Ranthambore Fort is nestled deep inside the Ranthambore National Park. The National Park consists of an area that used to be hunting grounds of the erstwhile kings of Jaipur. Standing atop a hill of 700 ft, the fort is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site under “Hill Forts of Rajasthan”. Among the most popular attractions in Ranthambore, the intimidating fort has been pivotal in the history of the state of Rajasthan.
Ranthambore Fort is believed to have been constructed by the Chauhan’s in the 10th century owing to safety measures. Eventually, in the 13th century, the Delhi Sultanate captured the fort. Visitors will find here elements from Rajasthani architecture: towering gates, domes, stone pathways, thick walls, water tanks, and temples. Visitors will enter via one of the seven gates, namely, Ganesh Pol, Andheri Pol, Navlakha Pol, Hathi Pol, Satpol, Suraj Pol, and Delhi Pol. Mahadeo Chhatri, Toran Dwar, and Sametonki Haveli are other attractions not to be missed. The on-site Ganesha Temple is widely known among devotees and draws crowds in large numbers.
The panoramic views of the National Park alone make this a worthy visit. The fort is free for all and opens from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Visitors should try to catch the sunset here. The best time to visit the Ranthambore Fort is from April to October.