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How Many Forts In India?

Discussion in 'Travel advice' started by YKM, Apr 27, 2023.

  1. YKM

    YKM New Member

    I am someone who visits a lot of historical places and in particular I want to visit India and visit the forts there.

    Any idea how many forts in India, and where they may be?

  2. Karan

    Karan Member

    It's difficult to give an exact number of forts in India as there are numerous forts spread across the country, and new ones are still being discovered and identified.

    India has a rich history of fortification, and many forts were built by various rulers and empires over the centuries for defensive purposes or as centers of governance. Some of the well-known forts in India include the Red Fort in Delhi, the Amer Fort in Jaipur, the Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan, the Gwalior Fort in Madhya Pradesh, and the Golconda Fort in Hyderabad.

    According to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), there are more than 3,600 protected monuments in India, which includes forts, palaces, temples, and other historical structures. It's important to note that not all forts in India are protected, and many are in a state of ruin or have been lost to time.

  3. Deven

    Deven Member

    India is home to numerous historical forts, each with its unique architecture and historical significance. The exact number of forts in India is vast, and it's challenging to provide an exhaustive list. However, here are some of the most famous forts in India, categorized by region:

    North India:

    1. Red Fort, Delhi: A UNESCO World Heritage Site and an iconic symbol of India's independence.
    2. Agra Fort, Uttar Pradesh: A UNESCO World Heritage Site located near the Taj Mahal.
    3. Jaipur's Hill Forts: Includes Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort, and Jaigarh Fort, all located in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
    Rajasthan: 4. Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur: A massive fort with stunning views of Jodhpur city.

    1. Chittorgarh Fort, Chittorgarh: The largest fort in India, known for its historical battles.
    2. Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajsamand: Famous for its long wall, the second-longest continuous wall after the Great Wall of China.
    3. Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer: A living fort with a vibrant market and heritage hotels.
    4. Junagarh Fort, Bikaner: Known for its beautiful palaces and museums.
    5. Gagron Fort, Jhalawar: A UNESCO World Heritage Site with a unique water fortification.
    6. Ranthambore Fort, Sawai Madhopur: Located within Ranthambore National Park.
    Western India: 11. Daulatabad Fort, Maharashtra: Known for its formidable defense systems and ancient architecture.

    1. Vasai Fort, Maharashtra: A coastal fort with colonial history.
    2. Murud-Janjira Fort, Maharashtra: A coastal fort built on an island.
    3. Sindhudurg Fort, Maharashtra: Known for its underwater entrance.
    South India: 15. Golconda Fort, Hyderabad: Famous for its acoustics and the Kohinoor diamond history.

    1. Charminar, Hyderabad: Although not a fort, it's a historic icon.
    2. Bekal Fort, Kerala: A unique fort with stunning sea views.
    3. Fort St. George, Chennai: The first English fortress in India.
    Central India: 19. Gwalior Fort, Madhya Pradesh: Known for its imposing entrance and historical significance.

    1. Mandu Fort, Madhya Pradesh: Famous for its Afghan architecture and romantic stories.
    Northeast India: 21. Kachari Ruins, Assam: Ancient ruins with pyramid-like structures.

    1. Shillong Peak, Meghalaya: Not a traditional fort but an elevated point with panoramic views.
    These are just a selection of the forts in India, and there are many more to explore. India's rich history has left behind a legacy of incredible forts that offer insights into its diverse culture and heritage. When visiting these historical sites, it's essential to check for entry fees, guided tours, and any special cultural or historical events taking place.