The Castles of India

They actually call them "Forts" But they are castles! Yup, they sure are and you can see it, big beautiful fortresses often made out of wonderful local stones like red sandstone. I recently had a trip to India and made it a point to see some of the Castles. I wasn't disappointed.

Interesting thing about India is the dual influences that you see everywhere. Of course there is the beautiful Indian architecture like you see in the Taj Mahal. And of course there is the British influence which you see in the castle-like fortresses and forts. And so many of them are in veritable perfect shape.

When we think of India we don't usually think of castles. But they are there and they are absolutely magnificent. Here is a look at some of them.

The Amber Fort

It is quite an amazing and impressive structure. And the view of it is spectacular from across Maota lake. It is over 500 years old. The construction of this fort began in 1592. I have more about it here. The Amber Fort

 

The Red Fort

Now this is an imposing fortress made of red Sandstone and located in Agra. It was built in 1648 and while a lot of the walls and outer structures have a European fortress feel to them there is a whole lot inside that is very Indian. I have more about this castle right here: The Red Fort.

 

 

The Jal Mahal (The Water Palace)

It was built in the mid 18th century and it is flooded like this during the monsoon season.

 

The Taj Mahal

Well, to be honest I wouldn't categorize this as a castle. It wouldn't hold up well against catapult fire but.... I know that you would be disappointed if I didn't show you some pics of this masterpiece. It is one of the seven wonders of the world. I have more about it here. The Taj Mahal

 

More Castles In India:

Taragarh Fort Bundi Fort - Also known as Taragarh Fort - A beautiful fort partially in disrepair and built on the side of a hill. It is open to the public. More about Bundi Fort here

 

 

 

Chittorgarh Fort - This is a UNESCO World Heritage castle and it is quite unique in that it is also referred to as a Water Fort. This is because at one time it had 84 water bodies covering 40% of it's grounds. Read more about it and see pics here: Chittorgarh Fort

 

 

 

Jaigarh Fort - This is a Military Fortress that was also the site of an enormous foundry that forged cannons including the largest wheeled cannon at the time. It is open to the public, has a garden and a small musuem with military weapons and armor. This is also the reputed site of the search for a lost treasure that never has been found. Jaigarh Fort

 

 

Mehrangarh Fort - This is an interesting fortress with a very vibrant museum. There are many unique collections in the museum including a collection of turbans from the region, palanquins, weapons, armor , paintings and some famous swords.

 

 

 

Nahargarh Fort - This is a fort that was built as a retreat, vacation spot and escape for the Amer Kings. Today it is open to the public and among other things it has an amazing view of the city of Jaipur.

 

 

 

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