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32 ~ Mehrangarh Fort : Jodhpur

Security staff took my camera ... but I ended up with pictures from a much better angle

Mehrangarh Fort

Here is the link to Tripsavvy:

Mehrangarh Fort is not only one of Jodhpur's top attractions but is also one of the most impressive, well-maintained forts in India. It looms over the "Blue City" from its lofty position atop a rocky hill where it was built by the ruling dynasty of Rathore Rajputs. King Rao Jodha started constructing the fort in 1459, when he established his new capital in Jodhpur. However, the work continued to be carried out by subsequent rulers right up until the 20th century. As a result, the fort has remarkably diverse architecture.

Unlike other Rajput forts that ended up abandoned, Mehrangarh Fort still remains in the hands of the royal family. They've restored it and turned it into an outstanding tourist destination comprising a series of palaces, museums, and restaurants. What also sets the fort apart from others in Rajasthan is its focus on folk art and music. There are cultural performances every day at various locations in the fort.

https://www.tripsavvy.com/top-palaces-and-forts-in-india-1539345

Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur dominates the skyline of the "Blue City" from its lofty central position on a rugged cliff, where it seems to have sprouted up out of the rock. The fort is one of the most impressive and best preserved forts in India. It has been thoughtfully turned into a superb tourist destination that will delight everyone from photographers to history buffs. The illustrious fort has also featured in the writings of Rudyard Kipling and Aldous Huxley, and was named Best Fortress in Asia by Time magazine in 2007.

However, it wasn't always in such great condition. Prior to being restored, it was lying vacant and inhabited by bats.

https://www.tripsavvy.com/mehrangarh-fort-complete-guide-4165570

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Bhanwar

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Ravanhatha

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Handprints of Maharaja Man Singh’s widows as they left the palace to commit sati on his funeral pyre – the last mass sati by wives of a Marwari maharaja.

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I was pleasantly surprised at the Phool Mahal or Palace of Flowers, I was trying to take photos of the interior and ceiling from behind the rope when one of the security staff took my camera and I ended up with pictures from a much better angle. No doubt he has done this many times before.

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Takhat Vilas – ceiling hung with huge Christmas tree balls.

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It was 90 brief minutes inside the fort then out and down towards the old town. Wow … what a difference with hardly any tourists as we walked down this way.

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Chipmunk

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I had investigated before the trip taking the zip line but decided not to as I can zip line back in New Zealand and the purpose of this trip was to see Jodhpur, especially the old city and their blue houses.

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The Fort Gardens was a pleasant surprise being a small oasis of green in amongst the desert surroundings. Plus it was so quiet with only a few people eating at the Chokhelao Garden Restaurant overlooking at the Fort Gardens.

Zip line starts here.

https://www.flyingfox.asia/Destination/Jodhpur.php

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Posted by bruceontour 00:09 Archived in India Tagged jodhpur blue_city mehrangarh_fort

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