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Explore The Marvellous Ancient Forts In India For A Cultural Tour

By Shubhangi Goel

Updated - May 9, 20247 min read

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You've got to update your travel checklist with these picturesque forts in India for the real exploration of ancient places yet to be discovered.If you are fascinated by the tales of some of the oldest forts in India standing perfectly still even after decades, then you need to visit the following places and see for it yourself: 


1. Forts of Rajasthan

Rajasthan, the land of magnificent forts and picturesque sand dunes, is one of the prime destinations for any travel photographer. The vibrant colours, rustic folk music and busy shopping streets across the state can bring out the shutterbug in anyone. Rajasthan is replete with click-worthy places ranging from beautiful palaces of 'The City of Lakes'- Udaipur to the forts of 'The Pink City'-Jaipur, from the bustling markets of 'The Blue City'-Jodhpur to the desert safaris of 'The Golden City'-Jaisalmer. When it comes to visiting the best forts in India - you just can't miss out on the ones in Rajasthan.


Ancient Forts: Amer Fort (Jaipur), Mehrangarh Fort (Jodhpur), Jaisalmer Fort (Jaisalmer)

Best time to visit: October-February


2. Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

One of the few forts in Rajasthan that's not built on a hill is the Junagarh Fort, earlier known as Chintamani. It has a museum which documents the history of its rulers. You'll be awestruck to witness this beautiful fort at it's best - don't forget to add this to your checklist when visiting Bikaner.


Best time to visit: October-March


3. Agra Fort, Agra 

Spread across 94 acres of land is the magnificent walled city in Agra; the Agra Fort which was home to the Mughals and to the rich history of India. Undoubtedly, Taj Mahal being one of the wonders of the world is not to be missed when in Agra but there's definitely more to the city. It's the pride of Agra, you just miss out on this magnificient beauty - add it to your wanderlist to explore the hidden marvels of India.


Best time to visit: August-March


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4. Golconda Fort, Hyderabad

The Golconda Fort, lying about 11kms away from the city of Hyderabad, has fascinating historical tales to tell apart from having quite a spectacular structure. What lies within the fort is a couple of museums, royal apartments and cannons. Your voice echoes beautifully here and it's fun to try it out!  There is no way you won't be impresses by this beauty in Hyderabad, your trip is incomplete without visiting one of these mesmerising forts in India.


Best time to visit: October-February


5. Srirangapatna 

The rocky island of Srirangapatna holds great historical and cultural importance which is why it could be your next spot if history fascinates you. The island town lies in the Mandya district of Karnataka with magnificent forts, temples and monuments protected under UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. The beauty of this fort will leave you awe-struck - you'll fall in love with the traditional architecture and the interiors of this mesmerising fort. It's one of those forts in India which can't be missed on.


Best time to visit: October-March


6. Gwalior Fort, Madhya Pradesh

'The Pearl in the necklace of the forts' of this country is the Gwalior Fort in Madhya Pradesh which was built in the 6th century by taking design inspiration from the Mughals and the Rajputs. Hence, the fort is said to reflect the cultural heritage of the country. It's definitely one of those forts in India which takes the top priority in a tourist's wanderlist - make sure you don't miss out on this magnificient one either it's worth it! You surely won't be disappointed as the historical worth is beyond your imagination.


Best time to visit: July-February


7. Red Fort, Delhi 

The historical fort built by Shah Jahan as the palace of his fortified capital Shahjahanabad (now Old Delhi) which has always been remembered for its red sandstone is the Red Fort of Delhi. It is considered a living example of par excellence in creativity and architecture of the Mughals. Whenever you plan to visit the fort, make sure that you stay back for its sound and light show which happens post 7pm every day.  


Best time to visit: October-March


8. Reis Magos Fort, Goa

One might be in a party mood but exploring the hidden marvels of Goa should definitely be on your list. This beautiful fort has a museum too - we highly recommend visiting Reis Magos if you're triggered by the historical beauty of Goa - you'll amazed by the panoramic views of the Arabian sea right next to it as well. The fort was built between 1551-1554 by Portuguese Viceroy Afonso De Noronha. It is the oldest fort in Goa, situated in the village of Reis Magos near Panjim. The restoration was done in 2012 . People are now allowed to hire the complex for private events.


Best time to visit - October To February


9. Raigad Fort, Maharashtra

This fort was built by  Raje Chandraraoji More of Jawli in the early 1030 and eventually seized by Chatrapati Shivaji in 1674. It is located in the  Sahyadri mountain range. Only accessible by one side pathway, the other three sides are surrounded by valleys. Make sure you do give this one a visit  - plan a weekend getaway from Maharashtra for a sorted scene.


Best time to visit - November To March


10. Bekal Fort, Kerala

The fort is spread over 40 acres, making it the largest fort in Kerala. It was built by  Shivappa Nayaka of Keladi in 1650. Bekal fort is situated in  the Bekal  Village of Kasaragod District, surrounded by a beautiful beach which provides a view of  Arabian Sea. It is considered as one of the best sea forts in India. The real beauty of Kerala lies at this beautiful fort - its definitely one of the most magnificent one on the list of best forts in India.



Best time to visit - October To February

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