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Oldest Forts of Rajasthan

Rajasthan is well known for its historic monuments. Check out our list of three oldest forts in Rajasthan.

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Chittaurgarh Fort

Chittaurgarh Fort

Ranthambore fort

Ranthambore fort

Jaisalmer fort

Jaisalmer fort

Chittaurgarh Fort

Chittorgarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India and is situated in Chittorgarh city of Rajasthan. The fort was constructed by the Mauryans during the 7th century AD. From the 7th century to the 16th it was the capital of Mewar under the Rajputs. The formidable fort is perched atop a 180-meter high hillock covering a massive area of 700 acres and is a standing sentinel to the courage and valor of Chittorgarh. In 2013, at the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Chittorgarh Fort, along with 5 other forts of Rajasthan, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the group Hill Forts of Rajasthan.

Ranthambore Fort

Ranthambore Fort is perched high on a hill of about 700ft and is situated about 5km inside the famous Ranthambore National Park, near the town of Sawai Madhopur. The exact origin of the fort is disputed but it is widely believed that construction of the fort started during the reign of Sapaldaksha, in 944 AD. However, another theory stipulates that the fort was built in 1110 AD during the reign of King Jayant, a Chauhan Rajput. The fort is a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site under the title Hill Forts of Rajasthan.

Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest fully preserved desert forts of the world. It is situated right in the heart of the city of Jaisalmer, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It was built in 1156 AD by the Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal, from whom it derives its name. The fort is built on a hill that rises above a height of 250 ft (76 m) above the surrounding countryside. It is another UNESCO World Heritage Site in the group of Hill Forts of Rajasthan.

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