Rajasthan is a historical state, and accurate to the meaning of the name – ‘The Land of Kings,’ in its more than 5000-year-old history, has been ruled by numerous kings.
Naturally, a historically rich state comes with an equally rich culture and infrastructure. Rajasthan is filled with such Mahals and Forts waiting to be divulged.
Begin your historical journey with these beautiful places filled with royalty, chivalry, and obviously, Magnificence!
List of the Historical places in Rajasthan
A Designated tourist spot, Amer Fort is one of the prime historical places to visit in Jaipur. The Fort is located in the small town of Amer.
With Gigantic palace gates and numerous courtyards, Amer fort sits on top of the hill overlooking Lake Maota. The Fort gets its name after Ambikeshwar, a name for Shiva. The Fort’s rich history starts with its structure itself.
The design was influenced by Mughal architecture. Popularly known as Amer Palace, this historical place unfolds many such historical moments and stories. I suggest, to reach the Fort early, so you enjoy the beauty it beholds.
Location: Amer, Jaipur
Time required: 3-4 hours
Attractions: Sheela Devi Temple, Kadimi Mahal, Sheesh Mahal
Pink City in Jaipur is another place rich in heritage and culture.
The City was initially built as new Capital by Maharaja Singh II in 1792 for safety and fear of an attack by the Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah. The City was made impregnable with seven gates.
Later, the whole City was painted pink to welcome the Prince of Wales, and it has stayed that way ever since. A Bengali Brahmin Vidyadhur did the design. October to March is the best time to explore the City’s riches.
Location: Jaipur – Old City/ walled City
Time: 1-2 days
Attractions: 7 gates, City Palace, Albert Hall Museum, Hawa Mahal,
One of the largest forts in India, Chittorgarh Fort, was the capital of Mewar. The Fort is located in the town of Chittor. The Fort covers a total of 65 historic structures.
Chittorgarh fort’s original name was Chitrakoot and was first built and inhabited by a local Mori Rajput ruler Chitrangada Mori. The Forts holds many legends and has seen many wars up until the time of Mughal ruler Jahangir. The palace was also home to Maharaja Uday Singh and Rani Padmini.
Time: 2-3 hours
Attractions: Padmini Palace, Rana Kumbha Palace, Vijay Stambh, Kirti stambh.
Mehrangarh Fort is an enormous fort in India. Known for its architectural design, the Fort is located on the outskirts of Jodhpur. Rao Jodha initially built the Fort in 1459.
Several monarchs in history have ruled the magnificent Fort.
Time: 2-3 hours
Attractions: Mehrangarh Museum, Ziplining, International Folk Festival
Karni Mata Temple
Famously known as the rat temple, the Karni Mata temple is dedicated Hindi goddess Karni Mata. The temple is located in the small town of Deshnoke, 30km from Bikaner.
The temple is the home to approx 25000 black rats, which are worshipped in the temple. Eating nibbled rat food is considered to be a great honour here. These rats are considered to be ancestors of charan and – a legend of Karni Mata. This legend is scribed on the pillars of the temple.
Location: Deshnoke, Bikaner
Time: 1-3 hours
Attractions: 25000 black Rats, Karani Mata Fair
This spectacular palace is built in the middle of the lake so that it seems like it is floating on water. The palace was created as a lodge for kings for a hunting trip.
Location: Amer Road, Jaipur
Time: 1 hour
Attraction: Chameli Bagh, Bapu Bazaar
Abhaneri Stepwell, also known as Chand Baori, is situated in a village called Abhaneri. It is one of the oldest and few step-wells with two classical periods of water building in the same setting.
The oldest part dates as old as the 8th century. While access to the step-well is now blocked to tourists but, it’s one of the architectural marvels from the rich history of Rajasthan.
These are a few of the historical places of historically rich Rajasthan. Which one would you like to visit?