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Holidays in India can be spent in many ways. Some prefer visiting the scenic hill stations; some relaxing at the various beach destinations and some exploring the sacred religious sites. However, there are some who love visiting the old forts spread across the various parts of the country and discovering more about them. Listed below are five such places that continue to intrigue visitors with their rich history and architecture.

Red Fort

Located in Delhi, this fort is one of the landmark structures of the country. This red-stone structure, built by the Mughals in 1648, is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spread across an area of approximately 250 acres, this historical fort features some important buildings, including Nahr-i-Behist, Diwan-i-Aam, Rang Mahal, Mumtaz Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas, Khas Mahal, Hira Mahal and Moti Masjid. In addition to these, there is a historical museum as well as a freedom struggle museum inside the fort. A special light and sound show is organised in the lush gardens of the fort in the evenings.

Gwalior Fort

Built between 8th century and 14th century, this magnificent fort has a glorious history as it was ruled by many powerful rulers. There are two main palaces – Man Mandir and Gurjari Mahal – inside the complex. These palaces were commissioned by Man Singh Tomar. Besides these, there are other important buildings inside the fort, namely Teli ka Mandir, Chhatri (dome-shaped pavilion) of Bhim Singh Rana, Saas-Bahu Mandir and Garuda monument. Sprawling over an approximate area of 3 sq km, this historical wonder has two intricately-carved entrances called Elephant Gate and Badalgarh Gate.

Chittorgarh Fort

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this fort encompasses an area of approximately 2.8 sq km. This majestic structure is among the largest of its kind in the country. According to historical data, it was constructed in the 7th century AD by the Mauryan rulers. The fort consists of 19 temples, 4 palaces, 20 functional water bodies and 4 memorials. It has seven entrances, namely Laxman Pol, Bhairon Pol, Padan Pol, Ganesh Pol, Hanuman Pol, Ram Pol and Jodia Pol.

Jaisalmer Fort

Commissioned by Rawal Jaisal, a Rajput ruler in 1156 AD, this grand fort was acknowledged as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013. Built on a hill of more than 76 m in height, this structure has a width of 230 m and length of 460 m. It comprises four massive gateways, a royal palace and a temple, besides several merchant houses. Besides this, you can also visit many such other historical forts of Rajasthan during your India holidays.

Mehrangarh Fort

Another legendary structure in Rajasthan, Mehrangarh Fort lies on top of a hill. It was built by Rao Jodha in 1460. There are seven entrances into the place, the most notable ones being Jayapol and Fattehpol. Inside its complex, several palaces are located that are known for their expansive courtyards and intricate carvings. It also houses one of the best museums of Rajasthan.

These five architectural masterpieces from the past have charmed tourists since centuries. If you too wish to explore them, then you can choose for those holiday packages in India that include visits to these grand places.

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