Top 10 Forts in India You Must Visit

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Indian forts are closely associated with the history and heritage of the region. These exquisite and standing atop monuments have served as shelters for armies and have helped shape India as we already know it. Such massive structures remain highly symbolic of the vibrant past of India.

Here are the top 10 forts in India you must visit.

1. Chittorgarh Fort, Rajasthan

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Chittorgarh Fort, Rajasthan

Fort Chittorgarh is one of India’s biggest forts covering almost 700 acres. Due to how extensive it is, you need to explore the fort in a vehicle. An amazing view of the city is provided by Vijay Stambha (Tower of Victory). The fort also served as a royal incineration location.

Visiting Hours: 4:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Address: Chittor Fort Road, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001

2. Raigad Fort, Maharashtra

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Raigad Fort, Maharashtra

Such a valley fort is located in the Sahyadri Mountains Range of Mahad, in Raigad, Maharashtra, at an altitude of 2,700 feet above sea level. 

The fort overlooking Ganga Sagar Lake overlooks an artificial lake and remains of the former large wooden church can be seen, the rooms of the queens, different houses, some watchtowers, and some markets.

Visiting Hours: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: Raigad, Maharashtra 402305

3. Gwalior Fort, Gwalior

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Gwalior Fort, Gwalior

Gwalior Fort is majestically perched on top of a steep mass of sandstone and dominates Gwalior City. This high fort has seen many major battles throughout the period, including temples, palaces, sliding walls, and swimming pools.

Visiting Hours: 6:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Address: Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh 474008

4. Golkonda Fort, Hyderabad

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Golkonda Fort, Hyderabad

The Golconda was primarily the largest mine that was believed to have produced large gemstones of the planet. The fort is one of the richest monuments in its history. Send Golconda a day or two to open up for you, if it’s South Indian glory you want to discover.

Visiting Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Address: Khair Complex, Ibrahim Bagh, Hyderabad, Telangana 500008

5. Red Fort, Delhi

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Red Fort, Delhi

The Red Fort evokes memories of the splendor of Mughal Delhi — the imperial elephants, the royal armies, the courtyard ladies, and other relics of royal pomp. The Red Fort, which for its red sandstone walls has been called the biggest icon in Delhi, calls upon power as well as splendor.

Visiting Hours: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Address: Lal Qila, Netaji Subhash Marg, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006

6.  Kangra Fort, Kangra Valley – Himachal Pradesh

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Kangra Fort, Kangra Valley – Himachal Pradesh

Founded on a steep rock in Purana Kangra, about 20 km from Dharamsala town in Himachal Pradesh, on the outskirts of Kangra district, by the Royal Rajput family in Kangra. It is regarded as one of Himalayan’s oldest and biggest forts.

Visiting Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Address: Old Kangra, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh 176001

7. Murud Janjira Fort, Raigad

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Murud Janjira Fort, Raigad

Murad’s sleepy fishing hamlet is home to Janjira’s magnificent, 500 m offshore island fortress. It is one of India ‘s strongest maritime forts and, despite repeated attacks, remained undefeated throughout history. The 12 meter-high walls of the high tide appear to rise vertically out of the sea.

Visiting Hours: 7:00 AM – 4:45 PM

Address: Maharashtra

8. Chitradurga Fort, Karnataka

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Chitradurga Fort, Karnataka

The fort of Chitradurga is either in Bangalore or Mysore, on its way to Hampi. It is renowned for all the related legends. You must wear the right kind of footwear if you visit the fort because you have many steps and walks involved.

Visiting Hours: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: Chitradurga, Karnataka 577501

9. Bhangarh Fort, The Haunted Fort

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Bhangarh Fort, The Haunted Fort

Bhangarh has been famous as the country’s most haunted place, famous for its historic ruins and ghost stories. It is on the road from Jaipur to Delhi. The fort is situated in the Rajasthan district of Alwar, in the 17th century.

Visiting Hours: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: Rajgarh Tehsil, Gola ka baas, Alwar, Bhangarh, Rajasthan 301410

10. Agra Fort, Agra

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Agra Fort, Agra

The first Mughal forts in India from which the Mughal Emperors ruled for four centuries. In 1983, it’s one of India’s first places to be identified as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Emperor Akbar built the fort in the sixteenth century when he decided to make the capital of Agra.

Visiting Hours: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282003

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