A country dominated by various dynasties and empires, ruled by different kings and princes, India is home to a huge number of forts and palaces scattered throughout the huge landmass from north to south, from east to west. An excursion with the help of one of the holiday packages that provide tours of forts and palaces will come as great help for inquisitive tourists who wish to delve into the history and culture of this nation.
Begin your tour of forts and palaces at Delhi – the land of Laxmi Narayan Temple, India Gate, Parliament House in New Delhi and Jama Masjid, Red Fort, Gandhi memorial in Old Delhi. Visit these places and then move on to Mandawa, a compact little town of Shekhavati region. Spend the afternoon visiting havelis and buildings flaunting beautiful frescoes. The medieval fort of Mandawa that rises on the horizon like a mirage is a beautiful place to visit here.
Steer your way to Nawalgarh - the town exhibiting some of Shekhavati’s frescoes in the havelis that still bear testimony to the rich Marwari era of the 19th century. Visit the Aath Haveli Complex, Anandilal Poddar Haveli, Bansidhar Bhagat Haveli and Chokhani Haveli while here. After a thorough tour of the town, drive towards Bikaner. Junagadh Fort is a major tourist spot here – built by Raja Rai Singh between 1588 and 1593, it sports a 986-meter long wall with 37 bastions and two entrances. Bhand Sagar Temple, a 16th century Jain temple, located within its premises, is another nice tourist site.
The next morning will see you drive to Jaisalmer, the Citadel City, where you get to explore the nooks and corners of Jaisalmer Fort, Sun Gate, Megh Durbar, Salim Singh-Ki-Haveli and Patwon–Ki-Haveli. Do not forget to cruise the seas of deserts on camel backs. Your next destination is Jodhpur – that is home to Mehrangarh fort, Jaswanthada, and the Clock tower.
Drive to Bundi and then to Udaipur to marvel at the Ranakpur temples and the Chaturmukh temples on the way. Saheliyon – Ki – Bari, Jagdish Temple, City Palace and the Nagda Temples are some of the major tourist places to be visited. Pushkar is your next goal where you get to explore the walls of Jagat Pita Shri Brahma Temple, Apteshwar Mahadeo Temple and the Dargah of Sufi Saint Moinuddin Chishti.
Drive to Jaipur – the hub of forts and palaces in India. Amber Fort, elephant rides, City Palace exhibiting a perfect blend of Rajasthani & Mughal architecture are must visits. Also Royal Observatory and Nawab Sahab Ki Haveli are worth visiting on your tour to this city.
From Jaipur you head towards Agra – the land of the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Red Fort, Itmad-ud-daula’s Tomb and Fatehpur Sikri. From here you return to Delhi which marks the end of your tour of the forts and palaces.
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