Six Rajasthan hill forts on Unesco heritage list

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    Six Rajasthan hill forts on Unesco heritage list

    Six of Rajasthan's hill forts have made it to Unesco's World Heritage List: Chittorgarh Fort, Kumbhalgarh Fort (Rajsamand), Ranthambore Fort (Sawai Madhopur), Jaisalmer Fort, Amber Fort (Jaipur) and Gagron Fort (Jhalawar).

    "The selection of these forts is a reflection of our past work," said tourism, art and culture minister Bina Kak. The listing of the forts was approved at the 37th meeting of the World Heritage Committee in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on Friday.

    All the forts represent Rajput military architecture. The structural remains or ruins range from the eighth to the 19th Century and comprise multi-gated approaches through massive and high fortification walls, palaces, temples, memorials and water reservoirs.
     
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    I have been to Amber Fort. Magnificent! I need to visit the others as well. Jaisalmer Fort is the one I want to see very badly.
     
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    All these forts are really magnificent and lights and sound programs in some of these like Chittor is very impressive
     
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    Surprising to see, that these choices reflect greater focus on aesthetics, visual splendor, glamour & the locale.

    Among the above mentioned forts (no doubt, all great architecture), the name of Mehrangarh fort should also have been there for its magnificent imposing build, intricate craftsmanship, historical relevance, & one of the best museums in Rajasthan.
     
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    Do visit that. You won't be disappointed, if you do not come with lot of expectations. Apart from historical significance, this seemingly golden fort is a very unusual fort in the sense that it hosts a living township; some say, in existence, since more than a millenia. And, the market inside it, caters more to foreigners/NRI's than's Indians. Anyway, I found it lot more impressive from outside than inside.

    If only I could upload pics/vids on DFI...

    I would say, if you are making a short trip in Rajasthan, do not miss the Udaipur-Kumbhalgarh-Chiitorgarh-Ranakpur belt & Jodhpur. These are lot less touristy (somewhat off-beat) but much more exotic with real history & architectural splendor, especially if you are an art connoisseur.
     
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    Gagron Fort (Jhalawar)

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    It looks very small?
     
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    More on Gagron Fort from Imperial Gazetteer of India

     

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