Friday, 22 June 2012

The Royal Forts and Palaces of Rajasthan – I


RajasthanKnown as the land of Royals, Rajasthan has a rich heritage. Rajasthan was once ruled by great Kings who left a mark of chivalry and valor. Rajasthan is a place of color, valor and affluence of Rajputs. Though being just handful in number Rajputs left their mark in the land they ruled. Rajasthans architectural marvel lies in its forts and palaces which have mostly been turned in hotels, museums or heritage hotels.
Forts in RajasthanAn epitome of their bravery is reflected today by the forts in Rajasthan. They are a constant reminder of the great past and culture. The forts in Rajasthan form an identity of Rajasthan. Today the forts are scattered throughout Rajasthan from Jaipur to Updaipur and Jaisalmer. Built generally over hill tops forts were used during the time of battle. Today they are an architectural marvel of Rajasthan. These grand monuments stand today as a living example of the history and gradeur of Rajasthan
Intertwined between great tales and rich history each fort has a story to tell.
The forts in brief
Jaisalmer FortExhibiting pride and glory The Jaisalmer Fort is located in the heart of the Thar desert. The Haveli was located on major trade routes. The fort is an example of delicate work with stone work on sandstone. Screen windows, huge balconies and delicate pavilions are the distinct features of Jaisalmer fort.
Jaisalmer Fort Today the Jaisalmer fort is still known famously around the world because of the colourful celebrations  and festivals that have become a part of the fort. The fort is made out of golden yellow stone which are as old as 800 years. Jaisalmer fort is located 30 meters above Jaisalmer city. One of the main attractions of the fort is the narrow lanes, and the havelis which are distinct and beautiful. Jain temples from the 12th century are one of the main attractions of the fort.
The best time to visit the fort is during the Jaisalmer Desert festival which is a well known across the world. Jaisalmer is easily accessible by road, rail and air. The Other home offers great homestay for those who want to have a true essence of Jaisalmer.
Taragarh ForLocated in southern Rajasthan in Kota, Taraghar Fort is a face of Rajputs who formed an integral part of Rajasthan’s rich heritage. This is can be seen in the fort, the gardens as well as the palaces in the city of Kota. Taraghar is the most splendid forts of Kota founded by Kota Ajay Pal Chauhan.
Taraghar Fort Carvings of Elephants and crisscrossing tunnels are some of the striking features of Taraghar Fort. The fort has 3 gateways which are Phuta Darwaza, Lamxmi Pol and Gagudi ka Phatak. The crisscrossing tunnels worked as an excellent escape route for the King and his deputies in time of danger.
Taraghar Fort Apart from being a magnificent fort the fort also homes water reservoirs, Bhim Buri a massive stone tower and the palace of the Princess called the Rani Mahal. Legend has it that a great fortune lies within the fort with the death of the last Pathans the secret was lost forever. The fortune is supposed to be a treasure of diamonds, gold and other stones.
The rambling city of Bikaner was founded by descendants of Rao Jodha who founded Jodhpur. Enclosed with walls the city Bikaner has five gates. Bikaner is home to many forts and palaces one of the being Junagarh.
Junagarh FortThe Junagarh Fort is one of the most striking places from the medieval age. Great preservation efforts have been taken up to keep the forts structure intact and preserve the grandeur and the rich heritage of the medieval period. The walls of Junagarh fort have been very intricately carved by skilled artists. Raja Raj Singh one of the Generals of Akbar built the fort in 1588 A.D.
Despite being built on a lower ground Junagarh fort could never be captured. The Junagarh fort has 2 entrances which are Suraj Pol and Sun Gate.
You can tour the magnificent forts and palaces of Rajasthanu with a specially planned package to suit your requirements. Get in touch with The Other Home team while they guide you with your trip.

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