Second trip to Rajasthan: Jodhpur – Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhavan Palace

Date: 28th November 2006

My first trip to Rajasthan was in 2005, for a friend’s wedding in Jaipur. This year, another friend got married – in Rajasthan. And although his wedding was taking place in Jaipur, this time I used the opportunity to see the Princely state’s other major cities, first being Jodhpur.

Mithun friends breakfast in Jodhpur
It was a chilly morning

It was suggested we get to Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur’s biggest attraction, at the earliest. Plus we needed to finish our sight-seeing by lunch time as we were going to drive to Udaipur later in the day.

Jodhpur panorama view
We arrived at Mehrangarh Fort at around 10am
Jodhpur Mehrangarh panorama
I had to split this panorama into two

Jodhpur palace silhouette in distance
I could see a massive palace in the distance
Entrance to Jodhpur palace Rajasthan
We went in
Jodhpur Mehrangarh Fort
It was calm and very cool from where I was standing

Inside Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur palace

Mehrangarh Fort from below Jodhpur
The fort was built in the 1600s

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Mehrangarh Fort corridor Jodhpur Rajasthan India
We were now entering the main palace

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View from Mehrangarh Fort palace Jodhpur panorama
This is the panoramic view from 400 feet above the city of Jodhpur
View from Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur blue sky
Mehrangarh Fort offers quite a view of the famous "Blue City"

Jodhpur well RajasthanKilkila cannon Mehrangarh fort Jodhpur Rajasthan India

Flying vulture sky sun Jodhpur Rajasthan
There were birds soaring high up in the blue sky
Flying vulture sky Jodhpur Rajasthan
Vultures
Houses Jodhpur blue city Rajasthan
Jodhpur earned its nickname "Blue city" because of all the houses painted blue. It's either blue paint, or white paint made from crushed limestone. It's a local alternative which when painted appears white, but turns a bluish hue when exposed to sunlight.

Kilkila cannon Mehrangarh fort Jodhpur Rajasthan

Kilkila cannon Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur Rajasthan
Cannon from the olde days
Kilkila iron cannon Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur Rajasthan
Probably made of iron
Japanese artist sketching Jodhpur Rajasthan
This guy was awesome
Japanese artist drawing Jodhpur Rajasthan
He was a Japanese artist just sketching what he was seeing

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Inside Mehrangarh Fort steps Jodhpur Rajasthan
We went inside
Inside Mehrangarh Palace Jodhpur Rajasthan
Mehrangarh Fort houses a museum
Royal palanquin Mehrangarh museum Jodhpur Rajasthan
Royal palanquins
Artifact Mehrangarh Fort museum Jodhpur Rajasthan
Old battle artifacts

War weapons Mehrangarh Fort museum RajasthanBattle helmet blades Mehrangarh Fort museum India

Old knives blades Mehrangarh Fort museum India
Imagine what the battlefields were like with these weapons

Old rifles Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur RajasthanOld weapons Mehrangarh Fort museum Rajasthan

Floors Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur Rajasthan
These stairs looked like a new addition
Mehrangarh palace room Jodhpur Rajasthan India
This was some lavish room
Room Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur Rajasthan India
Glitzy - as though this was how they used to disco back in the olden days 🙂

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Baby pram Mehrangarh fort Jodhpur Rajasthan India
Royal baby cribs

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Leaving Mehrangarh fort Jodhpur
We left Mehrangarh Fort by 1pm

Mehrangarh fort from ground level Jodhpur

Fort walls Mehrangarh Jodhpur India
Our driver took us down to this spot
Jaswant Thada mausoleum Jodhpur India
Jaswant Thada mausoleum, a white marble memorial built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II
Jaswant Thada mausoleum Jodhpur Rajasthan
We didn't have the time (or the inclination) to go check it out
Mehrangarh fort hilltop Jodhpur Rajasthan
One parting shot of Mehrangarh fort
Outside Umaid Bhavan Palace Jodhpur Rajasthan
Before leaving Jodhpur, we quickly dropped by Umaid Bhavan Palace
Umaid Bhavan palace hotel Rajasthan
... which is also a hotel
Umaid Bhavan palace information Jodhpur Rajasthan
The hotel is off limits to public, but there is a gallery open to public

Old painting Umaid Bhavan palace Jodhpur RajasthanInside Umaid Bhavan palace Jodhpur Rajasthan

Umaid Bhavan palace old liqour menu Rajasthan
They had a menu from 1936 on display. Amazing to know just how old some brands are.

Old dining room Umaid Bhavan palace Jodhpur Rajasthan

Restoration work Umaid Bhavan palace Jodhpur Rajasthan
There was some restoration work going on, which were off-limits as well
Jodhpur highway Rajasthan India
After that, we left Jodhpur to head to our next city
Highway dhaba Rajasthan India
We stopped at this dhaba to have sumptuous vegetarian lunch. I had all sorts of rotis!

See you in Udaipur!

Also check out: First trip to Rajasthan – Amer Fort, Jantar Mantar and other sights in Jaipur city

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  • avinash

    04/08/2013

    gr8 job…..

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