Going off for a half day visit to look round Meherangarh Fort (Mehrangarh Fort) and The Maharaja's Palace at Jodhpur.
This impressive Indian Fort is one of the largest to be found in India. It sits - perhaps dominates - some 120 metres above the Blue City of Jodhpur and is easily reached from the city by either car or
auto-rickshaw (Auto). A good plan for a day trip might be to hire an auto-rickshaw for the whole day and then visit Jaswant Thada (cenotaphs), then Meherangarh Fort, Maha Mandir Temple and finally take a look round Mandor Cenotaphs. With a little bit of negotiation having the auto-rickshaw for this type of round trip all day should only cost
between 1200 to 1500 Rupees (remember do not pay anything until the end of your trip). [ Click the thumbnails for a larger picture - use the back button to return to this page. ]
The original fort was built by Rao Jodha of the Rathore Dynasty around 1459 although today's Mehrangarh Fort dates from the mid 1600s and the period of Jawant Singh who was Maharaja of Jodhpur between 1629 and 1678. Entrance to the Fort is guarded by seven gates (Jey Pol -or Jai Pol- being the most well known) and it really is a huge fort - the walls are up to 40 metres high and over 20 metres wide in places and perhaps not unsurprisingly Mehrangarh Fort has never been taken by force.
Mehrangarh is not simply a Fort but a large complex including the Maharaja's palace, a few temples and situated at the rear there is an extremely large garden area which is still in use. In addition there is an extensive museum within the Fort confines with various Mahals displaying beauitful palanquins (ornate seats), elephant howdahs, royal cradles, costumes, furniture and musical instruments.
The entrance fee for Mehrangarh Fort may well now be what is really somewhat exhorbitant amount of 400 Rupees for non-Indians - the fort is open daily. Up on the Fort's massive ramparts there are quite a few cannon and artillery pieces to look at - they even have an old Gatling gun on show. In addition the views from up here of the huge sprawl which is Jodphur are excellent - you can certainly pick out the blue of the "blue City".
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