Mehrangarh FortApprox. Time: 3 hours
Activity Level: Easiest

Dominating the city of Jodhpur is Mehrangarh, literally meaning "Majestic Fort." It is one of Rajasthan's three great hilltop forts (the other two are Kumbhalgarh and Chittaurgarh). Mehrangarh It is located at the very center of the city, and is visible from the surrounding area. There are three gates, each built to commemorate a particular victory, as well as to reinforce the fort.

Originally built in 1806, the fort has been added to many times since. Carved panels and porches, elaborately adorned walls and windows of Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana seem to make the medieval splendor come alive. The palaces in this fort were built in an informal pattern over several centuries. They have their own peculiar style, with narrow staircases serving as the only means of access to the royal residences within. A collection of musical instruments, palanquins, furniture and cannons on the fort's ramparts are well-preserved. Mehrangarh appears impregnable, and with good reason. Its battlements soar four hundred feet above a hill that rises sharply from the surrounding countryside. Mehrangarh has its own architectural appeal, such as brilliant stained glass that creates vibrant mosaics on the floors with the passage of the sun through the day.

Courtesy of India Tourism Board