WHICH ARE THE FABULOUS FORTS IN INDIA?

Standing tall as proof of a glorious past and skilled craftsmanship, here are some majestic forts that are steeped in historical and architectural importance.

AMER FORT, RAJASTHAN: Located in Amber, 11 kilometres north-east of Jaipur, the Amer or Amber Fort was the capital of the Kachhawa Rajputs before Jaipur was built. Built by Raja Man Singh sometime in the 17th Century, the most beautiful palace within the Fort is the Sheesh Mahal or the Palace of Mirrors.

AGRA FORT, UTTAR PRADESH: Constructed during 1565-1573 for Mughal Emperor Akbar, this magnificent fort was also known as the "Lal-Qila", "Fort Rouge" or "Qila-i-Akbari". It is among the first sites to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.

GWALIOR FORT, MADHYA PRADESH: One of India's oldest, it is located atop the hilltop in Gwalior. During the Mughal rule, it was used as a prison and was continuously occupied by one ruler or the other until the British rule. A stone inscription found inside the temple is proof of the second oldest record of the numeric zero (0) symbol.

KANGRA FORT, HIMACHAL PRADESH: Nestled in the hills of Kangra, around 20 kilometres from Dharamshala, in Himachal Pradesh, this fort was built by the Kangra State's Rajput family. The Fort, which has stood witness to many rulers, including the British, was destroyed by an earthquake in 1905. However, it still remains a popular tourist destination.

CHITRADURGA FORT, KARNATAKA:  It was built in stages between the 11th and 13th centuries by rulers, including the Chalukyas and Hoysalas, and later, the Nayakas of Chitradurga of the Vijayanagar Empire. It was taken by Hyder Ali in 1779, captured by British forces, only to be later reclaimed by Hyder Ali's son, Tipu Sultan.

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What makes Amboli unique?


               If one seeks relaxation and peace of mind. Amboli is the perfect answer. The scenic hills and the dense forests amidst the refreshing cool air make this place a paradise on Earth. Amboli, a pretty little hill station is situated at an altitude of about 690 metres in the state of Maharashtra. This tourist hotspot lies in the Sahyadri Ranges and comes under the Sindhudurg district.



               Amboli abounds in unusual flora and fauna. The source of the Hiranyakeshi River lies in the hills around Amboli village. Amboli is a haven for waterfalls. Shirgaonkar Point, Mahadevgad and the Nangarta Falls are some of the numerous waterfalls that can be found here. The Nagatta Falls provides for an excellent location for picnics and relaxing. The Hiranyakeshi Falls houses a small and archaic Shiva Temple near the mouth of its caves.



               Amboli has many viewpoints, like the Sea View Point, the Kavelsad Point, the Parikshit Point and the Mahadevgad Point. All these points offer panoramic views of the confluence of the Arabian Sea and the Konkan Coast.


What makes Kalimpong a popular hill station?


               Apart of Bhutan until it was wrested by colonial Britain and joined to the Indian Territory, the hill station of Kalimpong boasts of ancient Buddhist monasteries, quaint old churches and popular temples. Situated on the lower ranges of the Himalayas, Kalimpong offers panoramic vistas of the Teesta Rangit Valley in Sikkim.



               Kalimpong is situated on the northern edge of West Bengal in eastern India and is about 53 km from the hill station of Darjeeling. The town was added to the district of Darjeeling in 1866.



                The Indian Army’s 27 Mountain Division is located on the outskirts of the town. Horticulture is important to Kalimpong - it has a flower market notable for its wide array of orchids. Nurseries, which export Himalayan grown flower bulbs, tubers and rhizomes, contribute to the economy of Kalimpong. There are numerous tourist places, attractions and activities in and around Kalimpong. There are so many lovely viewpoints offering sweeping views of Kanchenjunga and Chola range as well as of river Teesta.




















What makes Kolkata unique among other cities?


               ‘What Bengal thinks today, India thinks tomorrow’, is a famous line associated with the city for having produced some of the greatest thinkers, artists, filmmakers, and writers.



               Kolkata’s recorded history began in 1690 with the arrival of the English East India Company.



               The first capital of the British in India, Kolkata has a history that’s different from that of any other city in India.



               The city was established when British moved to the small villages of Sutanati, Govindpur, and Kalikata from their trading port of Hooghly. It served as the capital of British India till 1911 and then was shifted to Delhi. The city was renamed, Kolkata in 2001. Located along the banks of river Hoogly, Kolkata is connected to Howrah by the iconic Howrah Bridge.



               The city’s colonial past is reflected in its architecture. Some famous places of attractions are Victoria Memorial Kumortuli, Mullik Ghat flower market, Botanical gardens, Magen David Synagogue etc.


















Why Daman and Diu are considered popular tourist attractions?


               Daman and Diu have become synonymous with  blue sea, rustic beaches, picturesque villages and relics from its Portuguese past. Daman and Diu is a union territory of India and was under the rule of the Portuguese for more than 450 years. The territory comprises two distinct regions Daman and Diu, geographically separated by the Gulf of Khambhat. The state of Gujarat and Arabian Sea border the territory. The main settlement is the town of Diu.



               The influence of the Portuguese is evident in its architecture, way of life and food habits. People belonging to European, African and Indian origin have settled in Daman and Diu. Nani Daman Fort, Diu Fort, Fort of Moti Daman, Nadia Caves, Tower of Silence, Daman Freedom Memorial, Fortim do Mar, Portuguese Fort etc showcase Portuguese architecture. Besides this, Daman and Diu have many beautiful beaches too.