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Mehrangarh Fort, Post box 165, the Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, 342006, India
entry fee
per person onwards (includes still camera fee and audio guide)
per camcoder
All days of the week
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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One of the best kept museums of Jodhpur, the Mehrangarh Fort Museum lies within the Mehrangarh Fort, situated 5 km from Jodhpur main city. Apart from the costumes, paintings, antique furnishings and weapons belonging to former rulers and warriors of the land of Marwar, this fort houses a fascinating collection of howdahs and palanquins, the most important being the Mahadol Palanquin which was won in a battle from the Governor of Gujarat in the year 1730. There are four main period rooms which showcase the exquisite lifestyle led by the royals in the past.

The main palaces are Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Zenana Deodi, Takht Vilas and Jhanki Mahal. Moti Mahal was the hall of private audience. Its ceiling is decorated with gold leaves and mirrors. Seashells were crushed and blended with plaster to give a polished look to the ceiling. The Phool Mahal (Flower Palace) remains intact to this date, with its gold filigree ceiling and stained glass windows. Sileh Khana has a collection of the varied weapons including gem-studded shields and armours for war elephants. A number of local people can be seen dressed up in traditional garbs and playing traditional instruments. They will be ready to pose for you or with you. Don’t forget to tip them a little.

As a package, the Mehrangarh Fort Museum is one of India’s better tourist sites, offering great architecture, highquality artefacts and well-lit displays. There’s some fascinating war booty and armoury, including some of the deadliest looking swords you’ll ever see.

The first several rooms of the museum are arranged around a courtyard called Sangar Chowki, in which coronations were held until 1952. In an alcove in the courtyard, guests used to be greeted with an offering of opium. And inside, in the delicately worked sandstone apartments, there remains a wonderful collection of palanquins and howdahs, the outstanding one being a silver howdah gifted by Shah Jahan.

Up one level is a room full of excellent miniature paintings in the Marwar style of the 18th and the 19th centuries. After this comes a series of apartments decorated with gilded wood, Murano glassware, Chinese tiles, murals… an opulent mix-andmatch from different regions and historical periods that cover every available square inch of space. The royal splendour of the first family of Marwar is evident in the spread of costumes on display. The Zenana Mahal and the Phool Mahal have frescoes and stained glass.

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Akshita Gupta
Akshita Gupta
One of the best Forts in India
Jun 28 2014
What a stunning structure ! Make sure you get the commentary and listen to all of it.Find a bench in the fort and just sit and listen to the stories and history.Amazing Mughal Archtecture.
Jain Vibha
Jain Vibha
Jun 22 2014
a place to visit the ancient history of jodhpur. beautifully developed and impeccably maintained. guardian over there are up to the mark.