Journey through India – Day 24 Jodhpur (Mehrangarh Fort)

 

Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India. It was built in 1459 and sits high above the city of Jodphur.

The fort was massive. One can only wonder how it was built so high into the rock face. We were taken up to the main entrance (Jai Pol gate) by a lift. Loved the paintings on either side of this gate.

As you enter the Shringar Chowk courtyard, you will get a glimpse of the intricacies of the buildings here.

You will also see a marble throne which was used by the rulers of Jodhpur.

Of course birds are common place here and make for some great photos amongst the architecture.

There are some impressive cannons on display as they look out to the city of Jodhpur.

Within the fort are several palaces and an excellent museum containing relics and artefacts from the royal families of Rajasthan and Mughal dynasty cultures. Some of the unique exhibits here would have to be the palanquins, used to carry the royals around.

Check out the carvings on the carry handles.

Whilst they were all unique, the most elaborate one was the Mahadol from 1730.

The Howdah Room had a wonderful collection of howdahs (seats for riding on elephants). These are quite decorative in fine silver and glass. There were two seats, the large front seat for the royals and the back for a bodyguard.

The most exclusive one is this silver howdah.

There is an impressive collection of armour. The swords, guns and shields were decoratively engraved. Zoom in close to these for more detail.

There was a Turban Gallery. Here we saw men demonstrating how to tie a turban. They were more than happy to have their photos taken, especially with the fort as a backdrop.

Moving now through the palaces.

The Sheesh Mahal or Hall of Mirrors is where the Maharajas slept. The walls and ceiling were covered in mirrors. There are some excellent Krishna panels above the doors. I liked the fact that these and most other rooms are roped off to a) protect the room and b) it allows for “people-free” photos.

The Phool Mahal or Flower Palace was so extravagant. From the gold ceilings and archways to decorative walls, it left us in awe of this beautiful place. So many photos. This hall was used for leisure activities of the Royal Family.

There were more beautiful ceilings on the outer passages of this palace.

Jhanki Mahal or Peeping Palace is where the royal women would peer down at the proceedings in the courtyard.

Of course the beautiful ceilings did not disappoint here as well.

This room now houses a collection of antique baby cradles. Oh and were they decorative. Just loved the gilt figures here.

By far the largest palace room is the Moti Mahal or Pearl Palace. This is where the Maharajas would meet visitors.

The alcoves on the far side of the room were actually secret balconies where the Maharaja’s queens would sit and listen in on court proceedings.

Finally we visited the Takhat Vilas where Takhat Singh live during his 19th century reign. It is covered in intricate glass and mirror inlay work.

Zoom in on the beautiful artwork in this room.

Other rooms had displays of cloth and silver.

These were just so beautiful, especially the four silver vases.

As we walked from one palace to another, we found lots more interesting things. Loved this staircase.

Of course there were more paintings as well.

What an amazing place this fort was. Definitely recommend that you spend a few hours here.

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