Posted by: itsme | March 10, 2011

Indian Forts and Palaces

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The facade is imposing even from a distance. Red Fort, Delhi.

The facade is imposing even from a distance. Red Fort, Delhi.

In Mughal times, these pools and channels would have cooled the palaces. Red Fort, Delhi.

In Mughal times, these pools and channels would have cooled the palaces. Red Fort, Delhi.

The Mauryan pillar standing high among the ruins of Tughlaq dynasty. Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.

The Mauryan pillar standing high among the ruins of Tughlaq dynasty. Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.

History is written on the stones of this gateway. Purana Qila, Delhi.

History is written on the stones of this gateway. Purana Qila, Delhi.

Lights come on at sunset at the Bahu Fort. Jammu, Jammu & Kashmir.

Lights come on at sunset at the Bahu Fort. Jammu, Jammu & Kashmir.

Amar Mahal is not the typical Indian palace and its architecture betrays European influence. Jammu, Jammu & Kashmir.

Amar Mahal is not the typical Indian palace and its architecture betrays European influence. Jammu, Jammu & Kashmir.

A tower at the intersection of modern roads catches the setting sun. Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh.

A tower at the intersection of modern roads catches the setting sun. Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh.

Arch netting and perspectives in a palace building inside the fort. Golconda, Andhra Pradesh.

Arch netting and perspectives in a palace building inside the fort. Golconda, Andhra Pradesh.

Newly excavated ruins of perhaps an old palace. Gaur, West Bengal.

Newly excavated ruins of perhaps an old palace. Gaur, West Bengal.

One of many surviving gateways of the Kakatiyas. Warangal, Andhra Pradesh.

One of many surviving gateways of the Kakatiyas. Warangal, Andhra Pradesh.

The tall castle of stone and timber. Gondhla, Himachal Pradesh.

The tall castle of stone and timber. Gondhla, Himachal Pradesh.

A colourful gateway to palace grounds. Rewa, Madhya Pradesh.

A colourful gateway to palace grounds. Rewa, Madhya Pradesh.

Perhaps a place of prayer and offering at the capital of ancient Sikkim. Rabadense, Sikkim.

Perhaps a place of prayer and offering at the capital of ancient Sikkim. Rabadense, Sikkim.

Ram Raja Temple was originally a palace. Orchha, Madhya Pradesh.

Ram Raja Temple was originally a palace. Orchha, Madhya Pradesh.

Jehangir Mahal, built specifically for a visit by the Mughal emperor. Orchha, Madhya Pradesh.

Jehangir Mahal, built specifically for a visit by the Mughal emperor. Orchha, Madhya Pradesh.

Raja Mahal has a certain simplicity and austerity about it. Orchha, Madhya Pradesh.

Raja Mahal has a certain simplicity and austerity about it. Orchha, Madhya Pradesh.

The palace of the famous Jhansi-ki-Rani. Jhansi, Madhya Pradesh.

The palace of the famous Jhansi-ki-Rani. Jhansi, Madhya Pradesh.

The old palace of Leh stands high on a hill in the background. Leh, Jammu & Kashmir.

The old palace of Leh stands high on a hill in the background. Leh, Jammu & Kashmir.

Beautiful stone jali screens are decorative elements in many Indian palaces. Datia, Madhya Pradesh.

Beautiful stone jali screens are decorative elements in many Indian palaces. Datia, Madhya Pradesh.

A wonderful abandoned palace with emphasis on symmetry. Datia, Madhya Pradesh.

A wonderful abandoned palace with emphasis on symmetry. Datia, Madhya Pradesh.

The palaces stand beautifully above rocky foundations and fort walls. Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.

The palaces stand beautifully above rocky foundations and fort walls. Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.

Peacock brackets are one of the wonders of these palaces. Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.

Peacock brackets are one of the wonders of these palaces. Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.

A rare peek at palace interiors at the Jai Vilas Palace of the Scindias. Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.

A rare peek at palace interiors at the Jai Vilas Palace of the Scindias. Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.

Monasteries of the Himalayan region are often imposing in scale to rival any palace. Hemis, Jammu & Kashmir.

Monasteries of the Himalayan region are often imposing in scale to rival any palace. Hemis, Jammu & Kashmir.

A palace under restoration. Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh.

A palace under restoration. Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh.

Ruins of buildings inside the fort. Raisen, Madhya Pradesh.

Ruins of buildings inside the fort. Raisen, Madhya Pradesh.

The empty Hindola Mahal offers a perspective of its pointed arches. Mandu, Madhya Pradesh.

The empty Hindola Mahal offers a perspective of its pointed arches. Mandu, Madhya Pradesh.

Ruined gateways. Champaner, Gujarat.

Ruined gateways. Champaner, Gujarat.

Stones standing in arches without use of mortar. Pavagadh, Gujarat.

Stones standing in arches without use of mortar. Pavagadh, Gujarat.

The Vadodara Museum and Picture Gallery has a palatial appearance. Vadodara, Gujarat.

The Vadodara Museum and Picture Gallery has a palatial appearance. Vadodara, Gujarat.

A solitary peacock stands on crumbling fort walls on a rainy day. Chapora, Goa.

A solitary peacock stands on crumbling fort walls on a rainy day. Chapora, Goa.

The old fort walls are covered with a fine layer of moss. Bekal, Kerala.

The old fort walls are covered with a fine layer of moss. Bekal, Kerala.

School children walk past a backdrop of ruined palaces with superb jharokhas. Bhuj, Gujarat.

School children walk past a backdrop of ruined palaces with superb jharokhas. Bhuj, Gujarat.

Entrance through the gateway at the fort. Junagadh, Gujarat.

Entrance through the gateway at the fort. Junagadh, Gujarat.

The Shaktan Thampuran Palace is today a modest museum. Thrissur, Kerala.

The Shaktan Thampuran Palace is today a modest museum. Thrissur, Kerala.

The exotic Portuguese gateway at the old fort. Daman, Daman & Diu.

The exotic Portuguese gateway at the old fort. Daman, Daman & Diu.

The palace is unimpressive on the outside but has superb wall murals on the inside. Mattancherry, Kerala.

The palace is unimpressive on the outside but has superb wall murals on the inside. Mattancherry, Kerala.

The facade of Napier Museum in Indo-Sarcenic architecture looks almost a palace. Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

The facade of Napier Museum in Indo-Sarcenic architecture looks almost a palace. Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

The iron gates are prepared for an attack anytime. Pune, Maharashtra.

The iron gates are prepared for an attack anytime. Pune, Maharashtra.

The fort at Worli survives in sparse elements where villagers dry their clothes. Mumbai, Maharashtra.

The fort at Worli survives in sparse elements where villagers dry their clothes. Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Wonderful stucco work of an obviously restored palace. Madurai, Tamil Nadu.

Wonderful stucco work of an obviously restored palace. Madurai, Tamil Nadu.

The merchant houses of Chettinad region are as good as palaces. Kanadukathan, Tamil Nadu.

The merchant houses of Chettinad region are as good as palaces. Kanadukathan, Tamil Nadu.

An old granary with three storage spaces on the inside. Gingee, Tamil Nadu.

An old granary with three storage spaces on the inside. Gingee, Tamil Nadu.

Remains of old horse stables. Gingee, Tamil Nadu.

Remains of old horse stables. Gingee, Tamil Nadu.

Some of the buildings lining the ghats of the Ganges are like palaces. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.

Some of the buildings lining the ghats of the Ganges are like palaces. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.

The gateway into the fort across the Ganges from Varanasi. Ramnagar, Uttar Pradesh.

The gateway into the fort across the Ganges from Varanasi. Ramnagar, Uttar Pradesh.

Bastion and fort ramparts. Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh.

Bastion and fort ramparts. Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh.

Courtyards and terraces in white marble. Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

Courtyards and terraces in white marble. Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

Inlay of marble and semi-precious stones in one of the palaces. Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

Inlay of marble and semi-precious stones in one of the palaces. Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

Spectacular serpentine brackets. Fatehpuri Sikri, Uttar Pradesh.

Spectacular serpentine brackets. Fatehpuri Sikri, Uttar Pradesh.

The famous Hawa Mahal from the inside. Jaipur, Rajasthan.

The famous Hawa Mahal from the inside. Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Palaces in Indian architecture have lots of open spaces, terraces, balconies and windows. Amber, Rajasthan.

Palaces in Indian architecture have lots of open spaces, terraces, balconies and windows. Amber, Rajasthan.

Details of mirror and glasswork pack the walls and ceiling. Amber, Rajasthan.

Details of mirror and glasswork pack the walls and ceiling. Amber, Rajasthan.

Visitors strolling through marble corridors. Amber, Rajasthan.

Visitors strolling through marble corridors. Amber, Rajasthan.

Wall paintings are common decorations in palaces. Bundi, Rajasthan.

Wall paintings are common decorations in palaces. Bundi, Rajasthan.

Remains of a hunting lodge are today a favourite haunt of monkeys. Bundi, Rajasthan.

Remains of a hunting lodge are today a favourite haunt of monkeys. Bundi, Rajasthan.

Pilgrims visit a temple while fort walls tower high. Chittorgarh, Rajasthan.

Pilgrims visit a temple while fort walls tower high. Chittorgarh, Rajasthan.

An airy terrace high up at the City Palace gives open views of the entire city. Udaipur, Rajasthan.

An airy terrace high up at the City Palace gives open views of the entire city. Udaipur, Rajasthan.

A beautifully decorated entrance leading into the fort. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.

A beautifully decorated entrance leading into the fort. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.

The havelis of Jaisalmer have no match in all of India. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.

The havelis of Jaisalmer have no match in all of India. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.

A silver howdah on display in one of the visitor galleries. Mehrangarh, Rajasthan.

A silver howdah on display in one of the visitor galleries. Mehrangarh, Rajasthan.

The Jal Mahal, once surrounded by water, stands today in a drier landscape. Narnaul, Haryana.

The Jal Mahal, once surrounded by water, stands today in a drier landscape. Narnaul, Haryana.

Remains of a fort on a hill. Agroha, Haryana.

Remains of a fort on a hill. Agroha, Haryana.

The massive bastions at the entrance into the fort. Bathinda, Punjab.

The massive bastions at the entrance into the fort. Bathinda, Punjab.

The fort here has been closed for visitors for sometime now. Faridkot, Punjab.

The fort here has been closed for visitors for sometime now. Faridkot, Punjab.

Old palace buildings are today used by government offices. Kapurtala, Punjab.

Old palace buildings are today used by government offices. Kapurtala, Punjab.

One of many palace pavilions in the famous Mughal gardens. Pinjore, Haryana.

One of many palace pavilions in the famous Mughal gardens. Pinjore, Haryana.

The bastions at the fort are impressive. Patiala, Punjab.

The bastions at the fort are impressive. Patiala, Punjab.

Within the old fort are unique stone sculptures of a lost dynasty. Dimapur, Nagaland.

Within the old fort are unique stone sculptures of a lost dynasty. Dimapur, Nagaland.

The old fort stands amidst spectacular greenery. Kangra, Himachal Pradesh.

The old fort stands amidst spectacular greenery. Kangra, Himachal Pradesh.

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Responses

  1. Marvellous touches deep in Heart

  2. Forts and palaces are certainly drawcards for me when I visit India. I am happy to see City Palace in Udaipur, and Chittorgarh as part of your collection here.. and of course the amazing mirror and glasswork at Amber Fort in Jaipur. Brings back fond memories and rekindles my desire to once again visit many more palaces and forts that you have illustrated here.. very well done.. this is a wonderful photographic journey!!


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