Why does Rajasthan have so many Palaces & Forts?

Why does Rajasthan have so many Palaces & Forts?

Rajasthan is the largest province by area in India with the Thar desert making up for 60% of the total area. Rajasthan is highly sought after by Tourists for the majestic Palaces & Forts that are scattered through the area, a few of which are Luxurious Heritage Hotels now. It is also home to two National Tiger Reserves, the Ranthambore and Sariska National park which are a part of the Aravalli region. Ranthambore Reserve got its name from the Regal Fortress built in that region during the 12th century and is now a part of the Tiger Reserve.

So what is it about Rajasthan that has made it the only province in India to be specked with numerous Palaces & Forts?

There are two reasons that explain their abundance in this part of the country.

Amber Fort, Jaipur

Amber Fort, Jaipur

Rajasthan, as we know it now got its name from the Rajput Clans who ruled the region during the 8th century. Rajasthan translates as the “Land of the Kings”, rightfully so as the Rajput kings were known for their fierce & chivalrous autonomous reign. The Rajput warriors were unparalleled when it came to pride and independence. These mighty kings thus built strong forts to protect their region. They were also renowned for their opulence which facilitated the construction of the mega-structures. Rulers changed, Dynasties role & fell, India got its Independence from the British during the 20th century but the princely state of Rajasthan still houses these palaces & forts as a mark of distinction of the Rajput legacy.

The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udhaipur

The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udhaipur

The other prime reason for Rajasthan having the most number of Palaces & Forts is its topography. The dry and rough hilly terrain made building defensive forts on the plateau areas easier. Rajasthan is not only covered by the dry Thar desert but also flanked by the Ancient Aravallis on the east. This variation helped the kings to build defensive Forts at many favorable spots.

The most famous Forts are the Amber fort, Chittorgarh fort, Jaisalmer fort, Lohagarh fort, Bikaner fort and Jaigarh fort.

The beautiful palaces to be visited while in Rajasthan are also many but the prominent ones being Lake Palace,  Deogarh Mahal, Udai Vilas Palace – Udaipur, Rambagh Palace, City Palace, Amber Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jai Mahal Palace – Jaipur, Umaid Bhawan Palace – Jodhpur.

City Palace, Jaipur

City Palace, Jaipur

Tourism in Rajasthan is huge and the Palaces are the sought after for Luxury Vacations. These Palaces have also become attractions for niche tourism, being a popular destination for weddings. Travel to Rajasthan with India tours and travel & experience the grandeur of the wonderful Palaces & Forts.

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