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7 Forts That Reignite the Royal Past of Thar

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Rajasthan is one of the most colourful states in the country with a wild concoction of culture, cuisine, music, and people always looking forward to welcoming you. HolidayIQ reviewers help you discover the regions royal past and it's legacy in terms of glorious monuments. 

1. Jodhpur

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Saurabh Gupta says, “The name Mehrangarh began to appear in chronicles and poems. Mehra is a Rajasthani word for the Sun and it is not at all unlikely that the Suryavanshi Rathores (Sun dynasty) would name their first citadel in their mythological ancestors honor. One has to visit the fort to realize the sheer massive size of it. ”

HolidayIQ Reviewer Arun Gupta says, “Mehrangarh fort is a nice decent fort to visit. It gives a wide view of Jodhpur culture and tradition. You don't need to climb up the hill to reach the fort. ...There are quite a few good things there to see. Firstly, the entrance is quite attractive, with huge wide doors. On climbing few metres away, you will see a good view of houses all painted with blue colours. That's the reason Jodhpur is also called Blue City. ”

2. Jaisalmer

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Saurabh Gupta adds, “. We visited the fort around three hours and it was stunning. ” HolidayIQ Reviewer Miss Shaila adds, “Jaisalmer is a beautiful and colourful, historical city in Rajasthan. The city's historical places such as havelies, fort, and sand dunes make you feel as if you are in the era of rajas and maharajas [kings]. The vibrant colours of the city make you feel as someone special.”

HolidayIQ Reviewer Saurabh Gupta adds, “Oldest fort with massive entrance...When you are primarily going to Jaisalmer to see the fort, you will have to pass through this entrance anyway so it's impossible to miss....spending a few minutes to appreciate its design and concept, thinking of its significance to the long-standing defense of this 850+ yr old fort. The Surya Gate is one of the primary reasons this fort has remained intact. The concept of the curved and narrow entrance into the Jaisalmer fort was to prevent enemies from being able to charge properly into the fort and to prohibit their ability to use a battering ram I suppose. We were so very impressed with the ingenuity of this idea for defending a walled city and fort that we found this to be a very interesting minor attraction to Jaisalmer.”

3. Bikaner

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Dheleepan G V says, “Magnificent and artistically built fort...This fort is located right in the heart of Bikaner. The fort is colourful and artistically designed....It is advised to walk from the entrance as one can enjoy the beautiful designs (cars reach a certain point inside otherwise). ”

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sandeep Kumar Roy adds, “Junagarh fort : Must see Monument at Bikaner...Various halls and chambers have been maintained nicely, and also still reflects the grandeur during the regime of various Kings and Maharajas. Intricate carvings and paintings on the walls and roof are still intact and very attractive. One should be prepared to spend about 2 hours there if he wants to learn all the details of various exhibits.”

4. Bhuj

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Nishith adds, “ visit Prag Mahal and Aaina Mahal. 2001 Earthquake has almost destroyed Prag Mahal and Aaina Mahal and was closed for some time. But now they have reconstructed it ; it's open for public now. These are the must visit places of Bhuj if you are interested in heritage sites.”

HolidayIQ Reviewer Jagdish Raval adds, “Aaina Mahal is an old palace that was built in 18th century under the rule of Lakhpatji. Aaina Mahal has now been transformed into a museum for tourists. We visited Aaina Mahal after visit of Prag Mahal. Aina Mahal is famous among travellers for housing an awesome Hall of Mirrors which has white marble walls that are covered with mirrors and gilded ornaments. The most distinctive feature of Aaina Mahal is its Indo-European architecture. ”

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5. Alwar

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HolidayIQ Traveller Shivam Gupta says, “Said to be one of the most haunting places in the world, these are the ruins of a whole town. Entry is prohibited before sunrise and after sunset” It is believed that paranormal activities are said to take place there after sunset. Legends have it that the entire village was cursed by a wizard who had fallen in love and was shunned by the princess of Bhangarh.

HolidayIQ reviewer Suhani says, "Bhangarh Fort is one of the oldest fort in Rajasthan established in 1573 during the rule of Bhagwant Das as the residence of his second son Madho Singh. It is a ruined town situated between Jaipur and Agra at the edge of Sariska Tiger Reserve, Alwar with around 2 hours drive from Jaipur."

6. Bundi

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HolidayIQ reviewer Himani says, "Bundi Palace (Garh Palace), Taragarh Fort, step wells (baoris) and beautiful havelis are some of the key rich heritage sites scattered across Bundi.
Raniji Ki Baori (The Queen's Step-Well) Bundi is also known as the city of step-wells. It has about fifty beautiful step-wells and tanks called Baoris. Raniji ki Baori is situated along a busy chowk area of Bundi and is best among all because of its architectural beauty." 

HolidayIQ reviewer medatwal adds, "As we know, Rajasthan is famous for its historical architectures and among these, Bundi fort is a historical place that says about the bravery of kings. From the top of the hill, You will get scenic view of Bundi city. Many of the houses are painted with the blue colour, giving it an another name of "Blue City of Rajasthan". You can shoot Bundi city from the fort and that is the main reason why the fort is worth visiting." 

7. Jaipur

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HolidayIQ reviewer Jainu says, "Awesome locagion on hill and mesmerised view of amer till Jaigarh, each corner of palace is just admirable. Beautiful nakkashi and marble with mirror work is priceless. View from fort is very good as small lake is there in the feet of fort. It takes almost 3/4 hours to enjoy the beuty of amer only then go for Jaigarh by walking. Really amazing experience."

HolidayIQ reviewer Shashikant says, "It was good fort. It has a three layer where you can see all other forts and can take pictures. There are 1000 stepping stones which we can easily climb. Food and water is available on top of fort. Guide is available to get information about fort. Designs on wall are very unique." 

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