Best Places to Explore the Heritage of Rajasthan
Rajasthan, the land of spices and vibrant colours is a state with rich history and diverse kingdoms. This has indelibly impacted the city’s landscape and its culture. In fact, the entire state bears the hallmark of Rajasthan’s rich heritage. Some of these places where you can explore the true essence of Rajasthan include:
Amer Fort, Jaipur
An alluring fort, the construction of this 16th century monument was commissioned by Maan Singh, the diligent general of Emperor Akbar. Nestled atop a hillock, this fort offers beguiling views of the city. Its intricately engraved ceiling and walls represent a montage of the architectural elements borrowed from the Muslim & Rajput architectures. Not only is it a montage of cultures, it’s also a mélange of various monuments, including Diwan-e-Aam, Sukh Mandir, Sheesh Mahal and others.
Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer
Constructed during the reign of the famed Rajput Ruler Rao Jaisal, this enchanting fort is fondly called Sone ka Quila (or ‘the golden fort’) by the city’s inhabitants. Sitting atop the Trikuta hill, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is enveloped by the golden sands of Thar Desert. Its elegant structure was carved using sandstone and flaunts a repertoire of features associated with the Indo-Muslim architectural style. The fort includes an array of monuments, which are equally bewitching, including Jawahar Palace, Raj Mahal, Jain Temple and Laxmikanth Temple.
Chittorgarh Fort, Chittorgarh
A testimony of the architectural brilliance of the Rajputana architecture, Chittorgarh Fort is an expansive structure with captivating views. The fort has also earned the tag of being the ‘Water Fort’ since it is beset by water bodies. Spread over an expanse of 700 acres, this fort stands tall on a 180 meter hill. Legend has it that Bhima built this fort overnight for himself and the other Pandavas. It is also believed to be associated with the beautiful Rajputana princess, Meera, who forsake the pleasures of her regal lifestyle out of the love and devotion that she had for Lord Krishna.
Gagron Fort, Jhalawar
Known to be a place of great valour and heroism, this esoteric fort is known to have been inhabited by brave Rajputana princesses who performed Jauhar in order to save their chastity from intruders. It is besieged by water bodies (Kalisindh and Ahu rivers) on three sides and the hill of Burj. It was made by Raja Bijili Dev in 12th century. The Khinchi dynasty ruled this fort for around 300 years, after which it was captured by Mughals.