Vellore Fort, Historical Places, Historical Monuments

Vellore Fort is a situated in heart of Vellore city in Tamilnadu state. This fort was constructed by Vijayanagara kings, during the 16th century.

Vellore Fort
Vellore Fort, Tamilnadu

This fort is considered as one of the best military architecture in Southern India. The fort is known for its grand ramparts and wide moats. This magnificent fort is spread over 133 acres of land in 0.54 square kilometers. It is situated at an altitude of 220 meters, i.e. 720 feet. It is believed that there existed an escape tunnel of 12 kilometers long, connecting this fort with Virinjipuram.

This fort is unique in that it houses 3 religious places of worship. Aa temple, mosque and a church exists inside the fort. Jalakandeswarar temple, a mosque and St. John’s Church are the historical places to visit, all situated inside the fort.

This Fort once served as the headquarters of Aravidu Dynasty (of Vijayanagara Empire). This fort is one among the leading historical places in India, during 16th to 20th centuries. The fort changed hands to Bijapur sultans, Marathas, Carnatic Nawabs and finally to The British, before Indian Independence. Archaeological Department of the Indian Government now maintains the fort.

The British has held Tipu Sultan‘s family and Sri Vikrama Rajasinha (the last king of Sri Lanka), as prisoners in this fort. Sriranga Raya of Vijayanagara royal family was massacred in this fort. This fort is where the first significant military rebellion against The British, Vellore Mutiny, erupted in 1806.

How Do I Go to Vellore Fort?

One among the leading historical monuments in India, Vellore Fort, is easily accessible by road and train. Its at the heart of the town and cabs can take you to the fort entrance. Katpadi Junction railway station is the nearest railway station to Vellore fort, at around 7.2 kilometers distance.

Vellore Airport does not offer passenger transport. Chennai airport is the nearest airport at 140 kilometers distance. Bengaluru airport is at around 215 kilometers from Vellore.

Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal Palace -The Palace of the Breeze

Hawa Mahal Palace is a beautiful historic palace in Jaipur city, Rajasthan, India. The palace name means ‘Palace of the Breeze’ or ‘Palace of Winds’. The Palace is made of red & pink sandstone. This Palace is situated near to the City Palace and extends up to the women’s area in the palace complex.

Hawa Mahal Palace
Hawa Mahal Palace.

Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh constructed the Palace in 1799 in the form of Lord Krishna‘s crown. Hawa Mahal is a one among the historical places to visit in Jaipur city. Structure of Khetri Mahal in Jhunjhunu, inspired Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh to construct this historical palace.

The palace is a fusion of Rajput style of architecture with the Mughal architecture. This Pyramid shaped palace has a height of 50 feet or 15 meters from its base. The 5 storey palace is designed like a honeycomb with 953 small windows which are decorated with intricate lattice work. The idea behind lattice was that royal ladies can see everyday life of the city residents, without going out. These windows allows cool air to circulate, making the palace feel like air-conditioned. Fountains are there in the courtyard. The Colored glass works on enhances the beauty of the Palace when sun light falls on the glass.

An archaeological museum is there inside the palace complex of HawaMahal. The world famous Jantar Mantar can also be seen from Hawamahal palace.

Unit Trust of India has adopted Hawa Mahal in the last decade for maintenance of the Palace.

How Do I Go to Hawa Mahal?

HawaMahal Palace is in the heart of Jaipur city, near Badi Chaupad (the Big Four Square in English). You can hire a cab to visit this erstwhile royal palace. Jaipur is having a railway station and an International airport. The Pink city of Jaipur is well connected by roads to all parts of the country.

Is There Good Hotels Near to Hawa Mahal in Jaipur City?

There are a large number of hotels near to HawaMahal Palace in Jaipur city.