Rising strong and proud above the distant dusty plains and Jodhpur’s blue roofs below, Mehrangarh Fort is the epitome of permanence. The ruler who built the fort, Jodha of Mandore, knew how to build! For almost 600 years, enormous immovable exteriors protected the delicate palaces, passageways and chambers within, and it is at once colossal and intricate. Tourists like ants crawl among its cool winding stairways and baking ramparts, while eagles ride the furnace-like thermals waiting for one of the ants to fall. Wars and droughts and monsoons and earthquakes have barely loosened a stone in this vast example of man’s ability to build, and when humanity has finally killed itself off with famine and disease and conquest and stupidity, Mehrangarh Fort will remain, still strong, still proud, with only the eagles to see it.
All images by The Nomad, except the amazing eagle close up, courtesy of http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8148/7875808624_da2b771815_z.jpg