Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur

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Located 400 ft above the city on a hill, the Mehrangarh Fort (Jodhpur, Rajasthan) is one of the largest forts in India. Its foundation was laid in 1459 by the Rathore king, Rao Jodha.

One of the 7 large entrances to the fort. Each entrance was built by the ruler after winning a major battle with other Rajasthani kingdoms and even the Mughals.

One of the 7 large entrances to the fort. Each entrance was built by the ruler after winning a major battle with other Rajasthani kingdoms and even the Mughals.

The hand prints on the fort walls have been preserved and considered sacred. They are worshipped till today by the locals.

Mehrangarh'', from Sanskrit translates to the ''Sun Fort''. The Sun has been a symbol of the Rajputs for many centuries across Rajasthan.

The fort is famous for its highly intricate architecture

One of the many royal courtyards in the fort. Local artists perform in these areas to attract and display Rajasthan culture to the tourists.

The fort has several palaces built under different rulers over centuries.

The fort has several palaces built under different rulers over centuries.

The fort has several palaces built under different rulers over centuries.

The fort has several palaces built under different rulers over centuries.

Past & Present: The view of Jodhpur city from the fort''s hieghest view point. At a distant, the Umaind Bhawan palace can be seen which is the residence of the present Maharaja of Jodhpur.

The fort has one of the finest museums of the country. It is divided into several exhibits. This picture is from the "Elephant Howdha" - the seat used on the elephants by the Maharaja.

Another seat from the "Elephant Howdha"

Display of the royal cosmetic/vanity box

From the weapon''s room

From the weapon''s room

The Phul Mahal; the Palace of Flowers was built early on in the eighteenth century, and it’s as if all the exotic beauty of India was condensed into this one exquisitely breathtaking room. The room is dedicated to the art of pleasure.

The Phul Mahal; the Palace of Flowers was built early on in the eighteenth century, and it’s as if all the exotic beauty of India was condensed into this one exquisitely breathtaking room. The room is dedicated to the art of pleasure.

The Phul Mahal; the Palace of Flowers was built early on in the eighteenth century, and it’s as if all the exotic beauty of India was condensed into this one exquisitely breathtaking room. The room is dedicated to the art of pleasure.

The Moti Mahal; the Pearl Palace - This is the room where the most important ''durbars'' were held. The name is derived from the quality of plaster used in the room that gives a peal finish.

All ceilings of the palaces are beautifully painted with traditional designs

The fort is gaurded by people dressed up as Rajputs. They are situated in every room of the fort.

The fort is gaurded by people dressed up as Rajputs. They are situated in every room of the fort.

The fort is gaurded by people dressed up as Rajputs. They are situated in every room of the fort.

One of the local artist performing ''Kesariya Baalam'' - a Rajasthani Folk Song

One of the local artist performing ''Kesariya Baalam'' - a Rajasthani Folk Song

Jodhpur - The Blue City