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  • 1 Jama Masjid Mosque Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    IND - Fatehpur Sikri

    Wanting to get closer to Sheikh Salim Chisti, the Sufi saint whom he worshipped, Emperor Akbar founded a new city on the site of Sikri in 1570. The "Friday mosque" houses the saint's white marble mausoleum, which is accessed via the Sublime..

  • 2 Fatehpur Sikri Site Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    IND - Fatehpur Sikri

    Fatehpur, the "town of victory", has a tranquil feel - and for good reason, as this short-lived capital of Emperor Akbar has not been inhabited for four centuries, and the only monument to get at all busy here is a tomb, the mausoleum of Sh..

  • 3 Amber Fort Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    IND - Jaipur

    To finish your visit of Jaipur, it is well worth heading up to the Amber Fort, which stands imperiously above the small Maota Sagar Lake a few miles from the Pink City. Amber was once the capital of Jaipur state. In the late 16C, Man Singh I built hi..

  • 4 Nadine Le Prince Haveli Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    IND - Fatehpur

    Built in 1802 by a silk merchant, the Nadine Le Prince haveli is now the property of a French painter who has spent ten years restoring the building. Visiting this haveli provides an interesting insight into other old houses where you will find the s..

  • 5 Junagarh Fort Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    IND - Bikaner

    Since the early 17C, Junagarth Fort has been home to a string of royal palaces behind its impregnable red sandstone walls marked with 30 bastions. Take some time to admire the Anup Mahal, where the maharajas were crowned and which is richly decorated..

  • 6 Jaisalmer Fort Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Akhay Pol IND - Jaisalmer

    Situated in the heart of the Thar desert, Jaisalmer is dominated by its 12C fort, which is surrounded by a long wall fortified with numerous bastions that have unfortunately been damaged by water seepage. The citadel, which is accessed via huge gates..

  • 7 Patwon ki Haveli Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Gopa Chowk IND - Jaisalmer

    Jaisalmer was an important staging post on the caravan route between India and Persia, Arabia and the West. It therefore comes as no surprise that the town boasts a number of splendid havelis in pink-ochre sandstone, built by the rich merchants of th..

  • 8 Mehrangarh Fort Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    IND - Jodhpur

    Since the mid 15C, Jodhpur has been dominated by the impressive Mehrangarh Fort, the "majestic fort" and a masterpiece of Rajput architecture built in ochre-coloured limestone. The building was used as the maharajas' residence right up to t..

  • 9 Mehrangarh Fort Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Forteresse de Mehrangarh IND - Jodhpur

    Discover the splendour of the Rajput maharajas in this museum housed in the Mehrangarh Fort. Visit the sumptuous interior of the Takhat Mahal, adorned with mirrors and coloured glass balls; the Phul Mahal, richly gilded and painted in the 19C; and Ta..

  • 10 Udaipur Old Town Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Laxi Chowk IND - Udaipur

    The waters of Pichola Lake lap against the whitewashed houses of the old town. As you explore the narrow alleyways of the town, don't miss the former palace of the Maharaja of Bagore (Bagore ki Haveli), which now houses a museum, or the 17C Jagdish t..

  • 11 City Palace Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Complexe du City Palace IND - Udaipur

    The City Palace museum is a maze of palace buildings, corridors and staircases (visitors follow a signposted linear route). Head up the stairs and enter the museum through the first building on the left. The rooms to the right on the first floor hous..

  • 12 Adinatha Temple Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Ranakpur IND - Sadri

    This splendid Jain temple, one of the largest in Rajasthan, is the work of the famous architect Dipak, who built it in the 15C for the rich merchant Sanghvi Dharnak Shah. Its rooms and courtyards are adorned with an array of exquisite marble sculptur..

  • 13 Fatehpur Sikri Palace Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    IND - Fatehpur Sikri

    The capital of the Mughal empire is now no more than a ghost town. Although its houses have disappeared, its magnificent red sandstone Mughal- and Rajput-style palaces remain: the Panch Mahal, with its 176 columns; the Palace of Jodha Bai, adorned wi..

  • 14 City Palace Complex Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Sireh Deorhi Bazar IND - Jaipur

    The City Palace, a vast palatial complex founded by Jai Singh II (first half of the 18C), is home to the buildings of the Rajasthan administration, as well as to Jaipur's main tourist sights: the Palace of the Winds, the observatory, and the palace i..

  • 15 Shekhawati Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IND - Nawalgarh

    Shekhawati, a semi-desert region in the centre of the Bikaner-Jaipur-Delhi triangle, was prosperous in the 18C during the reign of Sardul Singh thanks to its location on the caravan routes linking the imperial cities of Delhi and Agra. In Nawalgarh, ..

  • 16 City Palace Complex Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    IND - Udaipur

    The palace of the Maharaja of Udaipur, or the City Palace, is considered to be the largest palace-fortress in Rajasthan, measuring 500m in length and 30m in height. Showing strong Mughal influence, the palace overlooks Pichola Lake and boasts stunnin..

  • 17 Palace of Jodha Bai Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    IND - Fatehpur Sikri

    The palace of Jodha Bai was named after a Hindu wife of Akbar, the daughter of a maharaja of Jodhpur. Entrance to the building from the east is via a porch flanked with niches where armed eunuchs once stood, which is overlooked by jharokha (covered b..

  • 18 Panch Mahal Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    IND - Fatehpur Sikri

    The Panch Mahal (a five-storey palace), easily recognisable from a distance thanks to its tall triangular silhouette, separates the women's area from the men's. Its five hypostyle storeys decrease in size, each placed on top of the other like a pack ..

  • 19 Hall of Private Audience Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    IND - Fatehpur Sikri

    The Diwan-I Khas, or Hall of Private Audiences, is famous for its magnificent central column carved with scroll-shaped corbels. At the top of the column is a plinth on which the emperor sat to receive his subjects or scholars to discuss philosophical..

  • 20 Palace of the Turkish Sultana Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    IND - Fatehpur Sikri

    The delightful palace of the Turkish Sultana occupies an L-shaped pavilion in the style of a wooden cabin, surrounded by an exquisitely carved veranda. Inside the palace, panels of bas-reliefs depict lions and birds frolicking amid luxuriant vegetati..

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