The royalty in the air and cultural richness oozing out of every structure are the alluring temptations of Jodhpur, the Sun city. When it comes to Rajasthan I never hold myself back and this time with two days in my hand I came to see Jodhpur with some of my friends. I had been to some of the other cities of Rajasthan but this is for the first time I was visiting Jodhpur. I was more than excited as we reached there one day before the Kite festival.
Jodhpur is a famous tourist destination of Rajasthan. It is the second largest city of this state which was once called Marwar. It is popularly known as the Sun City as it is blessed with sunny weather throughout the year. It is also called the ‘Blue City’ as most of its structures especially houses are painted in blue. It is the destination where tourists can see the perfect marriage between the Mughal and Hindu architecture, art and culture. From heritage structures to colorful fairs and festivals, everything reflects royalty in plenty in this city.
The Mehrangarh Fort is one of the most fascinating attractions of the city. Dominating the city, it is located atop the Bakharchiriya hill. This majestic structure was built by Rao Jodha ( the founder of the city) in 1459. While walking through the fort our guide Rampal Singh told us that at one point of time the fort had eight gates for defensive purposes. And for confusing the enemy the fort also had a maze (complex system of paths or tunnels in which it is easy to get lost). We saw several beautiful structures within the fort which were decorated with wonderful carvings and paintings. The ones I like the most were Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Moti Mahal, Daulat Khana and Sileh Khana. The fort sprawls over an area of 5 km.
In the museum inside the fort we saw a rich collection of miniature paintings, howdahs, Kilkila canon, palanquins, music instruments, ivory shields adorned with precious stones and royal cradles.
It was such a wonderful experience to explore the Mehrangarh fort. After that we gorged on Rajasthani food and left for shopping in the bustling markets of the princely city. I bought a beautiful miniature painting and tie and dye fabric. When I retired to bed at night I was thinking about the kite festival we would participate in the next day. I was excited!