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The most beautiful 19 forts and palaces of India

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Today will embark on a legendary journey, breaking barriers of time and space, forgetting history and sometimes cruel fate which it may intend. You step the threshold of the most spectacular forts and palaces of India, in an attempt to relive the past, review it, and why not, to understand, with the ultimate goal to find a logical explanation that is more subjective than that all these buildings were made because of stubbornness genius architects and leaders who have ordered. Whatever is the truth, the fact is that they have left an imprint in history and the world will not ever forget, thus achieving immortality.

Architecturally speaking, multicultural India stands out, generalizing, and without too much detail, three ways:
1) The Islamic / mogul, massive structures as gates, mosques imposing mosaics, broken arches, minarets, floral, and documents Arabic / Urdu, watermarks, which rises to the sky domes comprehensive, marble and precious stones, garden paradise and mausoleums lovely sermon no loss, but celebrate a new beginning;
2) The Hindu / Indian with numerous ornaments, vibrant colors that gives energy, murals, arches designed so that, without them, the beauty of the place, dissolve into nothingness, and the rules are very precise lifting;
3) Colonial style / European strikingly resembling, with 'churches in Sibiu' or German castles, old houses and mansions boyar founders, the history of Romanian land.

It is said that when the Indians themselves, or conquerors were building, they wanted to do something so amazing that created complex of buildings, so when you visit a fort or a palace, do not forget to sneak and to venture into each recess in the complex because often the real jewels are dusty, and hidden from curious eyes - true the saying "under the unpolished exterior is hiding the true diamond".

1. Fort of Agra is one of the most beautiful monuments and probably the best description would be "a city surrounded by walls." Is included in UNESCO, and over time, exerted a special attraction of tourists, through the legend of the diamond Koh-i-Noor, which apparently was stolen along with a vast treasure of this location, by moguls after battle from Panipat in the sixteenth century. Emperor Akbar gave a more important force, by moving the capital here and even restored the building, which was in a sorry state, with brand-new blocks by red sandstone. During the reign of Shah Jahan, Agra Kila received appearance, which still bears triumphant defiance of history, humanity and the burning sun. It also says that Shah Jahan would have died in one of the rooms overlooking the Taj Mahal, being imprisoned by his son, Aurangzeb.

2. Amber Fort, or Amer, is located in the town with the same name just a few miles of beautiful Jaipur. One of the main attractions in the area, the fort is perched on a hill and watches the lake Mahota. Combines elements of both Hindu and Moguai and the gates, and paved roads makes it even harder to forget. Since we speak of Rajasthan, is self-evident, that we must mention the Maharajah, who lived in the complex. With political and popular uses, significance of this place can be compared with local fortress, evident in ancient times.

3. Bangalore Palace, a palace located in the city with the same name, was built as a miniature replica of Windsor Castle in Britain. Construction started in 1862, and the building was completed in 1944. In 1884, was acquired by Maharaja of Mysore's and now, noble family descendants have renovated palace, refreshing and facade, and damaged art objects restored.

4. Chowmahalla Palace or Chowmahallat (The 4 Palaces) is a complex that belonged to Asaf Jahi dynasty, located in the area of today's Hyderabad. All enthronement ceremonies of Nizam-s or territory managers were officially here, and numerous receptions and summit. The monument received plaques and a place in UNESCO in 2010.

5. City Palace Jaipur, including Mubarak Mahal Chandra Mahal and other buildings, still functions as a noble residence, in addition to museums and gardens. Complex construction began in 1729 and one by one, each ruler added personal touch, the complex changed even in the twentieth century. The architectural style is a fusion of the Indian Rajput elements, Moguai and European - a real gem.

6. City Palace Udaipur is a complex built in 1559 on a hill with panoramic Lake Pichola. It is considered the most extensive palace style "rajasthanezo-mogul" and offers a breathtaking view over the city and surroundings, but also some important historical monuments such as the Lake Palace on Lake Pichola, Jag Mandir, Jagdish Temple, and Monsoon Palace. It seems that much of the film Octopussy, of the Bond series, was filmed here. From the resulting publicity, Udaipur was nicknamed "Venice of the East".

7. Red Fort Complex in the Indian capital is imagined by Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan and implemented in 1638. In just 10 years, succeeds with enviable skill to complete the project, and the fort is known as "Qila-i-Mubarak" (blessed fort), because the imperial family was residing. The location was designed so as to harmonize with the old Salimgarh Fort. The building is the embodiment of creativity Moguai peak of Emperor Shah Jahan. And this monument has undergone many cosmetic interventions over time, but certainly they did not harm the beauty. The complex was included in UNESCO in 2007. Rising on the banks of the Yamuna towering, Red Fort is a tourist attraction for people around the world.

8. Fatehpur Sikri, known as ghost town, not inhabited for hundreds of years, is the creation of Emperor Akbar in honor of Sufi saint Shaikh Salim cyst, who foretold the birth of Akbar's heir, Prince Salim. He succeeded his father as the Jahangir. It was the first project of the scale, a city of the Mogul, and the first built in a mixture of styles - Mogul, Indian, Persian and Islamic. Was former imperial capital from 1571 until 1585. Abandoned after only 14 years, water resource, that was the disappointing motif for the people and leaders alike. Jama Masjid attracts both locals and tourists, and the UNESCO has recognized value since 1986.

9. Hawa Mahal or Wind Palace in Jaipur, was built in 1799, the Hindu god Krishna shaped crown. Its unique honeycomb-fitting outside a hive with 953 small windows called jharokha, which are decorated with lace pattern. The idea behind a lace curtain was the need for women from noble families can contemplate the outside world without being spotted without Veil on their head and face concealed. Built of red sandstone and pink, is part of the City Palace complex and the rising sun light makes it exude a mysterious aura.

10. Lake Palace, Jag Niwas former name, is a luxurious hotel with 83 rooms and suites with marble walls located on the island of Lake Pichola Niwas Jag, Udaipur. The hotel offers its guests a boat that is transported to shore. He was voted the most romantic hotel in India.

11. Kowdiar Palace in Trivandrum, Kerala, was built in 1915 and is the official residence of the royal family of Travancore. Although it is an architectural wonder and has great historical importance, access is restricted.

12. Lalgarh Palace is a palace in Bikaner, Rajasthan. It was built between 1902 and 1926 after Rajput customs, Moguai and European. Three-storey complex is wrapped in red sandstone, brought from Thar Desert. Contains spaces, essential for the nineteenth century: large rooms for receiving guests, smoking rooms, suites for guests, domes, pavilions and a dining room that can accommodate 400 people. Magnificent pillars, fireplaces elaborate Italian columns and filigree laced structures come to beautify the place and more. There is also an indoor pool in Art Deco style. In the complex are: Shri Sadul Museum, private residence of the noble family of Bikaner, Lallgarh Palace Hotel and Laxmi Niwas Palace.

13. Maharaja Palace is actually a series of palaces in Vadodara. The most impressive building is Lakshmi Vilas Palace, recognized as the largest building in the nineteenth century of its kind in the country, and four times the size of Buckingham Palace. Accessories such as elevator and interior are remnants of a great country houses in Europe. The royal family remained resident continued to be observed by people. Darbar hall or the ornamental hall, which is often the place where concerts and other cultural events are held, has Venetian mosaic floor, Belgian glass windows and the walls with intricate mosaic decorations. Outside the hall, is an Italian-style courtyard with fountains. The palace houses an impressive collection of ancient armor and sculptures in bronze, marble and terracotta of Fell. Maharaja had built a miniature railway line that surrounds the mango garden of the palace complex, which take their children from school to the main palace. The locomotive was recently refurbished by the present Maharaja, and can be seen at the entrance to the museum.

14. Palace of Mysore is located in Mysore, South India. Mysore is often described as a city of palaces. The oldest and most impressive palace was built in the late nineteenth century, destroyed, rebuilt and completed in 1940. While visiting the palace is allowed inside photos are prohibited, and it is imperative that shoes be left at the entrance.

15. Shree Chhatrapati Shahu Museum, Kolhapur is a museum in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is located in the palace built in 1881. Costumes, weapons, jewelry, trophies and other objects of interest are exposed to delight visitors.

16. Padmanabhapuram Palace Complex is located at Padmanabhapuram fort in Tamil Nadu. The complex is within an old granite fortress. Palace is located at Veli foothills, which form a part of Western Ghatii. Valli River flows nearby. Palace remains an example of traditional Kerala architecture. Padamnabhapuram Palace Complex has some specific features: clock tower houses a clock 300 years old that still work, a huge lobby now empty, that can accommodate around 1000 guests, where the ceremony took place on several occasions of good luck, a secret passage that is now closed by the king and his family could go in secret to another palace located a few miles away, stairs leading to a pool, which is not due to unused functional, a room whole dishes full of Chinese gifts from vendors, a variety of weapons (that have even been used in war), including swords and daggers, lamps, sculptures in wood and stone, various pieces of furniture and huge mirrors and polished metal list is endless.

17. Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, Rajasthan is the former residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur's now luxury Taj hotel. Favorite celebrities and stars of sport around the world, is considered one of the best hotels in the world.

18. Samode Palace, Samode Haveli, Samode Bagh (garden) , are heritage buildings and structures in Rajasthan. Each had a history of several centuries and shows the fusion of Rajasthani and Mogul styles in art and architecture. All are in the vicinity of Jaipur. Many Indian film production houses have chosen to film here, and screening of the book, The Far Pavilions (Far Pavilions - 1984) was done all on the field.

19. Taj Mahal, not finally, the legendary Shah Jahan's mausoleum, the tribute of love that changed the history of this monument that it does not need words to tell the romance of the two. Just see it and you felt a shiver wake up from dreaming, as you wind whispers, the flowers you sing, the sun smiles you and the your water glass reflects the image of the couple that has enchanted mankind. Agra, the city's Taj, the most beautiful "crown" as far as there are living today because of him, because it is a testimony of eternal love and if love does not conquer all, it certainly makes the time. But here stood the test of time and now radiates proud of his steadfastness. He was rewarded for this by UNESCO in 1983, the most famous monument in India.