Mehrangarh Fort – A Palace built by the Titans Part 3

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Mehrangarh Fort – A Palace built by the Titans Part 3

Mehrangarh Fort – Now that’s a massive structure. I bet, on its best day more than 10,000 people use to work here. So far in my previous two posts, I have shared details on the seven gates and beautiful sites of Shringar Chowk.

In this third & final post of three part series, I have shared pictures of palaces built inside Mehrangarh Fort. The first palace where I stop was Sheesh Mahal.

Sheesh Mahal

A very common name of palaces in Rajasthan, as Amber Fort, City Palace of Jaipur and Garh Palace of Bundi, all have Sheesh Mahal. But this one is a bit smaller than others.

Sheesh Mahal isn’t a grand palace, but more like a royal room. Nevertheless, this room is a delight to watch. Check some pictures I collected, along with some carpets, which as per my guide, has golden thread work done in them.

Entry of Sheesh Mahal. Jodhpur

Entry of Sheesh Mahal. Jodhpur

Sheesh Mahal. Jodhpur

Sheesh Mahal. Jodhpur

Sheesh Mahal. Jodhpur

Sheesh Mahal. Jodhpur

Carpets with Gold thread

Carpets with Gold thread

Carpets with Gold thread

Carpets with Gold thread

Phool Mahal

Next room, which I checked, gave an impression of a small palace. History of Phool Mahal is that Maharaja Abhay Singh built this part for his pleasure. Mostly men of royal family use to came here.

“Pleasure Dome” is the term given to this mansion and I must say that the amount of gold used on walls, pillars & ceiling is just stunning.

Near to ceiling, there are wall paintings of kings who who ruled Jodhpur & Mawar. Have a look at some pictures I caught at Phool Mahal.

Phool Mahal Jodhopur

Phool Mahal, Jodhopur

Paintings ar Phool Mahal Jodhopur

Paintings at Phool Mahal Jodhopur

Sileh Khana

Sileh Khana isn’t a palace. It’s a collection of swords, daggers, shields, rifles, etc. If you are here, then do check the tortoise shield, which is a unique item to collect. Have a look at some pictures:

Sileh Khana, Jodhpur

Sileh Khana

Swards - Sileh Khana

Swards – Sileh Khana

Daggers - Sileh Khana

Daggers – Sileh Khana

Turtle Shield - Sileh Khana

Turtle Shield – Sileh Khana

Axe - Sileh Khana

Axe – Sileh Khana

Takhat Niwas

Named after a Maharaja Takhat Singh, this is the third palace I saw in Mehrangarh Fort. Well, I am not sure that this site is a palace as its more of a room.

This villa is a mixture of Rajputana and British style. Not my favorite part, but you can judge it with these pictures.

Takhat Niwas

Takhat Niwas

Takhat Niwas

Takhat Niwas

If you want to capture a great shot of Jodhpur, then the corridor outside Takhat Niwas is your spot. I took these pics from here, have a look.

BLUE CITY JODHPUR

BLUE CITY JODHPUR

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Jhanki Mahal

Next room where I halt was Jhanki Mahal or the Peeping Palace. Jhanki Mahal is a collection of cradles or as I should say “royal cradles”. I am 100% sure that you can check sites like Amazon or Ebay, but you won’t find any replica of these for your child. Here are some pics.

Jhanki Mahal

Jhanki Mahal

Jhanki Mahal

Jhanki Mahal

Jhanki Mahal

Jhanki Mahal

Jhanki Mahal

Jhanki Mahal

Jhanki Mahal

Jhanki Mahal

Moti Mahal

Moti Mahal is the final and the most impressive palace of Mehrangarh Fort. It’s just next to Jhanki Mahal and is one of the oldest parts of the Fort.

Maharaja Sur Singh (1571-1619 AD) built this palace to meet his ministers and everyday people. More like a Diwan-e-aam.

Noticeable things here are the throne of Maharaja, colorful mirror gates on two side and golden ceiling. There is no doubt that of all the four Palaces in Mehrangarh, Moti Mahal is the brightest.

Way towards Moti Mahal Jodhpur

Way towards Moti Mahal

Moti Mahal, Jodhpur

Moti Mahal

Moti Mahal, Jodhpur

Moti Mahal

After retreating from here, I came is a small courtyard which is “Zenana Deodi” or as it’s called “Zenna Mahal” (Palace of Women). The attraction of this complex is artwork done of its walls. Have a look at them.

Zenana Deodi, Jodhpur

Zenana Deodi

Zenana Deodi, Jodhpur

Zenana Deodi

And from here, I was back at the seventh gate, from where I entered the stunning sites of Shringar Chowk. I left my guide (not the best guide service) and toured at the back side of the fort, where there is a temple of The Chamunda Mataji Temple.x

The Chamunda Mataji Temple

To reach here, you need to walk 500 meters from Zenana Deodi. On the way, I saw this small pond and a statue of Shiva, quite a beautiful site to see.

In the end, there is a small temple of Goddess Chamunda. Most people at the temple here were the staff of the Fort. Nevertheless, when you walk 500 meters on stairs, blessings always felt good.

Chamunda Mataji Temple

Chamunda Mataji Temple

Chamunda Mataji Temple Jodhpur

Chamunda Mataji Temple

Pond and Shiv statue at Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur

Pond and Shiv statue

There are also some cannons, placed close to the temple, and a funny thing I noticed is that though Jodhpur is referred as Blue City, most of the houses here are colored white. I think that Bundi has more pink colored home than Jodhpur.

Cannons at Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur

Cannons

And with this my two hour trip to Mehrangarh Fort is finished. Attractions of this fort aren’t it’s palaces. I have seen better ones in Jaipur and Bundi, but the collection of paintings, weapons, Elephant Howdah, Palki or Palanquin, hookah, etc. are the main attractions of Mehrangarh Fort.

Jatin Chhabra at Mehrangarh Fort

Me at Mehrangarh Fort

Best time to visit Mehrangarh Fort

I visited Mehrangarh in October and weather was just OK. You can come here between September to March (even in summer) as most sites of this castle are indoors.

Entry ticket

I paid INR 100 + 100 for entry ticket and camera. Plus I also hired a guide for which I paid INR 300. Admission ticket for non-Indian travelers is INR 600.

Fort Timing

Fort open at 9:00 AM and last tickets are sold by 5:00 PM.

I hired a cab for a full day which cost me INR 1600. There are other cheaper sources to reach Mehrangarh, but I would suggest hiring a cab for Jodhpur sightseeing from a local taxi firm.

By | 2017-05-20T11:47:54+00:00 November 27th, 2016|Jodhpur, Rajasthan|8 Comments

About the Author:

Hi all, I am Jatin Chhabra, born and raised in Delhi India, For me traveling isn’t just a hobby, its more than that. More like a way of living my life and I do it every last week of every month. Attraction which attracts me are Off-beat ones and I always try to visit them before me or they, get perish.

8 Comments

  1. Natalia Semova November 27, 2016 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    That’s awesome !!!!!

  2. Felicia Broccolo November 27, 2016 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    so beautiful!!

  3. John Johnston November 28, 2016 at 11:09 am - Reply

    Great shots. So looking forward to going there.

    • Jatin Chhabra November 28, 2016 at 5:11 pm - Reply

      I would suggest you to visit here in Winter.

      • John Johnston November 28, 2016 at 5:14 pm - Reply

        Thanks – Beginning of February😎

        • Jatin Chhabra November 28, 2016 at 5:14 pm - Reply

          Hey, if you need any information while traveling in India, feel free to ask – Would be a pleasure to help a fellow traveler – thats my fb page – facebook.com/theredchhabra/

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