Fort Masuda, or as I like to call it, the “Mirrored Marvel”.
This ancient beauty is situated just 54 kms away from Ajmer in Masuda, and let me tell you, it’s worth every mile of the journey.
Fort Masuda was originally built way back in 1595 AD! But unfortunately, it deteriorated quickly and was in ruins in no time. It was then restored and renovated by the legendary Nar Singhji Mertia (1583–1623). And, he did an incredible job! The magnificent fort now stands tall with multiple compartments like the Kaanch Mahal, Bada Mahal, Chandra Mahal, and more.
The fort is like a treasure trove, filled with miniature Rajput paintings on the walls and a library of rare manuscripts. These paintings have a Persian influence that gives them a unique charm. And if you thought that was all, hold on to your hats, there’s also a Gopaldwara Temple around the periphery.
One of tourist favorite part of the fort is the Kanch Mahal, or the “palace of mirrors”. It’s like a hall of mirrors that reflects the light of chandeliers and handi hangings. Its like in a fairy tale! And the Chandra Mahal is just as incredible, with a superb astrological or planetary system painted on its ceilings.
But the Badal Mahal is where things get interesting. It’s a summer resort of the Masuda rulers with a peculiar construction that I’m sure you’ll love. And don’t forget to check out the Hawa Mahal, raised to great heights to catch the cool breeze.
Oh, and let’s not forget about the silted tanks believed to be baoris/kunds, and the unexcavated mounds with secret tunnels. It’s like a game of hide-and-seek for adults!
Overall, the Fort Masuda is an exquisite piece of medieval architecture, and I can’t recommend it enough. So, pack your bags, and let’s go on an adventure to the “Mirrored Marvel” of Rajasthan!