The Mehrangarh Fort sits on a 125m hill with battlements that touch the sky. It is an imposing bastion that rises above the Blue City. You enter via Jayapol (Victory Gate) into a vast complex of courtyards and palaces.
All the structures here are shining examples of Rajput architecture starting with Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors). This was Maharaja Ajit Singh’s bed chamber, intricately decorated with mirror work. The ceiling is adorned with spherical European chandeliers while the arches have painted gesso panels depicting scenes from Hindu mythology.
Phool Mahal (Flower Palace) was most probably a private assembly hall. There are fluted and balustered columns here reminiscent of Mughal architecture, while the lattice work is typical of Rajasthani palaces. The gold leaf paintings on the wall are beautiful and the stained glass windows add to the opulent nature of this hall.
Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace) has walls that are coated with lime plaster mixed with crushed shells. This gives them an off-white pearly texture, and hence the name. Similar to Diwan-i-aam in use, this was where the Maharaja carried out his kingly duties with his ministers.
This stunning room covered in frescoes and gilt from floor to ceiling served as the personal quarters of Maharaja Takhat Singh after whom it is named. Comparatively larger to the other rooms, it has lovely coloured glass windows and paintings depicting folklore, hunting and mythological scenes.
No trip to the Blue City is complete without exploring one of the best places to visit in Jodhpur.
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