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Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur

Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur

Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur enjoys the distinction of being the largest fort in India. Initially named the Chintamani Fort, it was constructed in 1459 by Jodhpur's founding father, Rao Jodha. Mehrangarh Fort stands as a testimony to the grandeur of the days gone by. The beauty and splendor of the innumerable palaces housed within the fort narrates a saga of the intractable sandstones giving in to the chisels of the mastery of the Jodhpur sculptor
In order to gain entry into the premises of the Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur, you have to cross seven gates some of which still bear the imprints of the attacks that these gates have withstood. The poles or gateways to this fort must have been a forbidding site to the invading army with its maze of imposing towers at frequent intervals. The fort walls at some places are 17 feet thick with a height of about 68 meters. It must have been very intimidating to the invaders.

The Mehrangarh Fort incorporates a number of palaces that are renowned for their intricate and exquisite carvings and sprawling courtyards. Moti Mahal or the Pearl Palace was constructed during the reign of Maharaja Sur Singh. It was the place where the king used to meet his subjects and lend ear to their grievances. Moti Mahal sports a delicately carved stone screen and treasures the Sringar Chowki the royal throne of Jodhpur. Umaid Villas houses a gallery of miniature paintings belonging to the Jodhpur school of art. The major highlight of the Umaid Villas is the painting of the Maharaja Pratap Singh by the Jodhpur artist Amar Das. The Ajit Villas showcases musical instruments and the royal costumes. Both the villas are linked by a beautiful mirror room.

The Phool Mahal or the Flower Palace houses the Jodhpur Coat of Arms. The walls of this palace are adorned with paintings that portray various musical moods. The Jhanki Mahal was constructed specially for the women of the royal household. The latticed screens enabled them take a glimpse of the outside world without being observed. While the Moti Villas are known for their intricately carved latticed screens, the Sardar Villas impress with their wonderful woodwork.

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Mehrangarh Fort, located in Jodhpur city in Rajasthan state, is one of the largest forts in India.