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Rajasthan Forts & Palaces
Ajit Bhawan was exclusively built for Maharaja Ajit Singh, the
younger brother of maharajah of Jodhpur. It is an impressive
red sandstone structure of 1940's with arched windows, carved
balconies and cupolas adding to its rugged beauty. The most
interesting feature in the building is the courtyard-a quadrangle
with exquisitely carved latticework.
The Kachchawahas ruled from Amber, 11 km from Jaipur, for seven
centuries. With a history so old, it is not unexpected that
there is a lot of the past that can be traced in its archaeological
history. While many of the early structures have either disappeared
or ruined, those dating from the16th century on are in a remarkable
state of preservation.
Chittaurgarh Fort is a living testimony to the bravery of the
great Rajput rulers who laid down their life fighting a superior
enemy instead of leading a life of submission. The fort is located
on a hill that dominates the modern township of Chittor. It
is a fine example of the Rajput style of architecture.
The City Palace is located
in Pink City, Jaipur which is the capital of Rajasthan. The
City Palace has an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthan
and Mughal architecture. The vast palace complex occupies
one seventh of the walled city of Jaipur. The City Palace
was originally built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of the Kachhwaha
clan of Rajputs.
The majestic white City Palace located in the heart of Udaipur,
was originally built by Maharana Udai Singh of the Sisodia Rajput
clan and extended to its present form by subsequent Maharanas.
Built in granite and marble and surrounded by crenellated fort
walls, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan stands on a crest
overlooking the Pichola Lake.
Built in 1799, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, the Hawa Mahal
Palace (Palace of the Wind , or Pink palace ) is one of the
major landmarks of Jaipur (Rajasthan - India). The structure
is an interplay of red and pink sand stone, carefully and painstakingly
outlined with white borders and motifs.
Jaisalmer Fort is a magnificient monument in Jaisalmer. The
Jaisalmer fort is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan after
Chittorgarh. Jaisalmer fort is also known as the "Sonar
Quila" or the Golden fort. This fort was built by the Bhatti
Rajput chieftain Rawal Jaisal in 1156 AD.
Junagarh Fort is one of the most imposing forts of Northern
India, has remained unconquered till date. This fort was built
in 15th century by one of the most able and trusted generals
of Akbar, Raja Rai Singh.
Also known as Jag Niwas, this stunning lake palace afloat on
Lake Pichola, was developed by Rana Jagat Singh II in the 1730s
as a pleasure palace because permission had been denied to him
by his father to develop the existing island palace of Jag Mandir.
Built in the memory of maharaja Lal Singh, Lalgarh Palace has
a graceful facade of red sandstone, and is one of Maharaja Ganga
Singhs great achievements. The maharaja ruled for a period
of 56 years. The state especially prospered under his rule.
In the fort museum which is housed in the red sandstone Ganga
Niwas, built during the reign of Maharaja Sir Ganga Singh, here
can be seen a unique collection of miniature paintings, manuscripts,
weaponry and even a world war I bi-plane.
Laxmi Vilas Palace was built in 1887 for Raja Raghunath Singh,
the younger brother of the then ruler of Bharatpur, Maharaja
Ram Singh. In 1994 our family home was converted into a hotel.
Here at Laxmi Vilas Palace you may relive the history of Bharatpur,
feel the warm hospitality extended to you by our present generation
living in the Palace.
The Mansingh Palace is located in the city of Ajmer, which is
known as an oasis of religious sancity. Places of interest include
the Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra, a pillared mosque of red sandstone,
the 12th century artificial lake, Ana Sagar, the Jain Temple
and several others.
Umaid Bhawan Palace built by Maharaja Umaid Singhji Palace was
fascinated with western lifestyles so he marshalled the services
of a well-known Edwardian architect, Henry Vaughan Lanchester,
a creditable equal of Edward Lutyens (architect of New Delhi)
to construct a three hundred and forty seven roomed Umaid Bhawan
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