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Mehrangarh Fort

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Its a beautiful Fort and that is the best thing about it. It can be easily reached as it is situated in one of the major cities of India - Jodhpur. One of the best things about the fort is that it has audio - tours which are multilingual apart from the guided tours. Pick the one of your choice!

Flashback

On May 12th 1459, Rao Jodha - the Rajput ruler laid down the foundation of the largest Fort of India. It was constructed to give a safer place to the king Jodha. At the time of foundation there on the hill called Bahuchera where the Fort was bult, there was only one lone resident, a hermit called Cheeria Nathji. He did leave the place for the Fort but with a curse of water scaracity in the Fort. Later on, on the completion of the fort, King Jodha made a residential place for the hermit where he reside for years.
Though the Fort was made by King Rao Jodha, today what we see has a major portion made by King Jaswant Singh Rao(1638-78). Inside the palace there are seven pols(gates) to commomerate various victories, the queens palace(Moti Mahal) and other residential complexes.


Fast Facts

» Language
- Rajasthani, English, Hindi
» Clothings - Cottons in the summer and Very light woollens in the winters.
» Best time - October to Feburary
» Visit Timings- 09am - 05pm

Famous Sites:
The Museum
The Museum
It contains photographs of one of the most exotic places of Jodhpur - the Fort itself - the 1970s gangster chic photographs of the palace interior! It also has the stuffed leopard , a banner presented by the Queen of Victoria, human sized Chinese Urns, beautiful clock collection and so on. Its a different experience!
Marwar Festival
Marwar Festival
It is held in the months of Sep-Oct every year in the memory of the Heroes of Rajasthan. Colors fill the air and the folk dance and music make for the show. Here you can see the dancers dancing carrying as many as ten pots on their heads. There is another famous show called as the Camel Tatoo Show. Watch out for these colorful entics and more in this festival of colorless desert.

The Fort
The Fort
Also known as The Majestic Fort it has seven gates (pols) including the Jaya Pol (Victory Gate - to celebrate the victory over Rulers of Jaipur and Bikaner) built by Maharaja Man Singh in 1806.Then there is the Chattri of Kirtasingha Sodha - the brave soilder who fell defending Jodhpur for Jaipuranians. Imritipol is another gate made to defend the fort from the elephants of the enemies and the Fatehpol which was built by the King Ajit Singh to symbolise his victory over the Mughals. Then there are the Loha pol (Iron Gate) - near the ground of Jauhar (an act of self immolition by the wives of war martyrs); the Surajpol which leads to the musem and the Singar Chowk where the coronations took place.

Inside the fort there is the Phool Mahal ( Mahal of Flowers) where royal dances took place on large scale. The fine pantings on the walls of the Mahal with golden leaf and the golden ceiling are the main attractions of the Mahal. The Fort is a splendor in itself. * Just near Surajpol there is this eatery called Cafe Maharan (09am-05pm) offering snacks and small meals to ease down your hunger pangs. Try it out - it's the good one.


In and Around

» Thakahat Villas : Its the private chamber of the King Thakhat Singh who had a round about 30 queens. Here you will find the beautiful lac painting in various colors which is so unique of Rajasthan.

» Moti Mahal : The pearl palace as it is also called is the place where the royal ladies had meetings.Its a beautiful palace with sea shell painting on its walls, five alcoves across its walls and gold plated ceilings.


Not to be Missed

» Bishnoi Villages : Though not very near to the Mehrangarh Fort, visit this place for the noble people here and the noble cause they fight for. Bishnoi people are the WORLDS MOST DEDICATED CONSERVATIONISTS. Thier legend lies to the fast that 363 people lay dead with their heads chopped off to save the Khejri Trees. That was in 1730. Today these dedicated people conserve the black bucks. They live in thached houses which are hand made and respectfully follow the tend of non - smoking and non - alchoholism as their religion. Also known as Khejadali Village its a Must Visit place.

» Khichan Village :
This village is unique in the sense that it prepares food for the Cranes. A 2 hrs ride down the lane from Jodhpur and you will be here in this village. The feeding of the cranes begun about 150 yrs ago and till today it is practised. With 600kg of grain every day, it has the number of cranes increasing by 10-15%each year. The grain is spread in the night for the cranes to feed in the mornig at 7am and then again in the evening at 5pm,at the time when the cranes fly back. Do visit this place admist the sounds of thousands of cranes shouting, talking and walking! Another major attraction is the 100 years old HAVELIS (Mansions) in this beautiful village bearing the past gone by!


Our Suggestions
  • Keep your baggaes light as Jodhpur and Mehrangardh have a pleasent weather in the winter season and in the summer the lighter the clothes the better.
  • Pre book your hotel in order to avoid any inconvenience.
  • Rajasthani food has its own uniqueness, so if you are in Rajasthan then you shouldn't leave before have this mouthwatering experience.
  • Jodhpur will be a warm experience for you, plan out a days tour or contact us for the same.
  • For any queries feel free to contact us.

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