India 🇮🇳: The hill forts of Rajasthan 🏰

Rajasthan is home to many hill forts of impressive size. Six of them have been declared Unesco world heritage in 2013. We visited three of them – Amber Fort (Jaipur), Kumbhalgarh & Chittorgarh Forts (Udaipur region).

Kumbhalgarh Fortress: Nano version of the great wall of China

The fortress is a 2h drive north of Udaipur on mainly single lane roads in poor condition. If you don’t get sick, you can enjoy the countryside and people on the way. Entry is Rp600 for foreigners (Rp40 for locals) and it is open from 8.30am to 6pm. In the evening there is a daily light show, which seems quite impressive.

The fortress was built-in one sequence in the 15th century and remains in good shape until today though it is no longer inhabited. The walls of the fort extend 38km and belong to the longest wall structures in the world (although any wall looks pale when compared with ita big brother in China). Wikipedia has a good overview the great walls – in the past and today.

 

Chittorgarh fort – even bigger

After Ranakour we returned to Udaipur (2h) to catch a train to Chittorgarh. We travelled 2nd class seated which was ok. Highlight of the journey was a massive dust cloud that polluted the wagon visibly. 😷🤧

Chittorgarh was the capital of the world’s longest ruling dynasty, the kingdom of Mewar, for eight centuries (before the capital was moved to Udaipur). Not only is it regarded as the greatest fort in Rajasthan, it is the most sizable fort in India (3sqkm total area). My home fortress – Festung Königstein – looks like a lego toy in comparison (Chittorgarh is 31x larger).

 

Some facts:

  • The fort is home to several palaces, temples and towers (most famously the victory tower)
  • Seen from above, it is shaped like a fish

  • Its history dates back to the 7th century, but construction was spread over many phases.
  • The siege of Chittorgarh in the 15th century saw the fort lost to emperor Akbar and Udaipur took over as capital of the Mewar kingdom.
  • It has a water reservoir holding 1bn gallons of water – enough to supply an army of 50,000 men for 4 years

img_20190320_2314454360747254181953266.jpg

  • Every night 7/8pm a light show takes place

 

The city of Chittorgarh is rather unimpressive. Yet we did enjoy a very local curry dinner and a few beers at the Pratap Palace Hotel.

img_20190320_232047822309751645551309.jpg

Amber fort – towering over Jaipur

The fort was our first stop in Jaipur and in hindsight the one most worth visiting. Already from far away its reddish colour stands out (the fort was constructed using red sandstone & marble).

 

The current fort was built in the late 16th century yet its origins date back to the 11th. The palace complex features several courtyards and even tunnels for royal rescue missions. Bring cash to pay the entrance, as internet doesn’t work despite a large wifi sign chiselled int stone 🤣😂

 

We used the magnificent setting for a little photo shoot with laura’s new scarf in colombian colours. 📸 👧🏻 🇨🇴 SLIDESHOW BELOW.

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “India 🇮🇳: The hill forts of Rajasthan 🏰

  1. Pingback: India 🇮🇳: Jaipur, the pink city | rocketontour

  2. Pingback: India 🇮🇳: A packed train 🚂 to Agra & Taj Mahal | rocketontour

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s