“I am the mirror… Standing like a meditative Yogi, I am making you witness the royalty, valor, love, struggle and grandness of the ancient and medieval era of India…”.
India is dotted with numerous forts which can be aptly referred to as the living legends. Each of these forts are replete with saga of romance, chivalry, valor and inevitable deceit and intrigues of court politics.
Some of the forts are brilliant specimen of architecture designed and constructed by the humans. In the forts built during the medieval period, the influence of various art forms from around the world can be well witnessed.
If you have an inclination towards these grand structures, you can go through our list below where we have meticulously chosen top 10 forts in India from a long list:
Red Fort, Delhi
|Red Fort in Delhi|
Inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this magnificent red citadel is but just a ghost of its former glory days. Red Fort in Delhi was built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in the 17th century AD.
It took around 10 years to complete and is originally referred to as ‘Quila-e-Mubarak’ as royal family used to live there. Inside the fort, there are public and private halls, mosques, gardens and alongside this runs the river Yamuna.
Click here to know more about the Red Fort, Delhi.
|Amber Fort in Jaipur|
When you reach the fort, you will get a warm welcome by the silent wavelets of the Maota Lake. The blend of Hindu, Rajput and Mughal architectural style adorn the fort and make the guests let them loose to its grandeur of presentation.
The intricate marble, glass, metal and wood carvings can be well witnessed in this beautiful fort built by Raja Man Singh I.
|Red Fort In Agra, Uttar Pradesh|
The red giant structure of Agra fort speaks volumes about the Mughal dynasty, their rise and fall in the country of India. While you enter inside this fort, a beautifully manicured lawn gives you a green carpet welcome.
There are different palaces inside this red citadel most of which were built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. This chivalric king also had spent his last years in a high towering palace of Red Fort from where Taj Mahal can be seen clearly.
Read more about the Agra Fort.
Jaisalmer Fort, Rajasthan
|Jaisalmer Fort, Rajasthan|
In this city of Rajasthan which seems to be an embodiment of the Arabian Night fables, the Jaisalmer Fort is standing in a cliff top that becomes visible from a distance.
This yellow sandstone fort glitters like a golden crown when the sun rays hits its outer wall. Simplicity in grandness is seen in its décor and architecture and it is also crowned as one of the largest forts in the world.
Daulatabad Fort, Aurangabad
|Daulatabad Fort, Aurangabad|
The fort overlooks the green views of the vegetation around and is certainly a photographer’s paradise. With its vintage look, it never ceases to amaze the visitors.
It’s been ruled by many dynasties and their remains can be still seen in this almost forgotten fort of Aurangabad.
Here's some more information on Daulatabad Fort.
Golkonda Fort, Hyderabad
|Golkonda Fort, Hyderabad|
It was originally built by Kakatiya Dynasty which was later ruled by Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah Wali. During Qutub Shah’s reign, the fort went through a number of reconstructions. Away from the hustle-bustle of city life, this fort is standing silently in a cliff top and singing the saga of its royal days.
Interested in more? Here's a travel guide to Golkonda Fort.
Junagarh Fort, Bikaner
|Junagarh Fort, Bikaner|
A scattering of color can be well witnessed in the halls and rooms of this fortress. Built in the year 1589 AD, this fort was being rules by as many as 20 rulers of Bikaner till 1920 AD.
|Gwalior Fort in Madhya Pradesh|
The Mughal Emperor Babur once described is as “the pearl in the necklace of the forts of Hind”. From the fort, you can also savor the panoramic view of the old Gwalior. Gwalior Fort also occupies a unique place in the human civilization as the place which has the first ever recorded the use of zero.
Jhansi Fort, Jhansi
|Jhansi Fort, Jhansi|
The fort has ten gates including the Khandero Gate, Datia Darwaza, Unnao Gate, Jharna Gate, Laxmi Gate, Sagar Gate, Orcha Gate, Sainyar Gate, and Chand Gate.
The fort still speaks about the life of the courageous queen of Jhansi, Rani Laxmi Bai.
Chittorgarh Fort, Chittorgarh
|Chittorgarh Fort in Chittorgarh|
The folklores about the gallantry of Rani Padmini can be still heard when you visit this fort. There are several palaces, temples and public and private halls inside the fort which grab the attention of millions of travelers every year.
Here's a complete travel guide on Chittorgarh Fort.
There are many reasons why you should visit India.
Forts are just one facets of incredible hues of India. Besides fort you should also check out cave temples, mysterious places, top haunted places in India, hill stations and wildlife in India.
Some of the major tourist places in India also include Rajasthan, Himachal, Leh Ladakh, Delhi, Udaipur and Char Dham.
Contributed by Nikhil Chandra