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40 Best Heritage Forts and Palaces Worth Visiting in India

India is one of the cultural heritages of the world. One of the attractions that best depicts the legacy of its traditions are the famous palaces, some of which are converted into forts. You can not only vouch the picturesque site there but get connected to the historical richness of the country. Indian once called as the golden bird has still retained many of these sculptures which are worth traveling.

It is interesting to know how the opulence of the kings from ancient India created grandeur sculptures of palaces through the best of artisans. Many of the royal palaces of India are converted into the world famous five-star hotels. More than half of these beautiful forts can be found in the historical state of Rajasthan. Red city of India in Jaipur itself is surrounded by around 15 forts. You can explore some other amazing fort and palaces in and around India.

Best Forts & Palaces in India

1.) Orchha Fort, Madhya Pradesh

Travel to : Orchha Resort

Orchha got some of the peculiar styles of forts that are designed like an umbrella. To get some vintage Indian pictures through your lens you can plan to travel here.   

2.) Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Hawa Mahal is one of the palaces in India that got converted into a vintage museum.  You will be reminded of the attire of the then kings and warrior. You can also have a look at some of the vintage car there.

3.) Gwalior Fort, Gwalior

This fort is one of the precious possessions of the Mughals because of its strong and secure structure. The then emperor doesn’t consider it less than a pearl among the huge palaces they possess.  

4.) Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajasthan  

Kumbhalgarh got the second biggest fort in the Rajsamand district of the Rajasthan. UNESCO has already declared Kumbhalgarh Fort as one of the heritage site.

5.) Mysore Palace, Mysore

One of the major attractions in the city of Mysore is one of the grand India palaces known as Amba Vilas Palace also called as Mysore Palace. It’s so huge that you may need at least 2-3 hours to cover the entire area.

6.) Golconda Fort, Hyderabad

The beautiful fort of Golconda is located approximately 9 km above the famous Hussain Sagar Lake. This castle in India is known for the sound echo even from the bottom.

7.) Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Mehrangarh Fort : Jodhpur

Beautifully structured Mehrangarh fort is one of the biggest forts located in Jodhpur. It’s spread over the huge areas and got lots of activities happening inside the fort. One of which is the classical Rajasthani music by the locals.  

8.) Fatehpur Sikri, Agra  

One of the oldest and popular Fort lies in the Agra. The Fort of Fathepur Skiri is well known for many religious reasons as well. If you are wondering what to put inside a fort then you must know it’s just about the tying the knot there. People often do that to get their wish fulfilled. Once they are able to get what they asked for, they are supposed to open this thread

9.) Red Fort, Delhi  

Red Fort is one of the most popular attractions in the capital city of Delhi. This place is known to conducts many workshops that talk about the history of this Fort.

10.) City Palace, Jaipur

City Palace is another popular tourist spot in Jaipur. You will just get mesmerized by seeing the beautiful artworks now converted in the museum inside the palace.

11.) Agra Fort, Agra

Agra is known for Taj Mahal but many also visit to watch the architectural masterpiece of King Ashoka i.e Agra Fort. It was created way back in 1573 but still well maintained to leave the travelers astonished by its world-class sculptures.

12.) Neemrana Palace Fort, Alwar  

Neemrana is known for its beautiful palace. It is one of the Indian palaces for sale for its beautiful property to stay and dine. It also hosts a couple of adventure sports for which people like to visit here.  

13.) Lohagarh Fort, Bharatpur

Few would know that besides famous Bharatpur bird century this city also has a hidden gem of Lohagarh Fort. It is indeed one of the cultural heritage you can witness here.  

14.) Sindhudurg Fort, Goa

Goa is known for beaches but people may visit here for some of the well known forts. Fort of Sindhudurg is a place that can help you familiar more with the city.

15.) St. Angelo Fort, Kerala

Kerala is heaven on earth, with the fort of St. Angelo in it’s Kannur you got all the more reason to visit here.

16.) Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer is the cultural heritage of Rajasthan. Fort of Jaisalmer is well known to display all the cultural epics of the city. This place is not only good to visit for shopping but for some vintage Indian pictures as well.

17.) Daulatabad Fort, Aurangabad

Do you know that the fort of Daulatabad was the capital of Tughlaqs? To dig deep down in the history you must visit here.  

18.) Ranthambore Fort,  Rajasthan

To connect more with the history of Rajasthan it’s worth taking a trip to Ranthambore Fort in Rajasthan.  

19.) Chittorgarh Fort, Chittorgarh  

Chittorgarh Fort is one of the biggest forts that exists in the city of Chittorgarh. This city is known for the number of forts but fort of Chittorgarh is one of the must visit.  

20.) Rampur Fort, UP  

Rampur is one of the connecting cities in UP to famous traveling destinations. Enroute to your ultimate destination you can visit the Rampur fort to make your journey complete.

21.) Amer Fort, Jaipur

Amer fort also called as Amber Fort is another well-known place to visit in Jaipur. Trekking down to this place is worth an effort to enjoy the sculptural artifacts of this place.  

22.) Ramnagar Fort, Varanasi  

Ramnagar Fort is good to visit to see the ancient weapons at the era of emperors. This fort can be covered within 30-45 minutes.  

23.) Warangal Fort, Telangana

Warangal Fort in Telangana leaves the traveler stunned by its foundation on a single rock. Unique architectural beauty that is good to go for any trip.

24.) Anegundi Fort, Hampi  

Hampi is Karnataka is coming in limelight and is becoming a famous tourist attraction because of the historical heritage. Fort of Anegundi is one of the must visit place here.

25.) Lohagad Fort, Mumbai

If you are planning your next trip to Mumbai and want to take a photo walk then you can keep Lohagad Fort as one of the options.

26.) Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur

Jaigarh Fort is another feather in the cap of the fort collections in the pink city of Jaipur.

27.) Chapora Fort, Goa

This is the fort where the famous movie of Dil Chahta Hein was shooted. People visit here to experience some peaceful me time as well. 

28.) Sisupalgarh Fort, Orissa

If you are planning to take a trip to Orissa then you may add Sisupalgarh fort in your itinerary.

29.) Rajmachi Fort, Maharashtra

Rajmachi is known to be hill station fort of Lonavala. You can get some of the best vintage Indian pictures because of serene beauty in and around.  

30.) Visapur Fort, Khandala

Visapur fort is another tourist spot on the land of Maharashtra. To know more about it you can click here:- Fort of Visapur.

31.) Bhangarh Fort, Alwar  

Bhangarh is declared as one of the most haunted places in the world. People like to visit the fort to get the thrill and prove their bravery.

32.) Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur

Nahargarh Fort is one of the popular picnic spots in the city of Jaipur. Its roll coaster landscape keeps the visitors curious.

33.) Fort Aguada, Goa

To experience the beach city of Goa differently you can travel to the beautiful fort of Aguada.    

34.) Lake Palace, Udaipur

This beautiful palace in Udaipur will make you wonderstruck with its serene beautiful now surrounded by the lake all around. It is one of the Indian places for sale that’s now converted into five-star properties and hosts many destinations weddings.  

35.) Taragarh Fort, Bundi

Another fort in the State of Rajasthan is Taragarh known for one or the other reason. To get some experiential traveling you can visit here.

36.) Murud Janjira Fort, Maharashtra  

Not many have heard of but there is another unexplored fort in Maharashtra by name of Janjira. Go solo or with family and some of the best clicks.

37.) Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

If you plan to take a trip to Bikaner then do plan to cover Junagarh fort famous for its cultural heritage.

38.) Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

Rambagh Palace has been converted into a commercial luxurious property that people prefer to stay during their stay in Jaipur. Ancient interiors of this palace get all the attention of the guests.

39.) Cooch Behar, West Bengal  

Many may not be aware of the beautiful fort of Cooch Behar in West Bengal. Whenever you plan to visit the state of West Bengal do visit here.

40.) Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

Umaid Bhavan is one of the palaces that is partially converted into the five-star property by Taj. It is among the best palaces in India with the eye-catching site all around and beautiful décor inside the palace.  

Hope you are ready to pack your bags to the chosen forts and palaces. To get the best deal to book your stay in any of the commercial forts converted into palaces can be checked online from sites like Make My Trip, Ibibio and many others. Wishing you all the best in your travel expedition for the best forts and palaces within India.

Corporate junkie smitten by wanderlust even since I started my solo travelling expedition.

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