14 December 2014

Meherangarh Fort

The Majestic Meherangarh fort is one of the largest forts in India. It is a massive, impressive, impregnable structure sitting on top of a huge rock 400 feet (122m) above the city, surrounded by many miles of imposing thick walls and a series of seven gateways set at an angle so that armies could not charge them with any success. Within the final gate are the casts of 15 hand prints of the widows of Maharajah Man Singh. The widows performed sati by throwing themselves on the funeral pyre of the Maharajah in 1843. Past the gates, the fort palace has huge courtyards surrounded by wings of palatial buildings, part of which is now turned into a museum.

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