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The Mehrangarh Fort is located on the hilltop that rises sharply at the city of Jodhpur. With its 68 ft wide and 117 ft high walls soaring 400 ft above the city the fort dominates the surrounding plains and appears very majestic and impregnable. The Mehrangarh Fort was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459.

In this picture, on the right, towering above the outer wall of the Fort is the Moti Mahal or the Pearl Palace . The palace has a delicately carved stone screen and treasures the Sringar Chowki, royal throne of Jodhpur, exquisitely decorated ceilings and walls, with delicate latticework on the windows, large and unusual wooden statues, painted bright, amongst an assortment of princely cradles. It is a labyrinth of wonders, not knowing what the next doorway might lead to. These palaces have fabulous collection of trappings of Indian royalty including a superb collection of palanquins, elephant howdahs, miniature paintings of various schools, musical instruments, costumes and furniture. The Moti Mahal has alcoves along the west wall, which can be seen here.

Built by Raja Sur Singh (1595-1619) the Moti Mahal is the largest of the Mehrangarh Museum's period rooms. Sur Singh's Moti Mahal has five alcoves leading onto hidden balconies; it is believed they were built for his five queens to listen in on court proceeding.

Some of the palace rooms, seen here from down below, offer the possibility to watch entering and leaving persons from a bird's view.

In the two Workshops -

1) A frontal view of the Moti Mahal &
2) An attempt to show the steep vertical wall with the Moti Mahal perched on top.

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Additional Photos by Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7852 W: 324 N: 16061] (56760)
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