad
Golconda served as the capital of the Qutb Shahi dynasty. The fortress is an enigma, having defended numerous royal families in its time. It is massive and is built on a slight slope. It is an architectural marvel and if you clap at a certain position beneath the dome, the sound can be heard reverberating through even the highest towers, it was a mechanism deployed as a warning system. Golconda also has a delightful light and sound show at dusk.
Entry fee: Rs 5 for Indians and Rs 100 for foreigners.
Chittorgarh Fort, Chittorgarh
Chittorgarh is also a world heritage site and one of the largest forts India has to offer, also among the oldest. The fort is famous for the story of Queen Padmini, who sacrificed herself by throwing herself into the pyre, because she refused to submit to an invader.
It is also known as the water fort, because in its time it had 84 water bodies, a lot of which have disappeared today, but many still remain and add charm to the fort.
Entry fee: Rs 10 for Indians and Rs 100 for foreigners.
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