In India in many cities forts are the most prominent attractions while sightseeing. Full of splendid indian art along with ornaments. Due to one of the largest and diversified history, India is a land of ancient monuments. Approximately there are 1000 forts in the country so which one to see as a priority during your travel? Let me guide you through the most famous ones with my experience.
1. Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Personally it’s my favourite of favourites forts. Everytime when I have a chance to admire that place again, I cannot stop taking pictures. Beauty of rajasthani architecture it’s unbeatable. From the fort you can also have a best look at the blue part of the city. To reach Mehrangarh fort you can take a rickshaw, but I suggest having a walk because it is not that far as it seems. An entry ticket for a foreigner costs 600 INR.
2. Amer Fort, 11km from Jaipur, Rajasthan
Probably most popular among instagrammers and it’s not surprising, because the fort is all about never-ending details and enchanting colours. In one of the famous historical bollywood movie entitled ‘Bajirao Mastani’ Amer Fort was beautifully captured and I suppose after the movie was released even more people were dreaming about this destination. Entrance costs 550 INR for a foreign traveler. From Jaipur you can take a cab to reach or go by bus as I did. One more thing, it’s worth climbing the stairs in the opposite side of the fort to take extraordinary pictures. 348 stairs to overpass (yes, I’ve counted).
3. Jaisalmer Fort, Rajasthan
Perhaps the only one fort which is a living one. You don’t need to pay any fee to enter, although make sure to take some money for shopping. It’s the heart of Jaisalmer where people live among ancient architecture and where you can find amazing gifts, handicrafts, textiles and many more. Restaurants and hotels are also there within the fort.
4. Orchha Fort, Madhya Pradesh
Not so popular destination as two above, but definitely worth-visiting. More peaceful atmosphere lets you stroll slowly and feel the royal vibe. Many pavilions and palaces are within the complex. You can meet few monkeys, so be careful with your belongings. I recommend to be there for sunset. Ticket might cost around 100 INR and it covers also other sights in Orchha, but only when visited same day.
5. Golconda Fort, 11km from Hyderabad, Telangana
To reach this fort you will need a rickshaw from Hyderabad. The region is well-known for diamonds, like one of the largest cut diamond in the world called Kohinoor. What’s interesting, the fort was constructed in a way that acoustic effects work very well. A hand clap at a certain point below the dome at the entrance reverberates and can be heard clearly in the highest point almost a kilometer away. You will have to pay 200 INR as a foreigner to enter.
6. Agra Fort, Uttar Pradesh
In a short distance from Taj Mahal there is a super popular historical treasure called Red Fort of Agra. What I really like about it are the ornaments right behind the main entrance. The fort was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638, when the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi. People say that in previous times there was a system of underground corridors which connected Agra Fort with Red Fort in Delhi and with Fatehpur Sikri. Moreover, you can admire Taj Mahal from the fort’s balcony. Entry fee is 650 INR, but on Fridays 600 INR and after visiting Taj Mahal also 600 INR.
7. Gwalior Fort, Madhya Pradesh
This destination is off the beaten track, located in the city of Gwalior. The fort itself is much more interesting outside than inside (fee for a foreigner is 300 INR), it’s situated on the hill so you can have a view for a whole city. On the same hill there are few amazing hindu temples and there’s a gurdwara too.