The west Indian state of Rajasthan is an amazing land steeped in history, natural resources, wildlife and colourful culture. Amid all the other wonderful attractions that a tourist can enjoy during a trip to Rajasthan, there is one aspect that simply cannot be missed.
The quintessential ancient and medieval structures which have been standing tall for centuries in different parts of Rajasthan offer unique and awe inspiring experience and epitomizes Rajput valour, spirit, romance and pride. Built to provide protection from invaders and raiders, numerous crenelated forts are sprinkled across the vast expanse of the state.
Although many of these forts are now in ruins after centuries of invasion, there are dozens of forts in Rajasthan that have survived beautifully or have been lovingly restored. There are even some forts in Rajasthan such as Bhangarh Fort that are home to ghosts!
The six hill forts of Rajasthan— Amber, Chittorgarh, Jaisalmer, Kumbhalgarh, Ranthambhore and Gagaron have been recognised as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO and must be included among the top picks for any travel guide.
Emphatically not to be missed while you're in the state of Rajasthan is a visit to the historic Amber fort - easily managed as a day-trip from Jaipur. The commanding fort of Jaisalmer had inspired renowned filmmaker Satyajit Ray to make a film named Sonar Kella or Golden Fortress set around the fort.
The awe-inspiring Chittorgarh fort bears testimony to the heroism and sacrifice of the Rajput rulers. 84 km north of Udaipur, the impregnable fort of Kumbhalgarh is charaterised by massive walls.
Gagaron fort is situated in the Jhalawar district. Dating back to the 10th century the Ranthambor Fort is located in the Ranthambor national Park enhancing the beauty of the park famous for its tiger population. The Ranthambor Fort is a reflection of the chivalry of the brave Chauhan Rajput ruler Hammir Dev.
Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, Jaigarh Fort and the imposing fort of Nahargarh near Jaipur, Alwar fort and Neemrana are other famous forts of Rajasthan.