Travel India to discover the beauties of Rajasthan fort and palaces and its surroundings. We offer you a trip to the desert of Thar, in northern India, in search of the most beautiful forts of the Marahaja. Visit those of Jaisalmer, Bikaner, and Jaipur, along with other recommended destinations.
Plan a visit to Jaisalmer by exploring every corner; you will find many palaces and curious museums suitable for your thirst for knowledge of Indian Rajasthan. But among the list of things to see you cannot miss his fort, which stands on the hill Trikuta. Perhaps most of the substantial phenomenon of tourism in this area is due to the presence of this marvel of human engineering.
The Jaisalmer Fort consists of a city protected by very thick walls, built for defensive purposes, as evidenced by the corrugated stone armor and the cannons placed above the four entrance gates. It was built by King Rawal Jaisal back in the 12th century and for a long time was an excellent transit point for caravans crossing the famous Silk Road. Along with other forts of Rajasthan, it was declared a World Heritage Site UNESCO.
The façade is a constellation of finely decorated domed windows and balconies, of the ocher-sand yellow color of which the strong interior is pervaded. But the monochromatic nature of the place is not a sign of monotony; on the contrary, the fact that it seems to be made of the same substance as the Thar desert makes it even more suggestive, almost as if it were an extension of the artistically emerged sand dunes. You can visit all its floors and reach the top, where you will have a 360-degree view of the whole city.
Restrain your impatience and start a 300-kilometer journey through the Thar desert to reach Bikaner. The first stage of your visit consists in exploring the majestic Junagarh Fort. This huge architectural complex was built in the fifteenth century by the rich Rai Singh, and immediately became the sign of the great power of the city. Even if you have already visited the Jaisalmer Fort, you will not run the risk of repeating already experienced experiences.
This fort is substantially different from the first, both because it is not located on a hill, but occupies the same level of the surrounding houses, but also because the large walls of this fort were not built for defensive purposes, such as those of Jaisalmer: believed that the system of ditches around the castle was enough to keep the enemies away, as well as the invaluable natural defense represented by the desert.
In this fort, you will find a myriad of palaces. One of these is the Anup Mahal, wherein its rooms you can see an excellent example of applied art, with decorated Persian carpets, glass mosaics that reflect a changing light and the space dedicated to the reception of rich merchants who came to visit this city in the territory of Jaisalmer. Another wonder of the fort is undoubtedly the Palace of the Mirrors (Shish Mahal): it will leave you speechless. Enter and let yourself be captivated by the game of reflections rebounding from one mirror and the other in all directions; a true charm.
Another important site of Rajasthan is Jaipur. Here you will see numerous interesting monuments on a cultural and aesthetically unique level. The destination is about 300 kilometers from Jaisalmer, but you will soon be satisfied with the beauties you will encounter. First, visit the Palace of the Winds (Hava Mahal): a triumph of Indian architecture, whose facade is made of pink sandstone that shines when it is illuminated by the sun and a vastness of windows that were used by the courtesans to observe the daily work of citizens from a point of sighting certainly of great importance.
Your trip between the forts and the palaces started in Jaisalmer will end in another beautiful fort and much visited by tourists from all over the world: the Amber Fort, in the town of Amber, adjacent to Jaipur. It is a fort located on a hill not very high, but sufficient to give a wonderful view of the city to the subjects and the Marahaja (and today to tourists). It would be enough to carefully observe the entrance door of the fort to unleash a flurry of emotions. This is the Ganesh Pol, a door made up of domed-shaped windows with a wavy, arabesque edge, and areas of bright emerald green.
Continue your visit by entering each of the four courtyards. The third was used for the private areas of the Marahaja. Here you will find two beautiful buildings, one of which is a very beautiful Palace of Mirrors and which, like that of Bikaner, will entertain you quite a bit if you let yourself be captivated by the play of mirrors, which, when illuminated, create a whirl of color. Explore these destinations like Maharaja (royal feeling) with Palace on Wheels train.