India and architecture go hand in hand. The history of magnificent Indian fort dates back to tens of centuries ago. Starting from the historical and patriotic Red Fort of India built by the Mughals to the magnificent Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan built by the great Rajputs. The Forts tell a lot about the history of ancient India where different empires marked their territories using the Forts and its heightened stone walls to huge front gates which took hundreds of men to break. If you are a history fanatic, then what is better than visiting the Forts of India which represent the Royal lineage and the stories that are linked to it?
To make sure that you have a gist of these forts just about the right way, given below is a list of Top 10 Forts in India which are a must visit. The Forts are not only of historical value but a great way to understand the architecture of India back in the day.
10. Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
The Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur is one of many Forts built in Jodhpur. The Fort is situated atop a high, hilly platform that added to its safety from invaders of medieval time. The highly thickened stone walls in Mehrangarh Fort boundaries were specially built to save it from any sort of invasion. One of the seven massive gates of the Mehrangarh Fort still possesses the Cannon Ball imprints of an ancient attack. This Fort will tell you a lot about the history of Rajputs and their massive dynasty.
9. The Red Fort, Delhi
There will be hardly one citizen in India who does not know about the Red Fort. The Fort was built by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan which later turned into the most patriotic destination because India was declared free from the British rule by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru while standing atop the Red Fort. It is situated right opposite the gritty streets of Chandni Chowk in old Delhi. It is now a World Heritage Site declared by the UNESCO for its vast history.
8. The Gwalior Fort, Madhya Pradesh
Once you visit the Gwalior Fort, it will be the safest thing to say that it is the most magnificent Fort that you will ever lay your eyes on. Its military styled fortress-like architecture adds on to its magnificent beauty, the shining armor. It is believed that the Gwalior Fort is a perfect blend of Indian cultures, with Buddhist and Jain religious faith, the Fort is made up of Mughal and Rajput style of architecture. The Fort, which dates back to hundreds of years ago, was a home to the Suri’s, Rana’s and later Mughals. It sure does have a vast history to tell with the richness of Indian culture and ancient history.
7. The Golconda Fort, Telangana
Visiting the Golconda Fort will give you the best experience of learning the rich history of India. The Golconda apart from having the most magnificent Fort in India is also a mining site of some of the most expensive gemstones. The Fort is spread in an area of 10 kilometers with magnanimous pillars which are carved in most artistic way possible, back in the day. The Fateh Darwaza on the entrance of the Golconda Fort is immensely large.
6. Agra Fort, Agra
Built by the Mughal Emperor, Babur, The Agra Fort is one gem of a Fort in India. It stands on an area of 94 acres, with sprawling gardens and large courtrooms to address the citizens. After Babur, his successor Humayun was thrown the Sultan who lost it to his invaders. The unique feature about the Agra Fort is that the most expensive diamond in the world, Kohinoor, was engraved here in the Agra Fort which was taken away by the British rulers.
5. Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer
The Jaisalmer fort is one of the largest forts in the world. It is built on the Trikuta Hill of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. It has witnessed a huge piece of Indian history where the Rajputs built this great Fort and were invaded by the Mughals, the self-immolation of women to save themselves from the savage men to Britishers who took every last of the valuables engraved in the walls of these Forts. The sight from the top of this Fort, overlooking the entire city of Jaisalmer and far beyond where the sky meets our horizon is an unforgettable one.
4. Warangal Fort, Andhra Pradesh
If you have ever fancied about seeing the magnificent remnants of the Ethan’s, then the Warangal Fort is a similar sight to behold. One of the most beautiful Forts in India, the Warangal Fort offers you a brief enlightenment on the Kakatiya Lineage. Although only remnants remain of this once-called-a-Fort, it still gives away a lot of the History. What remain of the Fort are the thousand pillar temple and other sculptures. The Temple, however, is not accessible by the tourists.
3. Cooch Behar Fort, West Bengal
It is a common and usual thought that North India is home to the best architecture in India, but looking at this West Bengal Fort, one will have to change this ideology. The majestic Fort of Cooch Behar is built with the renaissance of architecture and painted in the most subtle to the eyes colors; it is a sight to remember. It is most often called as a miniature model of the Great Buckingham Palace of the United Kingdom, and it is only safe to say that it indeed is.
2. Rambagh Fort, Jaipur
Every woman has a dream of marrying in one if the old Forts in India which gives away the Royal vibes. Well, if you have one of such dreams then the Rambagh Fort is the best suited for your dream wedding. The Fort is now restored in a much better condition, yet its golden lights give away the ancient set up of that of a Royal family staying in. The First Family of Jaipur still resides in the Rambagh Palace. It is only safe to say that Rambagh in Jaipur is still graced by the presence of the highness and dignitaries of the Royal Family of Rajasthan.
1. Umaid Bhawan Fort, Jodhpur
If you were to believe the residents of Jodhpur, they call Jodhpur the Black Taj Mahal. Seeing the Umaid Bhawan on a full moonlight is no less than a magical experience. Its mere sight is enough to take people on a ride back in history during the days of Royals who actually stayed in this Palace with gold and silver lined pillars and candlelight chandeliers. It is so big that it has been divided into three parts for the tourists to visit the entire Palace with convenience.