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Meharangarh Fort

Meharangarh Fort, JodhpurMehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, Rajasthan is one of the largest forts in India and the most magnificent in Rajasthan. This popular tourist attraction was constructed by Rao Jodha in the year 1459. It is perched on a 150 meters high hill.

Jodhpur, an imperial city of Rajasthan echoes loud the tales of antiquity of the bygone era. With Mehrangarh Fort on the west and Umaid Bhawan Palace on the eastern side, Jodhpur depicts  grandeur at its best. But it is the peace and barrenness prevailing in Jodhpur that pulls the tourists in large numbers to Jodhpur every year. And it is also because of this barrenness in Jodhpur that  Mehrangarh Fort looks more magical than it actually is, larger than life. The fort literally dominates the landscape of Jodhpur so much so that it puts in shade the other things of the state.

Seven gates have to be crossed to reach the fort. The gates till date bear the marks of the various battles fought in the bygone era. The second gate still stands as a witness to the canon ball hits by attacking armies of Jaipur during wars. One of the gates is called Jayapol, meaning victory. It was built by Maharaja Man Singh to commemorate his victories over Jaipur and Bikaner armies. Another gate, Fattehpol, again meaning victory, was built by Maharaja Ajit Singh as a celebration for defeating the Mughals.

Other attractions of Mehrangarh Fort in Rajasthan include several palaces inside the fort, with their sprawling and huge courtyards. One of the palaces in the complex of the fort, the Moti Mahal or the Pearl Palace, displays the royal throne of Jodhpur - 'the Sringar Chowki'. Exquisite galleries and beautiful temples are added attractions of the fort. To the left of the Mehrangarh Fort is the Chhatri of a soldier, Kirat Singh Soda. This spot is the one where he fell while defending the fort against the armies of Amber.

You cannot afford to miss a glimpse of the Mehrangarh Fort Museum. Managed by the Mehrangarh Museum Trust, the museum displays extra-ordinary items including Elephant Howdas, Palanquins, Paintings, Turbans and Folk Musical Instruments. The rare collection of swords in silver and jade, guns with work of sliver and gold on the barrels offers a visual treat for the eyes of the onlooker. In addition to these, other relics of the bygone era transport you into a fantasy world. 

Plan a tour to Jodhpur, the blue city of Rajasthan. Do spare some time to see one of the world's largest forts. Take a tour to the Mehrangarh Fort. Appreciate the splendid creation of the skilled craftsmen of Jodhpur. The medieval fort has a magical appeal indeed.
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