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Forts & Palaces
Ajit Bhawan was exclusively built for Maharaja Ajit Singh, the
younger brother of maharajah of Jodhpur. It is an impressive
red sandstone structure of 1940's with arched windows, carved
balconies and cupolas adding to its rugged beauty. The most
interesting feature in the building is the courtyard-a quadrangle
with exquisitely carved latticework.
Amber is located at a distance of 11 kilometers from Jaipur
and was the old fort of the Kachhwaha clan of Amber, which used
to be the capital, till it was moved to Jaipur. The walls and
the ceiling of the Mahal are covered with a beautiful array
of mirrors, which reflect any streak of light, so as to illuminate
the entire room. Located 9 Kms north west of Jaipur, the Amber
Fort was once the Capital of the Minas.
Chittaurgarh Fort is a living testimony to the bravery of the
great Rajput rulers who laid down their life fighting a superior
enemy instead of leading a life of submission. The fort is located
on a hill that dominates the modern township of Chittor. It
is a fine example of the Rajput style of architecture.
The City Palace is located in Pink City, Jaipur which is the
capital of Rajasthan. The City Palace has an imposing blend
of traditional Rajasthan and Mughal architecture. The vast palace
complex occupies one seventh of the walled city of Jaipur. The
City Palace was originally built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of
the Kachhwaha clan of Rajputs.
The majestic white City Palace located in the heart of Udaipur,
was originally built by Maharana Udai Singh of the Sisodia Rajput
clan and extended to its present form by subsequent Maharanas.
Built in granite and marble and surrounded by crenellated fort
walls, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan stands on a crest
overlooking the Pichola Lake.
Built in 1799, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, the Hawa Mahal
Palace (Palace of the Wind , or Pink palace ) is one of the
major landmarks of Jaipur (Rajasthan - India). The structure
is an interplay of red and pink sand stone, carefully and painstakingly
outlined with white borders and motifs.
Jaisalmer Fort is a magnificient monument in Jaisalmer. The
Jaisalmer fort is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan after
Chittorgarh. Jaisalmer fort is also known as the "Sonar
Quila" or the Golden fort. This fort was built by the Bhatti
Rajput chieftain Rawal Jaisal in 1156 AD.
Junagarh Fort is one of the most imposing forts of Northern
India, has remained unconquered till date. This fort was built
in 15th century by one of the most able and trusted generals
of Akbar, Raja Rai Singh.
Also known as Jag Niwas, this stunning lake palace afloat on
Lake Pichola, was developed by Rana Jagat Singh II in the 1730s
as a pleasure palace because permission had been denied to him
by his father to develop the existing island palace of Jag Mandir.
Built in the memory of maharaja Lal Singh, Lalgarh Palace has
a graceful facade of red sandstone, and is one of Maharaja Ganga
Singhs great achievements. The maharaja ruled for a period
of 56 years. The state especially prospered under his rule.
In the fort museum which is housed in the red sandstone Ganga
Niwas, built during the reign of Maharaja Sir Ganga Singh.
Laxmi Vilas Palace was built in 1887 for Raja Raghunath Singh,
the younger brother of the then ruler of Bharatpur, Maharaja
Ram Singh. In 1994 our family home was converted into a hotel.
Here at Laxmi Vilas Palace you may relive the history of Bharatpur,
feel the warm hospitality extended to you by our present generation
living in the Palace. From our courtyard to our newly refurbished
rooms, true old style manner is preserved throughout.
The Mansingh Palace is located in the city of Ajmer, which is
known as an oasis of religious sancity. Places of interest include
the Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra, a pillared mosque of red sandstone,
the 12th century artificial lake, Ana Sagar, the Jain Temple
and several others. The hotel boasts 60 centrally air-conditioned
rooms and suites that are well furnished and equipped with modern
The Mehrangarh Fort ("Majestic Fort") is located on
the hilltop that rises sharply at the city of Jodhpur. With
its 68 ft wide and 117 ft high walls soaring 400 ft above the
city the fort dominates the surrounding plains and appears very
majestic and impregnable. The Mehrangarh Fort was founded by
Rao Jodha in 1459 when he shifted his capital from Mandore.
Narayan Niwas Palace, the only classified heritage hotel in
the heart of the golden city Jaisalmer, stands tall as the "Flagship"
of the hospitality industry. This nineteenth century ancestral
property was restored and converted into a hotel in 1982. Its
golden sandstone structures and intricate carvings are a tribute
to the talent of the master craftsmen of the bygone era.
Built since 1464 AD, Neemrana Fort-Palace is among India's oldest
heritage resorts. Neemrana became the third capital of the descendants
of Prithviraj Chauhan III, who was killed in battle by Mohammad
Ghori in 1192 AD. This picturesque site was chosen by Raja Rajdeo
and Neemrana derived its name from a brave local chieftain Nimola
Meo, who when defeated by the Chauhans, pleaded that his name
be given to his lost kingdom.
The Taragarh Fort in Kota was built in 1345 and was the center
of a kingdom in Rajasthan. Within the fort there are large reservoirs
where water was stored in case of a siege, when all the towns
folk took shelter within the walls of the fort. These reservoirs
are carved out of the rocky base of the fort. On the largest
rampart of the fort is the Bhim Burj, a large and legendary
Umaid Bhawan Palace built by Maharaja Umaid Singhji Palace was
fascinated with western lifestyles so he marshalled the services
of a well-known Edwardian architect, Henry Vaughan Lanchester,
a creditable equal of Edward Lutyens (architect of New Delhi)
to construct a three hundred and forty seven roomed Umaid Bhawan
Palace. Umaid Bhawan Palace at Jodhpur is one of the largest
and grandest private residences in the world.