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Mehrangarh Fort

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Mehrangarh Fort

Mehrangarh Fort was built by Rao Jodha, the founder of Jodhpur, in 1459 but successive rulers of Jodhpur have also added to it over the centuries. The fort is placed on a 150 m high hill and is one of the the most grand and magnificent fort in Rajasthan. 5 kms above the city, the fort is reached by car through circular roads. There are a number of attractions within the fort like several temples, a museum, galleries, palaces and so on that attract travelers in large numbers to visit this fort every year.

There are seven gates to enter this formidable Fort. Some of these gates still bear imprints of the assaults that this fort has withstood. The enormous, high perched palace with 17 feet thick and 68 feet high walls was attacked by invaders many a times in the past by the mughals and other rulers of the adjoining places like Bikaner, Jaipur etc. The gates include Jayapol meaning victory built by Maharaja Man Singh to commemorate his victories over Jaipur and Bikaner armies. Fattehpol also meaning victory gate was built by Maharaja Ajit Singh to mark the defeat of Mughals. The palm imprints still attract devotional attention and are covered by vermilion paste and paper-thin silver foil.

The palaces inside the fort are famous for their intricate carvings and sprawling courtyards. Moti Mahal or the Pearl Palace has a delicately carved stone screen and treasures the Sringar Chowki, royal throne of Jodhpur. Umaid Villas displays the Rajput miniature paintings and Ajit Villas exhibits musical instruments and the royal costumes. Both these villas are joined by a beautiful mirror room. The fort is a wondrous and awe-inspiring site. The beauty and magnificence of the fort along with its intriguing past makes it a sought after destination in Jodhpur.