India's long history is brimming with countless tales of battles, conquest and domination. In the constant struggle for power, forts and fortified settlements were a potent symbol of authority. These magnificent secular edifices, invincible forts, palaces and mansions narrate innumerable stories of valor, romance, chivalry and tragedies that befell the region. Built during the medieval period, these formidable forts were constructed as a defense mechanism to keep the enemy away. These living legends have been witness to the rise and fall of many fortunes and kingdoms; today they stand testimony to the bygone era of indulgence, elegance and royalty.