Jodhpur, the blue city of India. Brahmans, the upper caste of Hindus paint their house blue in Rajasthan.
One hundred and twenty feet high, with six meters thick walls, the fort is located on a hilltop 400ft above the city. The already impressive height is further exaggerated by intricately carved windows and jharokhas.
And just as any historical monument has hidden secrets within their walls; the Mehrangarh Fort too has its quota of dark secrets-wicked and scandalous. “Did not the prince Jaswant Singh (1873-1895) throw his mistress out of this very window because she was really his father's and the latter had just entered the room? Was it not from these ramparts that Maharaja Maan Singh (1803-1843) had his Prime Minister dashed to the ground four hundred feet below? Is this not the foul chamber where Maharaja Ajit Singh (1678-1724) was murdered by his son? Was it not from this balcony that Rao Ganga (1515-1532), reveling in an opium heightened cool breeze, fell to his death? Or was he pushed by his son, the great Maldev (1532-1562)?”
More of Mehrangarh fort in another post. :)
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