Palaces of Rajasthan

Lake palace -Udaipur
The Lake palace was built in the 17th century on a natural foundation of 4 acers of rock by Maharana Jagjit Singh and also known as Jag Niwas. It is a magical palace and its image in the middle of the Lake Pichola is like a leaf straight out of a fairy tale book with an excellent taste of intricate craftsmanship and the ethnic themes. Then for maintenance and conservation the Palace changed in to luxury hotel. Taj Groups of Hotels took management of Lake Palace hotel in 1971. The rooms and the suites of the hotel are beautifully designed; each having a particular theme & decorated with textiles and handicrafts of the region. The royal banquet rooms are now reception rooms, bars and restaurants.
City palace -Jaipur
City Palace was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of the Kachhwaha clan of Rajputs, additions have been made to the palace complex by many of his successors. It is the located in the heart of the walled city, The City Palace Complex gives you an idea about the far sightedness of the founder of Jaipur Sawai Jai Singh. Jai Singh built the outer walls but its many buildings were built later. The palace is blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture and the royal family still lives in a part of the palace.
Taragarh palace -Bundi
This fort was built in 1354, is approached by mountaineering a sharp hill, to reach the gigantic gate. On the Bhim Burj, the biggest battlements, there is a famous cannon. There are great views of the area from the walls. The view over the town and surrounding countryside from the top are supernatural, especially in evening at the time of sun set. Taragarh is reached by steep road leading up the hillside to its enormous gateway.
Lalgarh palace -Bikaner
Lallgarh Palace was built in 1902 by Maharaja Ganga singhji. The lallgarh palace is sheer poetry in sandstone. This architecture is a fusion of Rajput, Mughal and European architecture. The exterior contrasts dramatically with the oriental interiors and amenities. The palace has beautiful latticework and filigree work, which are hallmarks of a great craftsmanship.There is a large collection of the paintings and hunting trophies in this Palace. Sprawling lawns with dancing peacocks looks very attractive. This palace displays a wonderful European style. The terraced lawns add beauty to the palace. Peacocks wander around the palace, which has been partly converted into a hotel.
Umaid bhawan palace -Jodhpur
Maharaja Umaid Singhji who built this palace was fascinated with western lifestyles so he marshalled the services of a well-known Edwardian architect.Umaid Bhawan Palace can qualify for several firsts: the largest private residence in the world, the finest extant example of art-deco, the only palace to have paintings from the Ramayana painted by a Polish artist, the first to use air-conditioning, electricity and elevators, and the most impressive for its size and dimensions.Most of the facility are available in this palace like Room with its exquisite Ramayana murals, library, museum,swimming pool, a Billiards Room, and unique marble squash courts makes Umaid Bhawan Palace is unabashedly the most magnificent.

Forts of Rajasthan

Taragarh fort -Kota
Taragarh fort was built in the year 1354 and accessible by a steep pitched road leading to its main gateway.It was the home of a main substantial state at the height of the Rajput heydays. It is located at a distance of 39 km from Kota, Taragarh Fort was the home of a major princely state at the height of the Rajput heydays. The gateway of the Taragarh Fort is topped by rampant elephants. It consists of huge reservoirs carved out of solid rock and the Bhim Burj, the largest of the battlements, on which is mounted a famous cannon.
Junagadh fort -Bikaner
The fort is located in Bikaner. It is one of the finest of Rajput monuments. Raja Rai Singh, Akbar's contemporary started building Junagadh Fort in 1587.A high wall and deep moats surround the fort. Inside the fort is a abundance of 37 palaces, temples and pavilions that are marvels in red sandstone construction. There are specially designed windows, balconies, towers. The mirrors, paintings and carved marble panels in the Moon Palace are a pleasure for eyes. The beautifully maintained rooms now display the treasures of the Royal family. Also worth visiting are the Ganga Niwas, Dungar Niwas, Vijai Mahal, and Rang Mahal.
Chittorgarh fort -Chittorgarh
Chittorgarh is the most required after seat of power in India . It is situated 175 km to the east of Udaipur and is named after Chitrangad Maurya. It is on the top of a 180-metre-high hill, which rises abruptly from the surrounding plain. Some of the structures worth seeing in the Chittorgarh Fort are the Fateh Prakash Palace , the Rani Padmini Palace and the Rana Kumbha Palace . The Vijay Stambha or Tower of Victory , a popular landmark in Chittorgarh Fort. This hilltop fortress of Chittorgarh epitomizes the romantic and doomed ideal of Rajput chivalry.
Amber fort-Jaipur
Amber Fort built in 16th century by Maharaja Man Singh,it sprawls on the hillside. Its construction was started by Raja Man Singh but completed by his descendant Jai Singh.Amber palace is situated in Amber. It is situated 11 km from Jaipur. It was once the very old capital of Jaipur State . Raja Man Singh, the Rajput commander of Akbar's army started the manufacture of the fortress palace was in 1592. The fort was later comprehensive and completed by the Jai Singhs before they move to Jaipur.
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