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12 February 2021 | 5 min read

5 Popular Forts In India For The History Lover In You

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Glorious traditions, rich heritage, and cultural diversity – that’s India to the world. That’s what we are recognised all around the globe. Apart from these, India is praised for its mighty forts that belong to different historical periods and diverse architectural styles. India owes its architectural brilliance to numerous dynasties like the Mughal, the Mamluk, Turkish, etc. who ruled India over the years. Most of these forts were built to protect the country from external enemy forces. Today, we will be telling you about some of the exquisite forts in India that have served their purpose for years and still stand firm. You must not only add these architectural marvels to your travel wish list but also mark them as must-visit destinations.

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1. Chittorgarh Fort, Chittor

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Chittorgarh Fort is situated in Rajasthan, and it’s known as one of India’s largest forts. This marvel was built by local Maurya rulers in 7th century A.D. is now one of the essential UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Floating over a hill of 590 ft. in height and spread across 692 acres of land, this fort is an epitome of Rajputana architectural styles. Chittorgarh Fort used to house 84 water bodies inside, now only 22 of them are left. You can imagine the magnificence of this place by this. Once known as the capital of Mewar, this fort tells the stories of heroism and sacrifice and exhibits the Rajput culture and values in the real sense.

How to reach?

By Air: Udaipur Airport or the Maharana Pratap Airport is the nearest airport to Chittorgarh. It welcomes flights from major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, etc. You can avail taxi service from the airport, which will take approximately 2 hours to reach Chittor.
By train: Chittorgarh Junction, the nearest railway station to Chittorgarh Fort is only 6 km away.

Best time to visit:

October – March

Famous for:

The two towers – Vijay Stambh, the tower of victory and Kirti Stambh, the fame tower. The towers are illuminated in the evening, which accentuates their beauty. Apart from the towers, there are many palaces and temples within the fort that you must visit. Meera Temple is one of them.

2. Sindhudurg Fort, Maharashtra

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Sindhudurg Fort is a mighty fort on an islet in the Arabian Sea. It was built in the 17th century by the great ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj as the main Maratha headquarters to prepare for battles and provide security to Maratha people. Around 100 Portuguese architects and a workforce of 3000 were behind creating this majestic fort that’s a fusion of elegance and antiquity. This fort is undoubtedly an unmatched and unique fort on various dimensions with the architectural brilliance and individual ranks. That’s what makes a trip to Sindhudurg fort so incredible.

How to reach?

By Air: The Dabolim International Airport in Goa is the nearest airport connecting to Sindhudurg Fort. This Airport is well connected to several cities of India. From Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport, the fort is located at a distance of 344 km.
By train: Sindhudurg is the railway station on the Konkan Railway route. Kanakvalli, Kudal, Sawanwadi (situated about 25-35 km away from the fort) are other major railway stations.

Best time to visit:

October – March

Famous for:

The only temple in the world dedicated to Shivaji Maharaj, massive walls, and lovely sea views.

3. Red Fort, Delhi

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Once known as the Mughal dynasty’s home, office, and trade centre, Red Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built by Shah Jahan in the 17th Century and designed by the same Persian architect behind Taj Mahal’s creation. While Red Fort reminds us of Mughal rule in India, it is an icon of independent India. Every year on Independence Day, India’s prime minister hoists the national flag at the fort’s gate.

How to reach?

By Air: Delhi is well-connected to most of India’s major cities and abroad through air transport. Both domestic and international flight land at Indira Gandhi International Airport.
By train: Old Delhi Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Red Fort or Lal Qila.

Best time to visit:

October – February’

Famous for:

Mumtaz Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas and Hira Mahal are some of the famous structures within Red Fort.

4. Agra Fort, Uttar Pradesh

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Just 2.5 kilometres away from one of the seven wonders of the world – Taj Mahal, Agra Fort was initially built by Lodis, an Afghan dynasty. Later it became one of the first Mughal forts of India. The British seized the fort in 1803, and after the British left India, the fort was given to the Indian government. Now, this well-preserved fort is a major tourist attraction.

How to reach?

By Air: Agra Airport (5 km from the city) is the nearest airport.
By train: Agra Fort Railway Station situated at the distance of 2 km from the fort is the nearest railway station.

Best time to visit:

October – March

Famous for:

Jahangiri Mahal, Khas Mahal, and Musamman Burj are famous monuments within the fort.

5. Golconda Fort, Hyderabad

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Built as a part of Kakatiya dynasty’s west defence strategy for Kondapalli fort, Golconda Fort also known as Golkonda Fort, is considered one of the seven wonders of Hyderabad. There are numerous gateways, drawbridges, temples, mosques, royal apartments, and stables within the fort. When you visit this charismatic fort, you can stroll around the well-maintained gardens and get mesmerised by the fort’s colossal structure.

How to reach?

By Air: Hyderabad International Airport is 20km away from Hyderabad and is well connected to other cities and other countries.
By train: Hyderabad Decan (6.81 km from the fort), Begumpet (8.27 km from the fort), and Kacheguda (10.09 km from the fort) are the nearest major railway stations to Golconda Fort.

Best time to visit:

All-year-round

Famous for:

The fort is famous for the most precious diamonds – Koh-i-Noor, Daria-i-Noor, Hope Diamond, and more found in Golkonda mines.

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