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Mehrangarh Fort

Introduction of the Mehrangarh Fort

Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur is one of  largest and wonderful fort among various other forts of Rajasthan which was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha. Mehrangarh fort has a glorious and striking structure with an amazing view of the adjoining landscape. This fort is perched on a rocky cliff. The fort is located at an elevation of about 125 metres and extends over an area of 5 square km with 7 gates. Every year the fort is visited by thousands of tourists from all over.

Mehrangarh Museum

Mehrangarh Museum is a series of palaces, a typically haphazard extension of buildings, of courtyards within courtyards, beautifully designed and decorated windows and walls, and inside a magnificient collection of the Maharajas memorabilia. It is wonderfully maintained and protected. The museum now exhibits a collection of weapons, tents, portraits, miniature paintings, books and manuscripts, textiles, and various artistic objects in fourteen display rooms.

Architecture of the Mehrangarh   

The Mehrangarh fort is a maze of marvels, not knowing what the next doorway might lead to. In front of a large gate of the Fort, there is a local man of Jodhpur who has long beared and dressed in traditional threads with sword, hookah, turban, and shield welcoming the tourists. Also there are a lot of local musicians who are singing Rajasthani folk music.
Inside the Mehrangarh fort there are carefully preserved and well maintained royal artifacts which are Jewel House, Ajit Vilas, Durbar-e-Khash, Moti Mahal, Sukh Mahal and Phool Mahal.

Jewel House
Jewel House has a wonderful collection of jewellery including diamond eyebrows held by hooks over the ears. There are also palanquins, howdahs and ornate royal cradles, all marvelously preserved and maintained. 

Phool Mahal
Phool Mahal upstairs was built by Akhai Singh as a hall of private audience, it displays exhibits of 18th century.

Durbar-e-Khash
Durbar-e-Khash is famous for the portraits of the former rulers, the lavishly guilded ceiling and the jodhpur coat of arms displayed above the royal couch.

Umaid Vilas
Umaid Vilas exhibits Rajput miniatures.

Ajit Vilas
Ajit Vilas has a fascinating collection of musical instruments and costumes. 

Sardar Vilas, Khabka Mahal, Chandan Mahal, Long Balcony and the Moti Mahal were constructed at the end of the 16th century. The ceiling and the walls of the fort are gracefully decorated with lattice work on the windows. Inside the fort a series of palaces and courtyards welcome the visitor. Apartments of the palace has a wonderful collection of the trappings of the Indian royalty. The fort also exhibits large and unusual wooden statues which are wonderfully decorated Through the various avenues and routes of the complex you will reach at the roof of the fort. From the top of the roof amazing view of the entire Jodhpur can be seen.

Mehrangarh Fort (attribution: Mr. Santanu Chandra)

Clock Tower

Mehrangarh Fort Room

Mehrangarh Fort Museum Inside

Bluecity From Mehrangarh Fort

Mehrangarh Fort Museum Inside

Mehrangarh Fort Museum Inside

Mehrangarh Fort Museum Palanquins

Mehrangarh Fort Museum

Mehrangarh Fort Museum

Mehrangarh Fort Room Inside

Chamunda Devi Temple in Fort

 

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