Mesmerizing Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur – Part 3

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Here goes my concluding part through my favorite Mehrangarh Fort. So far –  Part One, I took you through the gates into the palace courtyard and then, further on in part two, we discovered the stunning treasures and rooms of the palace. I took you through the lovely Sheesh Mahal and then the Phool Mahal. If you recall, I was a little overwhelmed with the glitz of the Phool Mahal that I took a breather in the terrace of the Jhanki Mahal.

Us at the terrace of Jhanki Mahal, Mehrangarh Fort
Us at the terrace of Jhanki Mahal, Mehrangarh Fort

Having done so, let’s move ahead through the rest of this mesmerizing journey of Mehrangarh Fort.

Through the Sileh Khana

The armoury section of the fort had the boys excited. Granted they had a lot of unusual weapons but well, it does not really get a girl’s adrenaline high 😀 We girls, posed against the fan of spears to get a tribal look.

Against the spears of Sileh Khana at Mehrangarh Fort
Against the spears of Sileh Khana at Mehrangarh Fort

To be honest, I had seen an interesting place before I entered this section and I was itching to get there. I zipped through this section to head to the Takhat Nivas.

Takhat Nivas at Mehrangarh Fort

For a moment, I was wondering if they celebrated X’mas here. What with the X’mas balls hanging from the ceiling, till I was explained that these were the chambers of Maharaja Takhat Singh and he was a great patron of arts. If you note the interiors are filled with paintings from the Hindu mythology. The X’mas balls? They were just a gift from the British and hence, were hung around.

Takhat Niwas at Mehrangarh Fort
Takhat Niwas at Mehrangarh Fort

One more funny thing that you can note here. Check the length of the bed. Wondering if the Maharaja was a dwarf?

No ! No such thing. He was a regular sized man but the bed was deliberately made small so that his legs would touch the ground and if he was under attack, could react fast. Argh! Talk of Power and loss of sleep!

From here we exited to the most stunning views of the Blue City and of course, people enjoying their zip lines 🙂

The Blue City of Jodhpur

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Blue City of Jodhpur with the walls of Meherangarh Fort in the background
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These pictures totally justify why this city has got its color. Are you wondering why the city is Blue?

There were several explanations given –

  • The homes that are painted blue belonged to the Brahmin community in service of the Royal house of Jodhpur. In early times, this city was called Brahmapuri.
  • Some say it was to combat the blazing heat of the city
  • Yet another explanation was that the homes were getting attacked by termites and there was a belief that blue color helped keep them away.

Whatever the reason, the effect from these windows was amazing. While here, we were also, treated to the sight of people enjoying zip lines.

Ziplines by Flying Fox at Mehrangarh Fort
Ziplines by Flying Fox at Mehrangarh Fort

The terrain seemed so unusual and the activity was fun. I am given to understand that a company called Flying Fox organizes this and given the 5 different lines it had, it really seemed like a good activity to do. If only this visit gave me some time, I would have tried it. But for this time, I was content just capturing the scene in my camera.

Welcome to Jhanki Mahal

Here we entered the Zenana or the women’s quarters of the Mehrangarh Fort. Like I mentioned in the earlier part, the Jhanki Mahal was the Palace of Glimpses. The rooms were used by the Royal ladies to peep down at the royal proceedings in the courtyard. Today, you can see some gorgeous cradles of the royal children kept here. Gosh! Even these were so unusual and artistic. Check out some of them here.

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Here is a glimpse of the blue ceilings of Jhanki Mahal.

Ceiling of Jhanki Mahal in Mehrangarh Fort
Ceiling of Jhanki Mahal in Mehrangarh Fort

Besides the ceiling, the windows and the lovely light from it caught our fancy and we spend a lot of time taking pictures here for our personal memories of this palace.

In Jhanki Mahal of Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
In Jhanki Mahal of Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

The Moti Mahal of Mehrangarh Fort

Moti means Pearl and this room was a perfect metaphor to this. Remember I mentioned in my least part that I would be sharing my favorite room in the concluding part. One look at it and you know why it is my favorite.

Moti Mahal at Mehrangarh Fort
Moti Mahal at Mehrangarh Fort
Ceiling of Moti Mahal at Mehrangarh Fort
Ceiling of Moti Mahal at Mehrangarh Fort

Moti Mahal was the “Hall of Public Audience” or the Diwan-e-Aam section of Mehrangarh Fort. It is supposed to be one of the oldest parts of this fort and was built by Sawai Raja Sur Singh. As compared to all the rooms that I had seen so far, this one was more to my taste.

Alcoves along the walls of Moti Mahal at Mehrangarh Fort
Alcoves along the walls of Moti Mahal at Mehrangarh Fort
Stained glass of Moti Mahal at Mehrangarh Fort
Stained glass of Moti Mahal at Mehrangarh Fort

The simple white finish of the room that was flushed with colors – thanks to the gorgeous stained glass windows and the stunning glass and mirror work ceilings. A little minimalist with a touch of extravagance.

Exiting through the Zenana Deodi

From here we exited to the Zenana courtyard or the Zenana Deodi. The courtyard was filled with lovely sandstone windows and jhalis.

Zenana Deodi at Mehrangarh Fort
Zenana Deodi at Mehrangarh Fort
One of the windows in the Zenana Deodi at Mehrangarh Fort
One of the windows in the Zenana Deodi at Mehrangarh Fort

It is here that you can shop for  some museum artifacts – which aren’t too expensive but neither too cheap. From Bangles to bags and handicraft items, you can pick something for yourself or your home. Me – I zipped through, keen to get outside to capture what I had missed when I had entered the fort. Shopping for me was secondary! 🙂

Some of the Jodhpuri Goodies at the Mehrangarh Museum Shop
Some of the Jodhpuri Goodies at the Mehrangarh Museum Shop

Saying goodbye to Mehrangarh Fort

Here are some more sights that I captured on my way out – of the exteriors, the turrets and balconies, the gates and of course the cannon. Don’t miss the view of the blue city beyond.

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It was hard to stop once I had started. Only the clock ticking had me moving along. With these last few glimpses of Mehrangarh fort, I bid good-bye to it. I was thrilled. I had visited the fort well, but I could do with one more visit. Maybe someday, I will go back here. Hope you had fun with me in this last concluding part. Comment in and tell me what you have though of the entire series on Mehrangarh Fort – one of the things to do in Jodhpur. What is your favorite part of this fort? I sure would love to know.

Mehrangarh Fort

In case you have missed the first and second part of the fort, you can click the links below to catch up. Information on how to get here and other travel tips are available in Part One.

Part One of Mesmerizing Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Part Two of Mesmerizing Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

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56 Responses

  1. Well done…. Love it 🙂

  2. Wow, 3 posts in Mehrangarh fort. is it even bigger that Amber fort of Jaipur?

    • Area wise – not sure, but it definitely is better maintained than Amer. Which makes it really spectacular. And of course, it had me mesmerized in a way that anything less than these posts would have been injustice to it. 😀

  3. this is one of the most comprehensive series on the Jodhpur fort and surrounding places in Rajasthan, the pictures tell a story of generations old traditions and crafts that are now built in to the very grain of the people of Rajasthan

    • Thank you Prasad. It was amazing capturing it all in words and pictures. This is such a culturally vibrant place.

  4. Great Post Ami…Lovely clicks….
    xo, Neha

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  5. A wonderful coverage of the fort!

  6. Amazing interiors. nice photography.

  7. That bed really is tiny. I’ve been to museums in Japan and the US and some of the clothes on display looked like the people were super tiny! I’m always amazed at how much smaller people were back then.

    • The Maharaja was quite big but the bed was deliberately small so that he could flee when attacked. 🙂

  8. Beautiful..That is the only word which comes to my mind. Thanks for sharing.

  9. It really looks amazing 🙂

  10. Wonderful coverage of the fort. Thanks for the same. Got to visit last week

  11. That looks amazing! So much to see in that beautiful country. I’ll definitely have to go back clearly. Just amazing.

    • Thank you. And yes, India is an ocean, you got to come back to discover the rest of it.

  12. Yes, I have missed the previous posts so I will head to them too. The pictures are stunning as always. The takht mahal and the colors there are gorgeous. Must have been such a great trip. Thanks for the virtual tour, Ami.

    • Thanks Parul. Mehrangarh is just amazing. My favorite fort at the moment and the trip was just memorable.

  13. Thanks for this visual treat of Jodhpur again…Stunning and inviting really 🙂

  14. Excellent pics. I am imagining myself there in my memories.

  15. It’s such an amazing Fort with majestic pictures showcasing our rich heritage. I would love to make a film there. Well written and kudos:)

  16. The dwarf sized bed is so interesting! Lovely colors and fabulous captures from the fort, Ami, you are making me itch to be there someday soon!

  17. Another wonderful series with beautiful pictures 🙂

  18. Amazing , Awesome pics 🙂

  19. the designs on the interior walls look so colourful and gorgeous… Beautiful !!

  20. I love how descriptive your post is, but the part about the Blue City of Jodhpur took my attention.
    I have a blue addiction and I went to the Blue city of Morocco specially for it haha
    Thanks for sharing!

  21. Love your blog! Have to admit, you brought India so much closer to me with your posts and up on my travel bucket list! Awesome pictures!

  22. I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting India before (yet have conducted business all over email!). I plan to visit one day and will definitely put Mehrangarh Fort in Podhpur on the list! It’s lovely seeing the architectural elements of the dwellings of those in power. It’s all in the details from the painted ceilings to the decorated walls and furnishings – slightly reminiscent of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul.

    • Thank you Monica and yes, it is even more beautiful up close and personal. Hope you make a trip soon.

  23. Sabyasachi Patra

    Nice photos of the interior designs. The pictures tell a story.

  24. Nice series of the post.Lovely clicks.

    Cheers,
    Sriram & Krithiga

  25. Ami, your blue outfit was in keeping with the spirit of Mehrangarh too….:)…..Very impressive clicks….loved those little artifacts…..so adorable……

    • Glad you noticed my deliberate choice of color :D. Blue in blue city. Thanks for your lovely comments.

  26. Lovely pictures… in your writeups there were trivias as well, it was very interesting and cheerful, loved it!!

  27. Jodhpur is one of my favourite big cities of Rajasthan. One of my friend lives in alleys of blue city and he showed me a new perspective of Mehrangarh fort from the rooftop of his house. Priceless!

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