Mehrangarh Fort, the hereditary strongold of the royal Rajput rulers of Jodhpur in India’s far western state of Rajasthan, is an immense stone citadel perched high on a rocky precipice overlooking the city of Jodhpur.

Begun in 1459 A.D. by Rao Jodha, a warrior prince of the Rathore Rajput clan, the Fort was expanded during the following 17 generations of Rathore rulers of Jodhpur/Marwar. Today, the Fort’s towering battlements and stern stone walls enclose palaces, temples, small and large courtyards, painted and mirrored chambers, delicate carved balconies and terraces, and extraordinary museum collections of palanquins, elephant howdahs, cradles, manuscripts, paintings, textiles, weapons and decorative arts.

The Fort’s museum, restaurants, audio tour, and lively on-going programs of exhibitions, festivals, craft bazaars, and other events have made Mehrangarh a true living cultural centre. In 2007, Time magazine, named it the Best Fortress in Asia.

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