You haven’t seen Rajasthan until you visit Mehrangarh Jodhpur.
By now, my trip to Rajasthan pretty much covered Jaipur, Udaipur, and Alwar. Every city had a charm unique to their location, and I assumed Jodhpur to be equally exciting. My first stop in Jodhpur was Mehrangarh. One look at the grand entrance of this 1460 AD fort and my jaw dropped.
To say the fort is magnificent is, to put it mildly. Just to give a perspective, I was hovering in the first courtyard for about 3 hours straight. I thought this was it until I found out there were close to four more courtyards + museums and plenty of royal quarters to check out. Suffice to say, I feel bad, no miserable for the royals who had to give up on this beautiful property.
Entry Way to Mehrangarh Jodhpur
Mehrangarh Fort stands a hundred feet in splendor on a perpendicular cliff. It stands four hundred feet above the sky line of Jodhpur. Burnished red sand stone, imposing, invincible, much has been written about the Citadel of the Sun. So colossal are its proportions that Rudyard Kipling called it “ the work of giants”. Today, it is acknowledged as one of the best preserved fort in India – Mehrangarh.org
It’s often rare to see an old palace or fort fully restored to its original state. Credit has to be given to the living dynasty King Gaj Singh and his ancestors who are doing everything to restore this palace. Every wing of the palace, every little detail of the structure has a unique story and purpose that makes the palace come alive.
The first courtyard I visited was the royal coronation courtyard. To this day, the courtyard is used for the coronation of the young princes of the living royals of Jodhpur.
Back in the day, till very recently, Rajasthan including Mehrangarh Jodhpur had a purdah system for the royal women. They were not essentially asked to hide their faces. But their royal quarters itself was built in a way to keep off any wandering eyes. The women could move around freely in their quarters and no men were allowed to visit this part of the fort.
The tale behind Jharokhas and Jaalis
Interestingly, if you notice, while there are structural symmetry, the design of the jaalis, however, varies in every corner. The fort is an architectural marvel with little-hidden gems like these in every nook and corner of the palace.
But it’s not just the palace which holds stunning shots. The 360-degree view all around of the old city of Jodhpur is a sight to behold. Jodhpur known as the blue city shines through beautifully from Mehrangarh. The heavily populated city primarily sits right around Mehrangarh giving spectacular views.
Period Rooms of Mehrangarh
The palace also has beautiful period rooms like Sheesh Mahal, Moti Mahal, Phul Mahal and Takhat Vilas. I would highly recommend opting for the audio tour guide. It helps to get a better knowledge of the rooms inside and the history behind it.