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The Architecture of Rajasthan: Grand, Beautiful, Inspiring and Unique

Posted by Balaji on January 15, 2021

Rajasthan is undoubtedly the most colorful state in the country. Rajasthan has a

distinctive architecture and is well-known for its architecture all over the nation. The

architecture of Rajasthan is primarily based on the architectural school of Rajput, which

was an assortment of Mughal and Hindu structural plans.

The magnificent forts, the beautifully engraved temples, and the spectacular Havelis of

the state of Rajasthan are important parts of the architectural heritage of Rajasthan.

The Rajputs were designers and builders who were productive. Some impressive and

splendid palaces and forts in the world are from Rajasthan. The diversity and vividness

of the architectural heritage of Rajasthan can stun visitors. Some of the famous

formations that symbolize the architectural legacy of Rajasthan are Chittaurgarh Fort,

Dilwara Temples, Lake Palace Hotel, Jaisalmer Havelis, and City Palace.

Some styles of the architecture of Rajasthan include:

  • Chhatri
  • Jharokha
  • Stepwell
  • Haveli
  • Johad



Chhatris are prominent, dome-shaped porches used as a constituent in the

architecture of India. The Chhatris are normally used to portray the fundamentals of

appreciation and pride in Rajput architecture. They are extensively used in palaces,

forts or to distinguish funerary locations. At present, they are seen in the premium

shrines, Agra’s Taj Mahal and Delhi’s Humayun’s Tomb. The word “Chhatri” in Hindi

refers to a canopy or an umbrella.


A Jharokha is a kind of suspended enclosed gallery used in India’s architecture,

typically in Rajasthani architecture, Rajputana architecture, and Mughal architecture. 

One of the most significant purposes it served was to permit women in Pardah to see

the events without being noticed themselves. On the other hand, spies and archers

could also be placed in these casements.


Haveli is the phrase used for a private manor in India and Pakistan, typically one with

architectural and historical implications. The word Haveli is derived from the word

Hawli which means an “enclosed place”. Hawli is a Persian word. They share common

characteristics with other mansions derived from Islamic architecture, such as the

typical houses called the Riads in Morocco. Many Havelis in India and Pakistan were

swayed by Indian architecture, Central Asian, and Islamic Persian.


Stepwells are known by many names such as Pushkarani, Kalyani, Baoli, Bawdi,

Barav or Vaav. These Stepwells are wells or ponds in which water can reach by sliding

some steps. The Stepwells may be roofed and separated and are frequently of

architectural implication.  In the Western region of India, the Stepwells are most



A Johad is rainwater storage in a tank mainly used in Rajasthan. It stores and collects

water all through the year that is used for drinking by humans and cattle. In many

areas of Rajasthan, the yearly rainfall is very little thus; the water can’t be drinkable.

Rainfall is stored up in Johads during the months of July and August and is used all

year round. Johads are called “Khadins” in Jaisalmer.


Rajasthan Themed Apartment in Bangalore


SOBHA Royal Pavilion is a splendid testimony to this great country’s royal past. It is a

tribute to the architectural style patronized by emperors of Rajasthan and comes

adorned with intricate carvings, beautiful Jharokha, wide arches, and grand galleries,

alluring courtyards, gorgeous gardens, and stylish pavilions.

SOBHA Royal Pavilion apartments are spread over 24 acres and offer 2, 3, and 4

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