the work of giants
Once upon a time, a very long time ago indeed, a fort rose on a hilltop. Its dimensions were colossal, so big that even tourists today are impressed by it size. Rudyard Kipling called it “the work of giants,” and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis said of it, “I have just seen the eighth wonder of the world.”
The Mehrangarh Fort, or “Mayurdhwaj Garh,” or formerly Chintamani Fort was built in the 1500’s by the ruling Rathore dynasty. Because it was constructed from the local red sandstone, it is known as the Red Fort, too.
The fort dominates the skyline of Jodhpur, India. It is one of the largest forts in Rajasthan, and now it contains some of India’s finest palaces and museums. With thick walls, it rises 400 feet above the plain. One can reach it by a winding road from Jodhpur.
Let’s look at the surrounding countryside from the the walls of the Red Fort. What does one see when looking out from a vantage point on top? (Click on a photo to see more.)
And . . . then let’s look down to the town that has risen near the ramparts. Notice the blue walls on some houses. In the past it has signaled a wealthy home. (Click on a photo to see more.)
But . . . let’s pause for a moment as well as we leave and look up.