Forts of Rajasthan

Trikuta Fort, Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer is a town in the state of Rajasthan, of golden sands and yellow sandstone and hence also known as the golden city. The “Trikuta Fort” is the only fort which is still occupied by the families which in earlier times owned the land inside the fort. However, due to the  houses and shops built inside the fort has become less appealing and is crowded to its limit.

The fort, made from yellow sandstone, came to be known as “ Golden Fort” or “Sonar Kila” due to the Bengali film  “Shonar Kila” by the acclaimed film director “Satyajit Ray“. The fort is on a triangular hill which is why the king named it the Trikuta Kila. It is one of the largest forts in India and a world Heritage site. The fort dates back to 1156 AD built by Rajput ruler Rao Jaisal after whom the city derives the name( Mer means hill . Jaisal+ Mer is King Jaisal’s hill)

The fort has quite a few jain temples in its precinct which are now surrounded by tourist help centres, ticket counters, shops to entice foreigners with all the rajasthani craft, paitings , clothes, linen, antiques etc.

Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Situated at about 400 feet above the city with seven entrance gates is the “Mehrangarh Fort” of Jodhpur. It has nine floors added by subsequent rulers. the foundation was laid in 1459 by Rao Jodha , the then ruler. The “sun God ” being the chief deity of the Rathore rulers, the fort was named ” Mihirgarh” ( Mihir= Sun + Garh= fort) . However it changed to Mehrangarh due to different way of pronunciation in rajasthani tongue.

It is a well kept fort with few museums, temple, palaces and a popular attraction for tourists. It is also a popular venue for celebrity( home grown and international) weddings and such events. The walls still bear the signs of canon balls which were fired by Jaipur army.  Many sections of the fort are under renovation therefore closed to public. This fort is definitely worth a visit.

Amer Fort, Jaipur

Located in Amer, 11 kilometres  from Jaipur, Rajasthan,  it was built by Raja Man Singh I. It is built in artistic style of Hindu elements.It has large ramparts, gates and cobbled pathways.

Ther is another fort near this ” Jaigarh Fort” which is connected to Amer fort through a subterranean passageway and hence both forts are considered as same complex. There are few opulent palaces inside the fort and temple dedicated to “Sila Devi” given by the king of Jessore( now in Bangladesh).

The fort was built in 16th century with additions by successive rulers. The additions and renovations continued for a period of 150 years till the capital was shifted by Raja Sawai Jaisingh I to Jaipur( named after the king).

Rajasthan has a rich treasure of forts, palaces, havelis and temples with intricate carvings and distinctive architecture. More on each fort and palaces in future posts.


About shoma abhyankar

I like to believe that I am a creative person. I read, write, paint, sketch, rustle up some quick and some elaborate meals for friends and family, love chess, su-doku and scrabble, can hum an old Hindi song tentatively, always stand up for women rights, hate fake people, bugs, roaches, spiders and cigarette smokers!! I graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Architecture in 1998. Soon after, I married an officer in Indian Air Force and have been on move since then. For a brief time of two years when we were posted in Pune, I worked as a junior architect in a firm. Being aware of frequent movement that we would have to live with, I chose to be a homemaker and concentrated on creating a warm and welcoming home for my family. But sitting at home without any creative activity was not my cup of tea. I learnt candle making and soon put up an exhibition at Poona Club when my daughter was barely a year old. I also enjoyed a short stint as a home-based entrepreneur, supplying chocolates and cakes on demand, while we were posted in Bareilly. With an inclination towards writing, I completed a diploma in ‘Creative Writing in English’ from Symbiosis College of Distance Learning, Pune. Then I discovered the blogosphere. Now I hope to not only travel and share my experiences with the world but also to pen a book someday....
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4 Responses to Forts of Rajasthan

  1. Dilip says:

    Beautiful photos of these majestic forts in Rajasthan. We ought to be proud of our heritage and thank you for sharing the same! Kind regards 🙂


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