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Mehrangarh Fort

Listed under Forts and Fortifications in Jodhpur, India.

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The Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, rises up on a hillock and is very huge and imposing as you approach it. The fort was built on the advice of a pious hermit and overlooks the blue city. The fort houses several palaces, cannons, temple and a museum. Mehrangarh Fort, located in Jodhpur city in Rajasthan state is one of the largest forts in India.

The fort is situated on a lofty height, 400 feet (122 metres) above the city, and is enclosed by imposing thick walls. Inside its territorial boundaries, there are several palaces, which are known for their intricate carvings and sprawling courtyards. Here you can see the holes that were left from the cannon balls, amazing!

Inside there were so many things to see. I have been to many museums, but have never seen carpet weights before and was thrilled to see these four rather fruit shaped weights from the early 18th century. The museum was extremely interesting with all sorts of weaponry that was used…we learned a lot here too, like for instance, the hallways were kind of like tunnels so that if intruders came in, they would have to bend forward, making it easier for them to be attacked. Daggers were both exquisitely made and deadly. Swords were works of art. There was another room filled with cradles that were for the royals babies…again, such workmanship. Walls and ceilings painted and embossed with gold…

One of the highlights was a visit to the Chokelao Bagh garden. This garden is over two hundred years old and lovingly kept up by very dedicated people after being restored, complete with the scents, sounds and textures of a garden of the 18th century.

Written by  Donna Dawson.

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“Mehrangarh Fort zipline”

You can toboggan down the Great Wall of China, and now zipline over the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodphur.  Supposedly this is 'the invader's eye view' of the fort, darting in on metal cables between the fort's battlements and ramparts.   You're esco… Read more...

Written by  Kat Mackintosh. Book the Zipline

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Built in 1459 under the order of ruler Rao Jodha, Mehrangarh Fort is an intimidating structure.

Built in 1459 under the order of ruler Rao Jodha, Mehrangarh Fort is an intimidating structure. Perched on a hillside overlooking the city, the massive building’s national treasures have been added to by every ruler the country has had since its initial construction. In 1974, Maharaja Gaj Singh II’s Mehrangarh Museum Trust officially transformed the fort into a national museum. Today, exhibits of valuable artwork and historic artifacts fill the rooms, which are architectural marvels on their own.

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