The Fabulous Old Forts & Palaces of India
Some of our most inspiring ones are as follows:
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
Also known as the palace of winds, built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. It was constructed for the queens and princesses of the royal household to observe the city outside, who at the time observed strict ‘pardah’ (zenana) . It has 953 small windows. Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh’s devotion towards the Hindu God Krishna is manifested from the design of the structure of the palace that resembles the crown of the God.
Jaisalmer Fort, Rajasthan
This is one of the oldest and largest forts in India and it is said even in the world. It was built in 1156 by the Bhati Rajput ruler Jaisal. It is believed to be one of the very few “living forts” in the world as nearly one fourth of the old city’s population still resides within the fort. For the better part of its 800-year history, the fort was the city of Jaisalmer. One can find several breath taking ancient jain temples inside the fort.
City Palace, Udaipur
Its vast complex was built over a span 400 years, starting in 1553 by Maharana Udai Singh 11, with contributiins from several rulers of the Mewar dynasty – believed to be the oldest dynasty in the world. The palace is a fusion of Rajasthani, European, Chinese and Mughal architecture.
Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
Probably one of the most popular palaces of the current time, it is now a luxury hotel . Built in 1853 its brilliantly decorated rooms, marbled corridors and majestic gardens where peacocks walk proud freely, take you back to a different era. The palace remained home to Jaipur’s royalty until 1957.