Jodhpur known as the "Blue City" was the second destination after the "Pink City", Jaipur in our Rajasthan trip. Jodhpur was the capital of the Marwar kingdom and has beautiful forts and palaces which attracts visitors to this small yet beautiful city.
Late to begin late to reach... Jodhpur was the only place in the itinerary which fell completely out of plan and we reached too late. However, we managed to visit the Mehrangarh fort which was the best among all the forts I had ever visited and is my current favourite.
Mehrangarh fort is a magnificent and humongous fort built in the 15th century by Rao Jodha. Ostensibly standing 400 feet above the Jodhpur city, the fort has stood firm resisting fearsome battles to become the seat of power of the erstwhile Marwar kingdom. Even today, unlike other palaces and forts, this fort is not under the Government of India and is maintained by the royal family. Sitting atop an escarpment, the beauty of this fort is no less than any European castle. Guarded by massive walls, the grandeur of this palace is mesmerizing. Apart from being an architectural wonder, the fort is also a strategical masterpiece built to stand against the most destructive weaponry of its time. It has seven gates known as pols in the local language. The Dedh Kamgra Pol, still bears the dents caused by bombardment by cannonballs.