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Forts & Palaces of India

Red Fort in Delhi, India The Rajput rulers were prolific builders who left behind a legacy of some of the most imposing and magnificent forts and palaces in the world. Cities, towns and villages of Rajasthan - all had their forts and protective ramparts. It was customary to build the palace within the fort, outside which lay the city, enclosed within a rampart.

Maharashtra is mainly known for its caves but its fortresses, which abound the coastal horizons of the state. Nowhere in India would you encounter such profusion of forts and such variety in their architecture. Today they stand silently, but these forts and palaces have not only been witness to changing times, they have also shaped them.

Famous Forts and Palaces in India

Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
Hawa Mahal or "The Palace of Winds", is situated to one side, but it is a part of the City Palace Complex. The best view that one can catch about this monument is from the street outside.
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Red Fort, Delhi
The red sandstone edifice is not just a major attraction of India's Independence Day celebrations, but is one of the major Mughal structures built by Emperor Shah Jahan within the walled city of Old Delhi.
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Agra Fort, Agra
Jaisalmer Fort in Rajasthan, IndiaMay be the fort has taken a backseat in front of the glory of the Taj, But its still a delight for those who are curious to see the majestic architectural grandeur that the Mughals were so famously known for.
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City Palace, Jaipur
The City Palace of Jaipur lies in the heart of the pink city. With architectural décor of arched, pillared halls and courtyards with painted doorways this palace is one of the best examples of witnessing a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles.
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Golconda Fort, Hyderabad
Golconda Fort, the epitome of Nawabi culture and grandeur located in Hyderabad, speaks of a great cultural heritage of 400 years and is regarded as a place worth visiting.
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Raigad Fort in Maharashtra, IndiaCity Palace, Udaipur
The City Palace stands on a low ridge all along the shores of the Pichola Lake. It is known as the largest palace complex in Rajasthan with a huge structure consisting of several palaces within.
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Havelis, Delhi
Like all old cities in India, Delhi was, and continues to be known for the abundance of havelis, which were once considered the abode of the rich, and the famous. Most of them exist in what was then known as one of the cities of the capital, Shahjahanabad also called Old Delhi.
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Gondal Palace, Gujarat
If you are interested in knowing what the architectural glory of the Gujarati royals looked like then pay a visit to the marvelously built palaces of Gondal.

Jaisalmer Fort, Rajasthan
Jaisal Bhatti built the Jaisalmer fort in 1156 AD on Trikuta hills. The citadel contains within it, one fourth of the city's population.

Old Fort, Delhi
Old Fort or Purana Qila is believed to be the ancient site of Indraprastha, from the legendry epic story of Mahabharata. Sher Shah Suri demolished the city of Dinpanah built by Humayun and on the same site raised this citadel

Pragmalji Palace, Gujarat
Constructed in later part of the 19th century, the Prag Mahal is a magnificent building made of ornate Italian marble and sandstone.

Padam Palace
Rampu's Padam Palace is situated is located near the banks of Sutlej River and is an outstanding example of the taste, style and architecture of the erstwhile hill states.

Ranjit Vilas Palace, Gujarat
Amarsinhji designed and built the Ranjit Vilas Palace on a hill, overlooking Wankaner town, It took seven years to complete this monument.

Singhgad Fort, Maharashtra
Earlier known as Kondana, Singhagad is a hill fort situated at a height of 4,322 feet and commands magnificent views that makes it an ideal holiday resort.

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