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Mehrangarh Fort

The majestic Mehrangarh Fort, situated 5km north of Jodhpur, is one of the largest forts in India. Preached at an altitude of about 125 metres on a steep hill hidatoonk, this red sandstone fort spreads over an area of 5 sq.km is enclosed in a 36m high and 21m wide wall. Even though the construction of Mehrangarh Fort was started in 1459 by Rao Jodha (founder of Jodhpur city), major parts of the fort dates from the period of Jaswant Singh (1638-78). Mehrangarh fort is also known by the name Moradwaj Garh, since it has the appearance of an elegant peacock. The entrance is through a zigzag pathway up the west side originally fortified by seven gateways, each a short turn to the next, which provide a series of locks along the main access to the fort. 

The fort premises houses several palaces namely Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace), Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana. These palace are intricately adorned with exquisitely carved panels, latticed windows and brilliant stained glass galleries. Within the Mehrangarh Fort, there is a museum displaying the heritage of the Rathores in arms, costumes, paintings and decorated period rooms. The exhibits in the museum includes a collection of palanquins, howdahs (saddles), royal cradles, weapons, miniatures, musical instruments, costumes, ivory and wood antique furniture etc. At the southern end of the fort, old canons are placed strategically on the ramparts over a sheer drop of 37m. One can get an excellent view of the city from here. 

Mehrangarh Fort complex also houses a Chamunda temple dedicated to Goddess Durga. The fort remains open on all days from 9AM to 12.30PM and from 2.30PM to 5PM. 

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