The six hill forts of Rajasthan, India, date from between the 8th and 18th centuries. The mix of architecture melds with the surrounding landscape of forests, deserts, hills, and even rivers that bring water into holding structures of the forts.
The forts include those in Chittorgarh, Kumbhalgarh, Sawai Madhopur, Jhalawar, Jaipur, and Jaisalmer. Whole towns are held within, including temples and palaces, some of which are still in use.
The Hill Forts of Rajasthan were declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013.
Know Before You Go
Most forts have registered guides who can be booked via the main ticketing office. Though not compulsory, it is an intriguing way of exploring the fort, especially so with the guide telling stories about each nook and cranny of the fort, topped with a bit of garnishing of their own. Beware of unregistered guides as they might not be as conversant nor as knowledgeable and might try to fleece unsuspecting tourists for more money.