Dulha Mahal :
We were unable to get much information about this major edifice of the Ranthambhor city. The Dulha Mahal translated as The Groom’s Palace. The structure is characterized by the platforms built in the outward projecting Jharokhas, used for musical performances. From the Dulha Mahal we can see the breathtaking view of the Padma Talab (Lotus Pond).
In the numerous rooms of the palace would once reside together a multitude of people. The Dulha Mahal was a kind of a great community center.
The large niches as well as the vault like structures built within the inner chambers stand as a testimony to such use.
Ranthambore Fort :
Ranthambore Fort lies within the Ranthambore National Park, near the town of Sawai Madhopur, the park being the former hunting grounds of the Maharajahs of Jaipur until the time of India’s Independence. It is a formidable fort having been a focal point of the historical developments of Rajasthan. The fort was under the Chahamanas (Chauhans) until the 13th century, when the Delhi Sultanate captured it.
In 2013 the World Heritage Committee declared Ranthambore Fort as a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the group Hill Forts of Rajasthan.
The Ranthambore fort was built by a Chauhan ruler, although the exact name of the ruler is disputed. A widely held belief states that the fort was built the reign of Sapaldaksha, in 944 CE. Another theory states that the fort was built during the reign of Jayant, in 1110 CE. According to Government of Rajasthan’s Amber Development & Management Authority, it is likely that the construction started in the mid-10th century during the reign of Sapaldaksha, and continued a few centuries after that.
We’ll be exploring more of this Ranthambore Fort in our next photos.
More photos of Ranthambore Fort here.
Our group trip photos in Instagram.